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Malta to host International Maritime Summit

03 October 2016

Over 300 delegates, including foreign ministers, will be in Malta this week for the first ever maritime summit to be held on the Maltese Islands.

The four-day summit will be held between Monday and Thursday as the government pushes Malta to become “a maritime centre of excellence”.

In a statement, the Ministry for Transport said that the summit will provide a platform for stakeholders to analyse the European Union’s and international maritime strategy and its impacts on the industry. The summit will lay the groundwork for proposals which will be pushed during Malta’s Presidency of the European Council.

A number of bilateral meetings will also be held between the Transport Minister and his foreign counterparts to strengthen Malta’s relations in the martime sector.

Why a Maritime Summit?
As from the first of January, 2017 Malta will be presiding the Council of the European Union, which Presidency will be for six months. During this time one of the major issues that will be addressed is undoubtedly its maritime policy. As such this is a unique opportunity for highly influential international maritime executives to meet, discuss and analyse the current European Union Maritime strategy and the impact it is having on the industry. The conclusions of the summit will be formally presented to the Prime Minister for his considerations. The conference will be spread over three and half days and is intended to stimulate various debates with the scope of reaching conclusions and make proposals that would be presented to the various stakeholders for their consideration, including policymakers in Malta who will be taking the Presidency of the EU Council in 2017. Thus the theme “The Voice of the Industry”.

Why Malta?
Malta has always been a maritime nation as its location has made it historically the most sought after island in the Mediterranean, by traders and world powers alike. As the Maritime world evolved, Malta’s nautical importance came to the fore. As it ranks top of the European maritime league and sixth in the world, Malta has asserted itself as a major player not only as a flag State but in all the other aspects of the maritime industry. It is now a major player in this highly competitive world and therefore its responsibilities and obligations have increased tremendously.

Among the Speakers
Hon. Joe Mizzi - Minister of Transport and Infrastructure of Malta
Hon. Edward Scicluna - Minister of Finance of Malta
Hon. Konrad Mizzi - Minister within the Office of the Prime Minister
H.E. Kitack Lim - International Maritime Organisation (IMO) - Secretary General
Hon. Marios Demetriades - Minister of Transport, Communications and Works of Cyprus
Hon. Theodoros Dritsas - Minister of Maritime Affairs & Insular Policy
Dr Anil Sharma - GMS - President and Chief Executive Officer
Prof. Andreas G. Merikas - GMS
Ms. Anna Maria Darmanin - European Tug Owners Association - Secretary General
Dr Ann Fenech - Managing Partner of Fenech & Fenech Advocates and President of MMLA
Prof. Arnold Cassola - Alternattiva Demokratika - Chairperson
Mr. Bob Jaques - Seatrade Maritime Review - Editor
Dr Ing. Claire De Marco - Faculty of Engineering, University of Malta - Senior Lecturer
Mr. Conrad Thorpe OBE - Salama Fikira - Chief Executive Officer
Dr Daniel Aquilina - Partner, Ganado Advocates and Chairman, Malta Marittima Agency
Mr. David Kerr - E.U. Transport, Telecoms and Energy Unit - Technical Attaché, Unit Coordinator
Mr. Eduardo Chagas - European Transport Workers' Federation - General Secretary
Mr. Emanuele Grimaldi - Grimaldi Group - Managing Director
Evangelos Chatzigiannis - GMS Hellas - Trader Responsible Recycling Coordinator
Mr. Fotis Karamitsos - European Commission - Director
Avv. Francesco Lauro - Studio Legale Lauro - Senior Partner
Mr. Greg U. Ogbeifun - Ship Owners Association Nigeria - President
Gian Enzo Duci - Norbulk Enterprise Ship Management SRL - Managing Director
Mr. Heiko Kunst - European DG Clima - Policy Officer
Dr Kevin Dingli - Dingli & Dingli Law Firm - Managing Partner
Dr Jean-Pie Gauci-Maistre - Gauci-Maistre Xynou (Legal | Assurance) - Managing Partner
Mr. Joseph Calleja - Palumbo Malta Shipyard Ltd. - General Manager
Mr. Leendert Bal - European Maritime Safety Agency - Head of Operations
Mr. Markku Mylly - European Maritime Safety Agency - Executive Director
Mr. Mohamed Zaitoun - New Building Technical Projects - Assistant Vice President
Mr. Murali Subramanian - FIMBank p.l.c. - Group Chief Executive Officer
Dr Neville Gatt - PricewaterhouseCoopers - Partner
Dr Nicholas Curmi - Ganado Advocates - Associate
Dr Nicholas Valenzia - Mamo TCV Advocates - Partner
Mr. Nigel Lowry - Lloyd’s List - Greece Correspondent
Patrick Verhoeven - European Community Shipowners' Association - Secretary General
Mr. Peter Hinchliffe - International Chamber of Shipping - Secretary General
Dr Raphael Von Heereman - Cruise Lines International Association - Secretary General
Ravi K. Mehrotra - Foresight Ltd. - Founder and Executive Chairman
Mr. Bob JaquesSeatrade Maritime Review - Editor
Mr. Robert Yuksel Yildirim - Yildirim Holdings - President and CEO
Prof. Simone Borg - Ambassasor for Malta on Climate Change
Stathis D. Gourdomichalis - Blue Wall Shipping Limited - C.O.O.
E.U. Commissioner Violeta Bulc - European Commission - European Commissioner for Transport
Prof. Yannis Maniatis - Former Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change of Greece

