Tank Storage Asia 2019 conference programme announced

The event will take place in Singapore’s Marina Sands Expo & Convention Centre during 25-26 September

The conference at Tank Storage Asia 2019 will shape the future of Asia’s bulk liquid storage industry.
The conference at Tank Storage Asia 2019 will shape the future of Asia’s bulk liquid storage industry.

Tank Storage Asia 2019 has revealed that Vopak, Stolthaven Terminals & Sembcorp Solar and Oiltanking Asia Pacific will be among the influential organisations contributing to its highly anticipated conference programme when the two-day event returns to Singapore’s Marina Sands Expo & Convention Centre during 25-26 September.

Visitors will have access to in-depth sessions, presentations and debates from over 20 speakers during the CPD-certified conference programme, which brings together the top terminals, traders, oil majors, analysts and experts. The conference will discuss the biggest trends and challenges shaping Asia’s bulk liquid storage industry, including safety, sustainability and technology.

On day one, Mark Stuart from the Anagram Group, an internationally sought-after speaker and trainer specialising in the future of leadership and innovation, will open with his keynote: Leadership in a Digital Age. The presentation will explain why organisations need to evolve in a world of change and disruption, give details of how leading companies are preparing for the future of work, and provide a four-step framework to help business leaders prepare for the digital age.

Paul Hickin, associate director at Platts, will then speak about global supply and demand balances, including OPEC and US shale, changes in oil, and market dynamics and structures.

In the afternoon, Edwin Ebrahimi, innovation engagement leader at Vopak, will discuss Vopak’s own digital transformation journey through the implementation of smart terminals. This includes recent developments in digital asset management, the use of drones for tank and jetty inspections, plus the use of smart sensors in condition marketing.

Chok Vui Shung, general manager at Stolthaven Terminals, will share his thoughts on energy efficiency within the tank terminal industry and explain how Stolthaven Terminals has improved its sustainability credentials by converting to solar as its source of energy.

Lai Siang Yeong, assets and operations manager at Oiltanking Asia Pacific, will give details on how the organisation has become compliant with Singapore’s Safety Case Regime. This includes how the organisation, one of the world’s largest independent operators of tank terminals, overcame challenges, involving both internal and external stakeholders, to change its organisational structure and the mind-set of its employees.

Day two begins with an informative presentation on IMO 2020, hosted by Sushant Gupta, director, Asia-Pacific, refining, at Wood Mackenzie. The changes in demand for high sulphur fuel oil and low sulphur fuel oil, and what this means for storage opportunities in Asia, will be reviewed. The session will also analyse existing trade flows for refined products and crude oil.

The next two presentations will look ahead to the future of Asia’s bulk liquid storage industry. Harshit Sharma, oil and gas expert at Lux Research, will examine the role of hydrogen in a decarbonised future. A session on big data and artificial intelligence, detailing how it can be used to reduce tanker waiting times and enhance terminal utilisation, will then be delivered by both Mark Lim, commercial manager at Stolthaven Terminals, and Chye Poh Chua, CEO at ShipsFocus.

In the afternoon, Sridhar Ramamurthy, downstream advisor and freelance consultant on petroleum and petrochemical industry matters, will use insights gathered over 38 years in the petroleum industry to discuss the challenges and opportunities in setting up petroleum products storage terminals in India.

Ian Travers, director at Process Safety Consultancy, will focus on risk and vulnerability in high-hazard industries for his presentation. He will discuss process safety management, in particular where failure of containment is most likely to occur, as well as preventative and mitigation measures. The presentation will help management teams and operators identify which areas of control of risk within their facilities should receive the greatest attention to ensure risks are being effectively managed.

The conference will also give guests the opportunity to speak with like-minded decision makers, thought leaders and global innovators, with several networking sessions interspersed throughout. This includes a networking reception hosted in the delegate lounge from 5pm on day one of the show, where guests can network, share knowledge and discuss ideas.

Attendees of Tank Storage Asia 2019 will also have plenty of opportunities to visit the exhibition where leading companies from across the world will be showing their latest products and services. In addition, the innovation zone will host the industry’s most innovative companies and afford visitors the opportunity to get amongst the latest trends.

Mark Rimmer, Tank Storage portfolio divisional director, concludes: “We are lucky enough to have the world’s leading minds in the tank storage industry joining us to share their experiences and knowledge as part of the event’s conference programme. It will be a place where top industry leaders can discuss how to resolve challenges, both within their own businesses and in the wider industry, by sharing valuable information that will shape the future of Asia’s bulk liquid storage industry.”

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