Offshore Support Journal
Subsea Conference 4 February 2020, London

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Start of a new dawn?


08:00 Registration, coffee and networking

08:45 Welcome Address from Riviera Maritime Media
ohn Snyder, Editor, Offshore Support Journal

08:50 Chairman's Welcome and Introductory Remarks

  • Welcome to delegates, exhibitors and sponsors
  • Key trends and industry developments
  • Regional updates and emerging markets
  • What will be the impact of ultra-deep-water developments?
  • What are the trends on utilisation and fleet development?
  • How will we respond to IMO and national environmental requirements?
  • How will we adopt new technology and innovation?

Stuart N. Smith, Vice President ˇV Asset Development, Subsea 7


An in-depth assessment of key industry development influencing the subsea vessels market.  Speakers will examine current status of the market, where new opportunities lie and challenges going forward.

09:00 Update on the Subsea Market

  • Review of recent industry developments.
  • Role brownfield projects have played in boosting the market.
  • Market growth subject to oil price.
  • Forecasts for E&P capex investment per region.
  • Future predictions on market growth.

Ian McIntosh, Managing Director, Strategic Offshore Research

09:15 Regional Opportunities for Subsea Vessels

  • Activity update in the North Sea, Middle East, South East Asia, West Africa, Brazil and GoM
  • Impact of the offshore wind market and the growth of the W2W market in the North Sea
  • Current vessel utilisation and predictions for future requirements in each region
  • Analysing the effects of economic environment on current and future developments

Catherine MacFarlane, Construction Vessel Base Manager ˇV Energy, IHS Markit

09.30 Prospects in the IMR Sector

  • Outlook and opportunities for IMR vessels.
  • Current trends and drivers.
  • Why is the sector seeing growth, and will it continue or be a flash in the pan?

David Sheret, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Archer Knight

09:45 The Latest Developments and Opportunities for DSVs

  • DSV demand: field development projects and IMR
  • DSV supply: age, capacity and origin
  • Will there be a shortage of SAT DSVs when the market picks up?
  • Demand for purpose-built DSVs vs. modular systems

Dr. Ferenc Pasztor, Senior Offshore Analyst, Maritime Strategies International

10:00 Session Q&A

10:15 Networking coffee break in the exhibition area sponsored by National Oilwell Varco


A detailed review of the opportunities afforded by emerging markets including deep & ultra-deepwater, subsea cables and well intervention sectors. Speakers will analyse market size, key trends and drivers and the commercial opportunities in each sector.

10:55 Review of the Subsea Well Intervention Vessels Market

  • What is driving growth in this sector?
  • Trends and drivers
  • Developments and opportunities
  • Innovations in vessel design and capabilities

11:15 Opportunities in Deep & Ultra-Deepwater

  • Sector outlook and opportunities.
  • Regional analysis.
  • What vessels will be required to service ultra-deepwater projects?
  • Is ultra-deep an attractive investment for owners/contractors or will clients need to provide further support?

11:35 Developments and Opportunities in the Heavy Lift Sector

  • What opportunities does the renewables and decom markets present?
  • What is the competitive landscape in heavy lift vessels?
  •  What is a strategic fit to meet the demands for future renewables projects?

Nick Wessels, Marketing and Sales Manager, Ulstein Design & Solutions

11:55 Session Q&A

12:15 Networking lunch break in the exhibition area sponsored by ABS


Developments in the subsea sector, the need to deliver lower cost operations and a move to deeper waters is driving a change in vessel requirements.  This session will discuss some of these changes including innovations in hybrid subsea vessels, enhancing construction capabilities and advances in fibre rope crane technology.

13:25 Innovations in Hybrid Subsea Vessels

  • Why electric is a trend
  • Efficiency gains through new technology
  • Upgrade or conversion as options to building new

Arnstein Eknes, Segment Director Offshore Service Vessels, DNV GL
13:45 Designing More Construction Capability into a Smaller OSV Platform
To address the growing need for IMR and light construction activity, Royal IHC has developed a new offshore support vessel, combining the latest technology on a compact platform for lowest total cost of ownership. This presentation addresses the developments in the subsea market and the translation to design considerations from an operator’s perspective. While emphasizing increasing workability through equipment integration, the presentation will also cover the latest developments with respect to efficiency in power and propulsion.  
Daan Uiterwaal, Area Sales Manager – Europe, Royal IHC
14:05 Fibre Rope Crane Technology: Combining the Benefits of Wire Rope and Fibre Rope

  • Results of a decade of research
  • Huisman’s solution: combine properties of wire rope and fiber rope

Timon Ligterink, Sales Manager, Huisman Equipment
14:25 Q&A
14:45 Networking coffee break in the exhibition area sponsored by National Oilwell Varco

This session will review some of the technology innovations driving the subsea sector in including developments in ultra deepwater lifting solutions and eROVs.
15:25 Being Efficient in Ultra Deep-Water Lifting Operations

  • Industry drivers
  • Current solutions not fit for purpose
  • Future demand for environmentally friendly operations
  • Breaking through the deeper, remote, harsher  bigger circle

Mattijs Faber, Business Development Manager, IMECA
15:45 eROVs – The New Future in Underwater Technology

  • Applications for eROVs
  • Development of subsea docking stations to recharge batteries
  • A solution to delivering safer operation at reduced operational costs
  • How will eROV developments impact the design of fields (subsea projects) in the future 

Stefano Meggio, E&C Offshore Division - Sonsub Engineered Products, Saipem

16:05 Q&A

16:10 Closing Remarks from the Conference Chair and end of conference

16:15 End of Conference

16:45 - 18:15 BY INVITATION ONLY
Roundtable 1: Offshore Support Market: Crew Wage Cost Benchmarking
Led by Spinnaker Global/Seafarers Employers Association (S.E.A) 
Moderated by Phil Parry, Chairman, Spinnaker Global

Roundtable 2: Standardisation in the Offshore Renewable Energy Industry
Led by IMCA.
Moderated by Edwin Lampert, Head of Content, Riviera Maritime Media 

From 17:00 – 20:00 Pre-Registration for the Annual OSJ Conference, Awards & Exhibition at Novotel London West Hotel, 1st Floor, Champagne Suite
From 17:00 – 22:00 Welcome Drinks at VesselsValue, Lyric House, Hammersmith Road, Hammersmith, London W14 OQL

*Programme subject to change/amendments.


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