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.

Confirmed speakers

Jakob Buus PetersenJakob Buus Petersen
Co-founder and Director
Vessel Performance Solutions
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Jakob Buus Petersen is Director and Co-founder of Vessel Performance Solutions. The company specialises in software products and consultancy services within Performance Management for the shipping industry.

Petersen began his maritime career as a naval architect with Force Technology, rising to the position of Chief Specialist. Next assignment was as Chief Specialist and Head of the Vessel Performance Department within Maersk Maritime Technology for the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group in Copenhagen. He successfully led the implementation and management of the Vessel Performance Management Service focused on optimizing the operational performance of a large fleet. Later Petersen joined American Bureau of Shipping as Director of Energy Efficiency. He was responsible for the development and implementation of the classification society's initiatives and programs within performance management and visited numerous shipping companies around the world to discuss Performance Management. Petersen brings more than 25 years of technical and operational experience to Vessel Performance Solutions and has gained international recognition for his work on ship performance. Petersen's professional experience encompasses fuel efficiency, fuel indexing, EEDI, EEOI, ship performance and manoeuvring. He also headed the optimization of the hull lines and propellers for Maersk's Triple E next generation container ships. Petersen holds an MSc in Naval Architecture and a PhD for "Nonlinear Strip Theories for Ship Response in Waves" from the Technical University of Denmark. He has been involved in many industry committees and joint industry projects, including the ITTC Manoeuvring Committee which he chaired for three years.

Martin BriddonMartin Briddon
Engineering and Business Development Manager
James Fisher Mimic
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Martin joined James Fisher Mimic in 2003 following 34 years’ service in the Royal Navy. During his time at sea Martin served as the Marine Engineer Officer for two Mine Counter Measure vessels and as the Deputy Marine Engineer Officer on a Type 21 frigate. Shore appointments included four years with the Machinery Trials and Assessment Unit, where he was awarded an MBE for his services to Marine Engineering, and the final three years as the Fleet Machinery Vibration Assessment Officer. He has completed the RN RCM Facilitators course and has numerous service and civilian qualifications in machinery operation, maintenance and machinery health assessment.

Mike KonstantinidisMike Konstantinidis
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Mechanical Engineer (BSc, MSc), having gained a broad range of skills for over the years, heavily focused to the Maritime Sector. Holding over 25 years of insightful experience in Corporate Governance, Project Management, Sales & Marketing, Mergers and Acquisitions, Change Management and International Business Development with wide range of business and industry verticals. Effective communicator, with ability to accomplish marketing plans improving brand awareness, designed and executed operational plans and business strategy creating revenue and profitability growth, with emphasis on sustainability.

METIS Cyberspace Technology is specialized in the fields of Electronics Engineering, IoT, Cloud Computing and Artificial Intelligence, adapted to the specific requirements of Global Maritime. METIS brings to the maritime market the ultimate ship performance management solution for Wireless Data Acquisition and real-time Diagnosis and Prediction of fleet performance.

Marcus EjderstenMarcus Ejdersten
Director of Strategic Marketing
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Marcus Ejdersten has worked in the marine industry since his completing of his Master in Science at the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, in 2004. He joined MacGregor in 2007 as a member of company’s Container ships team. Since 2015 Marcus has lead MacGregor’s Strategic Marketing for the company’s extensive portfolio of solutions to the Marine and Offshore industries.

Ulla KnudsenUlla Knudsen
Sales Manager
Coach Solutions
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Biography pending.

Daniel WhiteDaniel White
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Dan is a behavioural and environmental expert with extensive experience of devising and delivering successful innovations and randomised controlled trials to the benefits of communities. His creation of abseiling insulation, for instance, created a new £30m industry for the UK. Over the last 10 years, Dan has been at the forefront of applied behavioural science. He managed the UK's first Energy Natural Field Experiment and was previously CEO and Co-Founder of The Behaviouralist. He also lectures at University College London in applying field experiments to change energy consumption behaviour.

Noel TomlinsonNoel Tomlinson
Business Development & Sales lead
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Noel Tomlinson is currently the Business Development & Sales lead for commercial shipping within BMT, who provide engineering consultancy and ship in service support across the defence and commercial sectors. Noel served in the Royal Navy in a range of engineering appointments before spending 7 years in commercial shipping performing a range of senior technical and project management functions.

Nick MerrickNick Merrick
Project Director
Black & Veatch
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Nick Merrick is a Project Director within Black & Veatch and has experience of energy efficiency and carbon savings in related sectors. He led the Black & Veatch team as assessor in the start-up phase of a US$3Bn performance project in Qatar. He has advised the Saudi Arabian Electricity and Cogeneration Regulation Authority on their privatisation initiatives. He has worked and lived in various countries in the Middle East and Far East.


Session 1
Identifying and Implementing Energy Saving Devices

The first session of the day will identify the largest gaps in efficiency and discuss where real savings can be gained. It will look at the technical and financial risks of implementing energy-saving technologies and how the industry overcome these challenges. The session will discuss what tools are available to identify inefficiencies and how we can use these tools to implement an energy efficient culture. It will ask the question “Are shipowners and operators be brave enough to test technologies at sea, or will the tradition of waiting until they are proven continue?

This session will also explore the human element. What will be the role of the crew in operating and maintaining ships that are technologically more advanced and require specific fuel blends?

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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Silver sponsors
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James Fisher MIMIC
Supporting Organisations
A.M.M.I.TE.C. CIRM DUCC - Danish-UK Maritime Association
GVF InterManager I.S.E.S. Association
The Nautical Institute WISTA International Vessel Performance Solutions
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