Aracon 2013 • Rotterdam

ARACON 2013: KEY DRIVERS FOR CHANGE

The event includes: a one day and a half day conference, cocktail reception, gala dinner and exhibition.

The programme will be updated here as it develops.

WEDNESDAY 2 OCTOBER
16:00-18:00 Registration 
Upper Lobby Area – Hilton Rotterdam
19:00-20:00 Welcome Reception 
Royal Maas Yacht Club
Coaches depart the Hilton Rotterdam at 18:30
20:00-23:00 Welcome Dinner
Royal Maas Yacht Club
Coaches Returning at 23:00
THURSDAY 3 OCTOBER
08:00 Registration and Welcome Coffee 
Upper Lobby Area / Rotterdam Room – Hilton Rotterdam
SESSION ONE: GLOBAL OVERVIEW
Welcome to Rotterdam, Europe’s world class bunkering centre at the heart of the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) industrial, petrochemical, energy and shipping powerhouse. This opening session will study Rotterdam’s leading role before examining the fundamental changes now taking place in energy and shipping markets that will exert huge influence over the region’s long-term prospects.
09:00 Chairman’s Introduction / Welcome to ARACON 2013
Llewellyn Bankes-Hughes, Director, Bunker Events Limited
09:10 Rotterdam: Europe’s world class bunkering centre
Jeannette Baljeu, Alderman for the Port, Traffic and Regional Economy
Vice-Mayor of Rotterdam
09:25 Oil market overview
Benno Spencer, Managing Editor EMEA Crude, Platts
09:45 Shipping market overview
Mark Williams, Research Director, Braemar Seascope
10:05 Creating a robust hedging strategy: keeping afloat in volatile markets
Christel McLoughlin, Director of Risk Management, KPI Bridge Oil Group
10:25 Networking Coffee Break
SESSION TWO: BUNKER QUALITY
The reputation of Rotterdam as a bunkering centre, like every other bunkering location, is hugely dependent on the quality of the fuel and the reliability of the suppliers operating in the port. The thorny issue of debunkering ‘off-spec’ fuels in the Netherlands and damning them as waste has caused deep upset among ARA suppliers and buyers alike over the past year.
11:00 Chairman’s Opening Remarks
Goris Vermeulen, Director, Bunker Events Limited
11:10 Dutch bunkering regulations and their impact on the market
Christian Kint, Director, Oilchart International NV
11:30 A legal perspective
Els Desair, Partner, Laurius Advocaten
11:50 The Rotterdam perspective 
Roland van Assche, Director Bulk Cargo & Shipping, Port of Rotterdam
12:10 Q&A / Panel Discussion
12:20 Networking Lunch
SESSION THREE: TRADING PATTERNS AND OPERATIONS
This session looks at how Rotterdam, and the region in general, is growing and developing, in terms of port infrastructure and how this is creating new market opportunities. It will study how some players are using Rotterdam as an outlet for excess fuel oil while also using the port’s vast and flexible storage facilities to ship an enormous quantity of fuel to Asia. It will look at how unexpected problems are developing as suppliers seek to create environmentally-compliant fuels and how the market for, and supply of, middle distillates is rapidly changing. It will also examine refueling specialist ships.
14:00 Chairman’s Opening Remarks
Goris Vermeulen, Director, Bunker Events Limited
14:10 The strategic role of storage in the bunker supply chain
Erik van Neerbos, Commercial Manager, Vopak Oil Rotterdam
14:30 Specialist Bunkering Operations: Planning for the Unusual and the Unexpected
Per Funch Nielsen, General Manager, Physical Division, OW Bunker
14:50 Fuel quality problems resulting from the obligation to make compliant fuels
Michael Green, Technical Manager, Intertek ShipCare (Lintec Testing Services)
15:10 Marine distillates – the changing commercial environment
Nigel Draffin, Technical Manager, LQM Petroleum Services
15:30 Q&A / Panel Discussion
15:40 Networking Coffee Break
SESSION FOUR: BUNKER MEASUREMENT – A DETAILED CASE STUDY
The struggle to develop a reliable, accurate, readily-available and relatively inexpensive meter to measure bunker quantity onboard sea-going vessels has been long and fraught with setbacks, but significant progress is finally being made and after vigorous trials and testing, the future for Coriolis meters is beginning to look brighter. Taking place as a panel discussion featuring the key players in the delivery chain – a meter manufacturer, a bunker supplier, a barge operator and a shipowner – this session will outline the latest developments and encourage delegates to interrogate those involved.
16:00 Chairman’s Opening Remarks
Llewellyn Bankes-Hughes, Director, Bunker Events Limited
16:10 The equipment provider
Steve Jones, Director Business Development, OEMs, Emerson Process Management

Stephan Natter, Endress + Hauser

The bunker supplier
Per Funch Nielsen, General Manager Physical Division, OW Bunker

The receiving vessel
17:00 End of Day One Conference Sessions
19:00-23:00 Gala Reception and Dinner
Old Dutch Restaurant
Coaches depart the Hilton Rotterdam at 18:30 
Returning at 23:00
FRIDAY 4 OCTOBER
09:30 Welcome Coffee 
Upper Lobby Area / Rotterdam Room – Hilton Rotterdam
SESSION FIVE: LNG BUNKERING – THE NEW REALITY
Liquefied natural gas is poised to become a viable and widely used marine fuel. As port authorities and shipowners work together on the creation of bunkering infrastructures, and stringent environmental regulations limit the use of high sulphur fuels, there is a clear global impetus for making the switch to LNG. This session will track the latest developments, from a regulatory and practical viewpoint, looking at storage, developing a viable supply infrastructure and studying the economic benefits and challenges of making the switch from heavy fuel oils and distillates.
10:00 Chairman’s Opening Remarks
Goris Vermeulen, Director, Bunker Events Limited
10:10 Harnessing the momentum
Fer van der Laar, Managing Director, IAPH Europe
10:30 LNG – The Rotterdam perspective
Ankie Janssen, Business Development Gas & Power, Port of Rotterdam
10:50 LNG Bunkering: The practicalities
Stefaan Adrieans, Commercial Director, Gate Terminal B.V.
11:10 Networking Coffee Break
11:40 Setting up a European supply infrastructure
Trond Jerve, Head of Business Development Clean Energy, Bomin-Linde LNG GmbH
12:00 The economic case for LNG versus distillates and heavy fuel oils
Nigel Draffin, Technical Manager, LQM Petroleum Services
12:20 Q&A / Panel Discussion
12:40 Networking Lunch
13:40 End of ARACON 2013

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