Interactive panel discussions will feature at GFS 2017, book your place now to gain valuable insight into the long-term viability of LNG, the bunkering infrastructure and the options and possibilities for future, advanced and hybrid solutions to meet forthcoming emissions regulations.

Panel discussions giving participants the opportunity to put forward their specific questions to leading industry experts will feature on this year’s Gas Fuelled Ships programme, taking place on board the Viking Mariella from 13-15 November 2017.

Topics to be covered include:


Invited panellists include: Mike Corley, Mercatus Energy, Tom Strang, Carnival Corp, Elena Fernández Ordás, LNG Project Manager, Enagas, Steve Esau, General Manager, SEA\LNG, Martin Wold, DNV GL

  • For how long (if at all) will LNG be a major part of the shipping fuel mix? On what factors will this depend?
  • Marine fuel pricing projections (HFO vs MGO vs LNG): Impact on gas uptake and factors affecting pricing (e.g. Qatar crisis, US withdrawal from Paris Agreement)
  • What are the signs that the stand-off between ship owners and port terminal operators over LNG investment are ending?
  • Is the current period of slow newbuilding affecting the uptake of LNG?
  • What role do technology suppliers play in making LNG technology more accessible (e.g. reducing cost of retrofits)?
  • Are there indications that the willingness of charterers, passengers and cargo owners to pay more for LNG-fuelled ships is increasing? Do you expect it to increase and when?
  • What needs to be done to encourage more operators to use LNG?


Invited panellists include: Bogdan Oldakowski, Secretary General, Baltic Ports Organization, Koh Xiao Le, Marine Fuel Development MPA, Jordi Vila, Head of Environmental Affairs, Barcelona Port Authority, Marcel Tijhuis, Gasunie, Jan Tellkamp, Business Development Leader Europe Downstream LNG, DNV GL

  • What have been the drivers for developing LNG bunker infrastructure at ports?
  • Why is the infrastructure so different from port to port?
  • Would greater standardisation encourage the development of LNG bunker infrastructure? How is standardisation being sought?
  • Where are the challenging areas in the business case for ports preparing to invest in LNG?
  • What are the finance and funding options available to ports looking develop LNG infrastructure?
  • How does a port decide whether it will adopt shore-to-ship or ship-to-ship bunkering?
  • What parties need to be coordinated to establish LNG bunkering and how do you go about this? What are the challenges?


Panellists include: Gerd Wursig, DNV GL, Joacim Westerlund, Technical Manager, Viking Line, Tom Strang, Carnival Corporation, Timo Särkkä, Project Engineer, Deltamarin

  • What are the most viable alternative/low-flashpoint fuels over the next decade or so?
  • What are the relative merits of these alternatives? Assuming all become available, are any better than others for particular vessels/trades?
  • What are the major obstacles for ship operators turning to these solutions?
  • How does the regulatory framework need to change to enable these fuels to be used?
  • How will these alternative fuels will change the way ships are built and powered?
  • How important is the development of energy storage to the uptake of alternative fuels?

Unique technical visits will also feature; including 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 still available – book now to save nearly €400! Enter the code *early* at the checkout to save 20%.

Shipowners qualify for special rates. Contact the organisers for more information.

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

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