VPO Forum Copenhagen - 31 October 2018

How to tactically ensure your fleets' optimum efficiency

VPO is returning to Copenhagen on 31 October 2018. Shipowners, operators, managers, charter parties and many other industry players will meet to discuss how the real challenges that lie in optimising a vessel’s performance can be met.

The 2020 global 0.5 per cent sulphur-in-fuel-oil cap is expected to cause fluctuations in fuel prices. The terms low and high sulphur fuel may not mean what they do today as an increasing number of fuel blends enter the market to meet demand for compliant fuel. Shipowners and operators will face an abundance of technologies that promise to cut fuel consumption and assist with regulatory compliance as they seek to find the best solution for their operations.

The design of ships is also 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. The question is, do users have the right skills to operate these technologies at maximum efficiency? 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 designing, operating, and managing more efficient ships.

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.

Per Navndrup PedersenPer Navndrup Pedersen
Head of Bunker
Maersk Tankers
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Per Navndrup Pedersen is Head of Bunker at Maersk Tankers. Per has broad commercial and technical management experience within the tanker segment and 19 years of experience within the maritime industry, ranging from commercial tanker vessel operation to technical ship management onboard and ashore. At Maersk Tankers commercial division, Per is responsible for bunker processes, end-to-end, from sourcing till utilisation, and optimising the full value chain. Per also provides internal and external performance consultancy based on BI and data analysis. Previously, Per was Head of Operational Performance at Torm where he was responsible for building and directing a new operational performance/operational excellence department in Torm. He was also responsible for maximizing financial and operational performance and minimizing risks and solving legal and contractual disputes. Per’s previous positions include Head of Operations at Norient (USA) LLC, Maritime Officer at A.P. Moller Maersk, and Dual Junior Cadet at Svendborg International Maritime Academy. Per has also studied at Copenhagen Business School.

Niels Bjørn L. MortensenNiels Bjørn L. Mortensen
Private Consultant
Master Mariner & Naval Architect
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The seagoing career started in 1971 on tankers, but later on it was mostly in General Cargo, Containers and Bulk. The career included several trips to Greenland and to the Antarctic. Gained a Navigator’s certificate in 1978 and Master’s certificate in 1979 and served as deck officer in the East Asiatic Company until 1983 on containerships and con-bulkers.

Commenced studies at Denmark’s Technical University in Helsingør in 1983, graduating as Naval Architect in 1987. Worked in the Basic Design Department of Burmeister & Wain Shipyard from 1987 to 1996 and became Head of Department in 1994. During that time a large number of tankers, OBOs and bulk carriers were designed and built at the yard. Participated in approx. 25 trial trips during those years. From 1996 and onwards employed by BIMCO as technical consultant and from 2002 as Head of the Marine Department. Attended some 6-10 IMO meetings per year during that period. Participated in the annual Tripartite meeting (Class, Shipbuilders and Shipowners) from 2002 – 2009. From 2002 member of ClassNK Danish Technical Committee and from 2003 member of Korean Register European Committee. Vice Chairman of IACS QSCS.

From 1 March 2010 Director of Regulatory Affairs in Maersk Maritime Technology, A.P.Moller-Maersk. Representing Maersk Line in World Shipping Council’s Environmental Advisory Committee. From 2011 a member Bureau Veritas’ Nordic Committee and of Lloyd’s Register’s Technical Committee. Chairing the Technical Committee of the Danish Shipowners’ Association. From 2014 member of BIMCO’s Marine Committee.

Appointed Expert Judge at the Danish Maritime and Trade Court in 2014.

Niels Bjørn resigned from A.P.Moller-Maersk in August 2016 and left by end of that year. Since then he has travelled the world and been involved in conferences, consultative work and writing articles.

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.

Matteo ConciMatteo Conci
Technical Superintendent
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Matteo Conci is Head of Planned Maintenance Department for the d’Amico Group, from year 2014 he is leading the implementation of Condition Monitoring technologies for Assets Health Management in d’Amico Tanker Fleet. Matteo began his maritime career as Navy Engineering Officer actively serving on board Italian Navy submarines rising to the rank of Lieutenant (Deputy Chief Technical Officer on board). Next he resigned to join LNG Tanker Fleet of Conoco Phillips where he covered different position both on board and ashore, 2nd Engineer and Dry Docking Project Engineer. From year 2006 he permanently moved ashore beginning in 2008 his career in the Off Shore Oil & Gas sector as Maintenance Engineer first and Project Manager later on. Matteo holds an IPMA level C certification as Project Manager. Hook up and commissioning of QatarGas/Exxon LNG re-gasification terminal in Porto Viro, Condition Based Maintenance Management of ENI Adriatic Sea cluster of off shore assets, Kashagan D Island Up stream Systems Maintenance Management are some of the major projects ha have been involved at management level while his experience in the Oil & Gas field gaining a specific expertise in RAM analysis and Condition Monitoring implementation.

