- bridging green technology and profit -

sustainability – regulations – new ships – new fuels – innovations – investments

Wednesday 27 May 2015

Divani Apollon Palace Resort

Athens – Greece

 

The 5th Blue Shipping Summit is gathering the leading policy makers, politicians, shipowners, shipbuilders, marine equipment manufacturers, financiers, investors, charters, ship brokers, entrepreneurs, environmentalists, journalists, and other members of the international maritime community in order to learn, discuss and debate all contemporary and urgent environmental themes, which are of vital importance to the maritime industry right now and the years ahead Living in a dynamic, interconnected, and closely correlated world has given us a lot of advantages and opportunities. And the shipping industry is a prime example of how different countries, companies, and regulations come together as one in a greater good of the whole humanity. Other industries and even governments could learn a thing or two from the shipping community.
Yet, what started out as an overall under-regulated industry that was left to its own devices over a short period of time has become over-regulated. The environmental impact of the shipping world is under close watch. Suddenly the maritime community is responsible not only for the goods delivered at a cost efficient price, but also is responsible for keeping the process sustainable, being environmentally sound, and adhering to very strict regulations. In response to all of that, many companies have come out with various products to deal with this issue of compliance and reduction of air emissions. Some were great inventions and others did not fare as well.This is where we come in. 
With this summit we aim to inform, analyze, and help make the distinction between the impact of implication, the right technologies, and what is pure market noise.
We want to know which market based instrument proposal would be the most effective in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships. We also want to know whether eco-ships create a two-tier market. We would like to find out the most effective ways to treat the water ballast systems, so the problem of alien species and even pathogens being transported around the world could be solved. We aim to analyze what factors determine the viability of the newest fuel efficiency products. We want to know if the emissions trading schemes are effective. We want to know where the shipowner need to look for the best technological advances. Are the ships without crew our future? These and many more are important questions that the maritime industry must be asking themselves. And we are going to search for the answers at the 5th Blue Shipping Summit 
Looking forward to welcoming you in Athens
The organizers
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( as of 17 May )
Apostolos Poulovassilis COO, Eletson Corporation and Conference Chairman
Jannis Kostoulas   President, Mare Forum
Karen Kokabi Managing Director, Blueship
George Gourdomichalis  Managing Director, PHOENIX SHIPPING & TRADING
Khamis Juma Buamin Chairman of DDW-PAXOCEAN and Dubai Council for Marine and Maritime Industries
Yannis Triphyllis Member of the Board of Directors Hellenic Chamber of Shipping
George Maglaras Marine CFO & TSO Manager, Hellenic Lloyd’s
Philip Embiricos Past President, BIMCO
Michael Servos Energy Manager, Tsakos Columbia Shipmanagement (“TCM”) S.A.
Stefano Bertilone General Manager, Greece, Middle East & Africa RINA Group
Apostolos Sigouras  CEO, ECOMASYN
George Tsavliris Chairman, INTERMEPA and Principal, Tsavliris Salvage Group
Richie Blake Deputy Director, Cayman Islands Registry
Dr. R Vis   Director, Viswalab
Jan Fransen Managing Director, Green Award
Michael Bodouroglou Chairman & CEO, Paragon Shipping
Nikos Petrakakos CEO, (ESF) Efficient Ship Finance
Yannis Xylas President, ARISTON Navigation Corp.
Akis Tsirigakis Founder & CEO Nautilus Marine Acquisition Corp
John Su         Managing Partner & CEO, Erasmus Shipinvest B.V.
George Mantalos Technical Manager, Starbulk
Maria Bertzeletou Senior Shipping Analyst, Golden Destiny
Spyridon Zolotas Area Manager Greece & Cyprus, RINA
Dean Tseretopoulos  Director QACE
Basil G. Mavroleon Managing Director, WeberSeas (Hellas) S.A.
Panos Zachariadis                            Technical Director, Atlantic Bulk Carriers Management Ltd.
Helena Athoussaki           Chief Strategist & CEO, IMAREM
Michalis Dalacouras       Director, Dalex Shipping Co.
Kosmas Mazarakis  Managing Director, WEM Lines S.A.
John Tzoannos Former Secretary General, Ministry of Mercantile Marine
Dr. Peter Tsantrizos CEO Terragon Environmental Technologies
Vagelis Chatzigiannis GMS Dubai
Dimitris Lyras Managing Director, Ulysses-systems
Dimitris Koukas (to be confirmed) Managing Director, Optima, Shipbrokers
more speakers and panelists to be announced..  Stay tuned!
Wednesday 27 May
Registration
09:00 Opening and welcome
Apostolos Poulovassilis  COO, Eletson Corporation and Conference Chairman
Jannis Kostoulas President, Mare Forum
Karen Kokabi Managing Director, Blueship

