Global Shipping Conference 2015

On 3 November 2015, we are bringing together the global shipping industry to discuss key issues at KPMG's inaugural Global Shipping Conference

3 November 2015, 10:00AM - 8:30PM, CET

On 3 November 2015, we are bringing together the global shipping industry to discuss key issues at KPMG's inaugural Global Shipping Conference: Navigating the future taking place at Curio-Haus in Hamburg, Germany. This day-long conference is an opportunity to take a step back from your day-to-day responsibilities to discuss the key issues that are shaping the industry as whole. We have put an exciting agenda together featuring senior shipping executives who will provide expert insights and answer the tough questions.


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09:00 – 09:30 Welcome

09:30 – 11:00 New structures and capital market strategies for shipping companies – View of shipping companies The business realities that typical shipping companies face have had specific implications for the role of capital markets in the industry. The panel will take a look at the "new normal" and how shipping companies are setting up their financial structures to ensure compliance, mitigate risk, and plan for growth. Speakers will highlight the challenges involved in structuring for the future and provide perspectives on potential alternatives.  The session will also include discussions on public equity markets, different options for large vs. small companies, and potential business model changes.

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 - 13:15  Private Equity and Bank Financing – View of investors and banks What is driving investors to build more tonnage in the face of existing overcapacity? Will investors abandon the shipping industry? What will happen to bank lending that has not been recycled or restructured? These issues will be discussed by banks and private equity investors – with a focus on how shipping companies must evolve to remain viable investment targets.

13:15 - 14:15 Lunch

14:15 - 14:30 Welcome back and handover to Ports Panel

14:30 – 16:00 Development of international ports and their influence on/by the shipping industry – Planning and development of new container terminals has become more complex due to the rapid rate of change in global trade and shipping over the past 10 to 15 years. Terminal development and expansion must take account of matters such as service consolidation through alliances, the rapidly increasing size of container ships, the growth of transshipment, overall supply chain costs, congestion on road and rail linkages with the ports and other matters. This panel will examine the issues that the new environment imposes on the development and expansion of container terminals.  Paul Levelton

16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break

16:30 – 17:00 Taxation challenges for shipping companies around the globe.  The impact of national and cross-border tax policies is a key business driver for shipping companies. It is essential that tax structuring makes comprehensive use of incentives that are granted to the industry in almost all countries. The assumption that shipping is tax exempt, however, could be challenged by a number of pitfalls – particularly for entities operating worldwide. As a globally-operating shipping company with branches and subsidiaries spread in various jurisdictions, Hapag-Lloyd’s tax approach has a strong focus on navigating through the regulatory landscape.  Holger Schildt, Head of Tax of Hapag-Lloyd, will present an overview of the worldwide tax challenges in the shipping sector.

17:00 – 17:30 Crewing Challenges – As traditional sources of seafarers have dried out, there is a strong need to train highly qualified officers from new areas to operate the multimillion dollar assets of the ship owners. This session will introduce Africa as the upcoming source of skilled seafarers to fill the growing gap especially on the engineering side.

17:30 – 18:30 "The world 2050" – How far are we in this everlasting process of connectivity and interdependence today? Is it true that “The world is flat”, as the bestseller by Thomas Friedman announced back in 2005? Pankaj Ghemawat, an Indian economist, proved that only 2 percent of all phone calls in the world are made to people beyond country borders. Only 3 percent of all migrants migrate cross-nation. Global investments are only 9 percent of all investments, and exports from country to country only 20 percent of all trade. And only 15 percent of all friends on Facebook are foreigners! We are either at the beginning of an end, or at the beginning of a new phase of globalization. Futurist Matthias Horx provides his unique perspective.

18:30 – 19:30 Drinks  

19:30 & onward Dinner


Venue - Curio-Haus

Rothenbaumchaussee 11

20148 Hamburg

Phone: +49 40 3611160


The Curio-Haus is one of the most famous venues in Hamburg, located in the district Eimsbüttel, more precisely Rotherbaum, one of the most representative and beautiful districts of Hamburg.

The building was constructed in 1911 and has a rich history. In the 1920´s it was a meeting point for the artist scene. As the "Ballsaal" was barely affected by bomb damage during World War II, it served as a courtroom for war criminal tribunals of the British court-martial from 1946 till 1948. Starting in 1950 the Curio-Haus was used as cafeteria for the adjoining university. Thereafter it was relegated to its historical state and has been used as an event location.


Here is the list of nearby hotels:

Hotel Grand Elysée Hamburg

Rothenbaumchaussee 10

20148 Hamburg


Tel.: +49 (0) 40 41412-0

Distance: .2 km

Walk time: 3 minutes


Radisson blu Hotel Hamburg

Marseiller Straße 2

20355 Hamburg


Tel.: +49 (0) 40 3502-0

Distance: .5 km

Walk time: 6 minutes


Hotel Baseler Hof

Esplanade 11

20354 Hamburg


Tel.: +49 (0) 40 35906-917

Distance: .9 km

Walk time: 11 minutes


InterCity Hotel Hamburg Dammtor-Messe

St. Petersburger Straße1

20355 Hamburg


Tel.: +49 (0) 40 600014-0

Distance: 1 km

Walk time: 13 minutes