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Offshore Support Journal Subsea Conference 2020

09:00 - 18:00

Start of a new dawn?

Over the past 12 months, the subsea sector has shown signs of recovery despite the general offshore market remaining static. Increased subsea activity has improved the prospects for vessel owners, particularly in the areas of well intervention and IMR.

OSJ Subsea will keep you up-to-date with industry developments and key trends and drivers across the sector. It is an opportunity to find out where new opportunities lie and get to grips with subsea technology advances influencing the design and capabilities of next-generation vessels.

Programme Highlights

  • How the subsea market is recovering in the current oil price environment.
  • Vessel data: Utilisation rates, charter rates, newbuilds, and scrapping.
  • Global market analysis and regional growth forecasts.
  • DSV demand projections.
  • Commercial opportunities in emerging markets including: renewables, decommissioning, deepwater, and ultra-deepwater.
  • Analysis of a new generation of subsea vessels including: dive support vessels, IMR vessels, and cable lay vessels.
  • Latest developments in fibre-rope crane technology, digitalisation and eROVs.
  • Subsea digital technologies - How AI, IoT and digital twin technologies could revolutionise subsea operations.

Who attends

The OSJ Subsea Conference is attended by leading organisations from across the offshore supply chain. Attendees included:

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

The OSJ Subsea Conference preceded Riviera’s Annual Offshore Support Journal Conference, Awards and Exhibition, which takes place on 5-6 February 2020.

For the latest news and market analysis on the subsea and wider offshore support sector, visit the OSJ website.


"This was a first-class event! A good and appropriate mixture of conference sessions with good speakers on diverse topics, covering many aspects of the subsea vessel market; time for networking with the broad range of attendees including owners, equipment suppliers, builders, and designers; an interesting exhibition; and all in a convenient and well-run venue."
Stuart N Smith, Vice President Asset Development, Subsea 7

"Excellent conference, presented by a large number of professional speakers and a responsive audience that generated an interesting exchange of opinions and points of views. Impeccable organisation."
Carlo Fusé, Asset Project Manager, Saipem

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Start of a new dawn?



08:00 Registration, coffee and networking

08:45 Welcome 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, 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 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 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

Neil Greig, Sales Manager, Helix WellOps

11:15 Opportunities in Deep & Ultra-Deepwater

  • Sector outlook and opportunities.
  • Regional analysis.
  • What vessels will be required to service ultra-deepwater projects?

Mark Adeosun, Senior Analyst - Offshore, Westwood Global Energy Group

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 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

16:15 End of Conference

16:30 - 18:00 BY INVITATION ONLY
Roundtable 1: Offshore Support Market: Crew Wage Cost Benchmarking
Led by Spinnaker Global/Seafarers Employers Association (S.E.A)

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



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Who Attended

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Confirmed attendees to 4 February conferences


Shipowners & Operators

ADNOC Logistics & Services
Anglo-Eastern Offshore
Antares Naviera
Bibby MS
Boa Management
Bourbon Offshore
BSM Offshore
Companhia Brasileira de Offshore
Edda Accommodation
Edda Wind
EDF Energy
GC Rieber Shipping
Global Marine
Gran Energia
Helix Well Ops
Jan de Nul
Marine Procurement

Norsk Hydro Olje
North Sea Shipping
Oceanteam Shipping
OHT Renewables
OSM Maritime Group
Penguin International
Sea and Vessel Offshore Marine Services
Seacat Services
SEACOR Marine Holdings
Solstad Offshore
Stena Drilling
Subsea 7
Tidewater Marine
Total E&P
Vroon Offshore Services
Wilson Sons
Wilson Sons Ultratug


Other Companies in Attendance

ABB Marine & Ports
All Offshore
Ampelmann Operations
A&P Group
Astilleros Gordan
Bloomberg NEF
BMO Offshore
Bureau Veritas
Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore
Carbon Trust
Corvus Energy
C-Nav Positioning Solutions
Damen Shipyards Gorinchem
Department for International Trade
ELA Container Offshore
Fugro Norway
GE Energy Power Conversion UK
Global Maritime
Guidance Marine
Helix Energy Solutions
Hoglund Marine Solutions
Huisman Equipment
Hydro Extrusion Sweden
Keelson Marine Assurance
Kenz Figee
Kongsberg Maritime
Kongsberg Seatex
LATC Marine
M3 Marine Group
Maats Tech

Maritime PartnerMarine Technologies
Norweigan Electric Systems
OneStep Power Solutions
ORE Catapult
Palfinger Marine
Pareto Shipbrokers
PEM Offshore Group
PG Flow Solutions
Pon Power
Red Rock
Resolve Marine Group
RH Marine and Bakker Sliedrecht
Rosetti Marino
Royal Advisors
Royal IHC
Salt Ship Design
Scandinavian Reach Technologies
Seacroft Marine Consultants
SMST Designers & Constructors
Strategic Offshore Research
The Nautical Institute
Ulstein Verft
Van Aalst Group
Van Aalst Marine & Offshore
VARD Group
Voith Turbo
Wärtsilä UK
Westcon Power and Automation
Winston & Strawn
Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

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Novotel London West Hotel
1st floor Champagne Suite
1 Shortlands
Hammersmith International Centre
W6 8DR
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Bedroom reservations
Novotel London West Hotel is the only authorised hotel providing guest room accommodation for the Offshore Wind Journal Conference / European Dynamic Positioning Conference / OSJ Subsea Conference / Annual OSJ Conference, Awards and Exhibition, 4 - 6 February 2020 in London. HotelRes are our sole agency partner for this event and can be contacted on +44 (0)845 0200 350 or email or click here to make a booking.

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  • 630 bedrooms
  • 240 on-site under cover car parking spaces
  • Free WiFi connection in all rooms
  • Fully equipped fitness centre
  • 3 of London’s main tube lines within a 3-minute walk of the hotel
  • Located just off the A4 and outside the Central London Congestion Zone, the hotel is just a 20 minute drive from London Heathrow
  • Aroma Restaurant; Artisan Grill; Lounge Bar
  • Novotel is committed to PLANET 21, the sustainable development programme of the Accor hotel group, addressing important societal and environmental challenges. The brand has chosen to rely on ISO 1400, the globally recognised environmental certification.
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Hammersmith lies on the River Thames and offers some of the best river pubs and restaurants in London:

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The exhibition ran over the course of 3 days and the space was shared with attendees to the Offshore Wind Journal Conference, European Dynamic Positioning Conference and OSJ Subsea Conference (all running concurrently on 4 February) and the 2 day Annual Offshore Support Journal Conference (on 5-6 February).



2020 Exhibitors included:
Stand 1: OneStep Power Solutions
Stand 2: UniSea
Stand 3: PG Flow Solutions
Stand 4: Scandinavian Reach Technologies
Stand 6: Westcon Power and Automation
Stand 7: Vessel Technology
Stand 8: NAVTOR
Stand 9: Nautical Institute
Stand 10: Sonardyne
Stand 11: Royal IHC
Stand 13: DNV GL
Stand 14: Bibby Marine Services
Stand 15: Eltorque
Stand 16: Opsealog
Stand 17: Fugro
Stand 18: Caterpillar
Stand 19: Osbit
Stand 20: Veripos
Stand 21: RH Marine and Bakker Sliedrecht
Stand 22: Seaonics
Stand 23: A&P
Stand 24: IMECA
Stand 25: Damen Shipyards Gorinchem

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