Agenda

Keynote Address: The outlook for Abu Dhabi - READ MORE HERE ->
12:00 - 12:20 Knowledge Theatre
Plenary
Chief Executive Officer
Abu Dhabi Ports
Founder & Managing Director
E Treanor Media

The current business environment and outlook for the region, including some consideration of the prospects for the offshore marine sector.

MODERATOR: ​Eithne Treanor, Founder & Managing Director, E Treanor Media

Please note that this programme is subject to change.

Keynote Panel Discussion: How can the offshore marine market re-balance itself? - READ MORE HERE ->
12:30 - 13:30 Knowledge Theatre
Panel Discussion
Chief Executive Officer
SAFEEN
Chief Executive Officer
Abu Dhabi Ship Building
Head of Energy & Marine, Corporate & Institutional Banking Group
National Bank of Fujairah
Principal Analyst, Middle East Upstream Oil & Gas
Wood Mackenzie
Chief Executive Officer
Topaz Energy and Marine
Founder & Managing Director
E Treanor Media

Sponsored by:

 

For operators in the offshore marine market, it’s all about managing the downturn as effectively as possible and preparing to take full advantage of opportunities as and when they occur. This panel will examine the prospects for the Middle East and wider global offshore marine market. What will it take to turn it around?  In the meantime, what are the optimum strategies for dealing with the current imbalance between supply and demand?

 

A panel of experts will look at:

  • What the contrasting effects of OPEC production cutbacks and expanded North American shale production may mean for the oil price
  • What is the realistic prospect for the sanctioning of new offshore projects in 2017 and 2018?
  • The true supply/demand equation for the OSV market
  • How can/will that oversupply be addressed?  What contribution will scrapping of older assets make to its resolution?
  • How the Middle East market compares to other regions.  Will it continue to attract capacity from other poorer performing areas?
  • Will the pace of industry consolidation accelerate in the year ahead?

MODERATOR: ​Eithne Treanor, Founder & Managing Director, E Treanor Media

*Please note that this programme is subject to change.

Ask the Expert: Manning Updates - READ MORE HERE ->
14:15 - 15:15 Operational Excellence Theatre
Power 60's
Regional Director, Gulf & South Asia
Mission to Seafarers
Group Chief Executive Officer
Elektrans Group
Chief Executive Officer
The Nautical Institute
HR Manager - Leadership Development
Seadrill Global Services Ltd
Offshore Syndicate Manager
The Shipowners' Club

Man Overboard? How to make the most of your human assets  

Access to seafarers with relevant skill sets is a growing challenge and one that is likely to intensify in the short term when the offshore industry recovers from the current downturn. Large numbers of experienced senior seagoing personnel have either left the business or are approaching retirement and many who remain lack some of the specialist expertise required in the offshore energy and workboat trades. How can we turn this around?

This ‘Ask the Expert’ session will look at the following:

  • Safety and availability of skilled crew in the current market – is it acceptable? What extra measures need to be taken now and going forward in view of the fact that the supply of well-trained seagoing personnel will come under increasing pressure when the market picks up?
  • The drop in day rates and its effect on service levels – how to attract and retain a skilled workforce, particularly in a rising market
  • How advancing technology and improved connectivity can transform the lives of seafarers, not only by keeping them in regular touch with friends and family but also providing access to news, current affairs, sport and continuous professional development, mentoring online?
  • How a more enlightened approach to human resource requirements and management will play a vital role in meeting demand for highly motivated and experienced seafarers when the workboat sector picks up again 

MODERATOR: Captain Michael P. Elwert, Group Chief Executive Officer, Elektrans Group
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What are Power 60's
These are targeted sessions aimed at problem solving for the offshore marine and workboat industry.

Power 60's: Business Updates - Ask the Expert
This series of sessions will give you an opportunity to listen to experts in their respective fields of manning, finance and legislation. These will then be followed by Q&A with the speakers. This is YOUR opportunity to share your experiences, discuss what problems you've been facing, and work together to find solutions with your peers.

