Outline Agenda

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

09.15 - Chairman's introduction
click for bioJakob Petersen, Director, Vessel Performance Solutions

Jakob PetersenJakob 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.

Session

FLEET PERFORMANCE

09.30 - Digitalisation is but a means to an end: the end being Performance Optimisation
click for bioMark O’Neil, President, Columbia Shipmanagement

Mark O’NeillMark O'Neil is the President of Columbia Shipmanagement Ltd. A maritime lawyer by profession, as a Partner with Stephenson Harwood LLP and Reed Smith LLP for 17 years, Mark headed up international law firm Reed Smith LLP's German Shipping Team, and also co-lead the firm's Offshore Department. His clients included Ship Owners, Charterers, Insurers, Management Companies, Banks, Oil Companies and Offshore Contractors worldwide with a particular focus on the German, Scandinavian, Greek, Dutch, South American and Cypriot markets. He therefore has an in-depth knowledge of the shipping, ship management, banking and offshore sectors.

Mark chairs and/or speaks at numerous maritime and banking conferences and seminars worldwide. He is a passionate advocate of performance optimisation within the shipping and ship management industry and regularly speaks on this matter together with the related topic of digitalisation.

09.55 - Approaches to improving fleet performance at Nordic Tankers
click for bioEgill Eide, Fleet Performance Manager, Nordic Tankers

Egill EideBiography pending.




10.20 - Systematic Analysis of Mass Data
click for bioPer Øyvind Nedrebø, Performance and QA Manager, Solvang ASA

Per Øyvind NedrebøPer Øyvind Nedrebø originally trained as a Captain and reached the rank of Chief Officer before moving into other areas of the shipping industry. He holds a bachelor degree in Maritime Business with Maritime Law and has experience in both the commercial and technical sides of shipping. His current position is Performance and HESQ Manager at Solvang ASA.

10.45 - Past, current and future fuel performance management
click for bioChristian J. Dahll, Head of Voyage Management, Höegh Autoliners

Christian J. DahllBSc Nautical Studies and 15 years’ experience from the maritime industry.

Started as deck officer in WWL, followed by a stopover as Shipbroker in Clarkson Platou, before holding various commercial and operational roles in Höegh Autoliners abroad and in Norway for the last 10 years. Currently Head of Voyage Management, leading a team of 11 vessel operators, including bunker purchasing and fuel performance.

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  • History, background and first stages of fuel performance
  • Development and initiatives in Höegh Autoliners
  • Perspectives on how to realize fuel efficiency initiatives
  • Examples of specific initiatives and their results
  • Challenges related to implementation of fuel efficiency strategies and intiatives
  • A brief look at the future prospects of fuel efficiency

11.10BREAK

11.40 - Using machine learning to improve vessel performance
click for bioJonas S. Fredriksen, Head of Performance Management, GreenSteam

Jonas S. FredriksenBiography pending.




12.05 - Real cases of data driven Performance Management
click for bioAlessandro Pescetto, Director Marine Digital & Innovation, RINA

Alessandro PescettoBorn in 1971, he obtained the laurea degree in Electronic Engineer in 1996 and PhD in Electronic Engineering and Information Science in 2001.

From 2001 to 2013 he worked at CETENA, the research centre of FINCANTIERI Shipyard, that left as Head of Monitoring System Business Unit.

In 2013 he joined RINA Services in the Marine Business Solutions and developed a new Performance Management software tool installed on more than 250 ships.

He has also attended "EU MRV Monitoring Subgroup" and "Air Emissions from Ships Group" in the European Sustainable Shipping Forum as IACS member.

He is currently Digital & Innovation Director in RINA Services.