Session 1

Setting the Scene – Analyzing the Progress of the Environmental Regulations and Implementation 

Session Chairman:
09:40 George Gourdomichalis Managing Director, PHOENIX SHIPPING & TRADING
09:30 Speakers:
Philip Embiricos Past President, BIMCO
Yannis Triphyllis Member of the Board of Directors Hellenic Chamber of Shipping
Khamis Juma Buamin Chairman, DDW-PAXOCEAN and Dubai Council for Marine and Maritime Industries
George Tsavliris Chairman, INTERMEPA Principal, Tsavliris Salvage Group
Richie Blake Deputy Director, Cayman Islands Registry
Mario Dogliani Head Project Financing RINA Services
10:40 Discussion between the speakers, discussion panelists and audience participants on the following themes:
  • Does the outlook of dramatically increasing emissions in China and India make decreasing of emissions in shipping meaningless?
  • How feasible are the goals set by regulators and what are the long-term implications of these regulations for the maritime industry? 
  • Can our regulators find a right balance between market realities and sustainability? 
  • How closely are the IMO and E.C. working with the real aspects of shipping business?
  • What are the last developments of IMO and EU regarding the environmental regulations? 
  • Is the ECA .01% sulphur fuel going to be implemented in due date or will it be postponed? 
  • What consequences are in play for non-compliance? 
  • Will the improved market conditions allow a smoother transition for the shipowners? 
  • Should we postpone the ECAs low sulphur demands until new technologies are tried and tested, therefore avoiding big fines for non-compliant ships? 
  • Where are the next ECA’s and are there any incentives? 
  • Is the regulation’s ‘soft’ approach for sulphur content compliance coming to an end?
  • Are we going to see harsher implementations of these regulations? 
  • What would be the new opportunities after going eco friendly?
  • What would it take to be compliant within the new regulations?
  • How much would it cost a shipowner to become compliant?
  • Has the industry managed to calculate the cost of the comparative advantage of environmental Technology?
Conference Discussion Panelists:
  • Michael Bodouroglou Chairman & CEO, Paragon Shipping
  • Yannis Xylas President, ARISTON Navigation Corp.
  • Akis Tsirigakis Founder & CEO Nautilus Marine Acquisition Corp
  • John Su Managing Partner & CEO, Erasmus Shipinvest B.V.
  • George Mantalos Technical Manager, Starbulk
  • Basil G. Mavroleon Managing Director, WeberSeas (Hellas) S.A.
  • Jan Fransen Managing Director, Green Award
  • Dean Tseretopoulos Director QACE
  • Helena Athoussaki Chief Strategist & CEO, IMAREM
  • Dr. R Vis  Director, Viswalab
  • Dimitris Koukas Managing Director, Optima, Shipbrokers (to ne confirmed)
  • Michalis Dalacouras Director, Dalex Shipping Co.
  • Lily Xiaoli Wang Director, Penglai Zhongbai Jinglu Shipyard
  • John Tzoannos Former Secretary General, Ministry of Mercantile Marine
  • Spyridon Zolotas Area Manager Greece & Cyprus, RINA
  • Kosmas Mazarakis  Managing Director, WEM Lines S.A. (to be confirmed)
  • Michalis Psaromichalakis Hellenic Environmental Center (to be confirmed)All conference speakers
11:30 Break