Ask the Expert: Financial / Legal Updates - READ MORE HERE ->
15:30 - 16:30 Operational Excellence Theatre
Power 60's
Chief Operating Officer
Tasneef
Head of Energy & Marine, Corporate & Institutional Banking Group
National Bank of Fujairah
Senior Marine Specialist - Petrodata
IHS Markit
Managing Partner
NorthCape DMCC
Partner
HFW
Founder & Managing Director
E Treanor Media

Taking stock - how to make the most of your company assets  

Sink or swim - it is survival of the fittest. What are the viable financial options and trends that are shaping the offshore marine and workboat industries, and how can these be applied to you?

This ‘Ask the Expert’ session will look at the following:

  • The financial/legal outlook – what are the realities of what lies ahead?
  • Availability of finance - what is really on offer and how to take the next step?
  • Refinancing, financial restructuring or distressed investing – a look at the options
  • Blowing hot and cold. As we wait for the upturn, what are the pros and cons of stacking?
  • To scrap or not to scrap - what is needed to make this a workable option?
  • Any bright spots for investors

MODERATOR: ​Eithne Treanor, Founder & Managing Director, E Treanor Media
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What are Power 60's
These are targeted sessions aimed at problem solving for the offshore marine and workboat industry.

Power 60's: Business Updates - Ask the Expert
This series of sessions will give you an opportunity to listen to experts in their respective fields of manning, finance and legislation. These will then be followed by Q&A with the speakers. This is your opportunity to share your experiences, discuss what problems you've been facing, and find solutions with your peers.

Regional Updates - READ MORE HERE->
10:00 - 11:00 Operational Excellence Theatre
Panel Discussion
Founder Director
CS Offshore DMCC
Chief Executive Officer
Synergy Offshore FZ LLE
Managing Partner
Fichte & Co Legal
Chairman
Makamin Offshore Saudi Ltd

As the industry braces itself during uncertain and unpredictable times, a panel of experts looks at other regions for alternative opportunities in the industry.

  • Iran
  • Saudi Arabia
  • West Africa

MODERATOR: ​Fazel Fazelbhoy, Chief Executive Officer, Synergy Offshore

*Please note that programme is subject to change.

Technical Forum Panel 1: Optimising operations using existing technology - READ MORE HERE ->
11:15 - 12:15 Knowledge Theatre
In association with IMarEST
Marine Advisor, Offshore Projects
ZADCO
Engineer Marine Maintenance
Marine Operations Group
Honorary Secretary
Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) UAE Branch
General Manager
Zamil Offshore Services
Managing Director
Albwardy Damen
Senior Vice President & Managing Director, International Division
SEACOR Offshore Dubai LLC

Held in association with

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) UAE branch, in conjunction with Seatrade Offshore Marine & Workkoats Middle East, will be hosting two panel discussions to examine the viability of harnessing overall savings in offshore operations. Doyens of the industry will be on the panel and share their insights in action-packed interactive sessions with the audience. As with previous IMarEST events, this forum will attract numerous leading thought leaders and experts from the maritime sector who will pull out all the stops on this unbiased technical platform creating awareness for the attendees on what the maritime industry needs to do to respond to future trends. 

Panel 1: Optimising operations using existing technology 

Discussions during this highly stimulating opening session held under the theme of ‘Optimizing operations using existing technology’, will focus on maintenance strategies, OSV designs, optimizing use of assets, disruption to safe operations when cold stacking vessels and other ad hoc topics raised by the audience.  The experienced diverse panel will contribute with knowledge transfer and exchange of pragmatic visions giving participants an opportunity to understand more fully, current technology trends commensurate with operational efficiency opportunities. Those lateral thinkers have been invited as panellists who are known to up the ante of discussions. Come witness first-hand the esteemed speakers who promise to inform, advise and educate, in a relaxed yet professional environment – specifically created to enable delegates leverage the experience of peers about the best ideas and innovations in the industry.  