12.30 - Panel discussion: what is the best way to improve fleet performance
Panellists include:
click for bioRoberto Coustas, CEO, DeepSea Technologies

Roberto CoustasRoberto Coustas was born in Athens, Greece and graduated in 2010 from Geitonas School. At the age of 17, he relocated in London and studied Mechanical Engineering at UCL, where he became familiar with Artificial Intelligence by taking extra-curricular courses from the Computer Science department. Following his interest in computing, he continued his studies at the University of Oxford, where he received his MSc in Computer Science with Distinction, specialising in Machine Learning. Working briefly as a performance engineer and technical coordinator at Danaos Shipping, he realised the potential of applying Artificial Intelligence to the shipping domain. He then decided to co-found DeepSea Technologies with Konstantinos Kyriakopoulos, a Cambridge University PhD candidate. The company has revolutionised vessel monitoring with the use of state-of-the-art A.I. algorithms. Roberto has participated in a number of conferences and panel discussions such as the Marine Money 2018, the 18th Navigator Forum, the Artificial Intelligence roundtable of WebSummit 2018, and the 25th Annual Joint Shipping Conference in New York.

click for bioChristian J. Dahll, Head of Voyage Management, Höegh Autoliners

Christian J. DahllBSc Nautical Studies and 15 years’ experience from the maritime industry.

Started as deck officer in WWL, followed by a stopover as Shipbroker in Clarkson Platou, before holding various commercial and operational roles in Höegh Autoliners abroad and in Norway for the last 10 years. Currently Head of Voyage Management, leading a team of 11 vessel operators, including bunker purchasing and fuel performance.

1.00LUNCH

Session

EQUIPMENT MONITORING AND OPTIMISING

2.00 - Condition based maintenance as part of vessel monitoring - when should you do propeller and hull cleaning? Learnings and successes with digitalization with focus on maintenance and performance.
click for bioHarold Sundby, Senior Vice President Maritime, PGS

Harold SundbyHarald is a 55 year old ex. Captain with an Engineering degree that currently work as Senior Vice President with the responsibility for Maritime including Ship Management in PGS Geophysical AS.

He has recently studied Strategy, Innovation, Communication and Leadership part time at Scandinavian Executive Institute (INSEAD) (2019) and renewed his unlimited Master license to ensure updated knowledge (2018). His career started as an engine boy in 1979, and he has held several positions on different ship types until he became Captain.

After several years as Captain on seismic vessels he started his career within Maritime Management. His experience in the Seismic industry has passed 28 years where more than 15 years has been as Head of Maritime in WesternGeco (Schlumberger) and PGS.

In his younger days he also spent a few years as an Officer in the Norwegian Navy.

2.30 - Technology showcase

Presentation from MIROS
click for bioHosted by: Gunnar Prytz, Chief Technology Officer, MIROS

Gunnar PrytzWith a Ph.D. in Physics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Gunnar Prytz entered into industry in 2001 as a scientist for technology pioneer ABB. Cutting his teeth in R&D, Gunnar honed his professional and managerial toolkit in a range of roles within instrumentation, communication technologies and automation system design. From 2009 onwards, Gunnar began to take the reins of research groups and corporate portfolios alike, delving into the exciting world of advanced Internet-of-Things platforms, asset management and optimisation, big data and digitalisation.

In 2017 Gunnar joined the Miros management team as CTO. As a leading provider of ocean insights, Miros’ portfolio has undergone a transformation under Gunnar’s keen eye, with IoT-enablement and Cloud-integration paving the way for ground-breaking innovations in the field of sea state and local environmental monitoring.

Presentation from Tidetech
click for bioHosted by: Penny Haire, Managing Director, Tidetech

Penny HairePenny has experienced a 27 year career as in the maritime industry with 14 years at sea, predominently as a captain for a sail training charity and as a RYA instructor and examiner, before moving into senior roles in the management of sail training.

Penny founded Tidetech in 2008 with Dr Roger Proctor an internationally recognised coastal oceanographer. From her previous experience at sea she had identified a need for better sources of global oceanographic data, particularly real time ocean current and tidal data. With the continuing and rapid shift to all forms of electronic navigation across multiple platforms and devices, the imperitive was to provide this data in electronic format.

Tidetech now produces models of tides and currents and supplies best scientific quality meteorological and oceanographic data in electronic format for the commercial marine industry, delivered via enterprise grade systems and API's.

