PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE - 2016

DAY ONE, 15 MAY 2016

09:00 – 11:00

Opening Ceremony for RailExpo and Oil Rail & Ports Conference

Including addresses from:
Dr. Mohsen Pour Seyed Aghaei, Vice Minister for Roads and Urban Development, President of RAI
Mr. Mohammadreza Nematzadeh, Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade
Mr. Oleg Belozerov, President of JSC Russian Railways RZD and Chairman of UIC
Mr. Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC
Mr. Francois Davenne, Secretary General of OTIF (Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail
Dr. Abbas Akhoundi, Minister of Roads and Urban Development
Mr. Eshaq Jahangiri, Iran First Vice President

11:00 – 11:30

Networking Coffee & Tea

11:30 – 13:00

The Challenges of Keeping Position in a Fast Changing Environment

Presented by Mr. Armand Toubol, Honorary Deputy Director General, SNCF

Overview: This presentation will give an overview of the global vessel evolution, the intermodal market and port infrastructure development including success stories and best practices from cargo owners around the globe.  

Invited Panel:
Mr. Hervé de Tarade, International Intermodal Services IIS
Mr. Hervé Cornede, Haropa Ports
Mr. Mohammed Saeedi, Managing Director, Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL)

13:00 – 14:00

Investment Opportunities Created by the Present Environment of Low Global Oil and Gas Prices

Presented by Mr. Ed Osterwald, Senior Partner, Competition Economists Group (CEG Europe)

Overview: There are many fallacies associated with the oil and gas industry. For one, low prices may cause difficulties for some participants but can also create amazing opportunities.  Likewise and contrary to popular opinion, there is no such thing as a “fossil fuel.” Also contrary to many: hydrocarbon fuels will continue to power the world for the foreseeable future. Since we are probably at the low point in the price cycle, astute investors should be looking to take advantage of the current economic environment.  Our seasoned industry expert will share his expertise during this dynamic period and present some examples.

About: Osterwald applies deep commercial and technical experience in the oil, gas and chemical industries to understand the economic drivers in these sectors aiding in evaluation transactions, greenfield investments and strategic decisions.  Osterwald focuses on emerging markets, mergers and acquisitions and has aided in the global adaptation to the emergence of unconventional oil and gas.  Osterwald began his career at Mobil Corporation’s head office in New York, where most of his time was devoted to supply, trading and refinery operations. Thereafter, he became a partner with Arthur Andersen and was in charge of oil and gas in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa.  He holds an MBA in finance and accounting from Columbia University in New York.

14:00 – 15:00

Executive Networking Luncheon

15:00 – 15:30

Policies and Development of Ports and Multimodal Transport

Presented by Mr. Mohammad Saeed Nezhad, Vice Minister for Roads and Urban Development & President of Ports and Maritime Organization

 15:30 – 16:00

Strategic Action Plan 2013 – 2020 for the Middle East Railways

Presented by Mr. Abbas Nazari, General Director International Affairs of Iranian State Railways

Overview: This presentation will outline the Strategic Action Plan 2013-2020 for the Middle East Railways and includes:

  • Description on the aims and strategies of the Middle East Railways and the way of drawing a joint perspective for the future of the Region Railways
  • Description on the general mission and objectives of the Middle East Railways
  • A look into the plans and priorities of the Middle East Railways
  • Introduction of the solutions and orientations
  • Description on the reasons for the low share of transporting oil products by rail in the region

16:00 – 16:30

Developing Rail Transit with the Participation of the Ports of Iran

Presented by Mr. Hossein AshourriVice President for Operation and Movement of Iranian State Railways

Overview: The presentation will cover several aspects of the development of the railways within Iran, including:

  • A look at the opening up of international development of the Iranian Railway, including the trilateral corridor between Iran, Azerbaijan and Georgia and the New Silk Road between Iran and China.
  • Reviewing the different types of cargo interchange between ports and rail
  • Look at the transport transit capacities being introduced by Iranian State Railways
  • Review how to increase international transit through dry ports and avoid cargo congestion in seaports
  • Find solutions for increasing container transport within Iran

About: The Iranian State Railways’ mission is to create a modern, progressive and efficient rail transport system for passengers, freight and the entire railway.  

16:30 – 17:00

Networking Coffee & Tea

17:00 – 17:30

Iran Project Case Study

Presented by Mr. Ali Sangian, Owners of Seven Seas Shipping Agency and International Transportation Co. Ltd

Overview: This hands-on, solution-focused panel of logistics experts will take a look at a challenging oil & gas-related project as well as cargo movement from the standpoint of all major logistics stakeholders.

About: Seven Seas Ltd was established in 1990 by its founding members whose logistics expertise in the Iranian market dates back to the 1970s. The company was predominantly engaged in the container liner agency representing the leading global operators. However in recent years due to the general expansion policy of the company as well as the demand of its customers, Seven Seas operations have reached to other areas of transport activities.  Seven Seas now offers tramp ship agency, chartering, project handling, general forwarding, intermodal transportation and transit operation both within Iran and to CIS countries.

DAY 2, 16 MAY 2016

09:00 -10:30

The Legal and Regulatory Framework for International Oil Transport – Interoperability and Safety Standards

Presented by Mr. Jean-Georges Heintz, Industrial Risk Expert SNCF and UIC & Mr. Jochen Conrad, Head of Dangerous Goods Section, OTIF

Overview: An in-depth look at how cooperation between multimodal transport operators of dangerous goods can help reduce the challenges and risks associated with safety and security.

10:30 – 11:00

Networking Coffee & Tea

11:00 – 11:40

The role of oil industry in developing ports and rail lines

Presented by the Ministry of Petroleum of Iran:
Mr. Amir Hossein Zamaninia, Deputy Minister for International Affairs and Trading (Ministry of Petroleum)
Mr. Ali Akbar Safaie, Managing Director of National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC)

11:40 – 13:10

Navigating Iranian Sanctions Microseminar

Taught by Mr. Nigel Kushner from W Legal Limited

Overview: On July 14, 2015, Iran and the E3/EU+3 (China, France, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom, United States) announced a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in which key sanctions targeting Iran were lifted as the IAEA verified Iran made its nuclear program peaceful. On 16 January 2016, sanctions regulations began changing rapidly. This comprehensive session will help your organisation sort through the legalities, opportunities and best framework for doing business in Iran including an explanation of key elements related to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the remaining US and EU Sanctions Laws targeting Iran, and the implications of these recent developments.

About: W Legal’s mission statement is to help leading law firms grow strategically worldwide by introducing M&A prospects, strategic alliances, open new offices, launching new practices and growing existing offices and practices by hiring practice groups and partners.

13:10 – 14:30

Executive Networking Luncheon and RailExpo Exhibition Visit

14:30 – 15:45

The Multimodal Revolution in Oil & Gas Transport

Presented by:

Mr. Grigore Havarneanu, PhD Research Advisor, UIC Security Division
Discussing: Security of critical structures, the role of UIC, achievements and perspectives

Mr. Vasco Paul Kolmorgen, CEO Bahnkonzept, Germany
Discussing: Improved rail links between oil exploration and port – Improved capacity through digitalized planning and intelligent operations

Mr. Andrey Ushakov, Honorary Railroader & Managing Director, Apatech 
Discussing: The role of composite technology in the development of the ports, oil and rail industry

Overview: The oil and gas industry requires complexity, skill and logistics management of the highest degree both in the project stage as well as in the transport of product.  This panel of experts will discuss the booming O&G investment in Iran/ GCC and the five-year plan to revolutionize the transport of O&G throughout the region.  

15:45 – 16:30

Closing Session and Summary