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Mare Forum Dubai 2015 promises strong agenda

Under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and with the participation of an elite group of dignitaries and distinguished speakers from international and regional levels, the Mare Forum International Committee will hold the 2nd Mare Forum Dubai-The Dubai Global Summit of Marine and Maritime Leaders on 21st January 2015 at the Meydan Hotel Dubai.

The Mare Forum International Committee has announced the agenda and activities of the Dubai Forum 2015. The agenda consists of six sessions which are of great importance to examining the Global maritime challenges and opportunities

Session 1: The Big Picture
Global geopolitical considerations today and in the future will examine the world economy, its energy and resource needs and challenges, environmental concerns, the trade pattern changes and how this will impact on the maritime industry. The African renaissance, the emerging markets situation, the Middle East tensions, the Russian-Ukrainian-West conflict and how these will impact global trade and the maritime industry.

Session 2: Global Trade, energy and commodities outlook-The shipping markets outlook Supply and demand of Oil & Gas, iron ore, steel, coal and other commodities
This will focus on the supply and demand for oil & gas, iron ore, steel, coal and other major commodities. This will take into account the views put forward by producers, buyers and traders from different parts of the globe, debate issues relating to the commodities markets and routing issues and the signs of improved market outlook for commodities. The session will also consider the role of gas in an expanding energy market, the opportunities that the offshore industry can provide to the shipping industry, the challenges and upsides for oil and gas exploration & production and the basics for growth in the LNG market.

Session3: Is trust back?
Views from shipbrokers, traders, analysts and ship-owners and operators will be debated to examine the issue of ” Is confidence back?” with the session examining the liquid, dry bulk and container market outlook as well as the outlook per ship type. Issues on how shipping can be profitable in a changed market economy, future shipping trends, the creation of a profitable and sustainable shipping industry and trends in shipping rates will be discussed. Offshore perspectives including the economic viability of environmentally friendly vessels and the dynamics in relation to China will be debated. Discussion between session panelists, conference discussion panelists and audience participants on the following theme: Where will the smart investments go now?

Session 4: Sea Tourism & Luxury Yacht Segments-Yachting Regulatory, Fiscal Issues, Eco yachts, innovations, Finance, Investments and yacht management imperatives
With the right climate and a large target audience in the area, yachting is big in the Gulf. In this session we bring together yacht owners, builders, brokers, flag states, managers and investors to talk about the outlook and the sustainability of the market in the area. The top ten biggest yachts are currently owned by influential people out of the Middle-East. How can this region become even more attractive for yacht professionals? What are the owners’ needs and what implications does this market have on the order book? Discussion between session panelists, conference discussion panelists and audience participants on the following theme: What are the owner’s needs?

Session 5: Investments and financing – new ships, new fuels, environmentally friendly business innovations and technological advances:
Discussions, especially those relating to new ships, new fuels, environmentally friendly business innovations and technological advances will no doubt draw a lot of attention. The economic issues relating to such investments, the advantages and disadvantages of such technology, the role of LNG in the future, ballast water management and the timing of implementing new regulations are certain to elicit plenty of interest. Where will the financing for these new investments come from-the banks or through private and public resources?

Session 6: The future of the Dubai and Region Maritime Cluster
Discussions in this session will be led by eminent panelists drawn from various sectors including ports, terminals, maritime lawyers, shipbuilders. ship owners & operators, insurers, marine equipment providers, bankers, capital providers, investors, charterers & traders who will focus one key theme-What will, and must, the Emirate look like in the next 10 to 20 years and beyond?