Sea Asia Insights is a platform for thought leaders to discuss and share knowledge on main issues regarding the shipping industry across the globe. Sea Asia Insights presents enriching webinars providing participants with an engaging platform to tackle vital topics and allowing greater participation of attendees to access the latest industry news and updates.


Industry Panel: Thriving Shipping Business through the Human Element

This session aims to highlight the crucial and strategic aspects of maritime HR issues and efforts that are transforming during a time of disruption and challenging global pandemic. The discussion encompasses overall HR strategic planning, practical examples of onshore and offshore human resources management, tips for enhancing mental health and wellbeing, manpower planning, recruitment, and training for maritime communities to match the digital operating environment.

Key discussion points:

    · Longer term perspectives on enriching the relationship of the industry and the workforce
    · Relook at employer branding and employee experience
    · Strategic HR views on the scenario-based planning for emergency and global pandemic situations
    · Seamless crew transfer arrangements – in collaboration with the industry and authorities
    · Practical cases of solution-driven seafarers’ physical and mental health and wellbeing 
    · Managing work remotely as a new normal 
    · Skills and competencies for today's seafarer


Nitin Mathur, Managing Director, Commercial, Wallem Group; Chair, Singapore Shipping Tripartite
Alliance Resilience Fund Taskforce (SFTF)
; Council Member, SSA


Gerardo Borromeo, Vice-Chairman and CEO, PTC Group of Companies

Capt. Pradeep Chawla, Managing Director, QHSE and Training, Anglo-Eastern Ship Management; Chairman, GlobalMET

Simon Frank, Chief Human Resources Officer, Thome Group

Jenna Rennick, General Manager, Marine Pacific Operations & Performance, Rio Tinto 


Global Trade Markets Outlook and Shipping: Ask the Analysts 

Unprecedented disruptions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with global economic power houses’ regime change, and renewed or renegotiated Free Trade Agreements are challenging the pattern of global trade,
with major implications for the global shipping markets. The Ask the Analysts session aims to address how markets will emerge from the pandemic and practical solutions to respond to the challenges posted by macro-economic factors.

Key discussion points:
    · What the Biden Administration may mean for global trading relationships
    · Post COVID-19 key strategic concerns
    · Regional trade developments
    · Global trade outlook, pinpointing major shipping sectors on
        – Consumer goods and container shipping
        – The energy transport demand outlook for both oil and gas markets
    · Freight rates


Angelica Kemene, Head of Market Analysis & Intelligence, Optima Shipping Services; CEO, Optima X
Maritime Innovation Hub


James Frew, Director of Consultancy, Maritime Strategies International

Khalid Hashim, Managing Director, Precious Shipping Public Company Limited

Tim Power, Managing Director, Drewry

Anoop Singh, Head of Tanker Research, Braemar ACM Shipbroking

This programme is subject to changes.


Asia Ship Financing Scenarios

This high-level ship financing session unfolds critical aspects of Asian ship financing markets. It addresses the nature of evolving debt-equity based financing, shifting goals of sustainable financing, responsible financing and highlighting the overall context of Asian ship financing markets. 

Key discussion points:

    · A deep dive into equity financing
    · Centre staging the new possibilities and addressing opportunities
    · Innovative and alternative financing options
    · How are financiers assisting maritime digitalisation?
    · How ESG and sustainability requirements may impact access to capital
    · Banks’ perspectives on financing with sustainable goals 
    · The move from financial leasing to operate leasing agreements
    · Growing shipbuilding and leasing markets, particularly the Chinese lessors


Keng Mun Lee, Director, MPartners


Dimitris Belbas, Managing Director, Head of Shipping Finance, Seafin 

Christoforos Bisbikos, Partner, WFW Global LLP

James Chen, Director, Smarine Advisors

Jolene Chew, Co-Head, Origination & Structuring Offshore Marine and Shipping, Clifford Capital Pte. Ltd.

15:00PM -16:00PM 

Shipbuilding Market Outlook

The panel will examine the pulse of the Asian shipbuilding market whilst looking toward meeting the decarbonisation goals. The experts will measure the demand of zero-emission vessels’ design and technology to help meet climate change and sustainable business goals. 

Key discussion points:

    · Trends & forecast in shipbuilding orderbook and contracts – by regions and by types
    · How has the pandemic changed the demand and supply of shipbuilding across different regions and market                segments?
    · Zero-emission vessels’ design and technology
    · Climate change purpose-built ship design and what owners/operators look for


Michel Goedegebuure, Managing Director, Damen Shipyards Singapore


Dr Gu Hai, Vice President, Singapore Innovation and Research Center, ABS

Li Xin, Vice Director of Innovation Center, Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute (SDARI), a member of China State Shipbuilding Cooperation (CSSC)

Hayato Suga, Corporate Officer, Director of Plan Approval and Technical Solutions Division, ClassNK

This programme is subject to changes.