17th January 2019

London, United Kingdom

IMO 2020 –
Are you ready? Debate with the Specialists!

17th January 2019, London

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Welcome to IMO 2020 - Are you ready? Debate with the Specialists!

The new IMO regulation cuts the maximum amount of sulphur emissions to 0.5 percent from 3.5 percent, meaning that ships without scrubbers have to burn lower-sulphur fuels such as marine gasoil or ultra-low-sulphur fuel oil. Experts say this will cut fuel oil demand by anywhere from 1.7 MMbpd to 3.5 MMbpd.

This will also have a significant impact on refinery configuration and operations. To reach compliance, substantial investment in upgrading fuel oil residues to gasoil grades will be needed, however there are alternatives such as:

  • Reduction of residue production through changes in crude slate
  • Residue destruction (i.e. not produce fuel)
  • Desulphurisation of residues and blending with low sulphur gasoils

Whilst any regulatory compliance always provides challenges it can also offer many opportunities. We will discuss the highs, lows and potential international and regional impact on margins and crude prices.

IMO 2020 – Are You Ready? Debate with the Specialists!
This will bring together the 4 core groups that are directly involved with this issue:


What are the capabilities of the world's refiners to supply the required fuel?

Technology and solution providers

Case Studies showing the solutions and technologies that are helping the industry work towards compliance


Scrubber installations vs LNG or methanol ships What is the geographical approach to compliance?

Government / legislation

How will the regulation be enforced and what support if any is available?

Our esteemed panellists and speakers will discuss and debate with delegates in an interactive format, sharing knowledge and insights into how IMO 2020 will shape the bunker fuels market and affect the industry as a whole; along with valuable networking opportunities, this important event will provide an unrivalled opportunity to gain valuable information on this vital topic.

Topics to be discussed:

  • The bunker fuel market of today and beyond
  • Regulation review – enforcement and compliance. What are the real implications of IMO 2020?
  • Industry viewpoints to include refiners, crude oil producers and ship-owners
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Speaker Interviews

Agenda Outline

The event will be run as a series of panel discussions and short presentations with audience interaction and live polls throughout encouraging debate and discussion between speakers and delegates.

08:00 – 09:00
Networking breakfast and registration
09:00 – 09:10
Welcome Remarks and Scene Setting
Stefan Chapman, Vice President
09:10 - 09:40
Bunker Fuel Market Today and Beyond 2020
Alan Gelder, Head of Oils Research
09:40 - 10:40
MARPOL Regulation – the Real Story
Moderator: Stefan Chapman, Vice President, EURO PETROLEUM CONSULTANTS
Edmund Hughes, Head of Air Pollution and Energy Efficiency, Subdivision for Protective Measures, Marine Environment Division, IMO (INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANISATION)
Niels Bjørn Mortensen, Maritime Regulations – Owner, NIELS BJORN MORTENSEN CONSULT
10:40 - 11:10
Networking break
11:10 - 12:25
Solutions Snapshots
How to survive and thrive in refining post-2020: current activity and short-term preparation
  • Current refining preparations & major investment technology choices
  • Practical short & medium term options for responding to the expected market changes
  • Options & Solutions for long term strategic positioning
Mark Cudmore, Manager, Asset Consultancy
Technology options for refiners to meet IMO bunker fuel requirements
Higher margin with integrated and cost-effective refinery scheme
  • Combining Technologies to meet future requirements
  • High-lift ROSE with high conversion hydrocracking & an integrated solidification system
  • Economic & Operating Benefits of BoB schemes
Gary Godwin, Director
Potential HSFO reduction technology solutions for refiners
Session Debate / Q&A Moderator: Ekaterina Kalinenko, Consultant, EURO PETROLEUM CONSULTANTS
12:25 - 13:30
Lunch and networking
13:30 – 14:45
Refiner Focus
Marine fuels 2020 study
Damien Valdenaire, Science Executive, Refinery Technology
Moderator: Stefan Chapman, Vice President, Euro Petroleum Consultants
Ramamurthy Palepu, Head of EPS, Corporate Planning & IT, SLT, Essar Oil UK Ltd
Session Debate / Q&A Moderator: Ekaterina Kalinenko, Consultant, EURO PETROLEUM CONSULTANTS
14:30 - 15:00
Networking break
15:15 - 16:15
Solutions Snapshots
Optimising the Refinery Post-IMO
  • Cost effective solutions - upgrading residues into low sulphur bunker and transportation fuels
  • Impact of upgrading residues on the existing refinery scheme and units
  • Maximising use of existing units & reusing any redundant units such as Visbreaking for other services
David Chaplin, Manager of Technology
Refinery low-sulphur and shippers scrubber solutions
  • IMO – the challenges for Refiners & Shippers alike
  • Viable solutions with the clock ticking down
Gregory Shahnovsky, President
The impact of changing regulations on marine fuel quality and the role and effectiveness of fuel additives
  • What the majority of 2020 fuels will look like, and how this may impact operation (stability and compatibility)
  • Operational considerations to ensure compliance onboard ship pre-2020, tank cleaning options available
  • How additives can help improve blends and ensure compatibility, both for suppliers and users
Michael Banning, Technical Coordinator
Session Debate / Q&A Moderator: Ekaterina Kalinenko, Consultant, EURO PETROLEUM CONSULTANTS
16:15 – 17:00
Shipowners Perspectives
Moderator: Stefan Chapman, Vice President, EURO PETROLEUM CONSULTANTS
Anna Ziou, Policy Director (Safety & Environment), UK CHAMBER OF SHIPPING
Ron van Gelder (Ron), HMR Policy Department, Division Harbourmaster, Sr. Advisor, PORT OF ROTTERDAM AUTHORITY
Poul Woodall, Director, Environment & Sustainability, DFDS
Chris Millman, Vice President, Corporate Marine Technology, CARNIVAL CORPORATION PLC
Eelco Dekker, Chief Representative Europe, Directeur Général Europe, Methanol Institute
Summary, key takeaways, networking drinks and close
NB: The above agenda is just a draft and is subject to change.

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Who should attend

All those involved with strategy and implementation of IMO including but not limited to:

Vice President Downstream Strategy
Refinery Manager
Plant Superintendent
General Director
Technical Director
Licensing Manager/Director
Deputy General Director
Chief Engineer
Senior Process Engineer
Business Development Director
Operation Engineer
Head of Production Department

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