Session 2

The market of sustainable shipping and future shipping trends

 12:00 Session Chairman:
Philip Embiricos Past President, BIMCO
12:10 Speakers:
Maria Bertzeletou Senior Shipping Analyst, RESEARCH & VALUATIONS, GOLDEN DESTINY
Vagelis Chatzigiannis GMS Dubai
George Maglaras Marine CFO & TSO Manager, Hellenic Lloyd’s
Spreaker to be announced 
Discussion between the speakers, discussion panelists and audience participants on the following themes:
  • How do we make profits, stay environmentally conscious, and most importantly relevant and attractive to charters? 
  • What are the future shipping trends? 
  • Are we seeing an increased order of new ships? 
  • Who is lending money to the shipowner? 
  • Which primary institutions are funding innovative marine technologies? 
  • Can a shipowner take on the funding of new technologies and still be profitable? 
  • What are ways to save and still be environmentally sustainable?
  • What is the payoff in the long run for an eco-ship? 
  • Can we numerate the impact of the environmental shift in the maritime industry? 
  • Are we at the upswing of the market, where the shipowner can actually afford new technologies? 
  • What are the forces that are pushing us to shred the way we do business, worldwide? 
  • What would our new business plan be?
  • What are we going to get rid of and what will we keep? 
  • Will charterers care that the ships are more efficient and burn low sulphur fuel? Will they contribute to the cost? 
  • What circumstances will make a shipowner reconsider changing or modifying his existing fleet? 
  • Who would give financing for these projects? 
  • What are the new opportunities that come with the increase of the ship recycling as a result of influx of vessels being scrapped? 
  • Will fuel efficient ships be more attractive to charterers whereas conventional ships will not causing implications for scrapping and price of scrap?
Conference Discussion Panelists: (see 1st session)
13:50 Lunch

session 3:

Who has the right green technology and why?

Is it really profitable to invest in green economy and green shipping?

 15:00 Session Chairman:
Apostolos Poulovassilis  COO, Eletson Corporation and Conference Chairman
15:10 Speakers:
Stefano Bertilone General Manager, Greece, Middle East & Africa RINA Group
Michael Servos Energy Manager, Tsakos Columbia Shipmanagement (TCM) S.A.
Apostolos Sigouras CEO, NAFSOLP SA / ECOMASYN Steering Committee
Dr. Peter Tsantrizos  CEO Terragon Environmental Technologies
Dr. R Vis  Director, Viswalab
Nikos Petrakakos CEO, (ESF) Efficient Ship Finance
16:40 Discussion between the speakers, discussion panelists and audience participants on the following themes:
  • How do we, as an industry, effectively manage our energy consumption, which is such a big part of our operating costs?
  • What are the new technologies available on the market today? 
  • Who is currently testing and implementing the new technologies? 
  • What is the optimal design of the sustainable ship? How much different is it from the ships most in operation today? •
  • What is the difference between an ecological ship and an economic ship? 
  • What are the implications of the newest fleet for the market? 
  • What is the cost analysis of retrofitting different technologies? 
  • Using different fuels, benefits and disadvantages. 
  • What are the most suitable technologies for different shipowners?
  • Is the eco-ship concept just a marketing scheme from shipyards to make ships more expensive?
  • What is the optimal design of the sustainable ship? How much different is it from the ships most in operation today?
  • Where should we build our eco ships? • What the role of LNG is in today’s market and what will it be in the future?
  • What are the safety concerns for handling LNG?
  • Will LNG be the fuel of the future, and how soon is the future coming?
  • Will eco-ships create a two tier market?
  • What factors determine how we will choose what scrubber or a water ballast treatment system we will use?
  • Analyzing the water ballast system and what makes it a good one?
  • How can we effectively address the problem of alien species being transported around the world in ships’ ballast waters? How serious is the issue? Are there any new ways of successfully treating the ballast water system at a low cost?
  • Prospects of ships without crew onboard; new technology of a ‘ghost ship’ and how close to reality is it? 
  • How much room for improvement does the current ship allow?
17:30 Conclusions by the conference chairman
Apostolos Poulovassilis  COO, Eletson Corporation
17:40 Drinks Reception 

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MARE FORUM

Weena 235
3013 AL Rotterdam
The Netherlands
Tel: +31.10.842 57 97
Fax:+31.10.844 99 69
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Contact Information

MARE FORUM
Weena 235
3013 AL Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Tel: +31.10.842 57 97
Fax:+31.10.844 99 69
global@mareforum.com