All times displayed for Asia/Dubai timezone.

Keynote Address
08:40 - 08:45
Opening Session
Chairman of Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC)
Chairman of Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA)
Commercial uncertainty: China, Brexit, and maritime market fundamentals
08:45 - 09:45
Session 1
Reigonal MD
Mærsk West and Central Asia Ltd.
  • What does the present uncertainty in global trade relationships mean for the shipping industry? 
  • Is shipping overcapacity still a significant issue for shipping?
  • What is the likely future direction of travel for asset values?
  • What is the outlook for oil prices and their potential impact for the industry?
  • The new IMO sulphur regime is the biggest fuel revolution for 100 years.  Is the industry ready and what is the future for alternative fuels such as LNG and renewables?
  • Can the industry commit to a carbon-free future, when the roadmap for achieving it is not yet clearly established?
Artificial Intelligence/Block-Chain Technologies and Maritime Trade
09:45 - 10:45
Session 2
Program Director, Blockchains & Innovations
Chief Technology Officer
DP World
Chief Operating Officer
Digital Container Shipping Association
  • How well have the shipping and logistics sectors adapted to new technologies compared to other industries? 
  • Which of the new technological solutions are closest to adoption and which are further away than most people think?
  • Are the regulatory and legal systems keeping pace with the introduction of new technologies?
  • Are the benefits of new technology and the cyber security risk in balance?
  • How will AI, automation and other digital systems impact the human element in shipping?
Globalisation and Consolidation: Two Irreversible Trends for the Industry
11:00 - 12:00
Session 3
Columbia Shipmanagement
  • Is the move towards consolidation likely to accelerate in the future and, if so, which sectors are most likely to be affected?
  • Does the future of shipping belong more to large public companies or family-owned private ones?
  • Will trading companies move towards the ownership of shipping assets and will state-owned shipping company become more common?
  • Is shipping a good industry to invest in?
  • What is the next stage in the globalisation of shipping and logistics?
Regional Maritime Growth and Trade Opportunities
12:00 - 12:50
Session 4
  • The scale and nature of the region’s development as a world class international maritime and logistics centre
  • Key commercial partnerships and the potential for future growth in trade with China and the Indian Sub-Continent
  • Accelerating the development of the north/south axis and Africa’s potential as a trading partner
  • The regional response to operating challenges on security, the environment and human resources
Closing Remarks
12:50 - 13:00
Closing Remarks