P&E 2017 deemed a resounding success
Taking place between the 10th-11th May, the 2017 conference welcomed high calibre speakers, delegates and sponsors from all over the globe. Discussions on the current issues and developments facing the shipping industry coupled with ample networking opportunities ensured that the conference was deemed a success by delegates.
This year’s Propulsion & Emissions conference programme, entitled ‘Future proofing your fleet’ offered delegates a detailed insight into the latest developments within engine and propeller design, as well as maintenance.
Co-chaired by Lars Robert Pedersen, Deputy Secretary General, BIMCO and Martin Kroeger, Managing Director, VDR, the numerous experts in attendance, representing a large percentage of the world’s leading operators, explored timely topics such as digitalisation, hybridisation and advances in key technology areas – including engines, turbochargers, fuels and cylinder lubrication.
With both these key associations reconfirming their support of this long-running technical conference, attendees enjoyed a plethora of opportunities to network with their members, including ship-owners, operators, managers, brokers and agents.
The IMO: “a catalyst for more efficient ships”
The keynote addresses on ‘Future proofing your fleet to comply with forthcoming regulations’ were given by Stefan Micallef, Director, Marine Environment Division, International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and Ole Graa Jakobsen, Vice President, Head of Fleet Technology, Fleet Management & Technology, Maersk Line. The addresses set the context of discussions early, with Micallef describing the IMO as “a catalyst for more efficient ships” and noted how the organisation needed to continue to evolve in the face of accelerating technical and social change.
Jakobsen highlighted the efforts of the world’s biggest ship owner to make its fleet more efficient, emphasising a new focus on connected shipping and revealing some crucial elements of its emissions reduction strategy. Jakobsen went further on to revealed that Maersk Line will aim to burn low-sulphur fuel rather than using scrubbers to comply with the IMO’s global sulphur cap after 2020.
The packed two-day programme featured technical presentations, case studies and panel discussions, as well as a unique opportunity for delegates to interact with the speakers directly though the P&E App.
Over 1,900 vessels represented on opening panel at P&E 2017
The highlight of the conference was the highly anticipated opening panel featuring Mitsui OSK Lines (Kenta Arai), Hapag-Lloyd (Wolfram Guntermann), Maersk Line (Ole Graa Jakobsen) and Carnival Corp (Tom Strang), who focussed on their response to environmental regulatory issues including SOx, NOx and CO2 emissions reduction as well as ballast water treatment. Collectively representing a total of 1,900 vessels, this panel epitomised the strong ship owner and operator involvement at P&E 2017 and reinforced the conference as an essential meeting place for key stakeholders within the shipping industry.
The conference ended on a high note after an informative on-stage discussion between ship managing and operating members of the CIMAC engine users group.
Jörg Erdtmann, vice president, technical management and service, NSB Niederelbe Schiffahrtsgesellschaft and chairman of CIMAC WG10 headed up a panel, discussing the work of the group and addressing engine performance issues across several areas. Panellists included Christoph Gessner, Managing Director, Columbus Shipmanagement, Helge Bartels, Managing Director, E.R. Schiffahrt GmbH & Cie. KG and Markus Osterkamp, Deputy Head of Section Environmental Certification, DNV GL
The panel gave their view on recent practical projects including working towards an online cylinder drain oil sample analyser, as well as a radical de-rating initiative that could enable older engines to meet new energy-efficiency standards.
Attendees benefited from high level networking
The Welcome Reception, hosted by the German shipyard Blohm & Voss took place on evening of the 9th May 2017 at the exclusive “Hafen-Klub” (Harbour Club) where delegates enjoyed drinks, nibbles and relaxed networking. The networking opportunities got off to an excellent start with delegates greeting old friends whilst also making many new acquaintances.
GE Marine sponsored the conference dinner which followed on the 10th May, offering even more networking opportunities at The BLOCKBRÄU Brewhouse Restaurant serving traditional cuisine. The relaxed dinner, combined with the stimulus of a number of panel discussions on the first day of the conference, provided the ideal ambience for participants to continue networking and discussing some of the topical issues raised during the day’s proceedings.
A new, interactive P&E
The 2017 conference also debuted the official Propulsion & Emissions App, making knowing who’s who and what’s on easier than ever before! The App included multiple benefits such as a messaging service, providing a direct link between key speakers and delegates, as well as a ‘Q&A’ feature that facilitated lively discussions, allowing users to take part in real time Q&A sessions and polls with speakers. The App allowed for the P&E conference to become even more innovative and interactive and will return next year.
The Conference was sponsored by Gold Sponsors DNV GL, Welcome Reception sponsors Blohm+Voss, Dinner Sponsors GE, Lanyard Sponsors Total Lubmarine, Conference Handbook Sponsors VPS, Water sponsors Shell Marine Products, as well as KRAL, Sauer Compressors and VAF Instruments who have kindly sponsored the product display area. A full roundup of the conference will be available on www.propulsionconference.com and www.motorship.com.
The 40th Propulsion & Emissions conference will return to Hamburg, Germany from the 9-10th May 2018 with DNV GL already confirmed as sponsor. Call for papers for this anniversary edition will be released during the summer.
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NOTES FOR EDITORS
The Propulsion and Emissions conference is recognised as the most technically informative as well as the longest established seminar for the global shipping industry. The Conference brings industry professionals together to network, discuss topical issues and exchange information and ideas.
Supported by leading regional industry organisations and associations including BIMCO, Danish Maritime, Danish Shipowners' Association, SSA and VDR The German Shipowners’ Association the Propulsion and Emissions conference is a key conference for high calibre industry stakeholders.
The Motorship Propulsion & Emissions Conference will take place in Hamburg, Germany from the 9-10th May, 2018.
Further information about the conference or any other Mercator Media event can be found here: http://www.propulsionconference.com and www.mercatormedia.com
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