Shipping Calendar ( Update – May 2014

Shipping Calendar Update – May 2014


I have been updating the Shipping Calendar, and I have been trying to expand the coverage to include commodities events with a significant shipping element. Below is a summary of the forthcoming conferences, including the conferences I hope to attend.


May 2014

Recent additions to the Shipping Calendar include a rice conference in Africa rice-AFRICA conference on Rice for Food, Market and Development, and a wood and paper pulp conference in Brazil – Paper and Wood Pulp Conference. The later takes place in the middle of May, about a month before the FIFA World Cup starts. I have also included a sugar conference, Africa Sugar Outlook, but I am not sure if there is a significant shipping element. The trade in sugar has expanded enormously in the last few years, and requires specialist shipping knowledge. Bulk and bagged sugar shipping and handling might be an interesting one-day conference, and I can help with ideas and speakers if any of the specialist shipping conference organisers are interested.


June 2014

It’s an even year so June means Posidonia, which lasts from Monday 2 June to the Thursday afternoon. I personally am not so fond of the new location, and prefer the shabby but more convenient location of the customs shed of years gone by. If you haven’t been, you should go to at least one Posidonia and crash as many parties as possible. A tempting alternative would be the giant 2000+ delegates Coaltrans Asia event in Bali. Having been to the Coaltrans event in Goa, India, this year, I can say that Coaltrans’ organisation is first-class, with excellent networking opportunities. There was even a special purpose event app so you were always up to speed on when and where to go. After Posidonia, the shipping finance portion of the shipping party moves onto New York, and the Marine Money New York Week from Monday 16 June. Perhaps not as rock ‘n roll as New York but free to attend is Ro-Ro 2014  in the ExCel centre in the east end of London from 24 June.



Not much happening. If you have had your fill of shipping conferences, how about the European International Submarine Races !



The northern hemisphere will be on holiday, but Down Under there is Coaltrans Australia, taking place in Brisbane.



The Autumn conference season begins with SMM  the giant shipping exhibition in Hamburg, Germany. This has a German shipping finance conference on the first day. I have also included Metal Bulletin’s Steel Scrap Conference, which takes place in Rotterdam on the 22 September, but looking at the agenda is may be a bit light on the shipping of scrap – let’s wait and see. One event I may be attending is the The Red Sea and Gulf Bunkering Conference, but the link for the 2014 flutters in and out of view, so I am not sure if this event is on or not.



Following on from German shipping finance conference at SMM, there is a Greek shipping finance conference in Athens organised by Marine Money, plus one on the same day in Brazil. Maybe we can have a live Skype link up and debate? One event I have been to in the past is the Mare Forum event in Amsterdam, Mare Forum Shipowners vs. Capital Providers . I enjoy the format and the informality of the Dutch set-up, ad hope to be there again this year.



A new event to me is Global Shipping Trends & Trade Patterns. With a title like that I don’t know why I haven’t heard of it before, and I will be making an effort to attend this event on Wednesday 5 November in London. At the moment, there does not appear to be a clash between the Informa 27th International Ship Finance & Investment Conference in London on the Wednesday 12 November, and the equivalent Marine Money in New York, and / or the Hansa event in Germany, as was the case last year. However, these other two events has not yet been listed on the respective websites yet. They have already lost the Friday 14 November, as this is taken up with the Tradewinds Dry Cargo Charterers Forum in Geneva, which I did not attend but heard good things about last year.

The following week is a new wet conference, the Tanker Shipping & Trade Conference organised by Riviera, publishers of the magazine of the same title. This starts in London on Wednesday 19 November, and I hope to be there.



Into December, and the Middle East Iron & Steel conference in Dubai starting on the Monday 8 December. This is unlikely to be the last trade conference of the year, but that is as far as I have got at the moment.

If your event is not on the Shipping Calendar and you feel it should be, then send an email to with the details.


Clash of Finance – three shipping finance conferences on the same day.

Before the autumn season of shipping conference kicks off I have been updating the shipping calendar ( Another 40 events and their associated page links have been added, taking the calendar through to mid-2014. If your conference is not on the calendar, drop me an email on

 Autumn is the traditional start of the conference season. This season sees a date clash in the shipping finance league, with Informa, Marine Money, and Hansa Forum all choosing to host conferences on the same day. This is a bit like having the most entertaining teams in the Premier League, say, Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur (sorry Arsenal fans – I did say entertaining) games kicking off at the same time. This conference season will see the 26th International Ship Finance Conference (aka LSE Ship Finance Conference) taking place in London on the 13th and 14th of November versus Marine Money Ship Finance in New York on the 14th, versus Hansa Forum Shipping Finance in Hamburg on the same day. The kick off times in the Premier League are carefully managed to maximise advertising potential and maintain punter interest. Maybe it’s time the conference organisers got together to do the same thing.

Wärtsilä Oil and Gas Calendar

Wärtsilä calendar of oil and gas exploration, drilling, and technology events for the next twelve months.

The shipping calendar is generating a lot of interest, and I am following it up with one for the oil and gas industry. The oil and gas industry is a much bigger industry than shipping, and there are far more conferences and events. While the shipping conference calendar is unique (I haven’t come across another on the Internet), there are some oil & gas-related conference calendars. I have used the US Society of Petroleum Engineers calendar and the Oil & Gas Journal listings as the main source of listings for collating my oil & gas calendar, plus the usual suspects like Informa and so on. Of course, if you are a conference organisor and I haven’t included your event, please send me a comment with the website location. I would also like to thank the nice people at Wärtsilä for sponsoring the oil & gas calendar.

 Best Golf Course at an Oil & Gas Conference?

As you might expect there are a lot of oil conferences in Houston, the Middle East and Brazil, but I wanted to share with you the annual conference for the American Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers (SPEE). This takes place in Coeur d’Alene, which I assumed was in France. In fact, Coeur d’Alene is in Idaho, USA. Coeur d’Alene is a purpose built resort, with the hotel being a modernist interpretation of a German Rhine Schloss. As well as the conference, there is a champagne cruise on the lake and a golf tournament. It is the golf course that caught my eye. The par three 14th green floats in the lake. In fact, the floating green is computer controlled and changes position everyday. The Coeur d’Alene has been voted America’s Most Beautiful Golf Course and if the American Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers need a speaker on the shipping at Coeur d’Alene, I’m your man (and I don’t even play golf)!

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