Fifth Gas Fuelled Ships conference offers packed programme

Delegates will be able to witness bunkering of a Fjord Line ferry Delegates will be able to witness bunkering of a Fjord Line ferry
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The Mercator Media Gas Fuelled Ships Conference 2014, held in association with 'The Motorship', follows four previous successful conferences, in Hamburg 2010, Rotterdam 2011, Bergen 2012 and last year on board the Viking Grace cruise ferry, travelling between Stockholm and Turku under LNG propulsion.

This year, the conference returns to Norway, which has assumed a leading position in LNG fuelled ships and terminal/bunkering arrangements. It will take place at the Radisson Blu Atlantic hotel in Stavanger, situated in a town centre location overlooking the beautiful Lake Breiavannet, from 24th to 27th November. The actual conference presentations are on the 25th and 26th – the other days being the dates of the associated technical visits, which have become so much a feature of the event.

The event is the longest running small scale LNG conference and is a must-attend event for anybody already using or considering using LNG as a maritime fuel in the run up to 2020. It is the only technical conference to combine a two-day informative and knowledge based conference with technical visits giving delegates access to real life operations of current LNG vessels and supply plants, as well as networking opportunities at the conference gala dinner.

Jaroslaw Kotowski, project manager of the European Commission, Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) will give the keynote address entitled ‘Encouraging LNG as a bunkering solution in Europe – infrastructure’.

The conference will be chaired on day one by Lars Robert Pedersen, deputy secretary general, BIMCO and on day two by Martin L Shaw, managing director, MOAMS. The full conference programme is available to view online at www.motorship.com/gfsconference.

A few of the highlights of the conference – which as always is subject to late alteration - can be seen below:

  • Conversion to gas as a fuel – a reality today – a case study on the retrofit conversion to LNG of the ferry Ostfriesland, for AG Emst presented by Henning Pewe, lead gas technology, DNV GL and Benjamin Scholz, ship type expert liquefied gas carrier, DNV GL;
  • LNG from an Operator’s perspective - presented by Morten Larsen, technical nautical director of Fjord Line’s Stavangerfjord, the largest passenger vessel operating on LNG as a single fuel;
  • Applicability and challenges of using natural gas as a fuel on existing ships - presented by Dr Jorge M.G. Antunes, Marine CEO of TecnoVeritas;
  • New experience and future expectations in the gas marine applications field, from tropical to ice conditions: ferries, tugs and offshore - presented by Carlo Contessi, general manager, applications developments, ship power four-stroke, Wärtsilä Italia; and
  • How new design and retrofitting to LNG as fuel of a fleet of RoPax ferries operating in SECA with breakthrough technologies can promote a cost effective and cleaner fleet - presented by Arnaud Le Poulichet, technical director, Brittany Ferries and Martial Claudepierre, head of environmental services, Bureau Veritas.

Among other case studies will be presentation from GE Marine, Lloyds Register of Shipping, Skangass and Rolls Royce. Amother popular feature of the event will be the round-table discussions on LNG pricing strategies for the future and supply and availability.

During the two day conference delegates will have the opportunity to attend the conference dinner, held in the renowned Sjøhusene Restaurant in Stavanger, and will be able to join two unique technical visits to the Risavika terminal to watch live ship-to-shore bunkering of the Stavangerfjord, and the Skangass LNG production terminal in Risavika, Tananger. All of these are included in the delegate package for the conference.

The first visit to Risavika will take place on the evening of Monday 24 November, giving delegates the chance to witness live LNG bunkering of the Fjord Line ferry.

The conference proper begins on Tuesday 25 November, when following an introduction by Chairman

Lars Robert Pedersen, there will be two welcome addresses. Harold Solberg, director, Norwegian Shipowners’ Association, has been invited to give one, and the other will be an update on the global LNG fleet from Océane Balland, of the DNV GL maritime environmental department. Next on the programme is the keynote address by Jaroslaw Kotowski, from the European Commission INEA agency, followed by a brief summary on Supplying LNG to Europe, from Aksel Skjervheim, head of fuel markets, Gasnor. All sessions, including this keynote session, will be followed by a question and answer session before the break.

After the first break, the first of over 20 actual presentations will begin with a session on LNG fuelled propulsion for ships – existing and future technologies, in which existing propulsion technologies will be explored through case studies, giving actual operating experience, and innovative future technology will be described in detail.

Following the first day’s networking lunch, the conference session will look at Gas Fuelled Ships – here now and on the drawing board. In this session, delegates will be able to get to grips with the challenges faced by LNG fuelled ships operating today and have the opportunity to ask questions about projects on the drawing board. These will include large deep-sea container ships as well as present and future passenger and ro-ro vessels.

The next session is entitled LNG roadblocks – conversion to LNG. The use of LNG as a marine fuel still leaves some shipowners asking “should I convert?” The presentations will expand on this question in relation to retrofitting, new builds, efficiency and safety to seek solutions for concerns linked with LNG fuel.

The chairman will sum up the varied discussions from the first day, before delegates leave for the conference dinner, held at the Sjøhusene in Stavanger, (The Red Seahouse), built in 1850. It was first used as a storage facility and became one of two places to enjoy food and alcohol in the 1980s.

It has now become a well-known venue for business gatherings and dinners.

The second day of the conference, Wednesday 26 November 2014, will begin with the Chairman Martin L Shaw’s opening remarks, before the first session of the day, entitled LNG roadblocks part two – LNG supply infrastructure. A key driver for gas providers to invest in an LNG supply infrastructure for shipping trade routes will come from shipowner/operator demand. The session will explores current LNG supply networks and future developments and pose the question “why should we invest?”

Session Five will examine LNG bunkering strategies for the future. Bunkering of LNG fuel is still a hot topic in the minds of ship owners, operators and designers. The session will offer an insight into global bunkering infrastructure, upcoming design solutions for ship-to-ship bunkering and continue to consider safety issues surrounding LNG.

The final session will consist of round table discussions, each being split into groups of 40 people who will be given guidance on their tables as to the topics under each subject to be discussed. Moderators from industry, class societies and trade associations will feed back to the conference after the networking coffee break.

The main subjects scheduled for discussion include LNG pricing forecasts, LNG bunkering strategies and infrastructure for the future, and LNG supply & availability. Each will be split into several sub-topics to ensure a lively and useful debate.

Following the moderators’ summary of their particular discussions, and a final question and answer session, the chairman will close the second day, giving a suitable interval before delegates meet again for the second technical visit during the evening, another chance to see the Stavangerfjord bunkering.

The Thursday morning provides the opportunity for delegates to see the Skangass LNG Production Terminal in Risavika on the third and final technical visit.

Finally, the organisers would like to acknowledge the support of the many sponsors and supporting organisations, which include DNV GL (gold sponsor), Bureau Veritas and Wärtsilä Norway (silver sponsors), GE Marine (gala dinner), ABS (coffee breaks day one), ACD, Bestobell, Chart D&S, Cryo, Demaco, DH Industries, Gasnor, GTT, Honeywell, Lloyd’s Register, Rolls-Royce, Skangass, TecnoVeritas, Trelleborg and Vanzetti.

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