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Programme set for third Indian Shipping Summit

Mumbai: The third Indian Shipping Summit, to be held at the Grand Hyatt, Mumbai on October 29-31, will examine topical issues affecting the Indian maritime industry and offer an opportunity to network with the country's leading players. Some 600 attendees are expected.

The event, co-organised by Seatrade and TradeWinds, begins on Monday October 29 with half-day visits (morning and afternoon) to the Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies, a new training school built by Executive Ship Management, located in Lonavala outside Mumbai. Then in the evening there's a Welcome Reception followed by a Welcome Dinner.

The opening conference session, at 09:30 on Tuesday October 30, will discuss why the shipping sector seems to be lagging behind compared to the country's general economic growth. Speakers will include the leaders of Shipping Corporation of India, the Indian National Shipowners Association and DP World among others, as well as national government officials.

Parallel sessions in the afternoon, beginning 14:30, will deal with Maritime Infrastructure Development and Shipping Finance. Speakers at the former will include Vikas Khan, chairman and ceo of Emirates Shipping Line; Mukesh Oza, president of Samsara Group; and Pieter Struijs, coo of Port of Rotterdam Authority.

That evening will see a Gala Dinner at the Grand Hyatt Lawns to present the inaugural India Shipping Summit Awards, designed to reward excellence across the spectrum of Indian maritime endeavour. Winners to be honoured on the night will be selected from shortlists in the various categories by an independent judging panel chaired by India's former Secretary of Shipping, DT Joseph, and also comprising Capt JC Anand, chairman of IRS; Chris Horrocks, former secreatry general of the ICS/ISF; and PK Srivastava, former chairman and md of SCI.

On Wednesday October 31, the morning session at 09:30 will examine the lucrative oil and gas sector, focusing on the multiplying opportunities for shipowners in activities ranging from offshore drilling to energy transportation. The session has confirmed speakers from leading companies in the energy field including ABS, BP Marine, Mercator Lines and the Reliance Group.

Parallel sessions at 14:30 in the afternoon are entitled Ship Management, Indian Crews and the Future and Indian Shipbuilding: Set to Enter a New Era. Delegates will then reconvene for a plenary session that pulls together Summit Conclusions.

For more information, please visit www.indiashippingsummit.com  [24/08/07]

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