MODERATOR: Nikeel Idnani, Honorary Secretary, Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) UAE Branch

Technical Forum Panel 2: Future-proofing the offshore industry - READ MORE HERE ->
12:30 - 13:30 Knowledge Theatre
In association with IMarEST
Segment Director, Special Ships
DNV GL
Chief Executive Officer
Synergy Offshore FZ LLE
Managing Director
Ulstein Asia Pte Ltd
Honorary Secretary
Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) UAE Branch
SVP Concepts & Innovation, Digital & Systems
Rolls-Royce Marine
Fleet Manager, MEBU
Miclyn Express Offshore

Held in association with

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) UAE branch, in conjunction with Seatrade Offshore Marine & Workkoats Middle East, will be hosting two panel discussions to examine the viability of harnessing overall savings in offshore operations. Doyens of the industry will be on the panel and share their insights in action-packed interactive sessions with the audience. As with previous IMarEST events, this forum will attract numerous leading thought leaders and experts from the maritime sector who will pull out all the stops on this unbiased technical platform creating awareness for the attendees on what the maritime industry needs to do to respond to future trends. 

Panel 2: Future-proofing the offshore industry

This session will look at how the maritime landscape is changing tack to adjust to an altering business environment. With fierce competition, only vessels which are commercially viable will be absorbed in the market. Relevant stakeholders need to understand how ship designs must adapt by being fit for purpose and safe. Concurrently, technology is deemed to play a bigger part in shipping. The panel will discuss how the maritime industry needs to evolve from being traditionally data-poor to harnessing the power of Big Data enabling better decision-making. Will digitization inevitably drive the industry in a new direction? If so, when can we expect tangible changes? Will regulations be adapted quick enough in the face of disruptive change? The panellists who are recognized industry leaders representing progressive ship owners, contemporary yards, innovative classification societies, world-class energy field operators and cutting-edge equipment manufacturers will forecast the acceptance of new technologies. In this not-to-be-missed opportunity, the audience will keep abreast of the most pressing industry matters and ask pertinent questions about how an efficient and innovative approach will solve tomorrow’s known and unknown maritime challenges. 

MODERATOR: Nikeel Idnani, Honorary Secretary, Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) UAE Branch

New technologies - opportunities for tomorrow - READ MORE HERE ->
14:15 - 16:05 Operational Excellence Theatre
Power 30's: Innovative, safe and efficient vessels for the future
Marine & Offshore Manager - Middle East & Africa
Lloyd's Register
Managing Director
Ulstein Asia Pte Ltd
Business Development Manager, Marine Solutions
Wärtsilä Solutions Oy
Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Genoil

The following Power 30’s look at ways in which companies can improve their efficiency by managing their green agenda / ship design and the implementation of these practices into the current business strategy to optimise their performance.

MODERATOR: Captain Tony Field, Marine & Offshore Manager - Middle East & Africa, Lloyd's Register
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14:15- 14:45: Alternative Shipping Fuels

Speaker: Johnny Kackur, Business Development Manager, Marine Solutions, Wärtsilä Solutions Oy

Synopsis: The emission legislations coming into force are a game changer and alternative fuels beyond heavy fuel oil are being reviewed. Alternative fuels in combination with further advanced propulsion machinery technologies offer more sustainable, efficient and cheaper through-life options for ship owners and operators:

  • Alternative fuels
  • Further advanced propulsion machineries
  • Hybrid and battery powered vessels

Wärtsilä, a leading marine engineering innovator in propulsion technologies, will reveal the fascinating operational and cost-saving benefits today and into the future for operators and ship owners in the Middle East. 
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12:20 - 12:50: Disruption is good for design creativity

Speaker: Gunnar Haug, Managing Director, Ulstein Asia Pte Ltd

Synopsis: The aim of this session is to look forward to the time when OSV operators will be able to start ordering new vessels again, and what options they may have at that time as a result of design and technological developments.

