Shipowners Forum Singapore 2017

Trading up

TradeWinds invites you to join the Shipowners Forum Singapore taking place on 25 September 2017 at the JW Marriott South Beach Singapore.

Based on the successful Shipowners Forum in Athens and further developed in Hong Kong and Dubai, the event comprises a series of lively discussion panels and high-level networking social functions.

Confirmed speakers

Esben Poulsson, President SSA, Chairman ICS
Julian Bray, Editor-in-Chief, TradeWinds
Dry bulk panel
Mark Jackson, CEO Baltic Exchange (or CEO SGX)
Peter Lye, Head of Shipping Anglo American
Thomas Semino, CCO Golden Ocean Management
Michael Nagler, Head of Chartering, Noble Group
Saurabh Dasgupta, Head of ocean freight procurement, BHP Billiton
James Marshall, CEO Berge Bulk

Tan Beng Tee, Assistant Chief Executive (Development), Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)
James Marshall, CEO Berge Bulk
Michael A.J. Parker, Global Industry Head, Shipping, Logistics and Offshore Industries, Citi
Andreas Østern, Head of Shipping, Offshore & Logistics Asia, DNB
Mark Jackson, CEO The Baltic Exchange
Kenny Rogers, Head, Aurora Tankers Management
Andrew Hoare, Managing Director & Group COO, Navig8 Asia
Kirsi Tikka, Executive Vice President, ABS
Peter Lye, Head of Shipping, Anglo American
Thomas Semino, CCO, Golden Ocean Management
Zhongyi (John) Su, President & CEO, Erasmus Shipinvest Group
Fiete Kallenberg, Head of Capes – Asia Pacific, Cargill Ocean Transportation
Michael Nagler, Head of Chartering, Noble Group
Saurabh Dasgupta, Head of ocean freight procurement, BHP Billiton

Julian Bray, Editor-in-Chief, TradeWinds

The Forum is comprised of two discussion panels separated by a coffee break at 15:30. The panels are moderated by TradeWinds Editor-in-Chief, Julian Bray and speakers invited to offer their comments on a range of topics issues.

On the agenda: how is the market looking today, in the next six months and the next two years? What are the risks and why are markets so volatile? What is the long-term outlook for demand and is sea-bourne trade decoupling from economic growth? With the new building order book described as ‘relatively empty’, is the shipyard crisis having an impact on capacity? Will prices remain low and encourage orders, or will capacity dry up?

Money - where is it coming from? Is the lack of easy money the main contributor to more sustainable growth? Will the capital markets, especially in the US, come back for new equity and bond issues? What options are available to fund expansion today?

Looking at asset values and the business case for consolidation, how strong is the trend? Was the panel taken by surprise at the pace and magnitude of the dry bulk rate and asset value recovery during the first quarter, a typically seasonal weaker period? Profitable asset play: should owners with vessels acquired during the trough continue to trade them or sell, profit take and re-invest?

How is the panel responding to new regulations and technology, including BWTS, sulphur emissions caps and the need for scrubbers? How much importance do banks place on owners evidencing their commitment to embracing regulations and operating in an environmentally friendly manner in making financing decisions? What is the impact on your businesses from advances in technology with more remote access and computer tracking of cargoes?

On the dry side, are chartering brokers under threat with the rise of trading platforms such as BHP's? Is ‘smart trading’ one way to exploit marginal advantages and squeeze more profit from shipping? What is the relationship between FFA’s and the physical market? Are index-linked floating-rate ‘risk management’ time charter contracts an opportunity to strengthen relationships with charterers and mutually mitigate risk?

In tankers, is it only the oil majors who set the rules and create the market, or can/do owners have influence? Does this mean only the biggest will thrive and survive given the barriers to entry? How does a privately owned smaller operator compete? Are tanker owners generally more bankable give the trend of many lenders to target the biggest names? Are short term speculative investments in tankers likely to attract employment from oil majors and finance?

The value of participation is greatly enhanced through the use of – interactive software on your phone enabling you to post questions and comments to the moderator in real time, in your own name or anonymously.

Attendance for shipowners is by invitation with a strictly limited number of places for non-shipowning companies. If you would like to reserve one of these places please contact without delay.



  • Tan Beng Tee

    Tan Beng Tee

    Assistant Chief Executive (Development)


    Ms Tan Beng Tee is the Assistant Chief Executive (Development) of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) who oversees developmental matters pertaining to Singapore as an International Maritime Centre (IMC), MPA's international ties and linkages, port policies and organisation-wide plans.

