Annual Offshore Support Journal
Conference, Awards & Exhibition 7-8 February 2018, London

Annual Offshore Support Journal<br /> Conference, Awards & Exhibition


The 2018 programme will be available shortly.


18:00 - 19:00 Pre-registration, and welcome drinks sponsored by MacGregor Norway


07:30     Registration, coffee and networking

08:50     Welcome address from Riviera Maritime Media
David Foxwell, Editor, Offshore Support Journal
Edwin Lampert, Group Managing Editor, Riviera Maritime Media

09:00     Co-host’s welcome address
Bart Long, Offshore Segment Manager, Caterpillar Marine


A comprehensive analysis of changing oil prices and its impact on the offshore sector.

09:10     Opening keynote: What is the new normal?
Charles Fabrikant, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Seacor

09:30     Q&A

09:40     Vessel trends and orderbook update

  • Charter rates and utilisation
  • OSV market data
  • Layups and other key industry developments

Stephen Gordon, Managing Director, Clarkson Research Services

10:10     Q&A

10:20     Panel discussion: How has the change in oil prices affected your business?

  • How are companies surviving?
  • What have the oil majors been asking of the industry and how have companies responded?
  • What have been the oil majors requests and how have companies responded?
  • Drop in rates – how much are oil majors requesting and how are companies dealing with these requests?
  • What is shipyard’s and designers perspective of the market?
  • How are shipyards and builders dealing with delayed deliveries?
  • What is the timeline for recovery?

Quintin V. Kneen, President and Chief Executive Officer, GulfMark Offshore 
Oddvar Solemsli, CCO, OSM Maritime Group 
René Kofod-Olsen, CEO, Topaz Energy and Marine
Roy Reite, CEO & Executive Director, Vard

11:00     Q&A

11:10     Networking coffee break in the exhibition area sponsored by UZMAR Shipbuilding Industry and Trade


The finance stream will examine availability of finance, financial restructuring, industry consolidation and asset valuation. The crewing stream will look at safety and future crewing requirements.



Session chair: Steve Matthews, Editorial Director, Riviera Maritime Media

11:50 Financial restructuring and industry consolidation

  • Financing that is still available and under what conditions
  • Is financial restructuring an enabler of long-term security?
  • Implications for companies when debt terms mature
  • Industry outlook and the likelihood of further bankruptcies
  • What level of consolidation can we expect to see?

Geir Sjurseth, Managing Director, Head Offshore Finance, DVB Bank

12:10     Q&A

Session chair: Edwin Lampert, Group Managing Editor, Riviera Maritime Media

11:50 Safety and competence in the current market

  • Has the drop in day rates affected service levels and safety?
  • Is the current level of crew competence and safety acceptable and in line with oil major’s expectations?
  • What measures need to be taken to enhance safety and competence

David Darling, SVP - Chief Human Resources Officer, GulfMark Offshore

12:10     Q&A



12:20    Offshore vessel values: Reality versus fantasy

  • How to estimate daily market values of every vessel in the OSV fleet

-    Methodology
-    Data
-    Algorithms
-    Accuracy

  • A review of current values, sold prices and differences in opinion (reality versus fantasy)
  • A look at some other tools that can be useful to Offshore market players

Miles Cole, Head of Offshore, VesselsValue

12:40     Q&A

12:20    When hell is loose; prepare your crew to handle incidents

  • Offshore incidents; severe consequences 
  • Incident characteristics and root causes 
  • Effective training strategies
  • Evaluations and assessment

A Rune Johansen, CEO, Simsea

12:40     Q&A




12:50     Networking lunch break sponsored by Vanuatu Maritime Services


This session will look at new vessel designs and alterations along with a selection of the latest OSV technologies that offer cost saving opportunities and operational efficiencies.



Session chair: Steve Matthews, Editorial Director, Riviera Maritime Media

14:00     Onboard DC Grid – making the most of installed batteries

  • Presentation of two ongoing projects with energy storage

-    Cable Layer Vessel
-    Cargo Transfer Vessel

John Olav Lindtjørn, Global Product Manager - Onboard DC Grid & Energy Storage, ABB

14:15     Q&A



Session chair: Edwin Lampert, Group Managing Editor, Riviera Maritime Media

14:00    Case study: Developing an integrated subsea rock installation vessel

  • Bravenes – A breakthrough in the design of subsea rock installation vessels
  • Integrated vessel and mission equipment design
  • Extensive operational flexibility
  • Next step in health, safety and ergonomics

Edwin van Leeuwen, Managing Director, Ulstein

14:15     Q&A


14:25    Innovation in equipment for well intervention

  • Development of innovative Intervention Tension Frames for Helix Well Ops
  • Flexible, safe solution for multiple well intervention operations
  • Combined wireline & coiled tubing operations
  • Integrated walk to work system eliminates man riding

Steve Binney, Senior Engineer, Osbit

14:40     Q&A

14:25    The strength of integrated design

  • Integrated OSV philosophy
  • Power+
  • Operational efficiency
  • Fit to work

Ronald van Son, Product Director, Royal IHC

14:40     Q&A




14:50    Technologies that improve vessel performance and reduce operating costs

  • Smarter design
  • Smarter machines
  • Connected insights

Bart Long, Offshore Segment Manager, Caterpillar Marine

15:05     Q&A





14:50     New generation of environmentally friendly thruster

  • Nowadays thruster development incorporates a holistic approach
  • Optimizing each single module of a thruster
  • Focusing on energy efficiency and energy consumption
  • Improving environmental efficiency
  • Lean design and a low failure probability as key factors

