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    Major role for shipowners at Annual OSJ Conference

    News // January 13, 2009

    The 2009 Annual Offshore Support Journal (OSJ) Conference, taking place on 24-25 February in London, has attracted unprecedented involvement from shipowners, who will play a leading part at the event, which brings together oil majors, naval architects, shipbuilders, equipment manufacturers and industry associations.

    The Annual OSJ Conference has quickly established itself as the leading global OSV conference. Now in its third year, the event is expected to draw more than 300 delegates to London to gather intelligence, network with other industry leaders and obtain practical answers to the key issues impacting the industry today.

    In common with all Riviera Maritime Media events, the conference programme has been tailor-made to address the specific needs of its audience, and incorporates cutting edge papers as well as outstanding networking and social opportunities to ensure delegates have a productive and enjoyable time.

    The key sessions set for the Annual OSJ Conference 2009 are as follows:

    . the importance of safety: issues and solutions
    . green credentials for OSV operators
    . OSV design evolution: pushing the boundaries
    . human resources: confronting imminent recruitment and training needs
    . innovative equipment technology to meet operational demands
    . trends and strategies for the future OSV market.

    Apart from presentations by shipowners and oil majors, the conference sessions will also feature speakers from major vessel and equipment design firms, and the timetable also provides for lively question and answer sessions between the panel and the floor.

    Confirmed session chairmen include: Brian Turnbull, director of marine services for BP; David MacRae, UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency; Peter Aylott, professional services director of The Nautical Institute; and Michael Cowlam, technical director at Seacroft Marine Consultants.

    Confirmed shipowner/operators include: Bourbon Offshore – speaker to be confirmed; Olaf J Hafredal, chief operating officer and head of chartering at Deep Sea Supply; Jan-Fredrik Meling, chief executive officer of Eidesvik Offshore; Willem Dekker, managing director of ER Offshore; John Payne, group business development director at Hallin Marine; Michael Kristensen, J Lauritzen’s business development director; Denis Divers, business development director at Marine Subsea; Jan Ingar Knudsen, operations manager for Master Marine; Ola Donnem, chief executive officer at Ocean Hotels; Marion Mooij, sales and marketing manager for The Bluestream Group; Tidewater – speaker to be confirmed; and Alasdair Cowie, chief executive of TS Marine.

    For a full list of other confirmed speakers see www.rivieramm/events.

    With networking remaining such an important reason to attend The Annual OSJ Conference, the programme has been structured to offer several excellent networking and socialising opportunities, from the time delegates arrive until the time they leave.

    New to the programme this year is a drinks reception and registration opportunity the evening before the conference – join us for some icebreaker drinks with speakers and delegates.

    Other networking opportunities include the conference dinner; the exhibition associated with the conference; and a number of breaks in the programme arranged to enhance opportunities to interact with your peers.

    For more information about the event, contact the Riviera Maritime Media events team – Claire Wood, t: +44 20 8370 7799
    e:; for sponsorship opportunities, contact: Ian Glen – t: +44 7919 263 737, e:

    Delegates booking their place at the event before 27 January are entitled to a reduced delegate fee. Potential delegates can book their space now by visiting


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