Danish Maritime Forum announces first participants


The global maritime industry’s most influential stakeholders will meet in Copenhagen for the Danish Maritime Forum on 8th-9th October 2014.

250 key leaders in the global maritime industry, policymakers, experts and other influential decision-makers and opinion shapers will together identify and generate new ideas and solutions to some of the most important challenges facing the industry in the future.

The doubling of world trade by about 2030 and what this will require in terms of innovative thinking, long-term strategies, preparation and cooperation across the industry, regulators and all stakeholders will be up for discussion. The benefits it has for human wellbeing are also an important topic of concern. Related themes to be discussed include maritime infrastructure; new technology; the changing geopolitical landscape and environmental pressures.

The list of participants who have been invited and accepted to come and discuss these important issues include Group CEO of BW Group Andreas Sohmen-Pao, who will be joined by President and CEO of Danaos Corporation John Coustas; Chairman of Siem Capital Group Kristian Siem and Graham Westgarth, COO of GasLog, together with other shipowners.

Michael Parker, Managing Director and Global Head of Shipping, Citi Group, and Kristin H. Holth, Executive Vice President, Global Head of Shipping Offshore & Logistics DNB Bank ASA will be there with other bankers and private equity providers.

Key participants from maritime organisations include Andrew Tan, Chief Executive, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA); Masamichi Morooka, Chairman, International Chamber of Shipping and Chief Executive Officer and President of NYK-Hinode Line and Koji Sekimizu, Secretary General, International Maritime Organisation.

Thomas Thune Andersen, Chairman, Lloyd’s Register; Roberto Giorgi, President, V.Ships and Peter Kerr-Dineen, Joint-chairman, Howe Robinson, are also on the list and many more will join them at the two day Forum.

The Danish Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark has been announced to open the Forum and welcome the exclusive group of stakeholders.

The Danish Maritime Forum is the flagship event of Danish Maritime Days, an international event focusing on global challenges and opportunities of the future maritime industry. More than 50 events in the course of five days will engage in discussions and seek to find solutions to the industry’s most important challenges on a global scale.

“The majority of the challenges of the global maritime industry do not know the concept of country borders. They are inherently global and the only way to meet these is to come together on a global platform like Danish Maritime Days and find solutions in unison. That is what all will be here for and that is exactly what makes the Forum and Danish Maritime Days so unique,” said Secretary General of Danish Maritime Days Flemming R. Jacobs.