The P&E Conference will inform participants on a range of efficiency measures to reduce operational costs and to optimise fleet performance. Shipowner members of BIMCO and VDR are offered discounted rates plus owners, operators and managers who are not members of BIMCO or VDR can obtain a 25% discount for one delegate place and a 50% for two delegates, making the event even more cost effective to attend.

Building or retrofitting vessels fit for the future, whatever it may hold, is more challenging than ever before. Environmental regulations, economic pressures and technological advances are already reshaping how the global merchant fleet is fuelled, powered and equipped. In light of these challenges, the 39th Motorship Propulsion & Emission Conference brings together owners/operators and equipment manufacturers to discuss technical advances and in-the-field experiences that will equip the industry to ‘future-proof’ the global merchant fleet.

Entitled ‘Future proofing your fleet’, the conference will start with a scene setting keynote address from Stefan Micallef, MEPC Director, IMO and will be followed by Ole Graa Jakobsen, head of fleet technology, Maersk Line, giving an address on:

The Maersk Line Fleet; Competitive and Compliant for the future

Maersk Line is actively supporting further improvement of the environmental footprint of shipping supported by global uniform regulations and strict enforcement. Operating the world largest container fleet and having a high ownership ratio, the environmental regulatory landscape we are facing in the near future poses some interesting challenges. To solve these challenges, while meeting our efficiency and emissions ambitions, Maersk Line runs large scale change programs to ensure a compliant and efficient fleet for the future.

This will be followed by an operator panel discussion on Preparing the global fleet for future challenges

Panellist will include: Ole Graa Jakobsen, Vice President, Head of Fleet Technology, Fleet Management & Technology, Maersk Line, Tor Øyvind Ask, Fleet Director, Solvang ASA. Thomas David, Head New Building, Shipmanagement, John T. Essberger, Wolfgang Guntermann, Director Environmental Management, Ship Management, Hapag-Lloyd, Per A. Brinchmann, Vice President, Technical, Wilh Wilhelmsen.

The two-day technical programme will then expand on a range of efficiencies and innovative technologies that will give delegates cost saving and performance enhancing technologies.

Delegate places include an invitation to the Welcome Reception, hosted by Blohm & Voss on 9 May 2017 at the Hafen Klub as well as the two-day technical conference and conference dinner sponsored by GE Marine, being held at BLOCKBRAU, on 10 May 2017.

Join ship owners, operators, ship designers, engine manufacturers and suppliers and classification societies to network, discuss, debate and share information on the pertinent issues facing these key stakeholders at this crucial time for the shipping sector.

View the full programme here.

Ship operator members of BIMCO and VDR will receive a 50% discount.

Contact the events team for details of special rates available for ship owners, operators and managers by email at or call +44 1329 825335.

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