With stronger global trade volumes, a diminishing overhang of capacity on order, and a consolidation sequence that has nearly halved the number of players, is the container sector finally in sight of better times? And how will its investment in IT, including blockchain technology, impact upon the way in which the logistics industry transacts its business?
11:30 – 12:15 Session Three: Preparing for a future in the major markets: a case for optimism?
The global newbuild orderbook as a percentage of world fleet capacity is at a 20 year low. With rates and asset values rising, is the dry bulk market in line for a sustained resurgence? Will accelerated scrapping and market consolidation contribute to better returns for tanker owners? Is now the time to prepare for an upturn in the offshore marine market? A panel of industry experts and analysts will discuss the outlook for the major shipping markets
12:15 – 13:00 Session Four: China’s Belt and Road Initiative: What Does it Mean for the Middle East??
China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), it is widely agreed, will be a game changer for global transport. As the massive investment in infrastructure develops what are the likely implications for the bulk and liner shipping sectors, for the pattern of trade, and for the ports and maritime infrastructure of the Middle East??
With the global economic growth in prospect and a more balanced outlook for supply and demand, how will the traditional shipping banks manage their relationships with the industry? The options provided by Chinese leasing companies. The current and likely future role of regional banks in ship finance. Financing options for medium and small sized owners