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Monday, December 18, 2017

INTERTANKO’s Athens Tanker Event offers more choice than ever

INTERTANKO’s Athens Tanker Event will offer more choice than ever this year, with more sessions, but each being shorter and punchier than previously, with fewer speakers, and with more question and answer opportunities built in. This will offer variety and at the same time will be less taxing on delegates. 

Among the new sessions is a half-morning session with the media called ‘Through the looking glass’, where we aim to examine perception versus reality. We know that the tanker industry is demonstrating continuous improvement in practice. But do the media? The tanker industry does not have a great track record when it comes to getting this message of improvement across.  

We will have Dimitris Kapranis from Greece’s well-known Kathimerini newspaper; Nigel Lowry from Lloyd’s List; and two maritime studies students from the University of the Aegean and the University of Piraeus who will tell us their perceptions. Then Bertrand Thouilin, Senior Vice-President Shipping for the Total Group, will compare perception and reality in the case of the Erika. Delegates will then have the opportunity to test their perception of reality with the media. 

Another new session is a half-morning session on derivatives called ‘Derivatives trading in practice’. Pierre Aury from Clarkson Capital, Knut Moystad from IMAREX and Ingvild Saether from Teekay Shipping will work together to look at the present state of the derivatives market, putting freight derivatives in a risk management context, as well as comparing them with other derivatives - looking at the players - how clearing works - practical considerations - followed by some case studies to get a feel for how it works in practice for a tanker owner. 

A third new session this year is the Big Picture session, where delegates will have the opportunity to stand back and see the tanker industry as part of the big picture instead of as the centre of the universe. Simon Lisiecki from BP, Manolis Vordonis from Thenamaris and Odd Anker Hassel from Cambridge Energy Research Associates look at what dictates tanker strategies, what is shaping world trade, what comes after petroleum to satisfy the world’s energy needs? 

These sessions fit in alongside the technical and the market sessions, a regulatory and environmental session, and a session looking at the human element in ship operation. 

And there is of course the social side of the Tanker Event, with lunches every day hosted or sponsored by Eletson, Tsakos and Lloyd’s Register; an informal dinner at the modern waterside Kitchen Bar sponsored by NASDAQ; and the annual gala evening at Megaron, the Athens Concert Hall. Here there will be a cocktail reception hosted by Clarksons, the annual dinner sponsored by American Bureau of Shipping, and traditional Greek dancing by the world-famous Lykeion Ellinidon organised by our Greek members. 

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Contact: Bill Box