On Monday, November 13, 2017, Jo Ann Cantú, Chief Executive Officer for ECMTS, boarded the MS Viking Mariella, a cruise ship with round-trip ferry service from Helsinki, Finland to Stockholm, Sweden.   The 8th Annual Gas-Fuelled Ships Conference was held aboard the vessel from Monday, November 13 through Wednesday, November 15, 2017.   On behalf of ECMTS, Ms. Jo Ann Cantú gave a presentation on the “Training and Competence of personnel for gas-fueled ships and bunkering”.

Conference Overview – Fueling the Future of the Shipping Industry

 “The conference offered a technical perspective on the innovation and investment driving the uptake of LNG, methanol and other low-flashpoint fuels in the commercial shipping sector. With a focus on knowledge sharing from a variety of projects, the conference examined the latest advances in vessel design and operation, propulsion, supply infrastructure, and associated technology.”

Excerpt from the conference program


All conference attendees boarded the vessel and registered between 10 AM local time and 11:00 AM.  At 1130 AM, the conference began with a welcome from Chairman Lars Robert Pedersen, Deputy Secretary General, BIMCO.  The keynote address was from Joacim Westerlund of Viking Line and Kari-Pekka Laaksonen, CEO, Container ships.

Day 1 had several discussions on new LNG tank designs and vessel designs, including discussions of different hybrid technologies. Day 2 dealt with the various bunkering and LNG transfer systems and compatibility concerns.  Several speakers discussed in detail the incompatibility issues between the different connections a ship manifold station and shoreside bunkering station used.  Day 3 did a great job of summarizing the conference and presenting a panel discussion of future fuel systems other than LNG and other alternative hybrid solutions. Overall, it was a very informative conference.