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Frank ColesFrank Coles
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Frank Coles qualified as a Master Mariner, Class One after 12 years at sea. After leaving the sea, Frank gained an LLM in Legal Aspects of Maritime Affairs.

In 1995, Frank joined Pacific Basin Bulk Shipping as Operations Director. After that he became the CEO of Rydex, a company specializing in maritime communications.

After that Frank joined Sperry Marine as a Vice President. In September 1999 Frank became COO of Globe Wireless LLC. In 2003 Frank was appointed CEO, President and a member of the Board.

In 2011 Frank joined Inmarsat as the Director GX Maritime, and in December 2011 he was appointed the President of the Maritime business unit.

In September 2015, Frank Coles joined Transas as Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors.

Stein OroeStein Oroe
VP Sales - Applications
Inmarsat Maritime
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Stein A. Orø is the VP Sales – Applications in the Maritime business unit, with a sales responsibility for developing the application business and the Certified Application Program.

Stein has a background from the mobile industry as well as IT consultancy, and for the last 15 years in various positions in the Maritime Satellite sector. Most of these have been management roles in commercial and business development in sectors like fishing, offshore, shipping and now the application market.

Stein has extensive international experience in the Maritime industry, and he also spent 3 years in Houston, Texas.

Bjarte LundBjarte Lund
Engineer of Marine Machinery
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Biography pending.

Jakob Buus PetersenJakob Buus Petersen
Co-founder and Director
Vessel Performance Solutions
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Jakob Buus Petersen is Director and Co-founder of Vessel Performance Solutions. The company specialises in software products and consultancy services within Performance Management for the shipping industry.

Petersen began his maritime career as a naval architect with Force Technology, rising to the position of Chief Specialist. Next assignment was as Chief Specialist and Head of the Vessel Performance Department within Maersk Maritime Technology for the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group in Copenhagen. He successfully led the implementation and management of the Vessel Performance Management Service focused on optimizing the operational performance of a large fleet. Later Petersen joined American Bureau of Shipping as Director of Energy Efficiency. He was responsible for the development and implementation of the classification society's initiatives and programs within performance management and visited numerous shipping companies around the world to discuss Performance Management. Petersen brings more than 25 years of technical and operational experience to Vessel Performance Solutions and has gained international recognition for his work on ship performance. Petersen's professional experience encompasses fuel efficiency, fuel indexing, EEDI, EEOI, ship performance and maneuvering. He also headed the optimization of the hull lines and propellers for Maersk's Triple E next generation container ships. Petersen holds an MSc in Naval Architecture and a PhD for "Nonlinear Strip Theories for Ship Response in Waves" from the Technical University of Denmark. He has been involved in many industry committees and joint industry projects, including the ITTC Maneuvering Committee which he chaired for three years.

Michael SchmidtMichael Schmidt
General Manager
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Biography pending.

Henning HaskampHenning Haskamp
Bunker Manager
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Biography pending.

Session 1 - Ship design and retrofitting

The design of a ship and location of its components has a significant influence on its fuel consumption. Scrubbers, ballast tanks, LNG conversions, all change the dynamics of a ship and affect the way it consumes its fuel. This session will look at how ships can be designed, with the help of a digital twin, to be more fuel efficient from concept design to build.

Session 2 - Performance management

The performance of a ship is about far more than the software and solutions installed on board. It is about how the crew operate the vessel and their understanding of a technically fit vessels, the status of equipment and management for best performance. The integration of technology into human operations and investing in seafarer training is vital to enhance the efficiency of the entire shipping operation.

The session will look at how vessels are operated for best performance management and the role of the crew in keeping a vessel technically fit.

Session 3 – Ship operations and strategies for 2020 compliance

With the 2020 Global Sulphur Cap fast approaching, the shipping industry is considering which fuels or which technologies best suit their operations. One important aspect of this is whether bunker suppliers are prepared for the fuel demands and whether shipyards have the capacity for retrofits or ship conversions. This session will address these questions and address the risk of fuel contamination when switching fuels. It will also look at whether batteries, which are largely associated with short sea shipping, will be a viable option for commercial ships post 2020.

Each session will contain 2 plenary presentations followed by a panel or question and answer session. We will close the day with interactive and tailored Roundtable discussion groups.

Headline sponsor
Transas Group, Wärtsilä Voyage Solutions
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Supporting Organisations
A.M.M.I.TE.C. CIRM DUCC - Danish-UK Maritime Association
GVF InterManager I.S.E.S. Association
Maritime London Vessel Performance Solutions WISTA International
Media Partners
ACTUALIDAD Baird Maritime Be Cyber Aware At Sea
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Ship Management International showmetransport The Maritime Standard
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