Conference Day One

8:00 am - 8:50 am Registration and Welcome Coffee

8:50 am - 9:00 am Conference Director Welcome Speech and Opening Remarks

9:00 am - 9:30 am The Port of Barcelona's Commitment to Promote LNG: Lessons Learned and Expectations for the Future

The Port of Barcelona is undoubtedly the busiest LNG Bunkering Port in the Mediterranean. We’re lucky to be joined by Jordi Torrent who will be discussing the Port of Barcelona’s ongoing LNG commitment and how they think this will affect the wider Mediterranean region. Within this session, Jordi will:
·         Explain why 2020 will be the turning point in the Port’s sustainability plans
·         Presents the  Port’s IV Strategic Plan and 2040 Vision
·         Discuss the ports close cooperation with the community and city of Barcelona
·         Discuss the boost in call for LNG propulsion vessels that the port has observed
Jordi Vila, Strategy Manager at Port de Barcelona

Jordi Vila

Strategy Manager
Port de Barcelona

9:30 am - 10:00 am How Can Ports Become LNG Bunker Ready?

How can ports work out the synergies of different projects to ensure that they’re ready for LNG Bunkering? The Gibraltar Port Authority has recently setup bunkering activities in the Mediterranean. Deputy Captain John Ghio will discuss this develop and will teach attendees how to:
·         Overcome the familiar ‘chicken-and-egg’ scenario
·         Create an early LNG Bunkering infrastructure
·         Understand cost-effective and commercially viable early infrastructure
·         Assess scalability to ensure that ports can continue to meet the growing demands of LNG bunkering
John Ghio, Deputy Captain of Port at Gibraltar Port Authority

John Ghio

Deputy Captain of Port
Gibraltar Port Authority

10:00 am - 10:30 am Financing LNG Developments: Overcoming Early Investment Challenges

Roy currently leads one of the shipping markets largest consultancies and has advised and help to close over £20bn of shipping transactions. Within this, Roy has helped numerous operators secure both public and private investment for new LNG operations and will be sharing what he has learned.
• Public funding options and how to secure them for new LNG operations
• Exploring how business in the Baltics have successfully utilised public participation
• Identifying the right time to turn away from public funding and explore private investment options
Roy van Eijsden, Service Line Director Advisor at WSP

Roy van Eijsden

Service Line Director Advisor

10:30 am - 11:00 am Morning Networking Break

Featuring an expert panel of ship-owners, LNG fuel providers, LNG terminal operators and port authorities, this panel session will explore how all of the industry’s different players can collaborate to help get the ball-rolling for LNG in the Mediterranean. Attendees will have the opportunity to quiz the panel on:
·         Where does the LNG supply chain in the Mediterranean start and end?
·         What are the considerations for all parties over the full LNG supply chain including ramifications for shippers (operators and builders), fuel providers, terminal operators and port authorities?
·         How partnerships can minimalise first-mover risks.
·         What barriers are holding back progress and how can the industry overcome them?
Juan Pablo Pérez, Head of Projects and Works Division at Port of Algeciras Bay Authority

Juan Pablo Pérez

Head of Projects and Works Division
Port of Algeciras Bay Authority

Robert Songer, Small-Scale LNG Market Manager, Training Manager, & Senior Market Reporter at ICIS

Robert Songer

Small-Scale LNG Market Manager, Training Manager, & Senior Market Reporter

Florence Perouas, Captain of the Port at Port of Marseille Fos

Florence Perouas

Captain of the Port
Port of Marseille Fos

Antonio Miranda, Head of LNG Bunkering at Naturgy

Antonio Miranda

Head of LNG Bunkering

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Have Your Say (Part 1)

