SMC’s parent company Bernhard Schulte held ‘Bernhard Schulte Shipping Day’ on 7th February, 2018 at the Kerry Hotel in Shanghai.
The half-day seminar was very successful and covered some of the latest important industry topics for owners. The event attracted 170 participants, including customers and business partners of the Schulte Group, such as key representatives from COSCO Shipping, SUMEC, Xin Yuan Enterprises Group, Sinosure Liaoning, Changhang International, IMC Group, Huangpu Wenchong Shipyard, the Vice President of China Merchant Shipping as well as financial institutions. Further, the event was attended by Ian Beveridge, Schulte Group CEO, Tobias Pinker, BS CFO, Sebastian von Hardenberg, BSM CFO, David Furnival, BSM COO, as well as senior members of BS, BS Offshore, the Cruise Division, BSM India, BSM China and SMC.
All participants were welcomed by Ian Beveridge, followed by a speech held by guest speakers from the Shanghai Regional Ports Management Committee, Export-Import Bank of China, China State Shipbuilding Corporation and Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre – Asia.
Moka Adinarayana, Project Manager of SMC, shared shipbuilding challenges on VLOC newbuilding, followed by Sanjeev Sharma, Managing Director of BSM India, who presented operational challenges. Besides, Sankar Ragavan, Schulte Group CDO, presented new digitalisation trends in shipping; David Furnival, introduced current BS projects in LNG Bunkering; and Martin Springer, Managing Director of Cruise Division, gave an overview on cruise ship operations and opportunities.
The presentations concluded with a panel discussion moderated by Ben Padilla, BS Senior Manager, where key representatives from financial institutions, such as the Bank of China and the Shipping Finance Centre, China discussed about the role of the financial owner in the shipping industry.
At the end of the seminar all participants had the opportunity to network over a cocktail and dinner session.