    She holds a degree in Business Administration from the National University of Singapore and a Diploma in Shipping from the Norad Fellowship in Oslo, Norway.

    Ms Tan was previously Director (Corporate Group) in International Enterprise Singapore.

    In 2008, Ms Tan received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Lloyd's List Asia Awards for her work in the development of Singapore as an IMC. She was also awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 1997 for her contributions to the development of the transport and logistics industry in Singapore. In August 2012, she attained the Public Administration Medal (Silver) (Bar) in recognition of her continued efforts and contribution in developing Singapore as an IMC.

  • James Marshall

    James Marshall


    Berge Bulk

    James Marshall is the CEO and founder of Berge Bulk. He began his career in shipping in offshore supply vessels, before moving to containers and then dry bulk. In 2007, he started Berge Bulk, purchasing 12 ships from the old Bergesen fleet. Berge Bulk now owns and operates a fleet of over 70 ships with a carrying capacity, including new buildings, of over 12 million DWT.

    He holds an MA from Cambridge University and an MBA from IMD in Switzerland. James Marshall also sits on the London steamships P&I committees as well as the Lloyd’s and DNV Shipowners committee. He is Chairman of the Marshall Foundation which supports philanthropic ventures in Asia and lives in Singapore.

    Berge Bulk is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

  • Michael A.J. Parker

    Michael A.J. Parker

    Global Industry Head, Shipping, Logistics & Offshore


    Mr. Michael Parker was born in Scotland in 1956 and went to school at Winchester College and has an M.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Magdalen College, Oxford University, graduating in 1977. In 1996 he attended the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University Palo Alto.
    Michael Parker is the Global Industry Head for the Shipping, Logistics and Offshore industries of Citigroup (since 1997) and is also a Vice Chairman of Corporate & Investment Banking (EMEA) and co-head of the CIB Industrials sector in EMEA. In April 2016 Michael was also appointed Chairman Corporate Banking EMEA.

    He joined Citibank in 1977. In various relationship management roles between 1977 and 1985 he looked after clients’ international business in the U.K. construction industry and Citi’s relationships with a number of large international oil and mining companies.

    In October 1985 he joined Citibank’s Shipping Division in London with specific responsibility for remedial management and in early 1989 he took over as Head of Northern Europe Shipping. In January 1997 he was appointed Global Industry Head with responsibility for Citibank’s business world-wide managed through its shipping centres in London and Piraeus, New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong at the time the youngest Industry Head in Citibank. In July 2007 he was appointed Corporate Banking Division Executive for the UK and Northern Europe and became Joint Head for the UK Banking and Broking business in February 2009, assuming his Industrials roles in 2010.

  • Andreas Østern

    Andreas Østern

    Head of Shipping, Offshore & Logistics

    DNB Bank

  • Mark Jackson

    Mark Jackson


    The Baltic Exchange

  • Kenny Rogers

    Kenny Rogers


    Aurora Tankers Management

    Career shipping leader with proven track record of positive results managing diverse marine assets. Experience includes senior management positions in the Tanker, Cruise and Tug/Barge sectors with a career focus in the Tanker segment as well as seagoing experience as ship's officer on Crude, Product and Chemical Tankers. Held senior management positions with dynamic and profitable US public companies OMI, Carnival Corporation, Seabulk International, SEACOR as well Asian based IMC Group. Experienced Commercial, Operational,and Technical Manager presently having P&L responsibility for a fleet of 28 Chemical Tankers for Singapore based Aurora Tankers. In search of challenging C-Level opportunities world wide with dynamic and progressive organizations.

  • Andrew Hoare

    Andrew Hoare

    Managing Director & Group COO


  • Kirsi Tikka

    Kirsi Tikka

    Executive VP, Global Marine


    Kirsi Tikka is Executive Vice President, Global Marine at ABS, responsible for aligning ABS strategic
    planning, client development and product and service offerings with the industry’s technical needs
    and requirements.

    Previously, Tikka served as ABS Europe Division President and as Vice President and Chief Engineer.
    Before joining ABS in 2001, Tikka was a professor of Naval Architecture at Webb Institute in New York.
    In addition to teaching, she carried out research on the structural strength of tankers and risk analysis,
    and she was actively involved in the U.S. National Research Council Marine Board studies on
    double hull tankers. Tikka has also worked for Chevron Shipping in San Francisco and for
    Wärtsilä Shipyards in Finland.

