Fleet Transformation: The Event 2017


Now in its seventh year Fleet Transformation: The Event 2017 (formerly Ship Efficiency: The Event) is the event for technical, ship, fleet and business efficiency transformation.

THE BIG QUESTION: how to successfully transform operations within the new economic reality of the maritime industry today?

Fathom Nor-Shipping Disruptive Talks

The Event focuses on the viable tools and technology to enable necessary change within the new economic reality of shipping and the business strategies that will achieve success.

It examines reality of shipping in 2017/18 and shaping and implementing the necessary transformations for success.

It is one thing to talk about change, it is another to prepare for it.


Choose new strategies, discover new technology, find creative finance solutions, keep informed!

The conference will be chaired by Craig Eason, Editorial Director, fathom-news. See Craig in action on our YouTube channel.


09.00 How can industry work with regulators for benefit?      

Regulations are the backbone of shipping and a key part of the level playing field demanded of shipowner representatives.

  • Are the regulations working?
  • What needs to be reformed?
  • What regulation can we expect next?
  • Can they be more inclusive to meet the needs of our current industry?
  • How can an operations create competitive advantage through working with regulations.

IMO, the EU and industry will discuss their perspectives and explore options for working better within a restrictive framework.

Participants –

Knut Orbeck-Nilssen, CEO Maritime, DNVGL (tbc)

James Fanshawe CBE, Chairman, Maritime Autonomous Systems Regulatory Working Group

Ashok Mahapatra, Maritime Safety Director, IMO (Invited)

Kostas Ladas, General Manager (London), LISCR

09.45 Getting a grip on emissions- what are we facing?

With economic and regulatory pressures changing the way vessels must be operated, it is vital the most effective technical and reporting strategies are employed.

  • How has the MRV and IMO positions influenced shipowners and operators commitments?
  • What technical operations can improve results?
  • How can emissions restriction be turned in to a positive?
  • Is the newbuild v retrofit debate valid once again?

Ship managers, owners and solution providers discuss case studies, options and how to get ahead of the game


Erik Lewenhaupt, Head of Sustainability, Stena Line Group

Dr Tristan Smith, Lecturer, UCL Energy Institute & Shipping in Changing Climates

Tom Holmer, General Manager, Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI)

Niels Bjorn Mortensen, Niels Bjorn Mortensen Consult

10.45 Networking Break

11.15 Technology Quick Fire

In structured 10 minute formats, each presenter showcases the problem, the solution, the investment pathway and USPs.

Anonymous, interactive Q&A, allows the audience to ask the questions they really want to know.

12.15 Lunch Including Tech Talk podium sessions

13.15 Does ship operation have a healthy future?

For shipping to be truly sustainable the industry needs to gain trust and prove it is responsible, not just to governments and stakeholders but to the communities where it operates and in areas where it is visible.

With greater awareness and increasing scrutiny of the effects on public health of air pollution and particulate matter from ships and ports infrastructure, its sources and its composition, what will the fleet of the future have to confront to reduce exposure to crew, passengers and the public and achieve acceptability to equal more environmentally friendly modes of transport?


Dr Matthew Loxham, BBSRC Future Leader Fellow in Air Pollution Toxicology, University of Southampton

Jonathan Simpson, Head of Environmental Policy, MCA (Invited)

Bill Hemmings, Director, Aviation & Shipping, Transport & Environment (Invited)


14.15 For fleet and future

The ship owner and operators are at the sharp end of the ‘new normal’ for shipping. The real business of managing a fleet of vessels efficiently covers many aspects of the industry, not least regulatory and economic.

  • How today’s challenges are impacting fleet and vessel operations?
  • What are the immediate drivers influencing different sectors?
  • Where do they need the infrastructure that surrounds them to change and offer new solutions?
  • How can regulators support industry to thrive?

Ship owners and operators as well as financial experts examine where the real pressure points lie.


Stein Kjolberg, Global Sales Director – Hull Performance Solutions, Jotun Performance Coatings

Thomas Erlund, Captain, Head of Vessel Traffic Services, Finnish Transport Agency

Gordon Meadow, Senior Lecturer, Solent University

Adam Byrne, Managing Director, Transportation Finance – Shipping, ING Bank 

Octavi Sado Garriga, Head of Hydrodynamics & Performance Analytics, Maersk (Invited)

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15.00 Crew as an asset not a cost. How should they be supported create high yield operations?

The human factor is not an after-thought but a central pillar of a successful operation. Without good crew, good technology makes little difference.

  • What strategies are needed for crew attraction, retention and training?
  • How can technical departments and fleet operations centres empower the crews to achieve more?
  • Are the issues across different sectors common and to what levels do crews really need to be trained?

Maritime human factors experts, crew training and HR specialists alongside technical departments will identify realistic, effective strategies.

Participants – 

Dick Welsh, Director, Isle of Man Registry

Monica Lundh, Senior Lecturer, Chalmers University

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16.00 Networking Break

16.30 What practical applications of the Internet of Things today can drive efficiency?

We continually hear about the potential of the IoT to transform our operations of the future, however how can these be transformed in present.

What opportunities are there now to improve operational effectiveness through IoT applications? Is additional investment needed to exploit these opportunities? What technical considerations are there?

Ship owners, technology suppliers and IoT experts discuss.

