GFS 2017 Conference programme released

Conference delegates The conference will take place on 13-15 November onboard the Viking Mariella, boarding in Helsinki

On board the Viking Mariella, delegates at GFS this year will gain valuable insight, from feedback by operators, about the use of low flash point fuels and the development and use of alternative fuels, together with the viability and likely take-up of ‘future’ fuels.

Pricing predictions, safety, technology, along with technical panel discussions on the bunkering infrastructure and technical visits to the working fuel cell in situ, and much more will all be included. Book now to secure your place!

Chaired by: Lars Robert Pedersen, Deputy Secretary General, BIMCO and Mark Bell, General Manager, SGMF, this year’s Gas Fuelled Ships programme is entitled ‘Fuelling the future of the shipping industry’ and will draw on facts and figures directly from operators and designers on operating low flash point fuelled vessels.  Plus, with an eye on the future, Meyer Werft will present the e4ships Project Pa-X-ell - testing high-temperature PEM fuel cells on passenger vessels – whilst ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, lead partner and system integrators on Project SchIBZ, the aim of which is to develop scalable, integrated hybrid fuel cell system for seagoing ships, having a power capacity of 50 to 500 kW.

Keynote speakers include:

Kari-Pekka Laaksonen, CEO, Containerships and Ulf Hagström, Technical Director, Viking Line

Other confirmed presentations include:

LNG fuelled vessels by MOL: Kenta Arai, Director of Technical Division, MOL

Green Ship of the Future: EcoFeeder: Klaus Rasmussen,Business Development Director, Tankers - LNG/LPG/Liquids, Odense Maritime Technology

Piston Engine Room Free Efficient Containership project - PERFECt Ship: Jim Bertsch, Marine Programme Manager, Solar Turbines

The world’s first LNG handysize bulk carriers:  Mikki Koskinen, Managing Director, ESL Shipping, Timo Särkkä, Project Engineer, Deltamarin

Ship to ship LNG bunkering operation in the Port of Zeebrugge: Guillaume Paternoster, LNG Bunkering Business Developer, Engie/Gas4Sea

Operator feedback: Viking Mariella – Fuel Cell: Joacim Westerlund, Technical Manager, Viking Line

A number of panel discussions will be included on the programme, which will give participants the opportunity to hear and question industry experts on the following topics:




Unique technical visits will also feature; visits to the working fuel cell in situ on the Viking Mariella accompanied by Gerhard Untiedt, Head of Section, Energy & Environment, Meyer Werft, plus tours of the ship, engine room and bridge.

View the programme here!

The delegate package includes two nights’ accommodation on board the Viking Mariella, two breakfasts, three lunches and two dinners.

Places at the Conference will be limited so delegates are advised to book early to guarantee their place.  The early bird rate is currently available – book now to save nearly €400!

Shipowners qualify for special rates.

For further details contact the Events team on +44 1329 825335 or email

Follow the event on Twitter @GFShip.

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