    Tikka is a native of Finland and holds a doctorate degree in naval architecture and offshore
    engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in mechanical
    engineering and naval architecture from the University of Technology in Helsinki. She is a
    Fellow of both the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) and the Royal
    Institution of Naval Architects (RINA). In 2012, Tikka received SNAME’s David W. Taylor Medal,
    the highest technical honor for naval architecture or marine engineering. She is a Foreign
    Member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.

  • Peter Lye

    Peter Lye

    Head of Shipping

    Anglo American

  • Thomas Semino

    Thomas Semino


    Golden Ocean Management

    Thomas Semino has served as Chief Commercial Officer of Golden Ocean Management Asia Pte. Ltd. since November 2016. Prior to joining Golden Ocean Mr. Semino was Head of Dry Freight in Vitol S.A., and has previously been Managing Director of Ocean Freight in Bunge S.A., and also has background from Cargill S.A. and Coeclerici Spa. Mr. Semino has a law degree in Maritime Law from Universita' degli Studi di Genova.

  • Fiete Kallenberg

    Fiete Kallenberg

    Head of Capes - Asia Pacific

    Cargill Ocean Transportation

    Fiete Kallenberg serves as head of the Cape Desk for the Asia Pacific region with Cargill’s Ocean Transportation business.

    Fiete joined Cargill in 2006 in Geneva, Switzerland. He held various trading positions across the organization, gaining valuable skills and experience from a variety of desks.

    Fiete has successfully traded within the Cape market since 2010, contributing to business strategy and projects.

    In 2016, Fiete was promoted to his current position as Head of Capes for the Asia Pacific.

    Fiete graduated from the Hamburg School of Shipping and Transportation.

  • Michael Nagler

    Michael Nagler

    Head of Chartering

    Noble Group

    Michael Nagler is Head of Global Freight for Noble Chartering, based in Hong Kong.
    Prior to joining Noble he spent 9 years with Electricite de France building and managing
    their chartering department. Noble Chartering operates a fleet of 200 bulk carriers in the Supramax-Panamax- Cape segment

  • Saurabh Dasgupta

    Saurabh Dasgupta

    Head of Ocean Freight Procurement

    BHP Billiton

  • Zhongyi (John) Su

    Zhongyi (John) Su

    President & CEO

    Erasmus Shipinvest Group

    Mr. Su is the Founder, President and CEO of Erasmus Shipinvest Group companies,
    managing an established dry-bulk fleet of modern Capesize / Panamax / Kamsarmax /
    Ultramax ships, which are always fixed on long-term employment serving the world's
    leading Commodities Majors/Traders type of Charterers.

    Mr. Su has nearly 20-year extensive experience in ship-owning, operating and
    investment fields of dry bulk and container shipping industries throughout Asia and

    Mr. Su is a frequent speaker and session chairman to a few international shipping
    conferences, like Mare Forum, Marine Money, CMA Shipping conference, Global
    Grain, Tradewinds Shipowners Forum, Lloyd’s List forum, and Capital Link etc.
    Mr. Su is a member of China Classification Society (CCS) Mediterranean Committee,
    and a Board Director at the Members’ Committee of The London P&I Club.

    Mr. Su graduated from Dalian Maritime University of China with Bachelor degree in
    Maritime Law and International Shipping Management, and has a Master degree of
    Maritime Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He is an
    Executive MBA dual-degree holder from IMD Business School of Lausanne,
    Switzerland and CKGSB of China.

    He speaks fluently Chinese, English and French.

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25 September 2017


JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach

TradeWinds Subscriber Rate
SGD 750

Non-TradeWinds Subscriber
SGD 1050


MPA MCF Training Grant

MCF Training Grant is available for eligible participants. Please refer to for information.

Hotel Rooms

A limited number of rooms are available at the JW Marriott Singapore South Beach at discounted rates to Forum participants.  Please email for further information.

For programming, please contact

Jon Chaplin


+44 20 7645 2312

For sponsorship, please contact

Gregory Whitehead

Head of Portfolio Sales

+ 44 20 7645 2311

For further information, please contact

Pranjal Borkotoky

General Manager – Asia & Middle East

+65 6557 0555