About the Event

UAE Maritime Leaders Seminar 2018 UAE Panel

The second edition of the UAE Maritime Leaders Seminar, organised by the Dubai Maritime Cluster Office and held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, took place on the third day of the UAE Maritime Week 2018 and attracted particular attention and high interest. 

The Seminar provided a first of its kind platform for Emirati maritime leaders to explore the reality and future of the maritime sector from a new perspective of innovation, smart transformation and sustainability. The programme started with the UAE Session led by Nawfal Al Jourani, Director of Dubai Maritime Cluster Office with the participation of H.E. Eng. Hessa Bint Ahmed Al Malek, Executive Director of Maritime Transport, Federal Transport Authority (FTA) - Land & Maritime; H.E. Abdulla Bin Damithan, Chief Commercial Officer of DP World; H.E. Abeer Alshaali, Executive Management Officer of Gulf Craft, and H.E. Captain Taleb Al Yamahi, Deputy Harbour Master at Port of Fujairah.

The seminar agenda included four other interactive sessions as well, which attracted a high-level of participation from the UAE, regional and global maritime leaders. The first session led by Jorgen Strandberg, General Manager of New Technology at Wartsila Voyage Solutions, focused on smart shipping’s advantages compared to traditional shipping methods. The second session discussed the challenges of fuel shortages until 2020 and the best ways to address them, which was led by Timothy Wilson, Principal Marine Consultant Engineer, FOBAS at LIoyd’s Register. The third session focused on cybersecurity and protection systems and was led by Jason Stefanatos, Senior Research Engineer at DNV GL. The fourth and final session was led by Kathrina Stanzel, Director General of INTERTANKO, which discussed the prospects of building a sustainable maritime sector based on innovation, research, education and the creation of successful global systems—with a focus on the ambitious plans that Dubai and the UAE are adopting to enhance their strong presence as a leading world class maritime center. The seminar agenda included four other interactive sessions as well, which attracted a high-level of participation from the UAE, regional and global maritime leaders. The first session led by Jorgen Strandberg, General Manager of New Technology at Wartsila Voyage Solutions, focused on smart shipping’s advantages compared to traditional shipping methods. The second session discussed the challenges of fuel shortages until 2020 and the best ways to address them, which was led by Timothy Wilson, Principal Marine Consultant Engineer, FOBAS at LIoyd’s Register. The third session focused on cybersecurity and protection systems and was led by Jason Stefanatos, Senior Research Engineer at DNV GL. The fourth and final session was led by Kathrina Stanzel, Director General of INTERTANKO, which discussed the prospects of building a sustainable maritime sector based on innovation, research, education and the creation of successful global systems—with a focus on the ambitious plans that Dubai and the UAE are adopting to enhance their strong presence as a leading world class maritime center.

Amer Ali, Executive Director of DMCA, said: "The UAE Maritime Future Leaders Seminar 2018 has once again successfully hosted leading industry experts and innovators to redefine the future of the maritime economy, based on solid foundations of sustainability, innovation and smart transformation, keeping pace with the rapid changes brought about by the 21st century. The panel discussion that featured the leaders within the UAE maritime sector was a highlight of the second edition of the event. The session underscored the outstanding achievements of the UAE and the Emirate of Dubai on the international maritime landscape.”

He added: “We are honoured to host such extensive panel sessions about global issues, including smart shipping, fuel, cyber security, research, development and innovation, highlighting Dubai's pioneering experience as a global model in developing one of the world's most innovative, unique and competitive maritime communities. We look forward to further strengthening communication with strategic partners to drive the growth and development of the maritime industry in accordance with the requirements of the digital era.”

More information on the next event will be released shortly.​