Maritime Transportation of Energy

Energy independence in America:

The impact on shipping, the energy industry and regulatory development

A GOVERNMENT – INDUSTRY DIALOG

 Thursday 22 October 2015

Hilton Houston Post Oak

Houston – Texas – USA

This 9th Mare Forum USA conference builds on the previous Mare Forum conferences held in New York, Houston and Washington D.C. from 2003 to 2014
  • The Situation: North America is moving toward energy independence and increased energy exports by development of shale gas and oil reserves, expanding offshore oil and gas development and use of alternative energy sources in the midst of a significant reduction in crude oil prices.  Collectively, these initiatives are creating significant impacts on the energy industry, the transportation of energy cargoes by international shipping and United States domestic shipping; and regulatory development to address environmental and safety issues.
  • The Challenge:  The maritime transportation and energy industries should produce and provide to consumers worldwide, readily available and reliable energy resources at the lowest possible cost, while enjoying a reasonable profit.  This must be accomplished in a safe, secure and environmentally responsible manner but also in a way that facilitates commerce to minimize transportation costs.
  • The Priorities: Overall, what are the priority issues most affecting energy development and marine transportation which must be coordinated and managed together by government and the private sector, to meet current and long-term energy and maritime transportation needs in a safe, secure and environmentally sound manner and also facilitate commerce?
  • The Conference Goal will be to develop a consensus on these issues and others as developed by the Conference speakers and attendees.  The unique Mare Forum format, which emphasizes debate and discussion, will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn about, debate and influence the resolution of these and other questions with senior policy makers from industry and government.
  • The Venue for the Conference will be held at the Hilton Post Oak Hotel, Houston, Texas.  The United States is the world’s largest trading nation and consumer of energy resources with Houston as the center of activity for the energy industry as well as an international seaport andcenter for shipping interests. Here, participants will find exceptional business networking opportunities as well as world class leisure activities
  • The Conference Committee:
  • Joseph J. Cox
  • President Emeritus, Chamber of Shipping of America and Conference Chairman
  • Jannis Kostoulas
  • President, Mare Forum
  • RADM Robert C. North
  • President, North Star Maritime, Inc.
 
Joseph J. Cox  President Emeritus, Chamber of Shipping of America and Conference Chairman
RADM David Callahan Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District
Jannis Kostoulas  President, Mare Forum
RADM Robert C. North  President, North Star Maritime, Inc.
Jim Muschalik  Vice President, Global Marine and Development, SeaRiver maritime, Inc.
Walter Cruickshank  US Bureau of Energy Management (BOEM)
Jim Watson President and COO, Americas Division, American Bureau of Shipping
Helen Currie, PhD. Senior Economist, ConocoPhillips
Fredrik Eriksson Manager, Chartering, Stena Weco
Clay Maitland Founding Chairman, North American Marine Environmental Protection Association (NAMEPA)
Prof. Maria G. Burns Director, Center for Logistics and Transportation PolicyUniversity of Houston
Tony Teo LNG Business Director, Keppel Offshore & Marine, USA
Bill Gallagher  President, International Registries, Inc. the Marshall Islands Registry
Philip Embiricos  Past President, BIMCO
John T. Hallmark Vice President, Sales, Kirby Offshore Marine, LLC
Todd Wilson  Senior Vice President, Jefferies LLC
Ron Tanner  Senior Vice President, Terminal Operations, Cheniere Energy, Inc.
RADM Kevin Cook U.S. Coast Guard (ret.)
Mike Prendergast  Deputy Regional Director, Gulf of Mexico , US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
Captain Joshua Reynolds  OCS Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection, Eighth Coast Guard District, US Coast Guard
Daniel F. Sheehan, PE Moderator
Ches  K. King Business Development Manager RINA USA Inc.
Bjorn-Harald Bangstein Regional Manager – Maritime Advisory, Americas, DNV GL
Rafael Riva   Business Development Manager, U.S. East Coast, Lloyd’s Register Americas
Anuj Chopra Vice President – Americas, Rightship
Jan Fransen  Executive Director, Green Award Foundation
Barry Parker  President, bdp1 Consulting ltd.
David St. Amand  President, Navigistics Consulting
Basil Karatzas President, Karatzas Marine Advisors & Co.
Gary Morgan Director, Analyst Team Clarksons
Alexander Economides Director, EPT
Jeanne Grasso   Partner, Blank Rome LLP
Matthew J. Thomas Partner, Blank Rome LLP
James Spear Crude Oil & Gas Tanker Deck Watch Officer
Niels A. Aalund Senior Vice President, West Gulf Maritime Association
Robert Burns Partner, Bracewell & Giulliani
More speakers and panelists 
to be announced shortly… 
Thursday, October 22, 2015
08:00 – 08:30 Registration
Welcome and Opening 
08:30 – 08:40 Joseph J. Cox President Emeritus, Chamber of Shipping of America; Opening and Introduction by the Conference Chairman                                           

session 1: 

