Strong maritime presence

The conference program, with this years’ cross-cutting theme “the future is in the water”, offers a platform for discussing key topics and solutions for the offshore community.


Together with the Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners, Offshore Energy will feature a session on the rules and regulations for offshore service vessels. There are no clear rules for offshore service vessels. Several international codes and guidelines regulate specific aspects of offshore service vessels operations – for example the IMO’s Special Purpose Ships Code. None is entirely suitable however. This session, moderated by Bureau Veritas, will discuss how national governments are trying to fill the regulatory gaps and how possible new regulations are being discussed within IMO.

Offshore Energy again offers a session on new offshore vessels, this year in cooperation with the Port of Rotterdam. Roland van Assche, Director Bulk Cargo & Shipping will chair the session, which presents the latest in offshore ship concepts, design and construction. Among the speakers are Edward Heerema, founder of Allseas, who will present an update on the Pieter Schelte. Maurizio Collu, lecturer at Cranfield University, will present a new concept of AAMVs or aerodynamically alleviated marine vehicles.

Offshore and finance

Offshore Energy Conference 2014 again offers three high caliber panel discussions. The second annual Drilling and Dollars Panel will focus on “Offshore and Finance” key areas for discussion include the growing size and complexity of projects, new frontiers and regulations, investing in offshore projects, tapping new funding sources and optimizing the funding mix. Cornelie Goedhuis, Global Head – natural resources at ING Bank, will lead the discussion among financial experts from oil and gas companies, offshore contracting and services companies, and public and private financial institutions.

In the third annual Offshore Energy Industry Panel moderator Wilbur Perlot, Deputy Director at Clingendael Academy, will actively engage panelists and attendees in a strategic discussion on the industry’s future. The discussion will cover changing industry fundamentals and innovation to meet future energy demand, reshaping partnerships through collaboration, integration and consolidation, challenges of integrated project management and the investment climate and capital discipline in the industry.

Also recurring as a C-level panel at Offshore Energy Conference is the Human Capital Panel focusing on workforce segmentation, workforce planning, sourcing strategies and total workforce management as part of the ‘open talent economy’.

Maritime pavilions

The exhibition again contains several pavilions. Next to the Career Pavilion and the international pavilions, like the Chinese and the Czech Pavilion, the exhibition also includes a few national pavilions where Dutch maritime and offshore companies present themselves.

Together with the Netherlands Maritime Technology, Offshore Energy once more hosts a Holland Pavilion. The  pavilion, again expanded compared to last year, is already sold out. This year, 22 Dutch companies present their maritime technology, products and expertise. Other recurring Dutch pavilions that are also expanding are Amsterdam IJmuiden Offshore Port (AYOP) and Port of Den Helder.

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October 01, 2014



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