Participants – 

Krystyna Wojnarowicz, Chief Strategy Officer, Marsec

David Bradley, Head of Centre for Maritime Intelligence, BAE Systems 

Robert Milner, Head of  Smart Systems, Wireless and Digital Services Division, Cambridge Consultants 

Michael Christensen, Head of Innovation, AP Moeller Maersk (Invited)

17.30 END

Photo courtesy of NOR Shipping: Disruptive Talks

The conference will be chaired by Craig Eason, Editorial Director, fathom-news. See Craig in action on our YouTube channel.


09.00 How can the commercial and technical integrate?

Business divisions cannot operate in isolation to navigate transformation successfully. Added to which technology solutions are coming to the market that change established commercial processes.

  • How can the global fleet owners and operators integrate operations successfully to raise the performance level of the industry- financial, safety and operational?
  • What are solutions that are changing ‘business as usual’?
  • Are value added services to industry clients required to engage with them closer?

Charterers will discuss their needs alongside commercial and technical representatives from ship operators with a disruptive start-up showing how solutions exist not before identified.


Brian Nixon, Managing Director, Lavinia Bulk 

Inge Sandvik, Chief Digital Officer, Wilhelm Wilhelmsen

Maurice Meehan, BLOC (Invited)

Erik Gaarder, Director for Management Consulting, Acando (Invited)

10.00 Fleet and Fuel

Environmental and political pressure has already diversified the fuel mix of the world fleet. And with the 2020 deadline set, fuel strategy is more important than ever.

  • What are credible options? Where is the market moving?
  • How will bunker supplies be affected?
  • How will the economics of shipping be impacted by fuel changes?

Ship owners and operators share their strategic experience whilst analysts examine the future.


Justin Murphy, CEO, IBIA 

Maurizio D’Amico, Naval Architect, D’Amico Shipping

11.00 Networking Break

11.30 Technology Quick Fire

In structured 10 minute formats, each presenter showcases the problem, the solution, the investment pathway and USPs.

Anonymous, interactive Q&A, allows the audience to ask the questions they really want to know.

12.30 Lunch

14.00 How should operations assess technology viability & suitability?

Navigating through the transforming industry requires new solutions and processes to be implemented.

  • Each operation is unique, how does an operation see beyond the hype and mass of solutions to choose the one that is right for them?
  • How do they create a strategic plan that creates a business case and ensures the chosen solution will deliver?
  • How do they identify the most viable solution for your operation that balances budget with return?

With input from business transform and technical consultants as well as different ends of the technology supplier spectrum, a solid road map will be identified.

Participants –

Mark Cameron, COO, Ardmore Shipping

Paul Woodall, Director Environment and Sustainability, DFDS

Ulf Siwe, Communications Officer, STM Validation Project, Swedish Maritime Administration

15.00 Networking Break

15.30 Prevention is better than a cure- quantifying safety and performance transformations on the bottom line

The business case for preventative measures is difficult to build as it is about incidents and costs avoided not reduction in day-to-day opex.

  • Where are the benefits?
  • How can it affect P&I?
  • Where are wins available immediately?
  • How is the business case created before any major incident or technological failure spurs action?

Case studies will be shared with insurance experts giving input and strategies examined.


Helle Hammer, MD, CEFOR 

Russell Hobbs, Head of Safety, Carnival UK (Invited)

Yuzuru Goto, Managing Director, K-Line LNG

16.30 THE END

Photo  of Fathom’s  Nor-Shipping: Disruptive Talks


Joining us on stage at Fleet Transformation: The Event 2017 will be:

 Mark Cameron, COO, Ardmore Shipping

Maurizio D’Amico, Naval Architect, D’Amico Shipping

 Gordon Meadow, Senior Lecturer, Solent University

Monica Lundh, Senior Lecturer, Chalmers University

Krystyna Wojnarowicz, Chief Strategy Officer, MarSec

Inge Sandvik, Chief Digital Officer, Wilhelm Wilhelmsen

Helle Hammer, MD, CEFOR

 Erik Lewenhaupt, Head of Sustainability, Stena Line Group

 Dr Matthew Loxham, Future Leader Fellow in Air Pollution Toxicology, University of Southampton

 Sofia Furstenburg, Innovation & Sustainability Advisor and Maritime Director, BLOC

With tangible outputs, each session is design to enable delegates to build a multi-facetted knowledge bank throughout the two days that gives tools, strategies and solutions to apply directly in their day to day business.

Download Agenda PDF here or look on agenda pages.

Session Types:

INTERACTIVE PANEL SESSIONS: A series of 8 high paced 1 hour panel sessions open with two short expert keynotes giving different perspectives on the subject matter.

Followed by an interactive panel debate with up to three additional panellists delivering practical solutions and conclusions to some of shipping’s most challenging operational aspects

QUICK FIRE TECHNOLOGY: Each day a quick fire technology session, held on the main stage, introduces some of the latest solutions to support maritime business excellence.

In structured 10 minute formats, each presenter showcases the problem, the solution, the investment pathway and USPs and anonymous, interactive Q&A allows the audience to ask the questions they really want to know.

EXHIBITION: The popular exhibition showcases key providers of technologies and solutions that support improved business and operations in shipping.

TECH TALKS: Short technology updates held on an open podium in the main exhibition area throughout networking breaks.

This Q&A demo format allows companies to highlight their unique solutions.

This key conference cannot be missed as Fathom helps the industry set its sights on moving through 2018


Fleet Transformation: The Event 2017 will be held at the excellent Millennium Gloucester Hotel and Conference Centre, London.


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