Outline Agenda

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

0830 – Registration and Coffee


0900 – Chairman’s Welcome and Opening Remarks


0915-0945 – Keynote Address

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 reduction target.

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?

Jan Egbertsen, Manager Innovation, Port of Amsterdam


1035- 1105 – 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 fuel testing.

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.

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.
Panellists include: TBA


1240-1400 – Lunch

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

Capt. Arno van den Maagdenberg, Director, Noah Shipping


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.

1450-1520 – Coffee 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.

1700-1715 – Conclusions, followed by Networking Drinks