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.

Alvin ForsterAlvin Forster
Deputy Director (Loss Prevention)
North P&I Club
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Alvin is a qualified Chief Engineer and has attained a Chartered Insurance Institute Advanced Diploma in Insurance (ACII). He joined the loss prevention team at North P&I in 2011. Prior experience includes 12 years at sea as an Engineer Officer on merchant vessels, a marine surveyor with a major consultancy and a technical superintendent within a shipping company.

Ulla KnudsenUlla Knudsen
Sales Manager
Coach Solutions
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Ulla Knudsen has experience with vessel performance management from several angles. Firstly seagoing as Chief Officer on tankers, then ashore as Operations Manager and hence Performance Manager with a chemical tanker owner. As Sales Manager at COACH Solutions, a company providing Vessel Performance- and Voyage Optimization (weather routing) services, she assists owners, charterers and managers to unlock the full performance potential of their vessels.

Fujitsu – speaker to be announcedJohan Carstens
EMEIA Manufacturing & Automotive CTO
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Johan Carstens is EMEIA Manufacturing & Automotive CTO at Fujitsu. Johan has 20+ years of experience within the IT industry and has exception understanding and interest in emerging technologies, he works closely with global clients implementing Technical Innovation initiatives and lead Digital Transformation. Johan leverages Fujitsu’s Global R&D Capabilities to address technology developments within the context of Business-driven Innovation and Operational Management. He facilitates digital co-creation workshops with Fujitsu’s top global clients and helps them reap the benefits of Digital Transformation.

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.

Dr Lars GreitschDr Lars Greitsch
Managing Director and Head of Research & Innovation
MMG Propeller
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Dr. Lars Greitsch started his professional career after the A-level with an apprenticeship as a car technician. After that he studied mechanical engineering and naval architecture at the University of Rostock finishing with the degree ‘Diplom Ingenieur’ in 2005. Up to 2009 he worked at the Institute of Ship Design and Ship Safety as a researcher and wrote his dissertation on the topic ‘Development of a design tool for ship rudders based on statistical operational data’. Following his academic career he moved to MMG in the first place as propeller designer, later as Head of Research & Innovation and since the beginning of 2017 as Managing Director. His main topic in his work was the development of the MMG-redesign program, where up to now 270 retrofit propellers were designed and produced based on the evaluation of operational data.

Noel TomlinsonNoel Tomlinson
Business Consultant
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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
Business Consultant
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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.

Edwin SchuirinkEdwin Schuirink
Area Sales Manager
VAF Instruments
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Edwin Schuirink obtained his bachelor degree in mechanical engineering in 1990 and started his professional career in the propeller and engine manufacturing business. He obtained a lot of experience in this segment of the maritime industry as a mechanical engineer, project engineer and area sales manager. In 2010 he joined VAF Instruments BV (Dordrecht, the Netherlands) as a Technical Product Manager, representing the T- and TT-Sense optical torque & thrust measuring systems and fuel consumption measurement in general.

At VAF Instruments he joined the technical and R&D department in developing the PEM4 Efficiency Monitoring system, the user interface between a wide range of VAF sensors and the crew on board. Moreover he worked on a variety of efficiency monitoring projects worldwide and gained extensive practical experience in fuel consumption measurement and engine, propeller and fleet performance monitoring.

Philip ChaabanePhilip Chaabane
I-Tech AB
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Philip Chaabane is the CEO of I-Tech AB, a venture cap funded bio-tech company based in Gothenburg. He has held various senior management positions at PowerCell Sweden AB, a fuel cell tech company listed at Nasdaq First North and various management positions in engineering and production at Volvo Aero Corporation (now GKN Aerospace).

Nicolai SlaattoNicolai Slaatto
Naval Architect
Propulsion Dynamics
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Nicolai is a Lead Naval Architect at Propulsion Dynamics with special focus on hydrodynamics and mathematical modeling. He is responsible for the company's core back-end development and leads various special projects. He holds a MSc. from Technical University of Denmark.

Sundeep ShawSundeep Shaw
Fleet Superintendent
Maersk Line
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Biography pending.


Session 1
Vessel Design and Benchmarking

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.

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
Technical Optimisation

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
Vessel Operations

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?

Headline sponsor
Platinum sponsor
Gold sponsors
Silver & Morning Coffee sponsor
Silver sponsors
Bronze sponsors
I-Tech 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
Media Partners
ACTUALIDAD Baird Maritime Be Cyber Aware At Sea
International Cruise Ship Industry satnews Sea News
seaplant ship2shore Shipping Magazine
Ship Management International showmetransport The Maritime Standard
Work Boat World WorldOils