Joachim Müller, Territory Sales Manager, Schottel

15:05     Q&A

15:15    Safer ship-to-ship transfer

  • Safe landing and pickup of loads between vessels
  • Widened operational envelope
  • Reduces time to complete lifting operations
  • High compensation accuracy

Ivar Fjermeros, Senior Sales Manager, MacGregor

15:30     Q&A

15:15     New generation retractable underwater-mountable thrusters

  • Heerema semi-submersible crane vessel Sleipnir
  • Unique combination of retractable and underwater mountable thrusters
  • Innovative retractable technology
  • Design for safety

Arto Lehtinen, Vice President Propulsion, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions

15:30     Q&A

15:40    Damen Shipyards' perspective on autonomous vessels
Bas Blaak, Project Manager, Damen Shipyards Gorinchem

15:55     Q&A

15:40     The latest in hybrid-electric propulsion
Didier Jouffroy, Product and Application ManagerSaft 

15:55     Q&A

16:05     Networking coffee break in the exhibition area sponsored by UZMAR Shipbuilding Industry and Trade


A detailed look at emerging technologies and how they will reshape the offshore sector.

16:45     Emerging technologies to play a key role in the offshore sector

  • Ship intelligence and other emerging technologies will enable more economic and safe operation of offshore vessels.
  • Safety can be improved with novel situational awareness systems, enabling the crew to have a much better understanding of what is happening around the vessel.
  • Advanced asset health management solutions will improve the reliability and availability of the onboard systems. Remote support will also enable better maintenance of the ship systems.
  • Autonomous operation of certain tasks onboard the vessel will reduce the operating cost and improve the performance. Remote onshore centers will be able to support the crews onboard the vessels to operate and supervise many different ship or payload related functions.
  • Remote and autonomous solutions will also make totally new ship concepts and transport solutions possible – which will change the way the industry operates.

Oskar Levander, ‎Vice President Innovation, Engineering & Technology, Rolls-Royce Marine

17:00     Q&A

17:10     Safe Implementation of Ship Autonomy and Remote Control

  • Remote control of ship functions
  • Automation of ship functions
  • Development of class rules for remote controlled and automated ship functions

Bjørn-Johan Vartdal, Programme Director, Strategic Research and Innovation, DNV GL

17:25     Q&A
17:35     Autonomous ships and digital opportunities for the maritime industry 
Stene Førsund, EVP Global Sales and Marketing, Kongsberg Maritime 
Matt Duke, VP Digital Platform - Maritime​, Kongsberg Digital

17:50     Q&A
18:00     Closing remarks from the chairman

19:00     Drinks reception sponsored by Damen Shipyards Gorinchem

20:00     Gala dinner sponsored by Cummins, followed by the Offshore Support Journal Awards
Awards' sponsors: ABB, Bureau Veritas, DNV GL, F3O Offshore Services, Moore Stephens, Uptime International and V.Ships Offshore



08:30     Registration, and networking coffee sponsored by UZMAR Shipbuilding Industry and Trade

09:00     Welcome address from Riviera Maritime Media
David Foxwell, Editor, Offshore Support Journal
Edwin Lampert, Group Managing Editor, Riviera Maritime Media


Updates will look at opportunities for owners and operators within specific geographic regions. 

09:10     North America
Mark MacLean, Head of UK, Rystad Energy

09:30     Q&A

09:40    South America
Inger-Louise Molvær, Senior Offshore Analyst, Westshore Shipbrokers

10:00     Q&A

10:10     UK and Europe

  • North Sea drilling rig activity
  • OSV supply-demand overview
  • Rates have dropped to unsustainable levels
  • Are there signs that the market may be starting to turn?

Paul Dear, Offshore Market Analyst, Seabrokers

10:30     Q&A

10:40     Networking coffee break in the exhibition area sponsored by UZMAR Shipbuilding Industry and Trade

11:20     Asia & India

  • South East Asia market overview 
  • Market impact on OSV operators 
  • Country round up 
  • Future outlook

Duncan Telfer, Commercial Director, Swire Pacific Offshore

11:40     Q&A

11:50     Africa

  • Exploration and production activity in the Gulf of Guinea – impacts of the downturn 
  • Deep water, shallow water - is that such a relevant distinction? 
  • OSV supply-demand in West Africa - overview as of beginning of 2017
  • Considerations and illustrations to be made when entering specific regions: Nigeria, Ghana and Mozambique
  • Any positive factors?

Bertrand Bonneville, ‎Managing Partner, BRS Brokers

12:10     Q&A

12:20     Middle East

  • The OSV demand and supply imbalance in the Middle East
  • The impact of South East Asian vessels in the Middle East
  • The collapse of the utilisation and the rate structure
  • The impact of Iran and its offshore potential
  • A quick update on the Caspian market
  • Is there a recovery in sight?

Fazel A. Fazelbhoy, Chief Executive Officer, Synergy Offshore

12:50     Q&A

13:00     Networking lunch break sponsored by Palfinger Marine


This session will explore opportunities in alternative markets. Speakers will discuss the state of the market, types of work available and specification requirements of vessels.

14:10     Offshore wind

  • Size of market
  • Where is the market at?
  • What vessels are required
  • How much work is available?

Dirk Briese, Managing Director, wind:research

14:40     Q&A

14:50     Decommissioning

  • Size of market
  • Where is the market at?
  • What vessels are required
  • How much work is available?

Ben Wilby, Analyst, Douglas-Westwood

15:20     Q&A


Our closing keynote will look into the future by drawing on the key points made over two days of high-level discussions.

15:30     Impressions from the audience and key takeaways
Børge Nakken, Vice President – Technology & Development, Farstad Shipping

15:40     Q&A

15:45     Closing remarks from the chairman

15:50     End of conference

*Programme subject to amendments/change







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