Shipowners Forum Hong Kong

Join us on November 21 for TradeWinds 3rd Shipowners Forum - Hong Kong.


Harnessing Hong Kong’s super-connector effect?


14:00 – 18:00


14:00 Registration and Welcome Refreshments

Moderator Julian Bray, Editor in Chief

14:15 Welcome
Joseph Lai JP (invited)
Transport and Housing (Transport)
Permanent Secretary

14:30 Session 1

It’s all about China – freight, money, regulation, shipbuilding, influence. How are the markets today and what is the outlook for the next six months to two years. The panel will explore demand drivers, volatility, new building prices, yard capacity, finance and sustainable growth, capital markets and current options to fund expansion. Drilling down, asset values and the case for consolidation will be discussed in the context of recovering markets and a window on profitable asset play. How much importance do banks place on owners showing evidence of their commitment to embracing new regulations?

15:30 Break

15:45 Session 2

Digital – The application, risk, and reward of digital technology in real world shipping company scenarios. For shipping and related services, the implications of a data-driven economy are profound. Companies that get data analytics right will have a considerable advantage over their competitors, from basic vessel efficiency to delivering cost-effective solutions to clients and being able to communicate the advantages to the market. Is there any advantage to being the first mover or early adopter of new ship technology? Who is leading the charge will the winners will be?

16:45 Break

17:00 Session 3

The Hong Kong Shipowners Forum - a session to discuss the issues raised in the previous two sessions, plus; what is the future of Asian supply chains if manufacturing automation negates the need for offshored labour, is BRI a ‘gigantic white elephant’ or global trade enabler, will better data mean better supply-side discipline, who will pay for the next generation of ships if Euro banks are exiting ship finance, with many carriers in financial distress is further consolidation on the cards, will improved freight rates see Banks return to shipping and speculative orders being placed?

18:00 Drinks Reception hosted by The Marshall Islands

Speakers include* 

Mats Berglund, CEO, Pacific Basin

Sabrina Chao, Chairman, Hong Kong Shipowners Association

Masaki Fukumori, Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer, Uni-Asia Group

Mark Young, Managing Director, Asia Maritime Pacific

Thomas Soderberg, Managing Director, Tribini Captial

Jack Hsu, Managing Director, Oak Maritime HK

Bill Guo, Executive Director, ICBC Leasing

Bjørn Højgaard, Chief Executive Officer, Anglo-Eastern Univan Group

Jonathan Silver, Partner, Head of Shipping North Asia, Norton Rose Fulbright

Frans van de Bospoort, Managing Director and Head of Shipping Eastern Hemisphere, DVB Bank

Richard Hext, Chairman, Vanmar Shipping

Christoforos Bisbikos, Partner, Watson Farley & Williams

Nigel Anton, Global Head Shipping Finance, Standard Chartered Bank

Kirsti Tikka, EVP – Global Marine, ABS

*More to be announced. 





21 November 2017


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