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)


  • 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


  • 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

  • Andrew Hoare

    Andrew Hoare

    Managing Director & Group COO


  • Kirsi Tikka

    Kirsi Tikka

    Executive VP, Global Marine


  • Peter Lye

    Peter Lye

    Head of Shipping

    Anglo American

  • Thomas Semino

    Thomas Semino


    Golden Ocean Management

  • 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

  • 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