Denmark arguably leads the world in vessel performance optimisation, where we have one of the world's largest and technically advanced shipping companies in Maersk, a high focus on both technology and people, and a society with high expectations of environmental performance from its businesses.

Danish shipping companies are willing to invest in equipment, technology and systems to improve environmental performance, but only if they are clear on how it can help them.

Optimising vessel performance is ultimately about making better decisions. Technology can provide great assistance here but often there is a gap between what is actually needed to make a good decision and what technology can provide. We'll explore this more in the Copenhagen Vessel Performance Optimisation Forum.

We are keen to hear from shipping company people with stories to tell or opinions to share about how they are going about optimising performance of vessels in their fleet - please contact conference producer Ben Heather to discuss further on



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0900 – Registration & welcome coffee


0930 – Fuel performance - Return of investment and financial incentive

Per Navndrup Pedersen, Head of Bunker, Maersk Tankers

1000 – Topic to be confirmed

Eirini Arvanitaki, Fleet Energy Efficiency Manager, Maersk Supply

1030 – Topic to be confirmed

Speaker to be confirmed.

1100 – Networking break


1130 – Morning keynote

Speaker to be confirmed from DNV GL

1200 – Tech showcase 2 x 15 mins

Showcase 1: Host to be confirmed from Ascenz

Showcase 2: Host to be confirmed from Miros Group

1230 – Panel

Host to be confirmed from Meteo

1300 – Lunch


1400 – Increasing operational ship efficiency by better understanding of data

Martin Koepke, Fleet Support engineer, Hapag Lloyd

1430 – Topic to be confirmed

Martin Buhl, VP Maritime Sales, KNL

1450 – Propulsion performance management: speed is fine, but accuracy is final

Edwin Schuirink, Technical Product Manager, VAF Instruments

1510 – Topic to be confirmed

Speaker to be confirmed from MMG The Propeller

1530 – Tech showcase 2 x 15 mins

Showcase 1: Host to be confirmed

Showcase 2: Host to be confirmed


1600 - Topic to be confirmed
Panellists to be confirmed

1630 - Close of Conference Drinks & Networking Reception


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VPO Copenhagen 2019 floorplan

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Venue + Accommodation

Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers
Ørestads Boulevard 114-118
2300 Copenhagen, Denmark
Hotel Front Desk: 45-88-776655

Digital Ship have secured preferential rates for the conference and exhibition - please book before the cut-off date.

>> Book your room here

Tel: 45-88-776655  
Rates are subject to availability so please book as soon as possible. 

Please contact the hotel on the details above and ask for the Digital Ship rate.

Digital Ship cannot book rooms on your behalf; you need to arrange your own accommodation for yourself and colleagues. 

A courtesy shuttle bus is available to book from the Crowne Plaza hotel from 6am to 11pm.

From the airport to the hotel the shuttle bus is only on a first come, first served basis.

Please note it is possible to book a seat on the shuttle bus for your homeward journey. (Going from the hotel to the airport).

Parking is not free. The parking is administrated by   

Crowne Plaza Airport Shuttle

The Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers offers a free airport shuttle please pre book directly with the hotel.
Upon arrival at the airport please go outside after baggage claim. The shuttle picks up on the  curb outside of baggage claim. Visit the concierge desk in the hotel lobby upon your departure to book your return transportation to the airport. The shuttle leaves the Airport at 10 and 50 mins after the hour.

Visa Requirements 

Nearest Airport
Copenhagen Airport (CPH)
Lufthavnsboulevarden 6, 2770 Kastrup, Denmark
Transit Area Map
10 Things to Bring On Every International Flight (and 3 Things Not To) 

Getting Around Copenhagen
Public Transportation Zones
The Greater Copenhagen area is divided into zones. At bus stops and stations, you will find coloured zone maps by which you can calculate the fare for your journey. The zone system applies to all buses, trains and metro. 

Central Copenhagen is zone 1, the conference hotel is in zone 3, and the airport is in zone 4. The zone numbers get higher the further away you get from the city centre. 

Journey Planner

Nearest Metro Subway Station to Conference Hotel: Ørestad    

From the Airport: 
All the trains go in the same direction from the airport (M2 to Vanløse Station), so you do not have to worry about getting on the wrong train. 

