How to tactically ensure your fleets' optimum efficiency
VPO is returning to Copenhagen on 31 October 2018. Shipowners, operators, managers, charter parties and many other industry players will meet to discuss how the real challenges that lie in optimising a vessel’s performance can be met.
The 2020 global 0.5 per cent sulphur-in-fuel-oil cap is expected to cause fluctuations in fuel prices. The terms low and high sulphur fuel may not mean what they do today as an increasing number of fuel blends enter the market to meet demand for compliant fuel. Shipowners and operators will face an abundance of technologies that promise to cut fuel consumption and assist with regulatory compliance as they seek to find the best solution for their operations.
The design of ships is also changing to accommodate for increasing fuel prices. Designers are integrating complex systems to monitor vessel performance and technologies to meet regulatory requirements. The number of LNG-fuelled ships on order is at all all-time high and new designs are being sought to improve the cargo carrying efficiency of designs that utilise alternative fuels such as LNG and methanol.
The human factor is a vital part of operational efficiency, but it is often overlooked. More technologies are being installed on ships to meet regulation and improve ship performance, creating additional pressure on ships’ crews to efficiently operate new technology or fuels, sometimes with little training. The question is, do users have the right skills to operate these technologies at maximum efficiency? This forum will present the opportunity to discuss how the industry can ensure the regulatory and technology demands of a future shipping industry can be met.
VPO Copenhagen 2018 will consist of three key sessions to identify and discuss the approaches to designing, operating, and managing more efficient ships.