22 September 2019

Jumeirah Mina A'Salam, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE

Under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai


All times displayed for Asia/Dubai timezone.


H.E. Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem

Chairman of Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone

Chairman of Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA)

Session 1

  • 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?


Richard Morgan

Reigonal MD
Mærsk West and Central Asia Ltd.

Session 2

  • 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?



Iqbal Alikhan

Program Director, Blockchains & Innovations
IBM Middle East & Africa

Session 3

  • 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?




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