Middle East Offshore
Support Journal Conference Dubai, 24-25 April 2019

Middle East Offshore<br /> Support Journal Conference

2019 Conference Programme

Anticipating change and recovery

DAY ONE – 24 April, Wednesday

08:00 Registration, coffee and networking

09.00 Chairman’s welcome address
Edwin Lampert, Head of Content, Riviera Maritime Media

09.10 Platinum sponsor welcome address
Mohammad Khalifa Al Huraiz, Manager - Waterways Management, Dubai Maritime City Authority

09.20 Keynote: Anticipating change and recovery
Capt. Ahmed Al Shehhi, Senior Vice President, Offshore Logistics, ADNOC Logistics and Services 


An analysis of OSV market prospects including insight into where oil majors will prioritise their spend through to 2020 and how to succeed in an era of vessel under-utilisation and short-term contracts

09.35 Supply and demand outlook for OSVs 2019 -2020

  • Global oil market update - short term outlook 2019 – 2020
  • How geopolitics will impact regional business
  • Insight into where oil companies will commit their exploration and production spend

Thom Payne, Director, Westwood Global Energy Group

09.55 Q&A

10.05 Panel Discussion: View from the top: balancing supply and demand

  • Could expansion offshore Saudi and Abu Dhabi bring fleet utilisation up to 85%?
  • Will laidup vessels in the ME return to the market?
  • How will offshore field developments influence charter rates?
  • Will OPEC cuts help or hinder recovery?

Fadi Diab, Managing Director, Tidewater Marine International
Fazel Fazelbhoy, CEO, Synergy Offshore
Morten Jorgensen, Head of Strategy and Corporate Planning, Topaz Energy and Marine

10.45 Networking coffee break sponsored by Vanuatu Maritime Services


This session provides an in-depth look at the opportunities arising from the offshore oil and gas market.

11.25 New projects and activities in the shallow water market

  • Evaluating vessel categories for shallow water operations
  • Identifying vessel requirements for ongoing and future developments
  • Project update and tonnage requirements

Capt. Hussam Suyyagh, Team Leader, Logistics Operations Center, ADNOC Offshore

11.45 Vessel requirements on EPCI projects

  • The role of contractors enabling projects in a low-cost environment
  • Active and upcoming project for SURF, pipeline, construction/installation 
  • Experiences and expectations with working with NOCs and charterers 
  • Collaboration sought from the industry

Douglas R. Korth, Director, Marine Operations, McDermott Middle East

12.05 Opportunities in Egypt and Mediterranean

  • When projects will be mobilised?
  • Gaining access to opportunities in this market
  • Understand how to meet local content requirements
  • Know contractual terms, challenges and complexities

Dr. Mohamed A. Gomaa, Marine Operations Manager, AlMansoori Production Services

12.25 Q&A

12.40 Networking lunch sponsored by ABS


This session focuses on approaches in solving the main challenges that owners and operators currently face.

13.50 The oversupply conundrum

  • Identifying the impact of SEA vessels in the ME
  • The future for foreign flagged vessels in the region
  • How would an increase in E&P affect day rates and market participation?
  • How clients and contractors are now analysing and selecting their OSV counterparts.

Vivek Seth, Managing Director, Arga Energy Consulting

14.10 How IKTVA and ICV implementation in KSA and UAE are impacting shipowners

  • Understanding the In-Country Value (ICV) program of ADNOC
  • What is the In-Kingdom Total Value Add (IKTVA) program of Saudi Aramco?
  • Impact of localisation of critical functionalities in the oil and gas industry
  • Implications to investments and to shipowners

Nizar Jichi, Partner and Head of Energy & Natural Resources, KPMG Lower Gulf 

14.30 Q&A

14.40 Panel discussion: Restructuring and planning for long-term sustainability

  • Challenges to restructuring in a fragmented market
  • What companies should do next after their debt matures
  • Merge and acquire or divest and invest elsewhereHow to secure a long-term future

Jeff Drake, Managing Director, AlixPartners
Marcus Machin, CEO, Tufton Oceanic Finance 
Andrew Baird, Partner, Watson Farley & Williams
Sanaz Taransari, Commercial Manager, Seaport International Shipping Company

15.20 Networking break sponsored by Vanuatu Maritime Services


Mitigating risk and managing the fallout when things go wrong

16.00 Risk management strategies

  • Latest on insurance and mitigating risks
  • Risk management approach during downturn period
  • Update on coverage on GCC and Caspian region
  • Real life case studies and examples

Bozidar Ljubisavljevic, Marine Team Leader, Middle East, Turkey and Africa region, Howden

16.20 Panel discussion: When things go wrong in OSV and rig charters – making the best of a bad situation 

  • Common disputes arising from supply time agreements
  • Practices that facilitate mitigating the prospect of disputes, a commercial perspective
  • Finding equitable solutions to disputes through arbitration / mediation
  • Alternative disputes resolution services available in the region

Edward Newitt, Partner, Stephenson Harwood Middle East
Bård A. Poulsson, Divisional Director, Marine Division, Gallagher
Rashid Isa Rishi Al Heddi, Group Managing Director, Seamaster Maritime

17.00 Closing remarks from the session chair

17.10 End of Day 1

DAY TWO – 25 April 2019, Thursday

08.00 Registration, coffee & networking
09.00 Chairman’s welcome address
Edwin Lampert, Head of Content, Riviera Maritime Media


This session will provide case studies on digitalisation in the offshore oil sector and how operators can benefit.