The session will look at the following:

  • Long-term competitiveness is created in times of turbulence
  • Offshore Support Vessel experience is an asset for entering new market arenas
  • Experience with sophisticated vessels taught us how to simplify future designs
  • Design simplicity while maintaining capability
  • New design methodologies and philosophies cutting overall project time and cost

Growth in the wind energy sector, installation and support vessel opportunities
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13:00 - 13:30: MARPOL 2020 Bunker Fuel Sulphur Compliance

Speaker: J.R. Owens, Vice President & COO, Genoil

Synopsis: Genoil has developed a proprietary technology, the Genoil Hydroconversion Upgrader. The technology greatly enhances the performance of a fixed bed reactor, increasing the rates of desulphurization by up to 95%, thereby increasing performance and lowering costs.

This session will look at why this technology could be a key development for the workboat sector in the Gulf, and the far reaching benefits for both operators and bunkering ports.
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What are Power 30's
These are targeted sessions aimed at solution finding for the offshore marine and workboat industry.

This series of sessions will give you an opportunity to listen to experts in their respective fields. Each session is followed by an opportunity to 'Ask the Expert' for their industry advice - make sure you register today to take advantage of this unique opportunity!

Keynote Presentation: Cyber Security – Driving the industry towards a mature cyber posture - READ MORE HERE ->
11:00 - 11:30 Knowledge Theatre
Plenary
SVP Safety & Security Services
Inmarsat Maritime
Senior Principal Surveyor
ABS

The maritime industry has embraced information and operational technology to automate processes and drive efficiency. Now the industry is acting to guard against the potential risks of cyber-attack. In this keynote we shall review the current industry position along with findings from an industry focused white paper.

We shall cover pragmatic steps to implement cyber security and practical options to protect the vessel and crew.

MODERATOR: Unnikrishnan Nair, Senior Principal Surveyor, ABS

*Please note that this programme is subject to change.

SMART Operations - READ MORE HERE ->
11:40 - 13:30 Knowledge Theatre
Power 30's
Segment Director, Special Ships
DNV GL
SVP Concepts & Innovation, Digital & Systems
Rolls-Royce Marine
Senior Principal Surveyor
ABS
Managing Director
MacGregor Hatlapa GmbH & Co. KG

As the industry’s drive for efficiency continues to push the demand for ‘smarter’ operations, the following Power 30s look at some of the smart options available on the market.

MODERATOR: Unnikrishnan Nair, Senior Principal Surveyor, ABS
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11:40 - 12:10: Connecting to a new reality in offshore

Speaker: Arnstein Eknes, Business/Segment Director Special Ships, DNV GL

Synopsis: Connecting knowledge / technology / operations / way of working – from manual to remote to autonomous, giving examples motivating why this is happening.
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12:20 - 12:50: Redefining the Maritime Industry with smart concepts

Speaker: Oskar Levandar, SVP Concepts & Innovation, Rolls-Royce

Synopsis: Digitalization is driving a revolutionary change in the maritime industry. Advances in technological fields such as Artificial Intelligence, Communications, Sensors and Analytics will enable new ship concepts and ways of operating vessels. We shall witness the emergence of remote and autonomous ships in the near future; the first demonstration of a remotely operated commercial vessel took place earlier this year. Completely new vessel types for the workboat and offshore markets are being developed which will give way to new operation models. Giant focus on R&D in the digital domain is creating new products that will greatly enhance the safety and efficiency of all vessels. Situational awareness systems and intelligent steering systems are being introduced to ferry markets and will spread to other sectors of the industry. Digital technology will also enable new business models and bring with it disruptive change.
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13:00 - 13:30: Hack the Sea: How to create new business ideas quickly

Speaker: Alexander Nürnberg, Managing Director MacGregor Hatlapa GmbH & Co. KG

Synopsis: Hackathons are a new and systematic approach to assemble teams from different origins to work on defined challenges. The event lasts typically 2 to 3 days with the target to get viable and "out of the box" ideas from people who have not been deeply involved in the industry before. MacGregor was the first company to take this approach into the (conservative) marine industry. Original intention and results will be presented.
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What are Power 30's
These are targeted sessions aimed at solution finding for the offshore marine and workboat industry.

This series of sessions will give you an opportunity to listen to experts in their respective fields. Each session is followed by an opportunity to 'Ask the Expert' for their industry advice - make sure you register today to take advantage of this unique opportunity!