BIMCO Shanghai Conference and Award Dinner 2019

  • 28/02/2019
  • 28/02/2019
  • The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong
    Shanghai IFC, 8 Century Avenue, Lujiazui, Pudong
    Shanghai, 200120
  • Wei Zhuang

Join us in Shanghai for great networking opportunities and get unique shipping insight via a string of power panels covering current issues in the industry.

Get the  opportunity to interact with leading global shipping CEOs and hear from experts discussing crucial topics for the industry. The core topics are the challenges facing  ship owners, including the IMO sulphur cap in 2020, current market challenges such as the trade war, as well as d key contractual issues facing shipping today, not least the IMO sulphur 2020 issues. 

The event includes an afternoon conference with three power panels addressing these crucial topics and will be followed by a reception and award dinner offering great networking opportunities.

BIMCO looks forward to meet a wide range of our members and others and to provide a venue for networking and exchanging ideas and insight, following our successful 2016 event in Shanghai.



14:00 Welcome by the BIMCO President Anastasios Papagiannopoulos, Principal Common Progress SA

14:05 Welcome by the Shanghai Municipal Transportation Commission

14:10 Welcome by the Pudong New Area Government 
14:15 Opening ceremony for the SmartCon Development and Support Centre Asia 
14:20 Power Panel about the latest on arbitration and BIMCO’s work on contracts and clauses including the new BIMCO Sulphur Clauses


General Counsel and Corporate Secretary Francis Sarre
CMB and Chairman of BIMCO’s Documentary Committee


President Ian Gaunt
London Maritime Arbitration Association

Arbitrator Philip Yang
Philip Yang & Co., Ltd.

Managing Director David Roberts
The Standard Club Asia Ltd

Partner Nicholas Poynder 
15:10 Break

15:25 Power Panel on environmental game changers hammering shipowners including Ballast water, IMO sulphur cap 2020 and Greenhouse Gas


Partner Vincent Xu
Stephenson Harwood


CEO Sadan Kaptanoglu
Kaptanoglu Shipping and BIMCO President Designate

CEO Khalid Hashim
Precious Shipping

General Manager James Dinglei
China Merchant Fleet.

Director Alastair Evitt
V. Group
16:10 Power Panel on where the shipping market is going including the challengers from the trade war and the sulphur 2020


Chief Shipping Analyst Peter Sand


Group Managing Director Arjun Batra

CEO Vincent Lai
Landbridge Holdings Limited

General Manager Ralph van der Hoeven
Klaveness Shipping

17:00 Reception – 6th Anniversary of BIMCO Shanghai branch


Award ceremony and Award Dinner

Welcome by the BIMCO President Anastasios Papagiannopoulos, Principal Common Progress SA

Welcome by Chinese member representative Executive Vice President Xiaowen Huang, COSCO Shipping Group

Award ceremony hosted by Sadan Kaptanoglu from Kaptanoglu Shipping and BIMCO President Designate.

Welcome by the Award Dinner sponsor representant by COO Alfonso Castillero, LISCR.


Gold sponsor

Break sponsor

The London P&I Club

Dinner sponsor

Reception sponsor

Award sponsors

Conference bag sponsor

Lanyard's sponsor

Speakers and panellists bio’s

Anastasios Papagiannopoulos

Mr. Papagiannopoulos has been a principal of Common Progress since its establishment in 1984 and has more than 37 years of experience in shipping.

Mr. Papagiannopoulos has been elected since 1996 until 2018 on the Board of Directors of the Union of Greek Shipowners and since 2006 until 2018 in the Executive Committee of the Union including Committee Chairman of the Seaman’s Social Security and Labour Issues. He is currently President of Bimco and an elected member of the Executive Committee where he had served since 1998 as an elected member of the Documentary Committee. Since 2004 he has also been an elected member in the Greek Committee of Det Norske Veritas Germanischer Lloyd (D.N.V.G.L). Mr. Papagiannopoulos has been elected (2006) in the Executive Committee of International Chamber of Shipping, (I.C.S.)

Mr. Papagiannopoulos holds a BA in Law from the National University of Athens, an MSc in Economics from Queen Mary College, University of London, an MA in European Integration from University of Reading and a PhD in Economics from Queen Mary College, University of London.
Dr. Şadan Kaptanoğlu

Sadan Kaptanoğlu, after graduating from the Philosophy Department of Istanbul University Faculty of Literature, studied shipping in London City College. She holds an MSc degree in Shipping, Finance and Trade from City University Cass Business School and she holds a PhD degree from De Montfort University.

After working as the Managing Director of H.İ Kaptanoglu Ship Management Company until January 2014, she became the chief executive officer of Kaptanoglu Shipping.

On 6 June 2017 at the BIMCO General Meeting in Rome Sadan Kaptanoglu was elected as President Designate of BIMCO thereby becoming the first woman to reach that position.