The trains run with 4-6 minutes intervals during the day and evening. During the night the train runs every 15-20 minutes. It will take you 13 minutes to get to Nørreport Station (hub in city centre) from the airport. 

Tickets can be bought at the metro station and at the DSB ticket sales counter in terminal 3. Please note that the machines only accept coins and credit cards, not notes.   

Nearest Train Station to Conference Hotel: Ørestad   

Copenhagen Card
Copenhagen Card gives you unlimited public transportation in the entire Capital Region of Denmark (including airport). In addition, you get free entrance to more than 72 attractions and museums as well as discounts on several restaurants, sights, rentals and more. 

You can buy your Copenhagen Card online or upon arrival in Copenhagen Airport. 

City Pass
City Pass is the right ticket for you if you want unlimited use of public transport in Copenhagen. City Pass is available as either a 24 or 72 hours ticket. 

You can use City Pass on the metro, trains and buses in Copenhagen, including to and from the airport. 

Rejsekort is an electronic ticketing system for travelling by bus, train and metro. Rejsekort unites the different transport operators, travel zones, ticketing systems and discount schemes into a common system, which makes it easier for passengers to use public transport services in Denmark.

By taxi, it's about 20 minutes between the airport and the city centre, depending on traffic. Expect to pay between Dkk 250 and Dkk 300.  

Taxis can be flagged on the street and there are ranks at various points around the city centre. If the yellow taxa (taxi) sign is lit, the taxi is available for hire. The fare will start at Dkk 37 (Dkk 50 from 11pm to 7am Friday and Saturday) and costs Dkk 14.20 per kilometre from 7am to 4pm Monday to Friday and Dkk 18.75 from 11pm to 7am Friday and Saturday. The rate at all other times is Dkk 15. Most taxis accept major credit cards. Three of the main companies are DanTaxi, Taxa and Amager-Øbro Taxi.

Alternative Accommodation:

We look forward to seeing you at Vessel Performance Optimisation Forum on 22nd October in Copenhagen. We have put together a unique HotelMap that shows hotel deals at nearby hotels:

Alternatively, if you would like assistance with your hotel booking you can contact Jessica Heili, our dedicated concierge. If you email Jessica with your requirements, phone number and quoting Special Reference Code MWQYA to she will get back to you to discuss your hotel options.

Local Time Zone: GMT+1 Nearest
Train Station: Oerestad
Nearest Subway Station: Oerestad

Don't go home without trying smoerrebrod. The Danes take their sandwiches seriously. Herring, pork liver pate, cheese and sundry other Nordic specialities are liberally piled on sliced rye bread and washed down with schnapps.

Sponsorship and Exhibitions Opportunities

Are you looking to increase your market share, launch new products and services, raise brand awareness, meet new and existing clients. Partnering with the VPO Forums offer you an excellent platform to engage with the industries key decision makers. To download the sponsorship pack click here or contact:
Paul Skinner / / +44 (0) 7388 187968

Headline Platinum Sponsor
About DNV GL 
DNV GL is a global quality assurance and risk management company. Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, we enable our customers to advance the safety and sustainability of their business.

We provide classification, technical assurance, software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas, power and renewables industries. We also provide certification, supply chain and data management services to customers across a wide range of industries.

Combining technical, digital and operational expertise, risk methodology and in-depth industry knowledge, we empower our customers’ decisions and actions with trust and confidence. We continuously invest in research and collaborative innovation to provide customers and society with operational and technological foresight.

With origins stretching back to 1864 and operations in more than 100 countries, our experts are dedicated to helping customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.

Gold Sponsor
KNL Networks connects the maritime industry to the sea of opportunities IoT offers by providing simple, reliable and affordable connectivity through a dedicated network with military-grade security. Headquartered in Oulu, Finland with commercial HQ in Copenhagen, Denmark and sales representation in Helsinki, UK and Norway we’ve set out on a mission to revolutionize what global IoT connectivity means for the maritime industry. Our dedicated connectivity means your connection cannot be used for other communication purposes like GMDSS or crew welfare. Data leaves the KNL radio through our VPN, encrypting all data. Each KNL system is part of a worldwide network of KNL radios, which act as terminals or base stations, depending on their status or location. At sea, or in remote areas, a KNL radio uses the high-frequency band to connect automatically to another KNL radio that has a cellular connection. Nearshore or in port, KNL radios automatically connect directly to cellular. The KNL Global mesh network allows for multiple parties to securely access their equipment onboard a vessel

Gold Sponsor
Ship propellers from MMG have been setting the benchmark for decades in terms of design, size, quality and efficiency. The key to our success are propellers that perfectly match the vessel, its engine and the purpose of the ship.

