Programme and Speakers

Monday 18th June

9.00 - 9.30 h. Registration

9.30 - 10.30 h. The shipping industry in the region. Are we ready to face the challenges ?


Dr. Gabriela Vidal Rodríguez

Doctor of Law and Social Sciences. Dr. Ricardo Vidal Aradas y Asociados.

Panama, the status of the maritime auxiliary industry and its upcoming challenges


Dr. Flor de María Torrijos

Panama Maritime Chamber.

Global Maritime Transport: Potential Issues from the point of view of Latin America and the Caribbean


Mr. Ricardo J. Sánchez

Senior Economic Affairs Officer at the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean (UN-ECLAC).

Mr. Pablo Chauvet

United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN-ECLAC).

This panel aims to address different issues affecting the maritime industry players around the world and regionally. Pricing Challenges and the impact of giants, how is the region position towards them.

10.30 - 11.00 h. Coffee Break

11.00 - 12.00 h. Port Terminal and Logistics operations in the region


Ms. Mónica Blanco

Challenges for environmentally sustainable ports in Brazil


Mrs. Gabriela Heckler

Legal Advisor of the CEO and Environmental Manager at the Port of Itaqui, in São Luis - Maranhão. Phd Candidate in Law of the Sea at Hamburg University.

Are we efficient?: Grain Market in the Region


Mr. Luis Zubizarreta

Commercial Chamber of Private Ports.

Modernization plan for the Port of Buenos Aires


Mr. Ramiro López Saubidet

Coordinador General de Obras y Servicios. Administración General de Puertos.

Are we efficient?: Containership market in the Region


Eng. Gustavo Anschutz

Director CEDPLA - President AIPPyC.

Sufficient land-side capacity to keep cargo moving is essential for liner vessels to maintain their schedules. Supply chains served by liner vessels in 21st century are no longer port-to-port. All cargo carried on liner ships must be able to discharge the vessel in a timely manner. This panel aims to address those topics challenging the logistic industry.

12.00 - 14.00 h. Lunch Break

14.00 - 15.00 h. Major Incidents: Casualty response


Mrs. Claudia Botero Götz

Gard (North America) Inc. WISTA USA.

Mrs. Flavia Melo

Senior lawyer, Member of the Executive Board of WISTA Brazil.

15.00 - 15.30 h. Coffee Break

15.30 - 17.00 h. Environmental challenges of the shipping industry


Mrs. Mariana Barrera

Journalist of Noticia de Cruceros. WISTA Argentina.

Environmental regulations, the cost of non compliance


Mrs. Jeanne Grasso

Wista International Exco Member, Partner, Blank Rome LLP. WISTA USA.

Environmental regulations, the cost of compliance


Mr. Enrique Suárez


2020 Sulphur cap and its impact in the maritime business


Mrs. Verónica Valenzuela

General manager of GLENCORE In Panama.

19.00 h. Welcome Cocktail

Tuesday 19th June

9.30 - 10.30 h. Offshore Energy and Shipping


Mrs. Fernanda Cecilia Faria de Mattos

FMaster Consultoria. WISTA Brazil.

10.30 - 11.00 h. Coffee Break

11.00 - 12.00 h. Big Data Vs. Real Stories


Ms. Lludelis Espinal

E&M International Consulting, S.R.L. WISTA Rep. Dominicana.


Dr. Katerina Konsta

Seaworks (UK). WISTA Hellas.

Lic. Carolina Barone

Directora de Ejecución de Políticas de Género y Diversidad del Ministerio de Seguridad de la Nación.

Mr. Roger Harris

Gender Equality in Competitive Ports: An Approach by the Inter-American Committee on Ports


Mrs. Mona Swoboda

Despite the disruptive changes, the human factor remains being the main core of the shipping business. Shipping agencies challenges, education and training of next generations, do we really provide welfare to seafarers?

12.00 - 14.00 h. Lunch Break

14.00 - 15.00 h. New Technologies facing the industry


Mr. Celso de Azevedo

Thomas Cooper LLP.

Mrs. Despina Panayiotou

TOTOTHEO Maritime.

Internet of Things


Mr. Santiago Nicolet

Director de Proyectos, Tesacom Cono Sur (Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brasil, Perú).

Cyber risks are increasing concern of the shipping industry at large, and should be considered a part of the overall operational risk picture and addressed in a systematic way. This panel aims to address the challenges and measures taken by the shipping community, in connection with the cyber risk from its legal, insurance and operational aspects.

15.00 - 15.30 h. Coffee Break

15.30 - 17.00 h. Disruptive changes within the shipping industry, are we ready?


Mrs. Birgit Marie Liodden

Board Member, Bellona Environmental Foundation, Norwegian Sea Rescue Society and WISTA Norway.

Mr. Rob Collins

Partner, Clyde & Co.

Autonomous vessels from the P&I perspective


Mrs. Mugé Anber-Kontakis

American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association, Inc. WISTA USA.

Blockchain and smart contracts in the supply chain


Mr. Dean Croke

Chief Analytics Officer, FreightWaves and BiTA.

The impact of SMARTcontract and blockchain within the shipping, logistic, financial and trading industries. Autonomous shipping? Is it a commercial and safe viable reality?

20.00 h. Homero Manzi Tango Dinner Show

Esquina Homero Manzi

Wednesday 20th June

10.00 h. City Tour of Buenos Aires

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