Setting the Scene Part 1 – Keynote Speakers – Government and Industry

MODERATOR:
Joseph J. Cox President Emeritus, Chamber of Shipping of America
08:40 – 10:00 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:
Jim Muschalik, Vice President, Global Marine and Development, SeaRiver maritime, Inc.; U.S. Energy Outlook
RADM David Callahan Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District; Regulatory View
Jim Watson President and COO, Americas Division, American Bureau of Shipping; Technical View
Basil Karatzas CEO & President, Karatzas Marine Advisors & Co.Finance & Investments

 

Setting the Scene Part 2 – Energy Economics

10:00 – 10:15 Helen Currie, PhD. Senior Economist, ConocoPhillips; The Benefits of US Crude Exports 
10:15 – 10:55 Discussion and debate between the speakers, Conference Discussion Panelists and audience participants
CONFERENCE DISCUSSION PANELISTS: 
  • Anuj Chopra Vice President – Americas Rightship
  • Jan Fransen Executive Director Green Award Foundation
  • Barry Parker President bdp1 Consulting ltd.
  • Philip Embiricos, Past President, BIMCO
  • Basil Karatzas CEO & President, Karatzas Marine Advisors & Co.
  • Gary Morgan Director, Analyst Team Clarksons
  • Alexander Economides Director, EPT
  • Matthew J. Thomas Partner, Blank Rome LLP
  • James Spear Crude Oil & Gas Tanker Deck Watch Officer
  • Niels A. Aalund Senior Vice President, West Gulf Maritime Association
  • Robert Burns Partner, Bracewell & Giulliani
10:55 – 11:15 Break

Session 2:  

Energy Availability, Safety and Protection of the Environment: The Government Perspective

Themes: Expansion of U.S. energy production and potential for energy independence; current priority regulatory projects, their need, status and timelines; likelihood of expanded offshore energy exploration – the 5-year plan; environmental protection; maritime safety and refinery capacity; alternative energy resources.   
MODERATOR:
11:15 – 11:25 RADM Kevin Cook U.S. Coast Guard (ret.); Moderator’s introduction 
SPEAKERS:
11:25 – 11:35 Dr. Walter Cruickshank Deputy Director of US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM); US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) 
11:35 – 11:45 Mike Prendergast Deputy Regional Director, Gulf of Mexico, US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
11:45 – 11:55 Captain Kevin Oditt Chief Prevention Division, Eighth Coast Guard District, US Coast Guard – Safety and Environmental Protection Aspects
11:55 – 12:05 Prof. Maria G. Burns Director, Center for Logistics and Transportation Policy, University of Houston; Energy Security    
12:05 - 12:45 Discussion and debate between the speakers, Conference Discussion Panelists and audience participants
CONFERENCE DISCUSSION PANELISTS: 
  • Anuj Chopra Vice President – Americas Rightship
  • Jan Fransen Executive Director Green Award Foundation
  • Barry Parker President bdp1 Consulting ltd.
  • Philip Embiricos, Past President, BIMCO
  • Basil Karatzas President, Karatzas Marine Advisors & Co.
  • Gary Morgan Director, Analyst Team Clarksons
  • Alexander Economides Director, EPT
  • Matthew J. Thomas Partner, Blank Rome LLP
  • James Spear Crude Oil & Gas Tanker Deck Watch Officer
  • Niels A. Aalund Senior Vice President, West Gulf Maritime Association
  • Robert Burns Partner, Bracewell & Giulliani
Questions to be addressed:

  • What are the plans for expanded energy development and export of LNG and crude oil from the U.S. and Canada?
  • Is LNG really the energy source of choice for the future when balanced against available technology and safety, security and environmental concerns?
  • What is the plan for expanded U.S. offshore energy development?
  • Is offshore Arctic development a viable potential source?
  • Is there sufficient U.S. refinery capacity to process expanded offshore production?
  • Are there feasible alternatives to traditional oil, gas and coal energy resources?
  • What has been the impact of increased North American oil and gas production on maritime safety and environmental protection?
  • To what degree has increased North American energy development impacted the volume of U.S. maritime traffic?  
  • Has ECA fuel switching increased maritime safety problems, marine casualty and oil spill potential?
  • What should be the highest priority international and U.S. regulatory initiatives?

    

12:45 – 14:00 Lunch hosted by
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Special Panel:  NAMEPA Overview

Clay Maitland, Founding Chairman, North American Marine Environmental Protection Association (NAMEPA)

Session 3: 

The Marine Transportation Industry Perspective – Energy Independence and Regulatory Development: Setting the Right Balance

