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Welcome Address
08:30 - 08:35
DMCA Welcome
News Anchor and Presenter
BBC World News TV
Ministerial Address
08:35 - 08:40
Ministerial Address
Minister of Infrastructure Development & Chairman
Federal Transport Authority - Land and Maritime
Keynote Address
08:40 - 08:45
Opening Session
CEO and Managing Director
DP World UAE Region
Commercial uncertainty: China, Brexit, and maritime market fundamentals
08:45 - 09:45
Session 1
Board Member/Advisor
Marcura Group
Minister of Maritime Affairs and
Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP)
News Anchor and Presenter
BBC World News TV
Shipping and Commodities Market Analyst
NS Lemos
Reigonal MD
Mærsk West and Central Asia Ltd.
Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safe Agency (NIMASA)
Chairman, Association of African Maritime Administrations (AAMA)
  • 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
IBM Corporation
Chief Technology Officer
DP World UAE Region
News Anchor and Presenter
BBC World News TV
Chief Operating Officer
Digital Container Shipping Association
Digital Strategy &Transformation
Port of Rotterdam
  • 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
Head of Offshore
Regional Vice President, Middle East
Chief Executive Officer
Tufton Oceanic (Middle East) Limited
Senior Vice President
DVB Bank SE Singapore Branch
  • 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
General Director
Federal Transport Authority – Land & Maritime (FTA)
International Ship Suppliers Association (ISSA)
Chief Commercial Officer
DP World, UAE Region
News Anchor and Presenter
BBC World News TV
  • 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
News Anchor and Presenter
BBC World News TV