Maritime CEO Hong Kong Forum

Wednesday November 22, 2017

During Hong Kong Maritime Week
Foreign Correspondents Club, Hong Kong

Three high-level panels:
Tanker Market Outlook
HR & Crewing Issues
Dry Bulk Market Outlook

Reception on the FCC Verandah

Maritime CEO Forum will make its debut in Hong Kong this year, the first satellite event stemming from the annual Maritime CEO Forum in Singapore, which has become a signature event in the maritime events calendar.

The event is designed as the anti-shipping conference, with three panels packed full of shipowner CEOs. No presentations, no slides, no selling, just the top people in the industry discussing pressing issues.

Maritime CEO Forum is invitation only and will be limited in size to ensure all attendees can make the most of the afternoon.


12:30pm: Registration & light refreshments

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1:30pm: Call The Doctor
The world’s most famous shipping analyst, Dr Martin Stopford, takes questions from the floor to get participants in the mood for this interactive forum.

Moderator: Neville Smith, Founder, Mariner Communications

2:00pm: Tanker Market Outlook 
What does all the consolidation in the sector mean for the private smaller smaller operators? Are they set to be squeezed more out of the market? What’s the rates outlook for the coming 12 months?

Moderator: Sam Chambers, Editor, Maritime CEO

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3:00pm: Coffee break 

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3:30pm: HR and Crewing Issues 
Bad news stories continue to cloud the recruitment drive for shipping. How do we counter this negativity and freshen up shipping’s image as a career option for today’s youth?

Moderator: Arthur Bowring, Senior Consultant, Hong Kong Shipowners Association

4:30pm: Dry Bulk Market Outlook
Where are we in the cycle? At what point do newbuilds make sense? Can we still rely on China for consistent strong demand growth? What lessons have been learnt from the downturn?

Moderator: Tim Huxley, CEO, Mandarin Shipping

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5:30pm: Cocktail Reception


Confirmed speakers:
Bjørn Højgaard, CEO, Anglo-Eastern
Angad Banga, CCO, The Caravel Group
Dr Martin Stopford, President, Clarkson Research
Frans van de Bospoort, MD Ship Finance Eastern Hemisphere, DVB Bank
Michael Elwert, CEO, Elektrans Group
Arthur Bowring, Senior Consultant, Hong Kong Shipowners Association
Martin Cresswell, Technical Director, Hong Kong Shipowners Association
Esben Poulsson, Chairman, International Chamber of Shipping
Keith Denholm, Director, J&J Denholm
Neville Smith, Founder, Mariner Communications
Sam Chambers, Editor, Maritime CEO
Tim Huxley, CEO, Mandarin Shipping
Jack Hsu, MD, Oak Maritime
Mats Berglund, CEO, Pacific Basin Shipping
Warwick Norman, CEO, RightShip
Edward Buttery, CEO, Taylor Maritime
Kenneth Koo, CEO, TCC Group









This year’s event is a full house. For further information on next year’s event contact Grant Rowles on or tel. +61 450 75 2486.