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Portugal puts future challenges at the heart of its shipping week debate

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Influential figures from throughout the international shipping community and senior Portuguese Government representatives will stand shoulder-to-shoulder to discuss and debate Future Challenges For A New Shipping Generation during the Flagship Conference of the first ever Portugal Shipping Week (September 17 to 21).

Portuguese Minister of the Sea, Ana Paula Vitorino, will welcome delegates to this inaugural conference on Tuesday September 18, before CEOs from some of the world’s biggest maritime companies and legislative bodies consider thought-provoking issues, such as: how to make shipping greener and protect the world’s oceans; what impact technological changes such as artificial intelligence will have on global trade; and how tomorrow’s shipping industry will be financed.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Cristina Cachola, General Manager, Refining, Planning & Logistics, Galp Energía
  • Charles (Bud) Darr, Executive Vice President, Maritime Policy and Government Affairs, MSC Group
  • Martin Dorsman, Secretary General, European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)
  • Ruben Eiras, Director-General for Maritime Policy, Ministry of the Sea
  • Steve Esau, General Manager, SEA\LNG
  • Dr Albrecht Gundermann, Managing Director, EUROMAR; Board Member, European International Shipowners Association of Portugal (EISAP)
  • Saskia Kunst, CEO, Consiglio Corporate Development BV
  • Robert Lorenz-Meyer, Chairman, Ernst Russ GmbH & Co; Chairman, European International Shipowners Association of Portugal (EISAP),
  • Peter Lu, Counsel & Head of EMEA China Desk, White & Case LLP
  • Mark O’Neil, President Columbia Shipmanagement
  • Alex Panagopulos, Chairman, Arista Shipping, Founder/CEO, Forward Ships
  • Luc Pescio, Managing Director, Ocean Dynamics Ltd
  • Eivind Rabben, Director, EC Hambro Rabben & Partners Ltd
  • Lidia Sequeira, President, Port of Lisbon; President, Ports of Portugal Association
  • Pedro Rebelo de Sousa, Chairman, European International Shipowners Association of Portugal (EISAP), Senior Partner, SRS Lawyers
  • Jose Simâo, Director General, Marine Resources & Safety, Ministry of the Sea
  • Jorge d’Almeida, President, Port Community of Sines; CEO, Saconsult Ltd
  • Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, President, WISTA International; CEO, Tototheo Maritime
  • Manuel Tirado, CEO and Captain of the Port (Acting), Port of Gibraltar Authority

The Conference will take place at the famous cruise terminal, the Gare Marítima de Alcântara, designed by the architect Pardal Monteiro and built in 1943 as part of the modernisation of the ports serving Lisbon.

Welcoming the conference programme, Minister Vitorino said: “Portugal has a glorious maritime heritage but, if we are to meet today’s global challenges, we cannot live in the past. On behalf of the Portuguese Government, the Ministry of the Sea has plans for a comprehensive development of our entire maritime sector. These far-reaching initiatives are already transforming our ports and maritime services sector and making Portugal a very attractive location for global shipping.”

Llewellyn Bankes-Hughes, Director of Shipping Innovation, said: “This is a very exciting conference line-up and we are anticipating a high-level of debate from these hard-hitters as they pull no punches to get to the heart of today’s important industry considerations.”

Portugal Shipping Week is less than two months away and delegate places are already filling up. To register or to view the latest information please go to the event website: www.portugalshippingweek.com

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