CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

The Asian Voice in a Global Industry

Along side the exhibition, the highly acclaimed Sea Asia conference has always been one of the defining features of Sea Asia with exceptional content delivered by some of the industry's most influential speakers from Asia and around the world. Each edition of Sea Asia conference includes thought leadership content with unique delivery intended to stimulate interest and engagement. 

09:00 - 10:00

Opening Ceremony


10:00 - 11:00

Welcome Coffee & VIP Tour of the Exhibition


11:00 - 12:30

Session Sponsor

SEA ASIA GLOBAL FORUM

The Sea Asia Global Forum brings together industry leaders, representing both shipowners and cargo interests, to discuss the key issues facing the industry. In a complex business environment influenced by geopolitics, technological disruption and regulatory pressures, this opening panel will draw on the perspectives of seasoned veterans to reflect on where the industry is headed.

Session Moderator:
Teymoor Nabili, Journalist and Broadcaster and Managing Editor, TheSignal.asia

Panellists:
Erck Rickmers, Chairman, E.R. Capital
Andreas Sohmen-Pao, Chairman, BW Group and Chairman, Singapore Maritime Foundation
Tan Chong Meng, Group Chief Executive Officer, PSA International
Søren Toft, Member of the Executive Board and Chief Operating Officer, A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S


14:00 - 15:00

FUTURE OF THE MARITIME WORKFORCE

Attracting future talent to the maritime industries, both onshore and offshore, is a key concern. How will the shipping and maritime industries attract the best young talent given the allure of the technology sector and others that have acted quickly to modernise. Today's speakers will discuss what skills will be required by future maritime executives onshore, as well as seafarers, as the Industrial Revolution 4.0 reshapes the industry.

Session Moderator:
Guy Platten, Secretary General, International Chamber of Shipping

Panellists:
Capt. Nicholas Hall, General Manager, Marine Manning, Swire Pacific Offshore
Elsie Ng, Head of Talent Solutions - Singapore, LinkedIn
Oyvind Stordal, Vice President Digital, Wilhelmsen Ship Management


15:00 - 15:30

Delegate Coffee


15:30 - 16:30

WILL ECONOMIC CONCERNS TRUMP IMPROVING FUNDAMENTALS?

Just when the market fundamentals were showing real signs of improvement, the outlook for global trade appears to be deteriorating, with concern about a potential slowdown in China and other worries. Consolidation is being seen across all market segments – is this set to continue and is bigger always better? Will worsening trading conditions trump the effects of better looking fundamentals? Will shifting trade patterns be positive or negative for shipping? A panel of industry experts will discuss the outlook for the major shipping markets.

Session Moderator:
Marcus Hand, Editor, Seatrade Maritime News

Panellists:
Keith Denholm, Ceo, Caledonia Maritime Services; Director, J&J Denholm Ltd
Ralph Leszczynski, Head of Research, Banchero Costa
Jorge Luis Quijano, Administrator – CEO, Panama Canal Authority


16:30 - 17:00

Delegate Coffee


This programme is subject to changes.

10:00 - 11:30

PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE: "THIS HOUSE BELIEVES THAT TOO MUCH IS EXPECTED OF THE SHIPPING INDUSTRY ON ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS"

For an industry with the size, complexity and importance of global shipping, new regulations from ballast water management to fuel regulations to decarbonisation present the industry with a significant cost and challenge. Is the regulatory agenda faced by the shipping industry appropriate? Is too much expected of the industry, not least given the scale of the change and timeline involved? Who will pay for these changes?

The Sea Asia Parliamentary Debate for 2019 will bring together speakers on both sides of this important subject for a full and frank conversation on the issue, with opportunities for the audience to vote on the motion.

Debate Chairman:
Esben Poulsson, Chairman, International Chamber of Shipping, President, Singapore Shipping Association, Chairman, Enesel Pte Ltd

Speakers against the Motion:
Dr Şadan Kaptanoğlu, President Designate, BIMCO and Managing Director, HI Kaptanoğlu Shipping
Professor Christine Loh, Chief Development Strategist, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Jeremy Nixon, Chief Executive Officer, Ocean Network Express (ONE)

Speakers for the Motion:
Friedrich Bunnemann, Managing Partner, Asiatic Lloyd Maritime LLP
Dr George Pateras, President, Hellenic Chamber of Shipping and Hellenic Maritime Cluster; Deputy Chairman, Contships Management Inc.
Ali Shehab, Deputy CEO Fleet Operations, Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC)


11:30 - 11:45

Delegate Coffee


11:45 - 12:15

LAUNCH OF THE LEADING MARITIME CAPITALS OF THE WORLD REPORT (2019 EDITION)

Mohd Shahrin Bin Osman, Regional Manager, Maritime Advisory for South East Asia, Pacific & India, DNV GL


13:30 - 14:30

Session Sponsor

A PRACTICAL RESPONSE TO UPCOMING REGULATIONS

The industry is faced with many complex new regulations. This session offers practical advice on what shipowners and managers will be required to do to adjust to the changes. Speakers will discuss the technical aspects of the new requirements and what will be required to achieve compliance.

