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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Athens Tanker Event gathers pace

The Association’s Annual Tanker Event 10-13 April at the Divani Apollon Hotel in Vouliagmeni, Athens, is gathering momentum as an exciting and stimulating conference programme and an active social programme start to assume their final shape. 

Conference speakers include Clarksons’ Dr Martin Stopford, Mare International’s Emmanuel Pappalexis, Jefferies’ Magnus Fyhr, CERA’s Odd Anker Hassel, BP Shipping’s Simon Lisiecki, Clarkson Capital’s Pierre Aury, IMAREX’s Knut Moystad, Kristen’s Stavros Hatzigrigoris.  

For those arriving early for Sunday’s golf and tennis tournaments, Saturday morning offers a tour of the Olympic Sites of Athens sponsored by Seacrest Shipping. The Tanker Event officially starts on Sunday night with the Welcome Reception hosted by Ceres Hellenic.

Monday starts with a technical session “Stepping stones to Continuous Improvement” with focus on the Joint Tanker Project (JTP), Goal-Based standards (GBS), on technical/operational risk assessment, and on the EMSA double-hull panel.

Lunch, offering an opportunity to discuss ideas from the conference sessions and mix with members and delegates, will take place every day in the Aristotelis Divanis room, thanks to the hospitality of Eletson, Tsakos Energy Navigation and Lloyd’s Register. 

This will be followed in the afternoon by the “Oil and Tanker Markets” session where an experienced panel of distinguished analysts and brokers and owners offer analyses and forecasts of the global energy and tanker markets.

Monday evening will be spent relaxing and socialising in the elegant and relaxed atmosphere of the Kitchen Bar, one of Athens' modern waterfront restaurants.

Tuesday morning sees two shorter sessions running one after the other. “Industry Challenges - the Human Element” will be an opportunity to take a closer look at the human element in tanker operations, the challenges of recruiting competent crew, and the effect of maritime security on the seafarer. “Through the Looking Glass”, which follows, will see perception and reality tested by journalists, and by students who will be the tanker industry of tomorrow - how does the world look at the tanker industry?  

Tuesday afternoon’s “Doing business in today's regulatory environment” will turn to the regulatory side of our business with an update on oil pollution liability, the new dynamics of Brussels since the new Commission and Parliament, port state control as enforcer, and regulation and the environment. 

INTERTANKO’s Annual Dinner on the Tuesday evening, sponsored by ABS, is the focus of the annual gathering of the Association’s members, associate members and their guests. Preceded by a drinks reception hosted by Clarksons, the evening will finish with an impressive display of traditional Greek dancing by the world-famous Lykeion Ellinidon, arranged and sponsored by the Hellenic Forum. Click here to see the Boston Lykeion Ellinidon

Wednesday morning’s first session, “The Big Picture” , will look wider than the tanker markets, and will examine what the tanker and oil market drivers will be; what might be dictating the strategies of commercial shipping and ship finance; how international geopolitics is shaping world trade and how other elements influence the broad picture of world trade; what comes after petroleum to satisfy the world’s growing energy needs?

The morning will continue with “Derivatives trading in practice” where a dynamic team of experts will explain and put into context (with active audience participation) this financial tool which is increasingly important in today’s highly volatile freight markets. How does it work? How does it affect the physical charter market? Should you be trading futures?

Wednesday afternoon will take a look at the LNG business in “LNG – an emerging giant?” - a look at the LNG market, at how the growing LNG trade might affect the conventional oil tanker industry, as well as a look at LNG propulsion and LNG charterparties. 

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