This is your chance to discuss the topics most pertinent to you with our industry experts and speakers.
In the first of our interactive sessions, attendees will break-out into discussion groups. Each group will focus on one of the following topics:
·         Alternative Marine Fuels
·         Investing in Infrastructure
·         Operating ssLNG and virtual pipelines
·         Technology innovations in ship design
·         Lobbying local authorities to evangelise LNG operations
·         Presenting the strategic purpose of LNG internally to improve stakeholder buy-in
Please note that these sessions will be repeated on day 2 to allow attendees the chance to discuss a total of 2 of the 6 topics presented here over the duration of the conference. Pre-selection will be made available via the app, with more details to follow.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Networking Lunch

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm The Role of LNG in a Decarbonising Shipping Industry

The shipping industry will have to meet stringent carbon emission reduction targets. The industry’s shift to LNG, as a fossil fuel, will be insufficient to meet these targets. Sjaak from Spliethoff will be:
·         Presenting an integrated overview of present and future regulations affecting fuel choices.
·         Providing an overview of possible future fuels / energy carriers.
·         Discussing LNG’s possible role in a decarbonised shipping industry.
Sjaak Klaap, VP - Business Development at Spliethoff

Sjaak Klaap

VP - Business Development

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Carbon Neutral Shipping: How Do We Comply with the 2030-2050 Framework?

An exploration of future proof ship designs, technologies and energy sources to reduce CO2 emissions in line with IMO’s GHG targets towards 2030-2050.
·         Introduction of IMO’s GHG vision 2030-2050
·         Future fuel mix & energy sources
·         Developing ‘future proof’ vessel design
Jaakko Lappi, Sales Manager at Deltamarin

Jaakko Lappi

Sales Manager

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Hydrogen as an LNG Alternative

In the pursuit of carbon neutral shipping, many differing alternative marine fuels have been discussed. In particular, the industry is excited to about the potential of hydrogen as a viable marine fuel. Delegates will have the opportunity to hear from Jon Clipsham, Hydrogen Manager based at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) on Orkney in Scotland, where they are generating green hydrogen from constrained renewables and using it to decarbonise local power, heat and transport applications such as ferries. Hear more on how they think hydrogen can revolutionise the shipping and maritime industry using the key learnings from the Orkney living laboratory.
Discussion points will include:
·         Making hydrogen a more cost efficient solution.
·         Developing the necessary infrastructure for hydrogen refuelling and bunkering
·         Retro-fitting vessels to accommodate hydrogen power
Jon Clipsham, Hydrogen Manager at EMEC

Jon Clipsham

Hydrogen Manager

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Afternoon Networking Break

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm LNG Virtual Pipelines as a Leverage in Small-Scale LNG

Pedro Frazao, Grupo Sousa Director & CSO, will present LNG virtual pipelines as a viable solution for small-scale LNG implementation. This talk will include:
• How LNG virtual gas pipelines support geographically challenging locations.
• LNG virtual gas pipelines as a flexible, scalable and affordable solution.
• Different use cases of LNG and how we can support them with ssLNG operations.
Pedro Frazão, Director at Grupo Sousa

Pedro Frazão

Grupo Sousa

4:30 pm - 5:15 pm A Question of Research - LNG & Alternative Marine Fuels: Who is responsible for the R&D?

In the search for a viable alternative to LNG, the question becomes one of responsibility. Who is to shoulder the inevitably significant financial strain of the R&D?
Shipping businesses argue that this responsibility lies with the fuel providers. However, fuel providers cannot be alone in this as any solution they reach will be immediately adopted by their competitors and will therefore fail to provide a positive ROI. 
Our expert panel will moot this point, stating their cases and challenging each others argument to identify who the burden for research should sit with, if research partnerships are truly viable and how these can work in practice.
Robert Songer, Small-Scale LNG Market Manager, Training Manager, & Senior Market Reporter at ICIS

Robert Songer

Small-Scale LNG Market Manager, Training Manager, & Senior Market Reporter

Jaakko Lappi, Sales Manager at Deltamarin

Jaakko Lappi

Sales Manager

5:15 pm - 5:15 pm Evening Networking Drinks