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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* include:
James Marshall, CEO Berge Bulk
Michael A.J. Parker, Global Industry Head, Shipping, Logistics and Offshore Industries, Citi
Esben Poulsson, President SSA, Chairman ICS
Mark Jackson, CEO The Baltic Exchange
Peter Lye, Head of Shipping, Anglo American
Thomas Semino, CCO, Golden Ocean Management
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
Kenny Rogers, Head, Aurora Tankers Management
Julian Bray, Editor-in-Chief, TradeWinds
*More to be announced
The Forum comprises 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? Were 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 seasonally 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 of the technological advances 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 with 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 like to attract employment from oil majors and finance?
The value of participation is greatly enhanced through the use of Slido.com – 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 email@example.com without delay.