VPO London


How to tactically ensure your fleets’ optimum efficiency

Optimisation of vessels is necessary to reduce fuel consumption, lower shipping’s environmental footprint, and increase sustainability of the entire operational chain. There are a multitude of ways that ships can be optimised, starting with the initial concept design and use of a digital twin, through to the installation of various technologies and monitoring software, and finally but one of the most important aspects, the way the crew are trained and led to understand and enhance the operational efficiency of a vessel.

This conference in London will investigate how a ship can be optimised from the initial design concept to its daily operation, identifying which solutions work best and how crew are motivated to ensure the vessel is operated to its maximum efficiency.

Confirmed speakers include:

Frank ColesFrank Coles
Transas Group, Wärtsilä Voyage Solutions
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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.

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.

Christer BaltzersenChrister Baltzersen
Sales Director – Applications
Inmarsat Maritime
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Tobias GroegerTobias Groeger
Senior Consultant Performance Solutions
DNV GL – Maritime
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Tobias Groeger, Senior Consultant Performance Solutions, started working in maritime industry in 2007 and joined DNV GL in 2009. He held several positions and moved over to the Fleet Performance team in January 2014. The DNV GL Fleet Performance Team provides the maritime industry with class-independent and customizable solutions to support shipping companies increasing their operational efficiency.

Tobias Gröger holds a university degree in ‘Maritime Economics and Port Management’ and has sailing experience onboard container vessels.

Michael SchmidtMichael Schmidt
General Manager
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Biography pending.

Bjarte LundBjarte Lund
Engineer of Marine Machinery
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Biography pending.

Edwin SchuirinkEdwin Schuirink
Product Manager
VAF Instruments
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Biography pending.

Dr Lars GreitschDr Lars Greitsch
Managing Director and Head of Research & Innovation
MMG Propeller
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Biography pending.

Henning HaskampHenning Haskamp
Bunker Manager
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Biography pending.

Martin BriddonMartin Briddon
Engineering and Business Development Manager
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Biography pending.

Neil Cook,Neil Cook
Technical Director
James Fisher (Shipping)
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Biography pending.

Dr Maria Carrera-ArceDr Maria Carrera-Arce
Associate of
The Schumacher Institute
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Maria has a background in Psychology in both Clinical and Industrial disciplines. She is a chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and member of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors (CIEHF). Her initial career focused on mental health issues and worked in clinical settings. She has also worked as a researcher in different research institutions and universities and she was awarded a PhD in Psychology. Guided by her interest in the practical application of Psychology to other domains, Maria has worked during the last three years in the maritime field focusing on, but not limited to, human behaviour and safety in the maritime industry. The most recent projects she has managed and/or collaborated in revolve round human factors and risk-based design, resilience, safe maritime operations and artic shipping and human element factors in safe and efficient shipping (https://www.gnsworldwide.com/takes-two-smarter-ships-smarter-people/).

Maria's current interest within the Schumacher Institute is to demonstrate that “people matters” and are the most valuable assets in advance and technological societies and domains. She brings a systemic, idiosyncratic and human-centred approach to her projects and combines knowledge and expertise of psychology, human behaviour, personality, wellbeing, human factors and statistics.

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.

Who should attend:

  • CEOs/CIOs/CTOs/COOs/Managing Directors
  • Operations directors/managers
  • Performance directors/managers
  • New build directors/managers
  • Technical directors/managers
  • Fleet performance directors/managers
  • Energy performance directors/managers
  • Engineering directors/managers

Will also meet delegates involved in Ship Design, Emissions, Regulations, and Sustainability, as well as those working for Marine Equipment Manufacturers, Marine Solution Providers, Paint and Coatings Manufacturers, and Fuel Suppliers.

Headline sponsor
Transas Group, Wärtsilä Voyage Solutions
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Silver sponsor
Bronze sponsors
Morning Coffee Break sponsor
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
cruisetimes satnews satnews
seaplant ship2shore Shipping Magazine
Ship Management International showmetransport The Maritime Standard
Work Boat World WorldOils