BIMCO and VDR, both long term supporters of the event, are highly active in promoting the event to their members to ensure continued attendance of key industry stakeholders. The Danish Shipowners Association, The Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF) and the International Wind Ship Association have all also reconfirmed their support for 2017.

Gaining the support of any industry organisation is crucial for all conferences to ensure the reach of the event continues to expand, bringing in new attendees, ideas and knowledge to the event. The 8th Gas Fuelled Ships Conference is pleased to confirm the support of the following leading and highly respected organisations:


BIMCO is an independent international shipping association, with a membership composed of shipowners, managers, brokers, agents and many other stakeholders with vested interests in the shipping industry. Members represent 65% of the world's tonnage.


The German Shipowners’ Association „Verband Deutscher Reeder“ (VDR) represents the common economic and sociopolitical interests of the German shipowners on national and international level.

International Windship Association

The ‘International Windship Association’ (IWSA) is a growing, member driven association that is encouraging, advising and advocating for the use of wind propulsion technologies in the shipping industry.


SGMF’s sole purpose is to encourage the safe and responsible operations of vessels using gas as fuel and all marine activities relating to the supply of gas used for fuel; to develop advice and guidance for best industrial practice among its members; and to promote criteria for best practice to all who have responsibilities for, or an interest in, the use of gas as marine fuel.

Danish Shipowners’ Association

The Danish Shipowners' Association was established in 1884 and represents Denmark's shipping and offshore industry. It is an employer organization which concludes wage agreements with the seamen's unions and handles all matters concerning employment, safety and training within the shipping and offshore industry.

Lar Robert Pedersen, deputy secretary general, BIMCO and Mark Bell, general manager, SGMF, will share the chairing duties at this year’s Conference onboard the Viking Mariella, bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the event.

For further details about the event, or to put forward and industry organisation to become a supporter, contact the Events team on +44 1329 825335 or email

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