As fuel prices are increasing, ship owners are revising their requirements. The trend towards slow steaming has made propeller efficiency a top priority. Our new label »Efficiency by MMG« is reserved for propellers of the latest generation that offer not only powerful propulsion but help to conserve valuable raw materials, minimise CO2 emissions and reduce operating costs. With »Efficiency by MMG«, we respond to the ever more stringent environmental and fuel efficiency requirements for maritime vessels.

MMG is setting new standards in the field of high-efficiency propeller drives with the innovative “5D Propulsion” concept. By using five innovative digital technologies we guarantee design quality and production accuracy that are unique worldwide.

Our objective: Making transport by sea as efficient and environmentally friendly as possible – now and in the future. All our activities – from the design department and the production floor to the sales office – are dedicated to this challenge.
>> MMG The Propeller

Gold Sponsor
VAF Instruments is the most preferred supplier of the top 100 shipyards and market leader in maritime measurement systems. Since 1938, VAF Instruments has gained a worldwide reputation as a specialist in developing and manufacturing measurement and control systems for the maritime and process industry. With more than 70 agents around the globe, VAF Instruments has a worldwide network. Our mission is to develop innovative and accurate measurement systems to maximize efficiency, improve operational excellence and reduce the environmental impact of these operations.

Innovations such as IVY®, VAF Instruments’ software solution for Propulsion Performance Management, will provide you the fleet at your fingertips. From ship to shore, IVY® enriches big data, for powerful analysis, fleet and ship performance visualisation and insight into the relevant data and KPIs. All this information is displayed on an easily-accessible dashboard either on an office desktop, mobile laptop, tablet or any other device. IVY® can be combined with various sensors on board, including TT-Sense® for thrust and torque measurement, ViscoSense®3D for viscosity, density and mass flow measurement and the highly accurate PT2 Flowmeters. VAF Instruments’ Propulsion Performance Management system IVY®, brings Big Data back to the essence.

Silver Sponsor
Artificial Intelligence for Fleet Optimization — Nautilus provides ship owners and operators with predictive analytics to reduce fuel consumption, optimize fleet performance, and maximize ROI.

Bronze Sponsor
Ascenz is a globally trusted provider of premium, end-to-end solutions for the maritime industry. With more than a decade of experience and an established foothold in Asia, we provide intuitive, agile and forward-looking smart shipping solutions and services tailored for offshore, ocean-going, bunkering and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) segments. We spearhead the push for rapid digitalization within the maritime industry.

As part of the GTT Group, an international frontrunner in technological solutions for storage and shipping of liquefied gas, particularly LNG, our solutions are aligned with industry trends. We empower and assist users by streamlining processes, increasing both efficiency and sustainability of processes.

Through its Premium Partnership Program, Ascenz is leading the creation of a global alternative digital ecosystem to accompany maritime players in their data and digital journey.

Bronze Sponsor
COACH Solutions provides advanced Vessel and Fleet Management Performance solutions.

COACH Solutions have combined Vessel Performance, Voyage Optimization and Noon Reporting to offer a centralized fleet-management tool that bridges the reporting gap between ship and shore.

Having delivered Vessel Performance solutions since 2011, COACH Solutions today offers one of the most advanced systems in the market.

Bronze Sponsors
MeteoGroup, the global weather authority, combines accurate science with advanced technology and local expertise with global reach. MeteoGroup is trusted by hundreds of government agencies, thousands of companies and millions of consumers.

Our team of expert meteorologists is on hand 24/7/365 to deliver the highest-quality analysis and support. With offices in 12 countries around the world, and 9 weather rooms in 8 of these countries, MeteoGroup is perfectly placed to provide local services to a global audience. We are backed by TBG AG, a Switzerland-based private holding, and are also the company behind the best-selling weather apps WeatherPro and MeteoEarth as well as numerous weather websites.