Sadan Kaptanoglu is the chairperson of TURMEPA and vice president of INTERMEPA.

She is the Chairman of Turkish Committee of  Lloyd’s Register.
She is the Chairman of Turkish Committee of  RINA.

She is the first winner of  Seatrade awards  “young person of the year” in 2008, in London.

Şadan Kaptanoglu is married and has two daughters.

 Alastair Evitt

Alastair, a Master Mariner, has spent 42 years in the Marine industry. Including 15 years at sea before coming ashore to work in Ship Management in 1990.

Of his 27 + years in Ship Management - 20 years have been spent with V. Group and associated companies in senior management positions.

Alastair presently sits on the Executive Committee of InterManager (having served as InterManager President from 2010 to 2012) and is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute.

Alastair spent the last 5 years in Greece latterly as V. Ships Regional Director for Europe before returning to Singapore to take up his present position as V.Group Director, Ship Management, East in July 2017.
Arjun Batra

Arjun is a multi-faceted maritime professional. He combines an entrepreneurial flair with astute strategic planning and deal making. He is a Master Mariner, a MSc in Shipping, Trade and Finance from Cass Business School. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Shipbrokers and a Member of the Nautical Institute. He is Group Managing Director and major shareholder of Drewry Shipping Consultants. The Managing Director and sole shareholder of North South Maritime Pte Ltd., a ship brokerage and commercial manager, who currently manages about 32 vessels with another 6 new buildings in the pipeline. He is also a shareholder and non-executive director of Maritime Content Limited and Digitalship Limited. Previously, he was a non-executive Director of listed dry-bulk operator Globus Maritime Limited (GLBS.L) and Henschien Insurance Services Limited in Norway. He was a core member of the start-up team for Easyjet, Finance Director of Stelmar Tankers and Insurance Manager at Troodos Shipping. He started his working career as an officer in the Merchant Navy.
Francis Sarre

Francis Sarre was educated at the King’s School Canterbury (secondary school) before moving to university in Ghent in Belgium where he studied law and followed a post graduate course in European Community law.

His professional experience started in 1986 as a Research Assistant at Ghent University in the European and Private International Law departments before joining Bocimar (the dry bulk shipping division of CMB) in Antwerp in 1989. After the merger with the Almabo Group he joined CMB in 1992 and headed up the legal department in 2006 also becoming member of the Executive Committee.

Francis Sarre is currently General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of CMB, Chairman of Bimco’s Documentary Committee and Chairman of the West of England P and I Club. He also chairs the Belgian Shipowners’ Association Legal Committee.
David Roberts


David Roberts – Managing Director

  • graduated in law from the University of Exeter in 1987.
  • graduated from the University of Western Australia Law School in 1989.
  • admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of The Supreme Court of Western Australia 1991.
  • admitted as a Solicitor of The High Court of England and Wales 1992.
  • joined Charles Taylor in 1992.
  • appointed director of the Mediterranean & Middle East Division in 2003.
  • appointed director of the UK & Americas Division in 2012.
  • managing director Charles Taylor Mutual Management (Asia) Pte. Ltd with effect from 1 October 2013.
Ian Gaunt


Ian Gaunt has been President of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association since 2017.

Ian is a graduate of Cambridge University, a Barrister (non-practising) and full time professional arbitrator in maritime and commercial cases. He is a member of the Baltic Exchange, a member of the Board of Maritime London and a member of the arbitration panels of China Maritime Arbitration Commission, Shanghai Arbitration Commission and Shanghai International Shipping Institute.

From 1999 to 2008 he was Senior Vice President-International of Carnival Corporation the world’s leading cruise shipping company and responsible to the Chief Executive for contracting and implementation of the group’s large-scale shipbuilding programme.

From 2003 to 2008 he was a main board director of the UK P and I Club.

He has been actively engaged as an arbitrator in maritime cases, particularly involving international shipbuilding and ship sale and purchase disputes since 2008.
James Dinglei

James Dinglei graduated from Shanghai Maritime University with the BSc of Transportation Management and he obtained his MSc degree of Supply Chain Management and Logistics from Cranfield University, School of Management.

Currently, he is the General Manager of Hong Kong Ming Wah Shipping Co., Ltd, before that he also took the cap as Assistant President of China Merchants Energy Shipping Co., Ltd where he oversaw commercial business including chartering, operation, post-fixture, legal and insurance of CMES bulk carrier fleet. James also acted as the Deputy General Manager of COFCO Keystone Supply Chain Investment (China) Co., Ltd and the General Manager of China Merchants Logistics Holdings Co., Ltd before he joined China Merchants Energy Shipping Co., Ltd.
Khalid M Hashim

Khalid Moinuddin Hashim, CEO of Precious Shipping (PSL) Bangkok, is an adjunct lecturer at Singapore Management University. He comes from a family engaged in shipping/trade. His father, the late Moinuddin Hashim, was the Chairman of the Indian National Shipowners Association and his late greatgrandfather was a founding director of Scindia Steam Navigation Company.

