Preliminary program


William H. Meyers
Emeritus Professor
Peter Sand
Chief Shipping Analyst
Daniella Horton
Honorary Secretary
Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou
President, WISTA
Siddharth R.Amin
Fengying Nie
Deputy Director General,
Svetlana Synkovskaya
Marketing director,
Soren Larsen
Deputy Secretary General,
Natalja Skuratovic
Senior trader,
Andrey Perepelitsa
Senior lawyer,
Vitaliy Smilyk
Marketing manager,
Aquavita International
Alex Younevitch
Managing Editor,
Freight Markets
S&P Global Platts
Gennadiy Ivanov
General manager,
BPG Shipping
Andrey Kupchenko
Grain market analyst,
Henry Shterenberg

May, 24

08:00-09:30 AM Registration of delegates. Coffee break
09:30-09:45 AM Official opening ceremony of the conference


09:45 AM - 12:00 PM  Session 1: Global grain market: development trends and forecasts. Key market players

Moderated by Svitlana Synkovska, Marketing Director, APK-Inform Agency


Global grain market development – FAPRI forecast till 2026: drivers and uncertainties

William H. Meyers, Emeritus Professor of Agricultural & Applied Economics of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri. (FAPRI)  


Black Sea region on the global grain market (Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, Bulgaria, Turkey): achievements and challenges of 2017/18 MY. Prospects – 2018

Representative of IFC  


European grain market trends: results of 2017/18 MY, production and trade prospects for 2018/19 MY

Natalya Skuratovich, Alfagra senior trader


Chinese grain market: anticipations for 2018/19 МY, Ukrainian-Chinese trade prospects

Nie Fengying, Deputy Director General, Center for International Agricultural Research, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences


Indian grain market: export & import trends in 2018/19 MY, requirements for grain import quality 

Siddharth R.Amin, Director of the inspection company Dr. Amin Controllers Pvt. Ltd.


Prospects of  the Black Sea grain trade in the MENA region in 2018/19 MY

Speaker TBA


Russian grain market: features of 2018

Speaker TBA


Grain Freight Outlook: Black Sea focus

Alex Younevitch, Managing Editor, Freight Markets, S&P Global Platts


12:00-12:45 PM Coffee break

12:45-02:00 PM Panel discussion "Grain trade - 2018: key trends"

Speakers TBA

 02:00-03:15 PM Lunch

03:15-05:00 PM Session 2: International grain sea carriages

Moderated by Arthur Nitsevych, Interlegal partner, LMAA & SCMA, FNI member


Tomorrow’s maritime professionals: what does the future look like?
Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, President, Wista


Is the dry bulk industry still on track for profitability in 2019?
Peter Sand, Chief Shipping Analyst, BIMCO


Round tour in the documentary world of BIMCO
Soren Larsen, Deputy Secretary General, BIMCO


Adjusting the sails in resolving cargo sea carriage disputes
Daniella Horton, Honorary Secretary, LMAA


New maritime projects of Turkey
Turkish Chamber of Shipping


05:00-06:00 PM Panel Discussion “Which factors facilitate (not impede) grain & maritime business development in Ukraine?”

Moderated by Arthur Nitsevych, Vladimir Torskiy

Panel Discussion Participants:

- Vladimir Koval, Vice-President, the International Ship Suppliers Association (ISSA)

- Vladimir Rabotnev, Expert

- Sergey Nedyak, President, the Association of International Freight Forwarders of Ukraine (AIFFU)

- Yuri Vaskov, Expert, Deputy Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine in 2015-2016

- Vyacheslav Kislovskiy, All-Ukrainian Association of Crewing Companies (AUCC),

- Association of Marine Agencies of Ukraine


06:00-07:00 PM Discussions and negotiations between delegates


Optional round tables for the Conference delegates

1. Ship arrest and release in Mediterranean and Black Sea 10.30 – 11.30 AM
2. Cargo insurance and liability of parties to carriage 11.30 AM – 12.30 PM
3. Non-resident companies in the international trade: 2018 challenges 03.15 – 04.30 PM
4. How to choose a yacht? 04.30 – 05.30 PM


07:00-11:00 PM Gala dinner the Maristella Marine Residence restaurant (2, Bernardazzi (former Krasnykh Zor) Street)

May, 25


09:00-10:00 AM Coffee break

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Ukrainian grain market

Moderator: Rodion Rybchinskiy, Head of Business project unit, APK-Inform Agency


Development trends of the Ukrainian grain market influenced by the global trends

Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine


Case history of the blockchain technology application in the grain trade and logistics
Henry Shterenberg, President, SUNTRI INC


Results of the grain season-2017/18. Harvest forecasts for the main grains in 2018/19 MY
Andrei Kupchenko, Grain market analyst, APK-Inform Agency


Development prospects of the market of alternate crops and by-products (buckwheat, millet, oats, peas, chickpeas)
Anna Tanskaya, Head of the grain market department, APK-Inform Agency


Agricultural production and weather factor: estimations of agrometeorologists
Tetyana Adamenko, Head of the Agrometeorology department, Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Center


Quality issues of Ukrainian grains
SGS Ukraine



 12:00 AM -12:30 PM Coffee-break

12:30-01:30 PM Panel discussion: Logistics — Achilles heel of the Ukrainian agricultural exports

Moderator: Eugen Osmochescu, World Bank Group, Head of the IFC projectUkraine Investment Climate for Agribusiness

Panel members:

- Representative of IFC

- Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine

- Agrarian Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

- Ukrzaliznytsia (Ukrainian Railways)

- Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA)

- Ukrainian Grain Association (UGA)

- Grain trading company 



 01:30-02:30 PM Coffee-break

02:30-04:30 PM Session 4: Grain sea carriages in Black Sea Region

Moderated by Nikolay Melnykov and Boris Khrebtov


PANAMAX market in Black Sea
Vitalii Smilyk, Aquavita International


Maersk business in Ukraine and new multimodal transport solutions
Roman Koloianov, MAERSK Ukraine


River-sea vessels
Alex Tarazanov, Soylu Shipping


Recommendations upon vessel chartering in new season
Alex Sysoev, Interlegal


Charterer’s liability insurance
Dan Zhivotovskiy, Marine Services Group


Features of grain shipment from the Azov Sea ports

Anton Shapran, Maritime Logistic


When parties clash when the cargo is en route: how to save goods, money and relations
Andrey Perepelitsa, Interlegal


Dnieper-Danube-Black Sea logistics
Vladimir Kozakevich, AP-Marine


New market players
Gennadiy Ivanov, BPG



04.30 – 05.00 PM Discussions, negotiations

05.00 - 06.00 PM Summing up the conference work. Closing cocktail


Optional round tables for the Conference delegates

10:30-11:30 London arbitrations (LMAA, GAFTA, FOSFA): trends-2018

14:30-16:30 Round table by KMBS "Evolution of agribusiness in Ukraine: from raw materials to product logic"


* Please, note the agenda is subject to change, and will be updated