Among the discerning Maritime Stakeholders
• Ship-Owners,managers, operators, charters, cruise liner operators and brokers
• Ship agents, port authorities, freight forwarders, average adjuster and haulage
• Insurance providers, logistics and storage providers
• Bunkering agents and bunker fuel suppliers
• Financial practitioners, advisors, accountants, financial institutions, banks, fund manager and equity investors
• Sale & Purchase
• Logistics and storage providers
• Ship registration agents
• Legal practitioners and service providers
• Crewing agents
• P & I clubs and Hull insurers
• Terminal operators and Transshipments service providers
• Flag state administrators and surveyors
• Ship yards and ship repairers

Schedule
Day 1 – Welcome Session
Time 03.10.2016
Parallel Events
15:30 Tripartite Ministerial Meeting between Malta-Greece-Cyprus
Castille Room Grand Hotel Excelsior
17:15 Inauguration of the Art Exhibition In Aid of the Apostleship of the Sea
by The Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Hon. Joe Mizzi
Provence Room - Grand Hotel Excelsior
16:30-18:30 Registration
Grand Hotel Excelsior

19:00 Welcome Reception
Hosted by the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Republic of Malta
Hon. Joe Mizzi
Venue: Upper Barrakka Gardens
Day 2 – Maritime Policy
The E.U. and The Rest of the World

The Current regulatory and operative aspects are having a direct impact on the present and future of this industry. Bureaucracy, lack of decisions and vision, and reactive actions are all causing uncertainty and instability to this industry which is central to world trade. How can the EU Maritime policy better serve an industry that is already suffering from over regulation and current market conditions? How can the EU be more proactive? How can the industry play a more active role in influencing decisions both within the EU and the international institutions?

Time 04.10.2016
08:00 Registration and Welcome Coffee
09:00 Welcome Remarks
John A. Gauci-Maistre K.M. - C.E.O., GM International Conferences and Exhibitions Limited
09:10 Key Note Addresses
Hon. Joe Mizzi - Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Republic of Malta
H.E. Kitack Lim - Secretary General, International Maritime Organisation
Commissioner Violeta Bulc - European Commissioner for Transport
09:30 Session 1 - Legislating for the Industry
Moderator: Nigel Lowry - Lloyd's List, Greece Correspondent

Panel
Hon. Theodoros Dritsas - Minister of Maritime Affairs & Insular Policy, Hellenic Republic
Hon. Marios Demetriades - Minister of Transport, Communications and Works, Republic of Cyprus
Fotis Karamitsos - Director European, Commission
Peter Hinchliffe - General Secretary, International Chamber of Shipping
Partick Verhoeven - Secretary General, European Community Shipowners' Association
Markku Mylly - Executive Director, European Maritime Safety Agency
Eduardo Chagas - General Secretary, European Transport Worker's Federation
10:30 Coffee Break
Sponsored by Grimaldi Lines
11:00 Guest Speaker
Ravi K. Mehrotra CBE - Founder and Executive Chairman, Foresight Ltd
Fourth Industrial Revolution
Session 2 - Digitalisation & Ship Automation
Moderator: Patrick Verhoeven - Secretary General, European Community Shipowners' Association
Panel
Fotis Karamitsos - Director, European Commission
Leendert Bal - Head of Department Operations, European Maritime Safety Agency
Dr Anil Sharma - President and C.E.O., GMS
12:30 Coffee Break
Session 3 - Human Resources & New Skills
Moderator: Eduardo Chagas - General Secretary, European Transport Worker's Federation
Panel
Ravi K. Mehrotra CBE - Founder and Executive Chairman, Foresight Ltd
Anna Maria Darmanin - Secretary General, European Tugowners Association
Joseph Calleja - General Manager, Palumbo Malta Shipyard Limited
Dott. Emanuele Grimaldi - Managing Director, Grimaldi Group
14:00 Lunch
Sponsored by Gauci - Maistre Xynou (Legal | Assurance)

