400 EUR

1st Mare Forum Vietnam

“The Vietnamese Maritime Expansion”

We are excited to welcome you aboard the first-ever Mare Forum conference in Hai Phong, Vietnam! This is an exceptional opportunity to connect with prominent leaders and experts from the maritime industry, who will be sharing their insights on the latest trends and challenges facing the sector. At Mare Forum, we are committed to promoting sustainability, digitalization, and innovation in the maritime industry. This conference is no exception, as we will be exploring how these themes can help to build a brighter and more resilient future for the industry. Over the next few weeks, we invite you to participate in engaging discussions, network with like-minded individuals, and discover the sights and sounds of the beautiful city of Hai Phong. So, hoist the sails and join us as we embark on a journey towards a brighter future for the maritime industry. We look forward to seeing you at the Mare Forum conference in Hai Phong!


Exploring the shipping trade and maritime business expansion in Vietnam

A top annual international shipping conference with leading principals actively participating, discussing, debating, and brainstorming about the future from now to 2030 to 2050 and beyond the Vietnamese and Global shipping Industry.
The conference will take place in an open, stimulating, free-flowing and attractive environment combined with informal discussions, following the successful hallmark of the Mare Forum formula.

The participants will be Principals, Ship-owners, Ship-builders, Ship-managers, Charterers, Traders, Port and terminals Executives, Logistics providers, Politicians, Shipbrokers, Capital providers, Energy Executives, Regulators, Lawyers, Consultants, Press, and shipping services

Network With a high-profile international and local audience, participants will plunge into a pool of booming business, network opportunities, knowledge, and exchange of visions on the shipping industry's future in Vietnam, the region, and the World.


[The session moderators, and the discussion panellists will be published soon ]

Registration and coffee


Opening and welcome

Conference Chairman
Keynote Speakers

session 1

The Vietnamese Maritime Expansion – Looking ahead

The Vietnamese and Global Trade, changing trading patterns, finance, regulations,
environmental imperatives, globalisation vs regionalism, and geopolitics affecting
Shipping. The Vietnamese Human Capital power, education, and professionalism.

Discussion themes:
- Challenges, opportunities and risks for Vietnam and the world in today's global trade,
shipping, economy, and regulations.
- What are the Shipping and trade markets forecast for 2023 and beyond?
- Energy transition status, energy security, geopolitics, tensions, wars, (de)globalisation,
changing trade patterns, supply chain disruption, inflation and USD forecast

- One step back or two steps ahead? For how long are we stepping back to coal, oil, gas,
and nuclear energy modes?

- Are the regulators the first movers with global regulations?
- Are regional rules adding complexity or accelerating the transition? What about the
- Are the market forces the first movers? What are the incentives for first movers
to decarbonisation?
- Should the Charterers pay for GHG emissions? OR Should shipowners be the only ones
accountable for GHG emissions?
- What is the role of important stakeholders such as Charterers and Ports?
- How can (environmental)regulations become better balanced with market realities?
- How can the shipping industry efficiently respond to local, regional, and international
- How can we create a synergy between the shipping industry


- Do we need talented and charismatic people for the future of shipping

- Where will they come from?

- Do we need new skills and expertise, plus more diversity in shipping?

- What are the visions of the young generation?

Session Chairman:
Speakers and Panellists :
Discussion panel(s)
between speakers, discussion panellists and audience participants

Networking Break

session 2

The right way ahead to Decarbonization - What are the key lessons to be learned?

What is now needed to start reducing emissions immediately? 
Sense and nonsense about fuels and innovations. Who bears cost and risk?

Discussion themes:
- How exposed is the existing fleet to upcoming legislation, and how do shipowners
mitigate risk?
- Are carbon-neutral or zero-carbon operations a target? If so, what are the steps to
reach it (e.g. vessel speed, efficiency upgrades, switching to alternative fuels, offsetting
- What is now required to start reducing emissions immediately?

- What are possible incentives for first movers to decarbonisation?

- How are alternative fuel suppliers preparing to provide carbon-neutral and zero-carbon
fuels for shipping at scale? Are we still stuck in a chicken-and-egg situation, or are we
one step further?

- What is the role of charterers, shipowners, capital providers and regulators in the
multi-relationship structure of their interests, focusing on sustainable and commercially
viable shipping and trading industry?

- Will repair yards have the capacity to deal with an upcoming wave of retrofits? How are
they preparing for the challenge?
- What are the necessary changes in port infrastructure, and is there an implementation
plan? What are the key priorities?

- Can industry-wide initiatives, such as green corridors, accelerate the industry’s
transformation? What does it take for them to be successful?

- What can we do now to help accelerate the availability of zero-carbon ships while at
the same time reducing shipping’s footprint: slow steaming, retrofits, ESG reporting, and
- What are the key lessons to be learned?

Session Chairman:
Speakers and Panellists :
Discussion panel(s)
between speakers, discussion panellists and audience participants

Networking Lunch

session 3

Investments and Finance - Looking ahead.

Where does the money come from to finance the decarbonization, of the Vietnamese
and Global shipping industry, and how do you get it?
What are the benefits of the features of alternative Finance and other models to the
Vietnamese and global shipping industry?
How to increase growth in Vietnamese shipping, offshore, maritime, port, logistics and
commodities-trade services industry.

Discussion themes:
- Financing and Investments
- what are the key performance criteria lenders evaluate when providing funds to

- What are the trends in banking, alternative ship finance, bonds and other models of
finance and investments on the way to decarbonisation?
- What will be the future role of the Vietnamese, Asian and global banks in the industry
(in the context of the increased role of alternative finance providers)?

- What are the benefits of the features of Alternative Finance to the global shipping
Will pension fund money flow into the international shipping debt markets, and what is
required for this to happen?

- Will the maritime green trend accelerate in case the role of alternative finance in
shipping increases?

- Will alternative finance focus more on new-build financing or on second-hand?

- How do shipping companies choose an appropriate lender?

- Lending has become highly diverse; what are the most common alternative financing
Is there competition between banks and alternative capital providers?

Session Chairman:
Speakers and Panellists :
Discussion panel(s)
between speakers, discussion panellists and audience participants

Networking Break

session 5

The Vietnamese Maritime Cluster is moving ahead - What’s next?

How can the Vietnamese maritime cluster design its bright maritime future?
What does this mean to local and global shipowners, traders, financiers, and other
service providers?

Discussion themes:
- How does Vietnam compare to other maritime nations maritime clusters

- How can the competitiveness of the Vietnamese shipping Cluster be increased?
- What has been done, and what to do next?
- What must be the role of the State?
- What is needed from the industry?
- How shall Maritime Vietnam need to be in 2030 and beyond?

Session Chairman:
Speakers and Panellists :
Discussion panel(s)
between speakers, discussion panellists and audience participants


Conclusions and Recommendations

Synthesis and conclusions - Recommendations
Moderators, Conference Chairman, audience participants, organizers


Speakers & Panelists

To be announced - stay tuned

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