Shipowners Forum

Tokyo / 12 November 2019

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Put your questions to a hand-picked panel of shipping’s most experienced and knowledgeable individuals, learn and challenge their business strategies and discover what makes them tick.  Among the speakers, you will hear from:

(More Speakers will be confirmed soon)

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Dr Akinori Abe
Managing Officer and Chief Technology Officer
Japan Marine United
Dr. Abe joined Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. Previously he was Director, General Superintendent of Yokohama Shipyard, IHI Marine United Inc. April 2012: Executive Officer, President of Offshore Project & Steel Structures Operation, IHI Corporation April 2014: Managing Executive Officer, President of Offshore Project & Steel Structures Operations and General Manager of Solution & Engineering Headquarters, IHI Corporation June 2014: Director, Managing Executive Officer, President of Offshore Project & Steel Structures Operations and General Manager of Solution & Engineering Headquarters, IHI Corporation July 2016: Executive Fellow, IHI Corporation April 2017: Managing Officer of Ariake Shipyard, Ship and Offshore Division, Japan Marine United Corporation April 2019: Managing Officer and Chief Technology Officer of Technology Division, Japan Marine United Corporation (incumbent)
Julian Bray
Julian Bray is Editor-in-Chief of TradeWinds, the shipping business news publisher which since its launch 25 years ago has become a reference point for decision makers in the industry. During a career in business journalism, he has won awards for both reporting and editing and built a track record of product innovation having lead numerous newspaper, magazine and website launches and relaunches. In addition to his specialist knowledge of maritime commerce, he has also been a Correspondent for the Reuters news agency, written for national newspapers and magazines, and made television and radio appearances. Away from the office, a love of the natural work often takes him to wild and mountainous regions to walk, cycle, climb and watch wildlife with family and friends. He also has a passionate interest in politics, culture and music.
Logan Chong
Managing Director, Transportation Sector
BNP Paribas
Logan joined BNP Paribas in July 2007, in charge of China shipping market. He was the Head of Shipping Finance, Asia Pacific and Maritime Sector Head, Asia in Societe Generale, directly reporting to the CEO of Asia Pacific, before he joined BNP Paribas. Logan has been in Societe Generale for 12 years, and has over 25 years banking experience in structured finance, including 5 years in aircraft financing (US double-dip tax leasing), over 20 year experience in shipping finance and shipping client relationship coverage in the region. Logan is a frequent veteran speaker in various shipping conferences and seminars, including the recent one held at the end of Oct by China EXIM Bank at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing. He is the pioneer in structured finance in Asia. Logan successfully closed the first UK tax lease in Asia for COSCO in 1998, and brought in the first French tax lease to China market in 2006. He structured the first off-balance sheet financing for Chinese client in 2001, which was later on widely used by other international banks.
Paul Coggins
Norton Rose Fulbright
Paul is a banking and finance lawyer based in Tokyo, focusing on the shipping and offshore sectors. He acts for commercial banks, ECAs and sponsors in the financing of all manner of ships and offshore units using various financing structures, including complex cross-border project and asset-based leasing and debt facilities. Paul also has considerable experience drafting and negotiating commercial shipping agreements, including shipbuilding contracts and charterparties, and advising on the sale and purchase of ships, ship-owning companies and distressed shipping loans, acting for ship owners, charterers and financiers. Before joining the Tokyo office in 2010, Paul spent time in London and Singapore with a well-known international shipping law firm and on secondment to the Asia Shipping Desk of a leading bank in Hong Kong.
Konstantinos Delaportas
Meadway Group
Mr. Konstantinos (Costas) Delaportas, has more than 15 years of experience and is heading the operation, commercial and chartering departments in Meadway Group of companies. Over the last years Costas has significantly attributed to the company’s expansion by building, amongst others, strong relationships with the Japanese market. In May 2011, Costas has established Meadway’s operating arm in Singapore (Meadway Shipping Singapore Pte. Ltd.) which has developed into a leading operator of dry bulk cargoes and vessels with trading activities all over the world having shipped more than 40 million mts of dry bulk cargoes since its establishment. Most recently, in July 2018, Costas has set up Meadway’s Dubai office (Meadway Shipping DMCC) with a focus to gain a strong presence in the Middle East region. Mr. Konstantinos Delaportas holds a Degree of Higher Education from the London Guildhall University in Commercial Operation of Shipping. He also holds professional qualification and full membership at the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.
Jigo Hayashi
General Manager, International Shipping & Finance
Tokyo Century Corporation
Mr. Hayashi has over 25 years of banking and finance experience spanning Europe and Asia Pacific having held client facing roles in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, and New York. He began his professional career with J.P. Morgan in Tokyo and assumed important operating positions in the banking and shipping industry successively. Since joining Tokyo Century Corporation in 2017, Mr. Hayashi has responsibility for establishing, leading and expanding the Company's ship finance business throughout Europe and North/South Asia providing solutions to the Company's non-Japanese client universe. A primary focus is managing key relationships in the sector. A Certified Treasury Professional, he earned Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University in Australia and BA degree from International Christian University in Japan.
