The SHIPPINGInsight Fleet Optimization Conference, held in October in Stamford, Connecticut, has been labelled a success. Over 100 delegates from 11 countries attended the second annual conference. Organisers are already planning next year’s conference, which is scheduled for mid-October 2014.
Participants and delegates from across the maritime industry included 20 senior executives from major shipping companies, as well as classification societies, industry experts and solution suppliers.
The conference covered a range of issues related to improving profitability in shipping operations, including:
- Regulatory issues
- Ship design and construction
- Fuel and propulsion management
- System performance monitoring
- Maintenance and onboard management
- Ship routing
- Hull treatment
- Power management
There was also a liquefied natural gas (LNG) workshop, which featured eight industry experts who discussed all aspects of LNG as a marine fuel, including ship design and construction, transportation and storage, bunkering, propulsion systems, special handling requirements and crew training.
“Post-event evaluation forms reveal high levels of satisfaction with the conference content and quality,” commented Frank Soccoli, conference co-director. “We are using the feedback from participants to fine-tune the conference agenda for next year.”
“The conference provided valuable insight into the various topics associated with LNG as a fuel,” said Joe McKeown, fleet director of V Ships. “I have already shared conference information with a number of V Ships staff, and I look forward to participation next year.”
“The conference gave me an opportunity to learn about the latest technology advances in ship performance during the panel I moderated,” commented John Nichols, deputy head of operations, Clipper Bulk. “I also enjoyed the networking event, which allowed time to interact with solution suppliers.”
“The shipping industry is struggling to pull itself out of a deep and abiding slump, and faces difficult challenges in a marketplace characterised by persistent overtonnage, weak demand, depressed freight rates, rising fuel costs and high capital investment for regulatory compliance,” said Jim Rhodes, conference co-director. “In this business climate, it’s imperative for shipowners to reduce operating costs and improve efficiency. The Fleet Optimization Conference is the premier forum addressing technical solutions and best practices for efficient ship operations.”
Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward
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