09.10 Leveraging Smart Technology in Offshore Applications

  • Current state of Smart Technology
  • Key SMART System Design considerations
  • Framework for leveraging Smart Technology implementation
  • Future outlook

Demetres Armanes, Senior Engineer, ABS

09.30 Protecting your digital assets and securing your data

  • Future application of broadband and satellite technologies for offshore operations
  • Ensuring a secured network connectivity
  • Trends in cyber security technology
  • Mitigating risk using various approaches to secure your data

Roger Harfouch, Regional Sales Director, Marlink

09.45  Reaching new heights with digital transformation 

  • How to stay competitive by investing in telecom
  • Digital OSV serving digital oil field
  • Challenges of going digital

Nabil Ben Soussia, Vice President – Maritime, IEC Telecom Group

10.00 Harnessing the power of digitalization  

  • Drivers for digitalization within the maritime sector
  • The big misconception – Main digitalization challenges for vessel operators and owners
  • How to overcome them – affordable, safe and easy infrastructure for quality data collection and analysis
  • Key benefits – OPEX reduction and operational optimization

Jan-Sigurd Sorensen,  VP Maritime Digital Solutions, Kongsberg Digital

10.20 Q&A

10.35 Networking coffee break in the exhibition area sponsored by Vanuatu Maritime Services


11.05 Case study: Applications to enhance operations and maintenance

  • Implementation of condition-based maintenance systems
  • Collecting accurate data on the equipment/ systems onboard
  • Utilising real-time information to optimise operations and maintenance
  • Challenges encountered on data collection and support required

Kris Vedat, Head of IT, Topaz Energy & Marine

11.25 Case study - How digitalization is driving efficiencies and cost savings

  • The connectivity part, our network
  • Digitalization and “Office at sea”
  • Cost savings: the main market needs

Sabah Zouaoucha – Business Development Manager, EMEA, Orange Business Services

11.45 Q&A


Analysis of current and future vessel design. Latest developments on hybrid propulsion and batteries are also discussed on this session. 

12.00 Overcoming the challenges of working in shallow waters 

  • Shallow water effect on ships 
  • Impact on design 
  • Create value through technology

Eva Peño, Global Market Leader, Offshore Service Vessels & Tugs, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore

12.20 Developments in fast supply and fast crew transfer vessels

  • Is the current short-term charter model a barrier to innovation in high speed marine crew transfer and W2W solutions?
  • Will industry support the higher costs of these larger and faster high-speed vessels
  • Helicopters transfers: what are the opportunities for and implications of marine solutions as an alternative?
  • Lessons learned from offshore wind crew support vessels

Chris Pemberton, Global Sales Manager - Offshore, Austal

12.35 Caspian Fast Crew Boats (FCB) operations

  • FCBs in the Caspian Azerbaijan sector 
  • Ampelmann W2W system
  • Future developments useful for operators 

Zamig Ismayilov, CEO, Caspian Marine Services

12.50 Green technologies for offshore

  • The latest technology advances
  • Viable future vessel designs
  • Alternative fuels, LNG, hybrid propulsion, batteries
  • Advanced environmental treatment systems

Arnstein Eknes, Segment Director, Offshore Service Vessels, DNV GL

13.10 Q&A

13.30 Networking lunch sponsored by EMAC


The day concludes with OSV industry leaders panel discussion. Participants will reflect on 2018 and share predictions for the OSV market in 2019. There will be a special emphasis on developments in Middle East, Africa and Caspian region in the year ahead.

14.40 The Middle Eastern OSV Market – An Oasis in the Desert

  • The Middle East in Context
  • How deep are the pockets of opportunity - vessel requirements off Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Abu Dhabi and the Caspian Sea
  • Market access and cabotage
  • Rates and Prices outlook

Gregory Brown, Associate Director – Offshore, Maritime Strategies International

15.00 Panel discussion: OSV industry leaders in the spotlight

  • Where are the growth areas?
  • Business development strategies and new partnerships
  • Vetting negotiations and expectations
  • Is localisation good or bad for the OSV industry?
  • Emerging markets and commercial opportunities within and outside the region

Mark Kachouh, Director, Business Development, SEACOR Marine
Zamig Ismayilov, CEO, Caspian Marine Services 

15.40 Closing remarks from the session chair
15.50 End of conference

*Programme subject to change / amendments


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