Nobuhiro Kashima
Corporate Officer
NYK Group
Mr. Nobuhiro Kashima is a member of top management at NYK Group. In his role as Corporate Officer, he is in charge of Tramp Co-ordination Group, Dry Bulk Marine Quality Control Group and Panamax Group. He also assists the Officer who is in charge of Green Business Group at NYK Line.
Toru Kitamura
Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer
Mitsubishi Shipbuilding
Mr Kitamura joined Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) in 1985 and was General Manager of Shipbuilding & Ocean Development Division and Head of Shimonoseki Shipyard from 2015-2017. In 2018, he was appointed as Director, Executive Vice President of Mitsubishi Shipbuilding. Presently, he is also the CTO of Mitsubishi Shipbuilding and Senior Vice President of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
Ichiro Kono
Vice President, Ship & Offshore Structure
Kawasaki Heavy Industries
Mr Ichiro Kono joined Kawasaki Heavy Industries in 1981. For more than 3 decades, he has a rich career in shipbuilding mainly at Kobe Shipyard and has assumed numerous senior positions including General Manager of Sakaide Shipyard as well as the same of Kobe Shipyard. He is currently the Vice President, Ship & Offshore Structure Company of Kawasaki Heavy Industries.
Kenta Matsuzaka
Managing Executive Officer
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines
Kenta Matsuzaka is the Managing Executive Officer of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL), responsible for the LNG Carrier Division and LNG Safety Management Division, as the Deputy Director General of Energy Transport Business Unit. He was appointed an Executive Officer in 2015, and General Manager of the LNG Carrier Division in 2014. In 2002, after 4 years in the Secretaries Office, Kenta first entered the LNG carrier business as a manager of the LNG Carrier Division. He moved up to general manager of the LNG Carrier Group B in the LNG Carrier Division later that year. In 2004, Kenta was transferred to Indonesia to lead an LNG project for HUMOLCO Trans Inc., a joint venture located in Jakarta. In 2008, he returned to MOL Tokyo headquarters to take the role of general manager of the Seafarer Group in the Marine Safety Division. Kenta returned to the LNG Carrier Division as general manager of the LNG Carrier Group A in 2012, and moved on to become General Manager of the division in 2014.
Yoshifumi Miyatake
Deputy Director-General, Engineering Affairs
Maritime Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT)
2017 - Present: Deputy Director-General for Engineering Affairs, Maritime Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) Supervise the regulatory activities, including the international negotiations on new rules and their implementation in the field of safety at sea and marine environmental protection. Promote R&D and innovation for safe, efficient and environmentally sound maritime transport, e.g., autonomous shipping and energy-saving ships. 2014 - 2017: Director, Shipbuilding Division, Maritime Bureau, MLIT Promote the sound development of shipbuilding, ship machinery and small craft industries and enhance their competitiveness; Promote and coordinate overseas projects, including ODA, relating to shipbuilding and ship machinery industries. 1990 -: As professional technical officer, he has devoted his career to various fields in the ministries related to ship and transport, including Japan Coast Guard, Ministry of Defense, Road Transport Bureau (MLIT) since joining Ministry of Transport in 1990.
Takashi Nakabe
Onomichi Dockyard
Takashi Nakabe (“Nakabe”) joined Onomichi Dockyard Co., Ltd. in Japan (“ONOMICHI”) as deputy manager of Tokyo branch in 2001 and he has been president of ONOMICHI since 2009. He is also a board member of Saiki heavy Industries Co.,Ltd in Japan and Colombo Dockyard Plc. in Sri Lanka, which are subsidiary companies of ONOMICHI. Prior to ONOMICHI, Nakabe worked at Fuji Xerox for 7 years, from 1994 to 2001. He left Fuji Xerox to take over his family business in 2001. Nakabe is the fifth-generation president and his great-great-grandfather, who established the Hamane Syoten Co., Ltd, which is the predecessor of ONOMICHI. He graduated from the department of English and American literature of Tamagawa University.
Yoshihito Takahashi
Deputy Chief Operating Officer
Astomos Energy
Mr Yoshihito Takahashi joined Idemitsu Kosan in 1991 right after he graduated from Waseda University. He was promoted to Deputy General Manager of the Supply & Trading division at Astomos Energy in 2007 and subsequently, he was appointed General Manager and Head of the Singapore Branch of Astomos Energy in 2012. After a 3 years stint, Mr. Takahashi assumed the role as General Manager of the International Business Division back in Japan. From April this year, he is Executive Officer and Deputy Chief Operating Officer at Astomos Energy Corporation.
Yuya Wakimoto
Assistant Manager, Ship Finance
Iyo Bank
Mr Wakimoto joined Iyo Bank in 2004. From 2014-2018, he was assigned to Imabari branch and played role in ship finance marketing and directly meeting with Imabari Owners. In 2018, he was transferred to Ship Finance Division, the bank's headquarter in credit assessment. He is now looking after maritime related loans arising from all the branches in and outside Japan.
Yoshiaki Yoshizaki
Deputy General Manager
Hiroshima Bank
Mr Yoshizaki joined Hiroshima Bank in 1993. Hiroshima Bank is a regional financial institution operating primarily Hiroshima, Okayama, Yamaguchi and Ehime Prefecture. From 2014 to 2018, he was in charge of ship finance at the Imabari branch. In 2017, Hiroshima Bank established Ship Finance Division where he is now the Deputy General Manager.