Vessel Performance Optimisation Forum Copenhagen
31 October 2018


How to tactically ensure your fleets' optimum efficiency

VPO is returning to Copenhagen this October 31st and will give the opportunity for shipowners, operators, managers, charter parties and many other industry players to discuss how the real challenges that lie in optimising a vessel’s performance can be met.

Regulation, in particular the 2020 global sulphur cap, is expected to generate higher fuel prices while definitions of low and high sulphur fuel are expected to change as many more complaint fuel blends will be available to meet demand. The relationship between charter parties and owners will require even further communication and agreement to avoid dispute, particularly when it comes to selling and reselling bunkers at fluctuating prices.

Ship design is changing to accommodate for increasing fuel prices. Designers are integrating complex systems to monitor vessel performance and technologies to meet regulatory requirements. The number of LNG-fuelled ships on order is at all all-time high and new designs are being sought to improve the cargo carrying efficiency of designs that utilise alternative fuels such as LNG and methanol.

The human factor is a vital part of operational efficiency but it is often overlooked. More technologies are being installed on ships to meet regulation and improve ship performance, creating additional pressure on ships’ crews to efficiently operate new technology or fuels, sometimes with little training. This forum will present the opportunity to discuss how the industry can ensure the regulatory and technology demands of a future shipping industry can be met.

VPO Copenhagen 2018 will consist of three key sessions to identify and discuss the approaches to better ship efficiency and look at how the relationship between business, regulation, and technology is changing.


Session 1
Preparing a fuel-efficient vessel

This session will look at how a ship can be designed to operate at maximum efficiency, while meeting international regulations. It will look at what can be done now to prepare for challenges in obtaining compliant and compatible low sulphur fuel and what steps can be taken today to prepare ships and their crews for navigating the 2020 environment. 

The session will discuss how the approach in preparing a fuel-efficient ship will change, and the role of industry members in making a smooth transition towards operating in a tighter regulatory environment.

Session 2
Maintenance and monitoring for maximum ROI

This session will look at how a ship can be monitored and adjusted to make continuous gains in efficiency. The session will discuss how ships can remain in optimum condition to reduce operating costs, lower maintenance intervals, and gain better ROIs. How can new information and new technologies be used to maintain fuel efficient ships? What will be the role of the crew in operating and maintaining ships that are technologically more advanced and require specific fuel blends?

Session 3 –
Identifying opportunities and relationships

This final session of the day will look at the how opportunities for business are changing with increasing regulatory requirements. The EEDI, 2020, the ballast water management convention, the EU MRV, all present opportunities for improving efficiency, but how will this change the relationship between technology companies, shipowners, operators, and charterers? How does regulation present the opportunity to drive and implement an energy efficiency culture?

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A.M.M.I.TE.C. CIRM DUCC - Danish-UK Maritime Association
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