The Maritime Transport Efficiency Conference takes place over two days.
It is split into thematic modules.


  • 8:00 am Registration and Welcome Coffee
  • 9:00 am Welcome message and introduction

    Shirley Robertson, Chair

  • 9:10 am Opening Keynote presentation
  • MODULE 1 - Alternative Propulsion Systems

  • 09:40 am The promising potential of electric propulsion in the shipping industry

    Dean Jennings, Vice President, Leclanché SA

  • 10:00 am Panel discussion: Are electric vessels the future of shipping?

    Xavier de Montgros, President, AFBE

  • 10:45 am COFFEE BREAK
  • 11:15 am Overview of wind assisted marine projects

    Gavin Allwright – Secretary – International Windship Association (IWSA)

  • 11:35 am Econowind: a concrete and effective solution - assessment following the initial tests

    Frank Nieuwenhuis, co-owner, Econowind 

  • 11:50 am Canopée, the first modern sail cargo ship, specially designed for the transport needs of the Ariane 6 space shuttle launcher.

    Marc van Peteghem, naval architect, founder, VPLP

  • 12:10 am “WindWings and ShipSEAT – Mapping your route to a greener future for shipping”

    Simon Schofield, BAR Technologies 

  • 12:30 am Lunch break and networking in the lake view restaurant Glow
  • MODULE 2: Future Fuels

  • 2:00 pm How does one of the world’s leading shipping company decarbonise its fleet. Concrete solutions implemented by MSC

    Bud Darr, Executive Vice President, Maritime Policy and Government Affairs, MSC Group

  • 2:20 pm Shell Gas To Liquid : a cleaner burning fuel for Shipping

    Marcel van den Berg, Sales and Business Development Manager, Shell

  • 2:40 pm Fuels of the future: the cost / efficiency ratio
  • 3:00 pm Panel discussion: What will be the fuel of the future to achieve decarbonisation?
  • 3:40 pm COFFEE BREAK
  • 4:10 pm Hydrogen ship propulsion
  • 4:30 pm Ammonia - a promising alternative
  • 4:50 pm New engines for alternative fuels
  • 5:10 pm Panel discussion wrapping up day 1: What is the true potential of alternative propulsion systems, and which ones should be developed towards IMO 2030 / 2050?
  • 7:00 pm Transfer to the evening reception onboard the steamboat SIMPLON
  • 7:30 pm Departure of the steamboat SIMPLON , Evening Reception, cruising on lake Geneva


  • 8:30 am Morning coffee, networking, exhibition
  • 09:00 am Opening remarks

    Shirley Robertson, Chair

  • 9:05 am Keynote presentation - The impact of port efficiency to support new technologies

    Jan Hoffmann, Chief, Trade Logistics Branch, DTL at United Nations Conference on Trade and Development – UNCTAD

  • MODULE 3: Operational Efficiency, Compliance and Legislation

  • 09:25 am Shipping environmental regulations compliance - The importance and strategic advantages of testing and verification.

    Vladimiro Bonamin, Global Business Development Manager, SGS

  • 09:45 am Update on IMO Regulations: Latest info on the IMO's proposed short and longer term measures for reducing GHG in shipping, and their impacts on the market

    Matthew Williams, Principal Specialist, Strategic Regulatory Projects, Lloyd’s Register

  • 10:05 am Panel discussion: Creating a level playing field: is there a mis-match between the UN IMO’s framework on environmental emissions and individual initiatives by governments?

    Ian Adams, Executive Director, Clean Shipping Alliance 2020

  • 10:45 am COFFEE BREAK
  • 11:15 am CGN case-study: How does a small to medium sized shipping company adapt to the new environmental paradigm? Challenges and opportunities.

    Benoît Gaillard, President, Compagnie Générale de Navigation (CGN)

  • 11:30 am The impact of global weather changes on maritime transport

    Christian Dumard, meteorologist and router

  • 11:50 am Sea Trafic Management: Improving shipping efficiency thanks to better routing solutions
  • 12:10 am Topical presentation tbc
  • 12:30 am Lunch break and networking in the lake view restaurant Glow
  • MODULE 4: Towards a Sustainable Future

  • 2:00 pm Case study: How the world’s largest container ship is also the most energy efficient.


  • 2:20 pm The world of shipping and the three pillars of sustainability

    Dian Gilpin, CEO of the smart green shipping alliance – adviser to UK govt on Clean Maritime, the International Windship Association

  • 2:40 pm Concrete solutions to improve aero and hydrodynamics in the shipping industry

    Francis Hueber, Founder of Caponnetto / Hueber, Naval Architect

  • 3:00 pm Advanced composites lightweighting solutions for the marine industry
  • 3:20 pm COFFEE BREAK
  • 3:50 pm The 21st-century shipping container to reduce costs and CO2 emissions

    David Baur, Aeler Technologies SA

  • 4:10 pm Shipping 4.0
  • 4:30 The autonomous ship
  • 5:00 pm End of the conference

18-19 May, 2020

President Wilson Hotel
Geneva, Switzerland





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