Parallel Events
EMSA Oil Polution Response Vessel Open Visit Lascaris Wharf
09:30 - 10:30 Visit open to REMPEC participants
11:00 - 12:30 visit by VIP (IMO SG, Hon. Ministers of Malta, Greece, Cyprus and TBC Hon. Ministers from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Director UNEP regional office for Europe and MAP Coordinator
15:30 - 16:30 Visit by participants to the Malta Maritime Summit
15:00 - 19:00 REMPEC 40th Anniversary conference (Private event for REMPEC Delegates)
Day 3 – Maritime Transportation, Energy and Environment
Considering the complicated and intense management logistics of this sector, are the industry’s efforts resulting in the expected standard or should the industry be more proactive? How are developments in ICT and digitalisation impacting the shipping industry? What impact does the Paris Agreement have on shipping? Is public opinion being manipulated to unjustly blame the major players for Environmental issues? What can all the stakeholders do more to address this reality?
Time 05.10.2016
08:30 Registration and welcome coffee
09:00 Welcome Remarks from Host
John A. Gauci-Maistre K.M. - C.E.O., GM International Conferences and Exhibitions Limited
09:10 Key Note Address
Hon. Konrad Mizzi - Minister within the Office of the Prime Minister
09:35 Session 1 - Development of Smart and Environment Friendly Ships
Moderator: Bob Jaques - Editor, Seatrade Maritime Review
Panel
Dr Simone Borg - Ambassador for Malta on Climate Change
Peter Hinchliffe - General Secretary, International Chamber of Shipping
Greg Ogbeifun - President, Ship Owners Association Nigeria
Heiko Kunst - Policy Officer, European DG Clima
Mohamed Zaitoun - Assistant Vice President, New Building Technical Projects
David Kerr - Technical Attaché, Unit Coordinator European Union Deputy permanent representative of Malta
Evangelos Chatzigiannis - Trader Responsible Recycling Coordinator, GMS Hellas
10:30 Coffee Break
11:00 Session 2 - Developments in Ports to Cater for Innovative Ships
Moderator: Greg Obgeifun - President, Ship Owners Association Nigeria
Panel
Robert Yuksel Yildirim - President and C.E.O., Yildirim Holdings
Dr Raphael Von Heereman - Secretary General, Cruise Lines International Association
Mohamed Zaitoun - Assistant Vice President, New Building Technical Projects
Evangelos Chatzigiannis - Trader Responsible Recycling Coordinator, GMS Hellas
12:00 Coffee Break
Session 3 - Innovative Energy
Moderator: Dr Ing. Claire De Marco - Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malta
Panel
Prof. Yannis Maniatis - Member of the Hellenic Parliament, Former Minister of Energy of Greece
Conrad Thorphe OBE - C.E.O., Salama Fikira
Heiko Kunst - Policy Officer, European DG Clima
Avv. Francesco Lauro - Senior Partner, Studio Legale Lauro
Dr Arnold Cassola - Chairperson, Alternattiva Demokratika
14:00 Lunch
Day 4 – Maritime Assets, Private- Public Finance
Opportunities
Considering the global financial and economic turmoil, are Maritime players in this sector, the contributors or the recipients? Is overreaction to popular opinion stifling initiatives and positive creativity? Various opportunities are available but are stakeholders interested, considering good governance and corporate responsibilities exigencies?
Time 06.10.2016
08:30 Registration and Welcome Coffee
09:00 Welcome Remarks from Host
John A. Gauci-Maistre K.M. - C.E.O., GM International Conferences and Exhibitions Limited
09:10 Key Note Address
Hon. Edward Scicluna - Minister of Finance, Republic of Malta
09:35 Session 1 - Can the E.U. follow its Peers?
A conversation with Stathis D. Gourdomichalis - C.O.O., Blue Wall Shipping Limited
Hosted by Prof. Andreas G. Merikas - GMS
10:15 Coffee Break
10:45 Session 2 - Restructuring - Corporate Governance - Taxation
Moderators
Prof. Andreas G. Merikas - GMS
Dr Jean-Pie Gauci-Maistre - Managing Partner, Gauci-Maistre Xynou (Legal | Assurance)
Panel
Murali Subramanian - Group C.E.O., FIMBank
Stathis D. Gourdomichalis - C.O.O., Blue Wall Shipping Limited
Dr Neville Gatt - Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Dr Kevin Dingli - Managing Partner, Dingli & Dingli Law Firm
Gian Enzo Duci - Managing Director, Norbulk Enterprise Ship Management SRL
12:00 Coffee Break
12:30 Alternative Ship Finance: Securitisation and the Capital Markets
Dr Nicholas Curmi - Associate, Ganado Advocates
13:00 Session 3 - The Cape Town Convention
Moderator: Dr Ann Fenech - Managing Partner, Fenech & Fenech Advocates and President, Malta Maritime Law Association
Panel
Dr Daniel Aquilina - Partner, Ganado Advocates and Chairman, Malta Marittima
Dr Nicholas Valenzia - Partner, MAMO TCV Advocates
14:00 Closing Remarks and Lunch

Further information from www.maltamaritimesummit.com.