Outline Agenda

*Please note topics/timings may be subject to alteration. Draft only.

0830 - Registration and Coffee

0900 - Chairman’s Welcome and Opening Remarks
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Chairman to be announcedBiography pending.




0915-0945 - Keynote Address - 2020 Global Sulphur cap: Is your wait and see strategy succeeding?

  • What are the range of abnormalities we should prepare for on the introduction of the IMO 2020 global sulphur cap?
  • Logistics: Implications of bunker suppliers’ stock shifting in the run-up to 2020.
  • Will the live testing of low sulphur blended fuels bring surprises?
click for bioCapt. Herbert Soanes, Senior Vice President, Center Testing International (CTI)

Capt. Herbert SoanesHerbert has over 25 years of executive management experience in enterprise value creation in global shipping and offshore; integrating finance, operations and relationship management.

Herbert is based in Rotterdam and currently Senior Vice President, Centre Testing International (CTI) with global responsibility for their maritime client relations. CTI is the leader in industrial, consumer and maritime environmental / hazardous material testing. His prior responsibilities include Chief Commercial officer, Misuga shipping and Senior Vice President, DVB Bank.

Session 1

The Regulatory Landscape

0945-1010 - Preparing for the regulation

  • Options for 2020 compliance and current case studies.
  • Monitoring and testing fuel to ensure high quality and avoid operational issues.
  • Beyond 2020 – Meeting the IMO 2050 greenhouse gas emissions target
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Speaker to be announcedBiography pending.




1010-1035 - A port’s perspective

  • The role of the port authority in 2020
  • Is there the right infrastructure to supply and bunker compliant fuels?
  • How will port infrastructure change over the next few decades?
click for bioJan Egbertsen, Manager Innovation, Port of Amsterdam

Jan EgbertsenBiography pending.




1035- 1105Tea/Coffee Break

Session 2

Vessel Design and Operation in 2020

1105-1130 - Predicting and avoiding operational issues in 2020

  • Avoiding compatibility issues when switching from HFO to LSF – what to look for and how to train crew to be aware of initial problems to avoid long-term engine damage.
  • Sourcing compliant fuel ahead of time and maintaining fuel quality.
  • The importance of continuous monitoring and testing fuel to ensure compliance with the regulation.
  • Technical issues - will there be an ISO standard for 0.5 per cent bunker fuels?
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1130-1155 - Engine lubricant considerations

  • Selecting the right cylinder oil in a 2020 environment.
  • How will the shift to low-sulphur fuel affect marine lubricant supply and demand?
  • Supplying lubricants for variable fuel qualities and avoiding operational difficulties.
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1155-1240 - Shipowner panel discussion - Future-proofing your fleet.
A discussion on how shipowners are changing the design and operation of their fleets to improve energy efficiency and go beyond compliance. The panel will also look at the ROI of technologies and available finance.
Moderated by:
click for bioCapt. Herbert Soanes, Senior Vice President, Center Testing International (CTI)

Capt. Herbert SoanesHerbert has over 25 years of executive management experience in enterprise value creation in global shipping and offshore; integrating finance, operations and relationship management.

Herbert is based in Rotterdam and currently Senior Vice President, Centre Testing International (CTI) with global responsibility for their maritime client relations. CTI is the leader in industrial, consumer and maritime environmental / hazardous material testing. His prior responsibilities include Chief Commercial officer, Misuga shipping and Senior Vice President, DVB Bank.

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Panellist to be announcedBiography pending.




1240-1400Lunch Break

Session 3

Electric Propulsion and Alternative Fuels

1400-1425 - Fuel consumption and alternative propulsion

  • Guidelines for navigators – voyage planning and the weather
  • Alternative propulsion, fuels and power supply; At Sea and In Port
click for bioCapt. Arno van den Maagdenberg, Director, Noah Shipping

Capt. Arno van den MaagdenbergArno has been a sailor for eighteen years; since 2007 he sailed as Master on cargo-vessels. Next to that he has also made a career as Master on various types of offshore-vessels (tug/ahts/psv/osv). Arno is proud of his worldwide experience as bi-lingual manager; and his hands-on experience as navigator; ocean-crossing, tropics and ice-navigation.

Arno is also the owner of Noah Shipping, a small company registered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Noah Shipping started for the purpose of writing invoices for work as freelance Master mariner. Noah Shipping is a marine-consultancy with a large network and specialises in cargo shipping and offshore.

1425-1450 - Methanol and alternative fuels

  • The possibility for methanol as a marine fuel.
  • Barriers towards adoption of methanol and other alternatives at the larger scale.
  • Case studies of methanol and ethanol on ferries and small vessels.
Moderated by:
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1450–1520Coffee Break

Roundtable Discussions

1520-1645 – These roundtables are open to all participants (end users, suppliers, sponsors etc) and will take place simultaneously – all hosted by key partners and sponsors. Each table can host up to 10 participants, and delegates will be invited to sign up throughout the morning to the roundtable they wish to attend, via our interactive WebApp.

The content in these interactive Roundtable sessions will be focused on solutions and business strategy and they will last for 1.15 hours in total, with the discussion itself lasting 40 minutes, followed by 35 minutes, for a short 5-minute summary from each table to the whole room. Between 4 and 6 tables will be hosted.

1. Making the most of efficiency monitoring - Understanding propulsion KPIs is necessary to make performance improvements. This roundtable will discuss how to make maximum gains in fuel efficiency and performance through monitoring propulsion and understanding where savings can be made.
2. Alternative fuels and technologies – do alternative fuels and technologies have a place in the future of commercial shipping? Evidence is starting to suggest that scaling of fuel cells and batteries is possible. This table will discuss weather very low and zero emissions shipping is possible with the use of alternative fuels and technologies.
3. Options for alternative propulsion at port – is there suitable technology and infrastructure at ports to enable ships to switch to emission free power? This roundtable will discuss the challenges of reducing emissions in port and the development of infrastructure.
4. Lubricant options post-2020 - the new regulation will not only affect the fuel market but also the lubricants one. 2020 will present different challenges for engine lubrication due to the various fuel blends that are expected to be in use. This roundtable will discuss how fuel quality is likely to affect cylinder oil lubrication choice and what owners and operators are doing to prepare for it.
5. Are scrubbers a reliable and cost-efficient solution for 2020 and beyond? – While scrubbers may provide immediate compliance with IMO 2020, there is increasing concern that ports may prohibit the use of the technology in open-loop mode to fully protect fragile marine ecosystems. This table will discuss whether scrubbers are an investment worth making from both a financial and environmental protection perspective.
6. LNG for 2050 – The role of LNG in meeting greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets is questionable due to its methane content. However, for newbuildings it is a relatively inexpensive method to ensure compliance with the 0.5 per cent sulphur cap and as infrastructure is growing it is becoming increasingly easy to bunker. This table will discuss the role of LNG in meeting ambitious climate change initiatives that go beyond 2020.

1700-1715Conclusions, followed by Networking Drinks