Moderator:
Tim Wilkins, Environmental Director & Regional Manager Asia Pacific, INTERTANKO

Panellists:
Capt Rahul Choudhuri, Managing Director - AMEA, Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS)
Murali Pany, Managing Partner, Joseph Tan Jude Benny LLP
Arun Sharma, Vice Chairman, International Association of Classification Societies (IACS); Executive Chairman, Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass)


14:30 - 15:00

Delegate Coffee


15:00 - 16:15

Session Sponsor

FLEET MANAGEMENT OF THE FUTURE

Shipowners have already invested significantly in technology to physically improve the performance of their vessels, but the next wave to truly optimise their fleet operations is digitalisation. Panellists will discuss how shipowners and managers can take advantage of digital technologies and utilise to improve the performance of their fleets. It is a task that is larger than any one technology provider or shipowner. Speakers will address the key challenge of collaboration and cooperation in the industry to unlock the true potential of digitalisation.

Moderator:
Geir Isene, Head of Innovations, Dualog

Introduction:
Morten Lind-Olsen, Chief Executive Officer, Dualog

Panellists:
Hideyuki Ando, Senior General Manager, MTI (NYK Group)
Silje Moan, COO, Dualog
Sanjeev Namath, Chief Business Officer, Alpha Ori Technologies
Tiong Kee Yong, VP, IT, BW Group


16:15 - 16:45

Delegate Coffee


This programme is subject to changes.

8:30 - 9:30

Presenting Sponsor

Supporting Sponsor

OFFSHORE MARINE BREAKFAST (By Invitation Only)

The Offshore Marine Breakfast brings together leading industry executives in an informal setting to discuss the latest trends in the sector. Offshore Marine has suffered a lengthy downturn panelists will explore if there is now light at the end of the tunnel for the sector as contracting pick-ups and oil companies increase their E&P budgets. They will also discuss the latest issues relating to liability and operations in the offshore marine space.

Session Moderator:
Marcus Hand, Editor, Seatrade Maritime News

Panellists:
Dughall Aitken, CEO, Spica Services
Rupert Banks, Regional Claims Director, The Standard Club Asia
Capt. Simon Healy, General Manager, Aqualis Offshore Australia
Capt. Mike Meade, CEO, M3 Marine Group Pte Ltd Toby Stephens, Partner, HFW


10:00 - 11:30

OIL, SHIPPING AND THE FUTURE ENERGY MIX

As environmental concerns and supply-demand questions see a push for alternatives to fossil fuels, leading industry executives from across the energy supply chain discuss what this will mean for shipping. Will demand for oil shipping decrease? Is natural gas the right solution? What fuels will the industry itself use in future? Are shipowners prepared for the changing energy landscape?

Session Moderator:
Katharina Stanzel, Managing Director, INTERTANKO

Panellists:
Geir Bjørkeli, Chief Executive Officer, Corvus Energy
Liv Hovem, Chief Executive Officer, DNV GL - Oil & Gas
Neil McGregor, Group President & Chief Executive Officer, Sembcorp Industries
Dr George Pateras, President, Hellenic Chamber of Shipping and Hellenic Maritime Cluster; Deputy Chairman, Contships Management Inc.


11:30 - 12:00

Delegate Coffee


13:30 - 14:30

APPLICATIONS OF BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY IN SHIPPING

Blockchain - everyone is talking about it, but what will it actually mean for the shipping industry? This session will focus on the practical implementation of Blockchain initiatives within the shipping and logistics space, paying particular attention to how these have improved the way business is done. The speakers will also examine the importance of developing common, neutral platforms that everyone in the industry can trust.

Session Moderator:
David Lee, Professor, Singapore University of Social Science (SUSS)

Panellists:
Vijay Anand
, Global Industry Leader, IBM
Mohd Shahrin Bin Osman, Regional Manager, Maritime Advisory for South East Asia, Pacific & India, DNV GL
Martijn Thijsen, Digital Strategy, Transformation & Business Development, Port of Rotterdam


14:30 - 15:00

Delegate Coffee


This programme is subject to changes.