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    Major role for oil majors and shipowners at Annual OSJ Conference

    News // February 5, 2009

    The 2009 Annual Offshore Support Journal (OSJ) Conference, which takes place 24-25 February in London, has attracted unprecedented involvement from oil majors and shipowners.

    Oil majors and shipowners will play a leading role in the event, which, in addition to the oil majors and leading shipowners and operators, brings together shipbrokers, naval architects, shipbuilders, equipment manufacturers and industry associations.

    Apart from the oil majors and shipowners who are presenting papers, many more representatives of oil companies and shipping companies have indicated that they will attend as delegates. 

    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 on the theme of ‘Meeting Operational Challenges’ 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 such as StatoilHydro and BP, 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.

    In addition to the oil majors, confirmed shipowner/operators speaking at the event include: Frank Dambrin, assistant deputy CEO Bourbon Offshore; Olaf J Hafredal, chief operating officer and head of chartering at Deep Sea Supply; Willem Dekker, managing director of ER Offshore; John Payne, group business development director at Hallin Marine; Michael Kristensen, J Lauritzen’s business development director; Jan Ingar Knudsen, operations manager at 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 Tom Leeson, technical director TS Marine.

    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 a full list of other confirmed speakers and other detailed information, see:

    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 can book to attend the event by visiting


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