Theme – The US Gulf along with shale oil and gas development is providing new sources of energy while at the same time presenting significant logistical challenges and creating a shift from energy importing to energy exporting.  The transportation industry is taking steps to meet these challenges in a safe, environmentally sound and economic way. 
MODERATOR:
14:00 – 14:10 Bill Gallagher President, International Registries, Inc. the Marshall Islands Registry; Moderator’s introduction
SPEAKERS:
14:10 – 14:20 Fredrik Eriksson Manager, Chartering, Stena Weco; Meeting the Challenges – The Tanker Owner’s Perspective  
14:20 – 14:30 Ron Tanner Senior Vice President, Terminal Operations Cheniere Energy, Inc. Meeting the Challenges – LNG Exporting 
14:30 – 14:40 Anthony Teo Technology and LNG Business Development Manager, DNV GL; LNG and the Offshore Industry
14:40 – 14:50 Matt Garza Sales Manager, Kirby Offshore Marine, LLC Meeting the Challenges – The Inland and Offshore Barge Perspective 
14:50 – 15:00 Gary Morgan Director Analyst Team, Clarksons; The Tanker Market Outlook 
15:00 – 15:40 Discussion and debate between the speakers, Conference Discussion Panelists and audience participants
CONFERENCE DISCUSSION PANELISTS: 
  • Anuj Chopra Vice President – Americas Rightship
  • Jan Fransen Executive Director Green Award Foundation
  • Barry Parker President bdp1 Consulting ltd.
  • Philip Embiricos, Past President, BIMCO
  • Basil Karatzas President, Karatzas Marine Advisors & Co.
  • Gary Morgan Director, Analyst Team Clarksons
  • Alexander Economides Director, EPT
  • Matthew J. Thomas Partner, Blank Rome LLP
  • James Spear Crude Oil & Gas Tanker Deck Watch Officer
  • Niels A. Aalund Senior Vice President, West Gulf Maritime Association
  • Robert Burns Partner, Bracewell & Giulliani
Questions to be addressed:

  • What are the plans for expanded energy development and export of LNG and crude oil from the U.S. and Canada?
  • What has been the effect of increased North American energy production on the balance of import and export of energy cargoes by the maritime industry?
  • Can LNG import terminals be converted to export LNG?
  • How will transportation of energy cargoes within the U.S. be impacted by increased production?
  • What are the most significant industry challenges to carry increased energy cargo volumes in a safe and environmentally responsible way?
  • What should be the highest priority international and U.S. regulatory initiatives?
  • What is the current impact and what will the future hold for tank vessel markets?
15:40 – 16:00 Break

Session 4: 

Technology Solutions for Energy Development and Environmental Protection

Themes: Managing increased domestic vessel construction; improvements in offshore technology; exhaust gas cleaning systems and other alternative technology in emissions reduction; reducing emissions from existing engines; feasibility of the IMO energy efficiency design index for new ships
MODERATOR:
16:00 – 16:10 Daniel F. Sheehan, PE; Moderator’s introduction
SPEAKERS:
16:10 – 16:20 Bjorn-Harald Bangstein Regional Manager – Maritime Advisory, Americas, DNV GL
16:20 – 16:30 Rafael Riva Business Development Manage, U.S. East Coast, Lloyd’s Register Americas
16:30 – 16:40 Ches  K. King Business Development Manager RINA USA Inc.
16:40 – 16:50 Franck Violette Director, ABS Greater China Division - Operational and Environmental Performance Center
16:50 – 17:30 Discussion and debate between the speakers, Conference Discussion Panelists and audience participants
CONFERENCE DISCUSSION PANELISTS: 
  • Anuj Chopra Vice President – Americas Rightship
  • Jan Fransen Executive Director Green Award Foundation
  • Barry Parker President bdp1 Consulting ltd.
  • Philip Embiricos, Past President, BIMCO
  • Basil Karatzas President, Karatzas Marine Advisors & Co.
  • Gary Morgan Director, Analyst Team Clarksons
  • Alexander Economides Director, EPT
  • Matthew J. Thomas Partner, Blank Rome LLP
  • James Spear Crude Oil & Gas Tanker Deck Watch Officer
  • Niels A. Aalund Senior Vice President, West Gulf Maritime Association
  • Robert Burns Partner, Bracewell & Giulliani
Questions to be addressed:

  • What is the potential for LNG/CNG fuel for shipping?
  • What standards are under development for LNG bunkering?
  • What is the progress on approval of exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) under MARPOL Annex VI for both SOx and NOx?  Carbon?
  • Offshore production technology potential

Session 5: 

Conclusion – A Focused Agenda for Policy Makers – Prioritization of Issues

Conference Chairman, Session Moderators and Conference participants synthesize and prioritize the policy issues. 
Develop a list of priorities for government and industry to address concerning: The issues most affecting energy development and marine transportation which must be coordinated and managed together by government and the private sector, to meet current and long-term energy and maritime transportation needs in a safe, secure and environmentally sound manner and also facilitate commerce?
17:30 – 18:00 Joseph J. Cox President Emeritus, Chamber of Shipping of America
Open discussion where Moderators of Sessions 1-4 discuss the results of their panels between themselves and the participants and recommend prioritization of issues developed during the conference.
18:00 – 20:00 Closing Reception hosted by 
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Program will be published in the coming days. Stay tuned!

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3011 AG Rotterdam
The Netherlands

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