Offshore Support Journal
Subsea Conference 4 February 2020, London

Offshore Support Journal </br>Subsea Conference


Start of a new dawn?


08:00 Registration, coffee and networking

08:45 Welcome address from the conference chairman
Stuart N Smith, Vice President - Asset Development, Subsea 7

08:50 Platinum sponsor welcome address 

08:55 Helicopter View of Subsea Sector 

  • How will the sector comply with IMO requirements?
  • Latest developments in battery technology, hybrid, hydrogen and fuel cells?
  • When will we see an all-electric subsea vessel?
  • Will autonomy and digitalisation lead to reduced crews offshore?
  • Will we ever see a fully autonomous subsea construction vessel?


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.

09:10 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

09:30 Regional Opportunities for Subsea Vessels

  • Activity update in the North Sea, South East Asia, West Africa and Gulf of Mexico.
  • An insight into the opportunities and challenges offshore Brazil.
  • Which vessels are most in demand?
  • Current vessel utilisation and predictions for future requirements in each region.
  • Analysing the effects of economic environment on current and future developments.

09.50 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?

10.10 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

10:30 Session Q&A

10:40 Networking coffee break in the exhibition area 


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.

11:20 Well Intervention Vessels Market

  • What is driving growth in this sector?
  • Market size and fleet supply analysis.
  • Utilisation and day rates.

11:40 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?

12:00 Developments and Opportunities in the Heavy Lift Sector

  • What opportunities does the decom and renewables markets present?
  • Meeting the demands of increasingly larger decommissioning and renewables projects.
  • Requirements for larger heavy lift crane vessels and technology innovations.
  • Project experiences and sharing lessons learned.

12:20 Session Q&A

12:30 Networking lunch break in the exhibition area


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 what’s happening in the survey vessel sector, developments in subsea/pipeline technology and a review of the ‘vessel of the future’.

13:40 Innovations in AUVs for Surveying

  • Analysis of new developments and key technologies.
  • Design considerations.
  • AUVs as a cost-efficient option.

14:00 Developments in Offshore Pipelay Vessels

  • Advances in deepwater pipelaying capabilities.
  • New pipeline technology developments impacting design of pipelay vessels.
  • Next generation of pipelay vessels.

14:20 What Will the Subsea Vessel of the Future Look Like?

  • What impact will new markets have on design considerations.
  • Vessel capabilities.
  • Impact of subsea technology developments in the design of vessels.
  • Is bigger necessarily better?
  • Demand for flexibility.

14:40 Session Q&A

14:50 Networking coffee break in the exhibition area


This session will review some of the technology innovations driving the subsea sector in including developments in fibre-rope crane technology, digitalisation and eROVs.

15:20 Review of the Technologies Shaping the Future of Subsea Support Vessels

  • Where does digitalisation fit, and what benefits does it bring?
  • Insights into the latest developments and application of autonomous systems, AI, IoT and digital twin modelling.
  • Going digital – what are the main challenges.

15.40 Fibre Rope Crane Developments – A Technology Gathering Pace

  • Advances in fibre-rope technology.
  • What are the benefits over conventional steel ropes?
  • Enabling Increased lifting ability, reduced costs, reduced maintenance.
  • Suitable applications.

16:00 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.

16:20 Session Q&A

16:25 Closing remarks from the conference chairman

16:30 End of conference

18:00 Pre-registration, and welcome drinks for the Annual OSJ Conference, Awards & Exhibition
19:30 End of welcome drinks
20:00 End of pre-registration

*Programme subject to change/amendments.


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