Presentation from DeepSea Technologies
click for bioHosted by: Roberto Coustas, CEO, DeepSea Technologies

Roberto CoustasRoberto Coustas was born in Athens, Greece and graduated in 2010 from Geitonas School. At the age of 17, he relocated in London and studied Mechanical Engineering at UCL, where he became familiar with Artificial Intelligence by taking extra-curricular courses from the Computer Science department. Following his interest in computing, he continued his studies at the University of Oxford, where he received his MSc in Computer Science with Distinction, specialising in Machine Learning. Working briefly as a performance engineer and technical coordinator at Danaos Shipping, he realised the potential of applying Artificial Intelligence to the shipping domain. He then decided to co-found DeepSea Technologies with Konstantinos Kyriakopoulos, a Cambridge University PhD candidate. The company has revolutionised vessel monitoring with the use of state-of-the-art A.I. algorithms. Roberto has participated in a number of conferences and panel discussions such as the Marine Money 2018, the 18th Navigator Forum, the Artificial Intelligence roundtable of WebSummit 2018, and the 25th Annual Joint Shipping Conference in New York.

3.00 - Make your vessel 2020-ready by burning less fuel
click for bioDr.-Ing. Lars Greitsch, Managing Director, Mecklenburger Metallguss GmbH

Dr.-Ing. Lars GreitschDr. 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 do MMG in the first place as propeller designer, later as Head of Research & Innovation and since the beginning of 2017 as Managing Director. The 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.

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As the 1st Jan. 2020 is coming closer, everybody is wondering about how much will the OPEX of a vessel change after this date. There are several ways to minimize the fuel bill, but the lasting one is to reduce the main engine fuel consumption. In other words: Make the propulsion train more efficient.

How propeller retrofits can help to achieve this task will be explained in my presentation on the VPO forum during NOR-Shipping in Oslo. Financial and technical insights will be covered to give the full picture.

3.30 - Better ways to collect and use data from machinery
click for bioStefan Goranov, Senior Project Manager, Hybridisation, WinGD

Stefan GoranovStefan’s career in the Maritime Industry started 17 years ago, after graduating with an MSc in Engineering, with emphasis on Marine and Offshore Electrical Engineering. He then sailed for a number of years on various vessel types. His last position on board a 5-star cruise ship was Chief Electrical Engineering Officer. In 2009 he joined WärtsiläSwitzerland as an Automation & Control Expert. When Wärtsilä’s Two-stroke Product Development Unit was acquired by CSSC and WinGD was established, Stefan led an R&D team of engineers, responsible for the development of systems for machinery control and system integration. Presently, his focus is on efficiency optimisation of propulsion systems with Two-stroke main engines through electrification and digitalization.

In 2014 he attained a Master’s degree in Management, Technology, and Economics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich.

4.00 - Panel discussion: Better ways to gather equipment data from vessels
Panellists include:
click for bioGunnar Prytz, Chief Technology Officer, MIROS

Gunnar PrytzWith a Ph.D. in Physics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Gunnar Prytz entered into industry in 2001 as a scientist for technology pioneer ABB. Cutting his teeth in R&D, Gunnar honed his professional and managerial toolkit in a range of roles within instrumentation, communication technologies and automation system design. From 2009 onwards, Gunnar began to take the reins of research groups and corporate portfolios alike, delving into the exciting world of advanced Internet-of-Things platforms, asset management and optimisation, big data and digitalisation.

In 2017 Gunnar joined the Miros management team as CTO. As a leading provider of ocean insights, Miros’ portfolio has undergone a transformation under Gunnar’s keen eye, with IoT-enablement and Cloud-integration paving the way for ground-breaking innovations in the field of sea state and local environmental monitoring.

click for bioPenny Haire, Managing Director, Tidetech

Penny HairePenny has experienced a 27 year career as in the maritime industry with 14 years at sea, predominently as a captain for a sail training charity and as a RYA instructor and examiner, before moving into senior roles in the management of sail training.

Penny founded Tidetech in 2008 with Dr Roger Proctor an internationally recognised coastal oceanographer. From her previous experience at sea she had identified a need for better sources of global oceanographic data, particularly real time ocean current and tidal data. With the continuing and rapid shift to all forms of electronic navigation across multiple platforms and devices, the imperitive was to provide this data in electronic format.

Tidetech now produces models of tides and currents and supplies best scientific quality meteorological and oceanographic data in electronic format for the commercial marine industry, delivered via enterprise grade systems and API's.

4.30Closing Remarks from VPO

4.45Drinks reception