SHANGHAI, CHINA, 24-25 FEBRUARY 2011 – High demand for oil and gas energy imports has led the government to set up the China Oil and Gas Ship Fleet. Experts estimate that by 2012, the main shipping companies in China will invest more than 171 billion USD to construct 65 VLCCs and 50 LNG vessels. Supported by Shanghai Lingang Economic Development (Group) Co., Ltd., the China VLCC & LNG Vessel Tech Congress 2011, hosted in Shanghai on February 24th and 25th, brought together senior officials, presidents and technical directors from government bodies and industry associations, with top-level executives from major oil and gas companies, shipping companies, ship management companies, shipyards, heavy industry companies and ship design & research institutes. With over 150 attendees, at the event experts and industry leaders discussed the newest industrial policies and technologies for VLCC & LNG vessel design, construction and operation and sought to find the best solution providers.
On day one morning, before the conference opening, was a government meeting which offered a platform for the Lingang Group and keynote international experts to discuss the future development of shipping, shipbuilding and port construction in China. Later Mr. Huang He, Deputy Director, National Maritime Bureau of Ministry of Transport opened the session and spoke about strengthening tanker safety supervision. His speech focused on the policy support and government management of oil tanker construction and oil and gas transportation. He also illustrated to the delegates the marine pollution emergency management system. As well on day one was Mr. Wang Jinlian, Secretary General, China Association of National Shipbuilding Industry who focused his speech on the marine equipment industry, giving a detailed image of China's marine equipment development status and future research direction. China LNG Shipping (International) Co Ltd (BP Shipping) "The forum provided a good discussion on ship management challenges".
Key speakers at the congress included Mr. Mohammad Souri, Chairman & Managing Director, National Iranian Tanker Company. With his stellar reputation and vast experience, Mohammad gave us a very detailed summary of Iran's Gas and LNG Projects. Mr. Souri has published numerous articles mainly on new ways to improve the shipping industry of Iran and new insights on international oil and gas transportation. Paul Oliver, General Manager, China LNG Shipping (International) Co Ltd (BP Shipping) presented a progress report on the management of China's LNG carriers. Mr. Oliver played a leading role in Australian North West Shelf’s winning bid to supply LNG to Guangdong and the subsequent creation of an LNG Shipping joint venture between COSCO, China Merchants and the North West Shelf partners. Satnam Singh Kumar, Managing Director, V Ships Asia gave a presentation on "Simple Solutions to Complex Challenges". Capt Kumar has over 30 years of "hands on" experience in various aspects of international shipping. Becker Marine Systems China Ltd "I learned a lot and am now more knowledgeable of the industry". In addition, Paul Moeyaert from Euronav SM, Antwerp Branch made a speech titled "The Ocean is Our Environment - Challenges for VLCC Operations". He illustrated to the audience a new concept in ship management and shipping operation. Bao Zhangjing, Deputy Director, China Shipbuilding Economy Research Center discussed the current status and development trends of the tanker market. He gave an overview of China's oil and gas import needs and the future market outlook of VLCC construction. CNOOC Gas & Power Group"The summit is valuable and I hope it will be hosted again next year".
Prominent speaker Ma Yande, President & Chief Engineer, Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd, presented on advanced technologies in VLCC design and manufacturing, in particular focusing on the latest shipbuilding industry research in Dalian. His speech received very positive feedback from delegates. Sean Chen, General Manager, Skaugen Marine Construction spoke about small scale LNG solutions. As pioneer of the field, SMC provide concept, design and supervision on an ECPS basis. From IMC Shipping Services, Managing Director, Li Kwok Hung was the only person to speak on the green shipping issue. His speech lead to a very energetic group discussion. Additional speakers came from NACE's IMO Advisory Committee, Shanghai Shipbuilding Technology Research Institute, Marine Design & Research Institute of China (MARIC), and Höegh LNG AS just to name a few. CSSRC "The summit was of high quality".
Up-to-date technology information was introduced by Lao Sen, General Manager, AIG Environmental Gasket Company Ltd. He gave an excellent speech on how "Trustworthy and Environmentally Friendly Pipe Connection Technology Guarantees the Safe Operation of Pollution-free Shipping". The presentation by Beijing Marine Communication & Navigation Company gave all the attending shipyards and ship owners an in-depth description of the latest marine satellite applications and shipping technologies. DSM Dyneema Fiber Solutions showcased their products and applications for the shipping and oil & gas industry; and from FKAB Marine Design, Mr. Magus Wikander showed us the possibility of making LNG available as bunker fuel. Mr. Wikander's interest has always been to increase the environmental performance of ships, with the possibility of participating in the "LNG revolution". Guangzhou Marine Engineering Corporation"The conference was excellent for learning the latest technologies in the LNG industry".
Noppen would like to express special thanks to the China VLCC & LNG Vessel Tech Congress 2011sponsors; AIG, MCN/inmarsat, Dyneema, Marin, HTN, Sunrui, Becker Marine Systems, Helkama, Aker Solutions, FKAB, and Rolls-Royce for their great contribution to the event. Dayang Shipbuilding Co., Ltd"The conference was successful and wonderful".