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August 26, 2013

SHIPPINGInsight 2013 Announces Agenda and Speaker List

The SHIPPINGInsight conference producers have finalized the agenda and confirmed speaker list for the 2013 Fleet Optimization Conference, scheduled for Oct. 22-24 at the Sheraton Stamford Hotel in Stamford, Conn.

“The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Connect and Engage,’” said conference co-producer Frank Soccoli. “We are bringing together an impressive lineup of speakers, moderators, panelists, sponsors, exhibitors and delegates representing all segments of the shipping industry. They include senior executives from 17 major shipping companies, as well as classification societies, engine manufacturers, bunkering companies, equipment and service suppliers and industry experts.”

New for 2013 is an extra LNG Workshop, which will take the form of a roundtable discussion of experts to consider the barriers, challenges, solutions and best practices for achieving widespread adoption of LNG as a marine fuel. The workshop is free for all registered delegates.

“Now in its second year, the Fleet Optimization Conference is becoming a ‘not-to-be-missed’ event on the maritime calendar,” said Jim Rhodes, conference co-producer. “Where else could you spend two days meeting and networking with so many marine industry movers and shakers?”

Panel sessions are:
•    Meeting the Environmental Challenge
•    Efficient Ship Design
•    Fuel and Propulsion Management
•    System Performance Monitoring and Maintenance
•    Fleet Intelligence and Voyage Optimization
•    Ship Performance
•    Open Forum on Managing Organizational Change
•    LNG Workshop

Keynote speakers are:

•    Anthony Chiarello, President and CEO, Tote, Inc.
•    Yasushi Nakamura, Executive Vice President, Class NK

Confirmed shipping company executives participating as moderators or speakers are:

•    Mark Barker, President, Interlake Steamship
•    Bret Katz, Director, NYK Line
•    Al Candia, Senior Operations Manager, Nordic Tankers
•    William Nugent, Vice President Technical Service Group, OSG Ship Management
•    Joseph McKeown, Technical Director, V Ships US
•    Robert Bullen, Fleet Manager, Maersk Lines Limited
•    Mark Remijan, Manager of Operations, APL
•    Johan Sperling, Vice President, Crowley/Jensen Maritime
•    Capt. Donald Carroll, Vice President, Group Operations, MT Maritime Management Group
•    Andres Aasen, Assistant Vice President, Global Maritime Tech Service, Royal Caribbean
•    Capt. Jatinder Sandhu, Operations Manager, Heidmar/Bluefin Tanker
•    Kartik Ahuja, Director, Commercial Operations, Gemini Tankers
•    Erny Otterspoor, Vice President & Technical Director, Roymar Ship Management
•    Capt. Rene Menzel, Managing Director, HAMMONIA Reederei
•    Ben Terra, Operations Manager, Diamond S Management
•    Thomas Monteiro, Director, Marketing & Business Development, Bernhard Schulte ShipManagement

Other confirmed speakers and panelists are:

•    Dr. Walter Kemmsies, Chief Economist, Moffatt &Nichol
•    Jeanne Grasso, Partner, Blank Rome LLP
•    Ginger Garte, Environmental Business Development Manager, Lloyds Register
•    Christopher Schultz, P.E. , Senior Vice President, CDM Smith
•    Thomas Kirk, Director of Environmental Program, ABS
•    Dr. Gerd Wursig, Business Director, DNV
•    Alexandros Chiotopoulos, Consultant, DNV
•    Parker Larson, Tote Program Manager, NASSCO
•    Mike Reale, Program Manager, GE Marine
•    Les Gingell, Vice President, Marine Sales, MAN
•    John Hatley, Vice President, Wärtsilä
•    Larry Brower, President, Saratoga Resource Group LLC
•    Jeff Weiss, Business Development Manager, Emerson
•    Rob Bradenham, General Manager, ESRG
•    Capt. Eric Clarke, Managing Director, Imtech Marine USA
•    Jess Hurwitz, Director, FleetWeather
•    Paul Welling, Sales Manager, Transas
•    Johan Nystrom, Manager, NAPA
•    John Green, Business Development Manager, Hydrex
•    Leon Adegeest, Managing Director, Amarcon/ABB
•    Frank Christophersen, Vice President, Raytheon
•    Gautum Puri, Vice President Business Development, Rolls-Royce Marine
•    Jeremy Barnes, Director, GE Marine
•    Ron Beck, Senior Consultant, TetraTech
•    Robert Kamb, Managing Partner, Mystic River Partners, LLC

Online registration is now open at Delegates are encouraged to register now and take advantage of the $200 early bird discount. Participants are also encouraged to secure the special group rate of $165/night at the Sheraton Stamford Hotel. To reserve your room, call 203.358.8400 and mention group code SHIPPINGInsight or book online at

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