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Offshore Support Journal Conference, Middle East 2019

09:00 - 18:00

A sector on the road to recovery?

Riviera’s Middle East Offshore Support Journal Conference returned to Dubai on 24-25 April for a sixth consecutive year.

The event will bring regional and international industry interests together at a critical point.

The Middle East, having weathered the ravages of the downturn better than any other global centre of activity, is again poised for growth. OSV vessel utilisation and chartering represent 40% of global contracted supply and rig utilisation is running at 75%, versus a global average of 60%.

Over the next five years, US$130Bn will be spent on offshore development. Abu Dhabi National Oil Co (ADNOC) plans to ramp up its production to 4 mbpd by 2020 and 5 mbpd by 2030.

Work is also underway on the Hail and Gasha artificial island projects. They will need as many as 160 vessels over the next 2-4 years.

Attendance is essential for any industry interest looking to position and capitalise on the upturn.

Who will attend

More than 110 attendees from all sectors of the offshore business to discuss key developments and celebrate the industry’s achievements, including:

  • Vessel owners, operators, and managers
  • Classification societies
  • Brokers, charterers, analysts
  • Vessel designers and builders
  • Shipyards
  • Financial institutions
  • Industry bodies
  • Senior representatives of leading technology companies

*On average 40% of the speaker line-up are drawn from the world’s of shipowning, oil and gas and EPCI.

Speaking at the 2019 Annual Offshore Support Journal Conference in London earlier this year, Synergy Offshore CEO Fazel A. Fazelbhoy explained why the Middle East continues to be a bright spot when it comes to vessel utilisation and chartering; believes oil company passenger transfer strategies are ripe for discussion and why 2019 will be an inflection point for the industry. Watch the full interview here:




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Anticipating change and recovery


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


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 digitalisation 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 digitalisation is driving efficiencies and cost savings

  • The connectivity part, our network
  • Digitalisation 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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Who Attended

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ADNOC Logistics & Services
ADNOC Offshore
Allianz Marine Services
Al Mansoori Production Services
Alphard Maritime
Ampelmann Middle East
Aqualis Offshore Marine Services
Arab-European Reinsurance Brokers
Cashman Equipment Corporation
Caspian Marine Services
Central Ship Management
Clyde & Co
Bourbon Offshore
Bureau Veritas
CC Jensen Middle East
Dubai Maritime City Authority
Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre
Fraay Marine
GAC Marine
Gallagher International
Glander International Bunkering
Gulf Marine Services
Holman Fenwick Willan Middle East
Howden Insurance Brokers
IEC Telecom Safa
IHC Middle East
International Maritime Industries
21 Knots Design & Consulting
Kanoo Shipping
Killiney Consult
Kongsberg Digital
Kongsberg Maritime

Kongsberg Seatex

McDermott International
Mak Middle East LLC
Marlink Communications
Maritime Strategies International
Miclyn Express Offshore
MultiMarine Services
Orange Business Services
Overseas Marine Logistics
P&O Maritime
Sea & Vessel Offshore Marine Services
SEACOR Marine International
Seaport International Shipping Company
Seaways International
Swire Pacific Offshore
Seamaster Maritime
Schottel Middle East
SMST Designers & Constructors
Solas Marine Services
Stanford Marine
Subsea 7
Synergy Offshore
Tidewater Marine International
Topaz Energy & Marine
Trans Asia Pipeline Services
Tufton Oceanic (Middle East)
Unique System
Vanuatu Registries
Vard Electro
Watson Farley & Williams (Middle East)
Wave Subsea
Westwood Global Energy Group
Yacht International Co
Zakher Marine International

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