Changes in the international political and economic climate will add new urgency to the theme of the Shiprepair & Conversion 2001 conference in London in November — gaining the edge in a competitive global industry.
Marking the 10th anniversary of the event, the conference takes place alongside the industry's leading exhibition in the Grand Hall, Olympia, on November 28-29.
A new pick-and-mix booking format offers cut-price entry to one or more of the four morning and afternoon sessions — giving delegates, exhibitors and visitors more scope to take part in both the conference and trade show, which will feature a record 360 exhibitors.
In a further innovation from organizers Lloyd's List Events, a pre-conference workshop on November 27 — held in conjunction with the annual meetings of the trade associations AWES and SSA — will focus on negotiating newbuild, conversion and repair contracts
In the main conference, the impact of world events will be assessed by speakers and in open debate at a time when the industry is already facing up to the demands of legislation, rationalization, modernization, diversification and competition.
Following the keynote opening address by Malta Drydocks chief executive Peter Moore, Acason's analysis forms part of a strategic market review in Session 1 chaired by Shell International fleet manager Ken Graham.
The review includes a comparison of global repair yard capacity and demand; a paper on modern shipyard trends by David Ring, chief executive of A&P Holdings; and an appraisal by ABS Europe assistant chief surveyor Joseph Riva of technical and legislative changes including the phasing out of single hull tankers and tougher survey regimes for older vessels.
There will also be a study of the causes and consequences of yard consolidation by MRC Business Information senior analysts Mark Williams and Jenny Tok, who observes.
Session 2 starts with a geographical review featuring Graig Shipping CEO Hugh Williams on China and a vision of European yards in 2020 by Fincantieri Palermo chairman Vito Busalacchi, who also heads the AWES shiprepair group
The session ends with a reprise of last year's highlight, a state of the industry debate introduced by chairman and ShipCare editor Alan Thorpe. Speakers include Jose Luis Moya, IZAR managing director; Willem Geistdorfer, general manager of P&O Nedlloyd fleet management; Robert Pucnik of Petromaritime Consulting; and Det Norske Veritas technical director Tor Svensen.
Day one of Shiprepair & Conversion closes with the event's prime networking opportunity, a Lloyd's Register cocktail reception open to all delegates and exhibitors.
Session three on day two of the conference opens by examining the owner/yard interface. Factors affecting yard selection will be outlined by Eddie Bucknell, fleet technical manager of Columbia Ship Management; Lloyd's Register marine
director Alan Gavin reviews changes in Class aims; and Chamber of Shipping senior manager Donald Chard will put the case for a standardized shipyard contract.
The rest of the session is devoted to new business technologies
. Papers include innovation in blasting by John Odwazny of Ultrastrip Systems; and Tecor managing director Carlos da Maia; maintenance systems by Morten Steen Martinsen, ship management director at Jo Tankers; management support software by V Ships Consulting managing director Martin Stafford; and diversification into the FPSO conversion market
by Petromaritime's Robert Pucnik.
Session four spotlights repair and conversion case studies, including analysis of Great Lakes bulk carrier upgrades by Alan Thoms, president and CEO of CSE Port Weller Drydocks, and a detailed review of the uses of sandwich plate construction by Intelligent Engineering director David Sanders.
The session and conference ends with a debate on critical industry issues including the ramifications of the global political and economic outlook.
Together with feedback from earlier sessions, other topics earmarked for discussion include the impact of Port State Control and whether tough new quality standards mean more repair work or increased scrapping.
The November 27 pre-conference workshop on contract negotiation is being held at London's Commonwealth Institute in Kensington High Street.
Examination of the key points, pitfalls and differences involved in newbuilding, repair and conversion contracts will be underlined by a mock negotiation.
Speakers include Ian Garrard and Simon Curtis, partners in Curtis Davis Garrard; Guy Mills, a partner in Mills & Co; and Katherine Birchall, manager of North Insurance Management, representing the North of England P&I Association.
Full exhibition, conference and workshop details are on the event website — www.shiprepairex.com — which includes visitor and delegate registration.
There is also a conference registration hotline on Tel +44 1932 893 861.