In 1978, after attaining an MBA specializing in Finance, Khalid began his career with Tolani Shipping, Bombay. In 1979, he worked under the late Hon. Ali Maniku, Minister of Shipping for the Maldives Government, in Singapore. In 1984, Khalid joined the GP Group and started PSL in 1989.

In 1996 Khalid was elected to the Board of the Swedish Club, a 147 year old Marine Mutual Insurance company; Chairman of the Finance and Audit Committee in 1997, and was elected Deputy Chairman in 2007 and continues with both these positions.

In September 2007 Marine Money ranked PSL as the No.1 Listed Shipping Company in the World.  In April 2012, Seatrade Asia awarded the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ to Khalid.
Nicholas Poynder

Nicholas Poynder is a partner at Holman Fenwick Willan LLP Shanghai office.

Educated at Cambridge University and Queen's University Belfast, Nicholas is a qualified Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.

Based in Shanghai for over 12 years, Nicholas Poynder works principally on shipping and commercial matters for PRC clients, both of a contentious and non-contentious nature.

Nicholas specialises in international litigation and arbitration. Since coming to China in 2006, he acts for PRC and Korean clients in a variety of disputes over international trade, shipbuilding, contracts for the carriage goods, logistics and JV agreements.

Philip Yang

Mr. Philip Yang has been a full-time arbitrator for well over 30 years, mainly in international trade, shipping and commercial disputes.  He has published/issued over 600 arbitration awards as a sole or co-arbitrator.

Mr. Yang is the Honorary Chairman of the HKIAC, the member of the International Advisory Board of CIETAC, the member of the International Advisory Board of Asian International Arbitration Centre, the Committee Member of International Arbitration Committee of KCAB, the member of the General Committee of SCMA, the immediate past Vice-Chairman of the BIMCO Documentary Committee, the Past President of the APRAG, and the past Hong Kong Representative of ICC International Court of Arbitration.

He has published many books and a lot of articles on international trade, shipping and arbitration related topics/matters.

Peter Sand

Peter Sand joined BIMCO in 2009 and holds the position of Chief Shipping Analyst. In this position, he is responsible for analysing the commercial markets for dry bulkers, tankers and containerships. Taking the offset in global economics as the analytical starting point for all seaborne trade, he assists managements, members and clients with insight into many different aspects of the global shipping industry.

Peter’s regular reports, focused analytical articles and insightful comments on the shipping market are widely read and have often been referenced in global mainstream media.

Teacher of Maritime Economics at the Danish Shipping Academy as well as guest lecturer at Copenhagen Business School - Blue MBA and Shipping bachelor.

During the rise and fall of the shipping markets Peter gained experience in the fields of shipping analysis, executive assistance, caretaking of investors and the art of transforming data and statistics into overviews and forecasts. Prior to his career in BIMCO, he worked for the dry bulk and product tanker company D/S NORDEN. Peter holds a Master’s Degree in economics from the University of Copenhagen.
Ralph van der Hoeven


Ralph van der Hoeven joined Klaveness in 2008 & holds the position of General Manager Klaveness Shipping (Shanghai).

Ralph has a Bachelor of Business in Transport Economics and Logistics Management from RMIT (Australia) & is a Member of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Singapore (ex‐Australia).

Having spent his career in Melbourne, Oslo, Bangkok, Singapore and Shanghai, Ralph has an extensive knowledge of the Pacific shipping markets with his main focus being centred around regional coal markets.

Prior joining Klaveness, Ralph previously held Senior positions with Western Bulk Carriers, Thoresen Thai in Bangkok and Eastern Bulk Carriers in Melbourne.

Vincent Lai


Vincent Lai has over 20 years of extensive experience in shipping and finance.

He joined Landbridge Holdings Limited in January 2017 as Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for running the Group’s shipping business and funding overseas port and energy projects.

Prior to joining Landbridge, Vincent worked with Wah Kwong for over 8 years and served as Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer. Before he joined Wah Kwong in 2008, he held senior positions in COSCO and PricewaterhouseCoopers with focus in shipping IPO, project finance and audit exposure in China business.

Vincent holds a professional qualification from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Vincent Xu

Partner Vincent Xu from Stephenson Harwood.

Vincent Xu has extensive knowledge of the shipping industry with a strong focus on non-contentious shipping and energy matters including asset and project finance, leasing, restructuring, sale and purchase, joint venture, private equity, shipbuilding and offshore construction. Vincent is a regular speaker at conferences and a visiting lecturer at universities in Hong Kong. He is also an arbitrator appointed by the China Maritime Arbitration Commission.