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

    Bernard Schopfer, founder, Maritime Transport Efficiency Conference

  • 9:05 am Welcome message by Mme Fabienne Fischer, State Councillor in charge of the Department of Economy and Employment
  • 9:15 am Opening keynote presentation by sailing legend Michel Desjoyeaux

    Michel Desjoyeaux is one of the world’s greatest offshore sailors of all times and the only person to have won the Vendée Globe race (around the world single-handed non-stop) twice.

    Nicknamed « The Professor », he now devotes part of his time to maritime transport efficiency improvements, as part of the WISAMO project, supported by Michelin, where he brings his experience and know-how for the development of an inflatable vessel propulsion system.

  • 9:35 am Opening remarks

    Richard Watts, Chair


  • 09:40 am Overview of sustainable marine fuels

    Charles Haskell, Decarbonisation Programme Manager, Lloyd’s Register

  • 10:00 am How a Large Shipowner is Managing the Energy Transition

    Bud Darr, Executive VP, Maritime Policy & Government Affairs, MSC Group

  • 10:20 am COFFEE BREAK
  • 11:00 am Solutions for a future-proof shipping.

    Amine El Kadiri, Business Development Manager, Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT)

  • 11:20 am Latest research on Biofuels

    Olivier Baiwir, CEO, Aderco International SA

  • 11:40 am Hydrogen: Sustainable ``fashion`` or Realistic Solution?

    Andrea Cogliolo, Senior Director Marine Excellence Centres RINA

  • 12:00 am A review of fuel options for newbuilding projects

    Michael Jeppesen, Principal Promotion Manager, MAN Energy Solutions

  • 12:20 pm Panel discussion: How to break the ‘chicken and egg’ dilemma of alternative fuels?

    Session chaired by Charles Haskell, Decarbonisation Programme Manager, Lloyd’s Register


    Egil Hystad, General Manager, Market Innovation at Wärtsilä / project leader at ZEEDS (Zero Emission Energy Distribution at Sea)

    Madadh MacLaine, Secretary General, ZESTAs

    Laurent Allidieres, Hydrogen Technologies Director, Air Liquide

  • 1:00 pm Lunch break and networking in the lake view restaurant Glow

  • 2:35 pm Case study: How CGN is contributing to the decarbonisation of transport

    Benoît Gaillard, President of the Board, CGN (General Navigation Company on Lake Geneva)

  • 2:55 pm Fuel Cell and Battery solutions to reduce carbon emissions of vessel operation

    Frank Beckmann, Senior Sales Manager, Siemens Energy Marine

  • 3:15 pm Panel discussion: Beyond concept: Complete ship electrification as a reality

    This panel is a group of marine electrification veterans comprised out of an energy storage leader, a system integrator, an owner and operator as well as a leading Swiss naval architect driving electrification for inland waterborne transport. They will be sharing their varied experiences, as well as offering an insight into their expectations for the future of marine electrification.

    Session is moderated by Richard Watts, Director HR Maritime and President, The Propeller Club Geneva


    Guillaume Clement, VP Energy Storage Solution, e-Marine, Leclanché SA

    Halfdan Abrahamsen, Information Manager, Renewable Energy, Municipality of Ærø

    Andreas Kindlimann, Owner, Kindlimann Naval Architecture GmbH

    Denis Grynzspan, CEO, DYG Energy SAS

  • 4:00 pm COFFEE BREAK
  • 4:35 pm Advanced Atomic – the promise of 30 knots for 30 years, with Zero Emissions as standard

    Mikal Bøe, Founder & CEO, CORE POWER

  • 4:55 pm Advanced aero/hydro coupling and VPP analysis for design & engineering of wind driven ships

    Dale Morris, Design Engineer, Southern Spars

  • 5:15 pm Dialogue on Decarbonisation

    Melissa Williams, VP Marine Sectors & Decarbonisation, Shell Marine
    Bud Darr, Executive VP, Maritime Policy & Government Affairs, MSC Group

  • 7:00 pm Transfer to the evening reception
  • 7:30 pm Evening Reception

    Cruise on board CGN’s Simplon, departing 400 metres away from the conference venue, at the Ronde des Pâquis, opposite the Brunswick Monument (near the Pont du Mont Blanc). Access is easy: just walk along the lake towards the city centre until you see the boat. Be sure to carry your accreditation pass to gain entry.  


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

    Richard Watts, Chair

  • 9:05 am Opening keynote presentation: Say hello to the modern world of digitalisation in shipping

    Andre Simha, Global Chief Digital & Information Officer, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company


  • 09:25 am Reducing ship emissions at ports through Automated Mooring and Shore Power

    Memed Üzel, Chief Commercial Officer, Cavotec

  • 09:45 am TBA
  • 10:35 am COFFEE BREAK
  • 11:10 am Innovative solutions for fouling prevention

    Gregor Koslowski, Manager, Research & Development, HATAG Maritime

  • 11:20 am The evolution of the DynaRig for commercial shipping

    Damon Roberts, Director – Dyna Rigs Projects

  • 11:30 am Ships digitisation for better efficiency

    Renaud Bañuls, Founder, bañulsdesign

  • 11:50 am Integrated hybrid energy systems: optimizing efficiency, performance and environmental sustainability of merchant ships

    Stefan Goranov, Program Portfolio Manager Digital & Hybrid, WinGD

  • 12:10 pm Generating innovation through pioneering achievements

    Olivier Taillard, CTO, Syroco

  • 12:30 pm Lunch break and networking in the lake view restaurant Glow

  • 2:00 pm A Swiss perspective, by OFEN - Office Fédéral de l'Energie

    Benoît Revaz, Director, OFEN – Office Fédéral de l’Energie

  • 2:20 pm The impact of EU regulations on shipping companies

    Chris Hughes, Global Lead, Shipping Markets, Lloyd’s Register

  • 2:40 pm Panel discussion: Regulatory changes ahead

    Session chaired by Chris Hughes, Global Lead, Shipping Markets, Lloyd’s Register


    Simon Bennett, Deputy Secretary General, International Chamber of Shipping

    Jan Hoffmann, Chief, Trade Logistics Branch, Division on Technology & Logistics, UNCTAD

  • 3:25 am COFFEE BREAK
  • 3:55 pm COVID19: Monitoring the crews’ health and well-being to preserve marine business sustainability

    Dr. Vladimiro Bonamin, Director of Marine Field Services and Monitoring, SGS

  • 4:15 pm Diving into the sources of funding for technological developments.

    Olivier Straub, Secretary General, Swiss Shipowners Association

    Patricia More, International Tax Services Director, PwC Switzerland

    Dr.Antonios Koumbarakis, Director, Sustainability & Strategic Regulatory Leader, PwC Switzerland.

  • 5:00 pm End of the conference

4 – 5 October, 2021

Geneva, Switzerland



Includes access to :

– All Conferences
– Speakers Presentation Materials
– Networking and Exhibition area
– Scanned Business Cards
– Gala Evening Reception


Registration fee :


Members of the Propeller Club Geneva, AFBE, IWSA and STSA :
20% discount on registration