Bronze Sponsor
Miros is a technology company that specialises in measuring the ocean surface. The company provides sensors and systems for environmental monitoring to the global offshore and maritime industry. Boasting a versatile, future-facing portfolio of dry sensors, Miros delivers accurate, real-time data to all relevant stakeholders, on- or offshore, without the significant costs associated with submerged equipment.

Miros’ new Speed Through Water solution enables significant improvements in the application of ship performance optimisation technologies leading to significant cost efficiencies for ship owners. This innovative technology is a game-changer for fuel optimisation in the shipping industry.

Miros has been a trusted provider of reliable ocean surface measurements to some of the world’s largest ship owners, operators and oil companies for more than 35 years.


Supporting Organisations

Media Partners


The Vessel Performance & Optimisation Forum Copenhagen will provide an opportunity for some of the industry’s leading technology experts and business heads to explore, discuss and debate the on-going role of IT and communications in the shipping industry and help to solve the technology, leadership and business challenges ahead.

In addition to the plenary sessions, open forum Q&A and panel sessions, The Vessel Performance & Optimisation Forum Copenhagen will offer exciting networking opportunities which will allow you to continue your valuable discussions with fellow delegates and speakers, reconnect with peers and meet new players in the industry.


Interactive Web-App:

Our interactive Web-App will be available to all participants at the conference facilitating direct interaction with speakers and the audience during the course of the event.  The Web-App also features the Agenda, all Speaker and Panellist photographs and biographies, the floorplan for the exhibition, sponsor and exhibitor contact information and the facility to partake in Q&A sessions anonymously, as well as leave feedback for the organisers.  Bring your own device on the day and the log-in instructions will be shared on site.


Refreshment breaks
(welcome, morning and afternoon):

a chance to share ideas and connect with colleagues and friends over a cup of tea or coffee.



an opportunity to mingle with our exhibitors and learn more about their technologies, or continue discussions with our speakers


Drinks reception:

a relaxed gathering at the end of the day, a chance to reflect on the day’s proceedings.





Frequently Asked Questions


How do I register?
Please click here to register online, or contact Paul Skinner on +44 (0) 7388 187968

How do I pay?
You can pay by bank transfer, cheque or credit card upon receipt of your invoice.  Details are provided on the invoice.  Please note that payment will be required before the start of the event.  Invoicing enquiries can be sent to

What is included?
Your delegate ticket entitles you to access to the conference, all refreshment breaks, lunches and the evening reception at the event venue. Accommodation and travel are not included.

Dietary requirements
If you have any special dietary requirements please contact and we will happily arrange appropriate food for you.

Cancellation Refund & Substitutions

  • 4 weeks plus = 100%

  • 3 weeks plus = 75%

  • 2 weeks plus = 50%

  • Less than 2 weeks = no refund

Cancellations must be received in writing only. Substitutions are welcome at any time free of charge.

Please contact us in advance to make the change, or inform us upon arrival at the venue.

Event updates
For reasons beyond the control of Digital Ship, it may be necessary to alter the content, the speakers and/or the timing of the sessions.  Please check the website regularly for the latest information.

Any major changes such as change of date or venue will be communicated to all registered delegates.


Venue Information
Please click here for information on how to find the venue.

Badge collection
When you arrive at the venue please collect your badge from the registration desk.  Your badge must be worn at all times.

There will be welcome beverages served in the exhibition area.

There will be no printed handouts at this event, please Bring Your Own Device in order to access the agenda and other event information via this website.

The  presentations will be made available to the event attendees via a link sent to your email address.

Dress code
Business attire is required at all times.


Leaving feedback
We’re always glad to receive feedback about our events.  You can either speak to staff onsite or email

Accessing presentations
The  presentations will be made available to the event attendees via a link sent to your email address.


➤ contact us

Paul Skinner
T: +44 (0) 7388 187968

Speaker enquiries
Ben Heather
T: +44 (0) 7388 187968

Media & Marketing
Lyndell Cooks
T: +44 20 7017 3409

Event Manager
Jo McGhee
T: + 44 207 017 3412