Argus Sustainable Marine Fuels Conference

Houston, Texas, US
11-13 September 2024
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Agenda for 2024

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Welcome day and drinks reception

17:00 - 18:00

Registration and welcome drinks reception

Conference Day 2

08:00 - 09:00

Breakfast and registration

09:00 - 09:05

Chairperson’s introduction and opening remarks

David Cummins

Blue Sky Maritime Coalition
09:05 - 09:45

Clean fuel policy, incentives and regulation in North America – what opportunities are in place to support the widespread adoption oF sustainable fuels in the maritime sector?

Focusing on the developments of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), EU ETS, FuelEU maritime, IMO.

• How can the supply chain ensure compliance across all layers of regulations? Will we see a global fuel standard with the various EU policies, IRA guidance for hydrogen production etc? How is the industry navigating those regulatory boundaries?
• What influence does the EU ETS and Fuel EU maritime have on North America? How likely is the EU ETS to be replicated in North America?
• What are the policy, fiscal measures and carbon pricing mechanisms that are either incentivizing or holding back domestic marine fuel adoption?
• Would a levy on fuels or carbon pricing level the playing field between conventional and low carbon fuels? Will we see the EU ETS serve as a template for a similar US model?

Galen Hon

Office of Environment & Innovation
United States Maritime Administration (MARAD)

Monte Shaw

Executive Director
Iowa Renewable Fuels Association

Jan League

Detachment Chief
U.S. Coast Guard

Adrian Tolson

Board Member
09:45 - 10:25

How are bunker suppliers and traders widening their offerings of sustainable marine fuels?

• How are bunkering companies going to ensure they have the right fuel at the right ports at the right time? How do we aggregate the right volumes to the right ports?
• What partnership agreements are already in place with suppliers of sustainable fuels and bunkering companies? Which shipping segments that bunker in North America will be able to access the different sustainable fuels by 2030?
• What sustainable fuels are bunker suppliers and traders currently seeing the most interest in from customers? How do we see this evolving in the next 5 years?

Speakers Include:

Elizabeth Moody

Energy Seeding Manager
Sumitomo Corporation

Guido Cardullo

Head of Business Development
Fratelli Cosulich

Ralph Matlack

Chief Executive
Fourth Tack

Stefka Wechsler

Marine Fuel Editor and Pricing Analyst
10:25 - 11:00

Speed networking

11:00 - 11:30

Networking coffee break

11:30 - 12:00

Argus’ global marine fuels snapshot and outlook

• What is the financial viability of sustainable marine fuels vs fossil fuels?
• Lessons in sustainable marine fuels demand learned from this year’s EU ETS CO2 marine fuel charges
• What are the global bunker trends we expect in 2025?

Stefka Wechsler

Marine Fuel Editor and Pricing Analyst
12:00 - 12:30

The role of sustainability certification, lifecycle analysis and implications for marine fuels

• How is carbon intensity (CI) calculated? What are the GHG calculations across value chains?
• How can we ensure sustainability in feedstock production and the traceability of sustainable products through the supply chain?
• What is the role of carbon indexing and offsetting?
• How will lifecycle analysis be measured? With the CII not considering the full lifecycle carbon emissions – how will that measurement be determined over the coming years as CII regulations evolve and get finalised by 2026?

Speakers Include:

Dario Formenti

System Manager Sustainable Fuels
International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC)

Jim Seely

Vice President of Oil and Gas Solutions
12:30 - 13:30

Networking Lunch

13:30 - 14:15

Sustainable fuel producer perspectives: what is the roadmap to commercialisation, adoption and availability of these fuels at the scale needed?

(ammonia, methanol, hydrogen, LNG)
• How will alternative fuels overcome the logistical and availability challenges needed to scale up globally?
• Will certain fuels dominate certain types of vessels? What shipping segments is your business focused on for marine fuels?
• How are end users and fuel producers working together to de-risk investments?
• How are fuel producers addressing risk factors and potential unintended consequences in areas such as safety, handling and storage of potential new sustainable fuels?

Morgan Hughes

New Energy Business Development Manager
Woodside Energy

Cliff Keeler

Vice President Business Development
SunGas Renewables

Adrian Tolson

Board Member
14:15 - 15:00

What volumes of biofuels can we expect to see in North America and other major ports globally in the next few years?

• How does the Renewable Fuel for Ocean-Going Vessels Act enable biofuel producers to meet low carbon fuel needs at a competitive price? What does this mean for refiners and blenders?
• Are biofuels a practical and sustainable response to the FuelEU Maritime regulation?
• Food vs fuel - what feedstocks are available for the shipping industry? How much of the shipping fuel could be covered by biofuels? Will it end up being a huge percentage of the total supply structure or push into methanol and ammonia shares of the market?

Speakers Include:

Russell Sachs

Fuel Oil Trader

Mac Marshall

VP Market Intelligence
United Soybean Board

Jon Scharingson

Executive Director Strategic Initiatives
Chevron-Renewable Energy Group

Emily Newes

Group Manager
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Jacqueline Reigle

15:00 - 15:45

Coffee break

15:45 - 16:30

Green corridors vs clean fuel hubs – what role are ports playing in unlocking decarbonisation opportunities landside and seaside?

• With the port being one of the best positioned locations for driving decarbonisation, how can we improve the connectivity of intermodal transportation?
• How can we leverage major energy export market projects to decarbonise ports and the industry in order to accommodate a flexible, multifuel future?
• How can ports make sure they are ready to handle and store alternative fuels?
• Would clean fuel hubs be more efficient than green corridors for all shipping lines?

Desmond Tay

Regional Director (Americas)
Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)

Lucian Go

Environmental Program Manager
Port of Seattle

Oleksiy Tatarenko

Senior Principal, Climate-Aligned Industries
Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)

Josh Messner

Technology Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office
United States Department of Energy

Galen Hon

Office of Environment & Innovation
United States Maritime Administration (MARAD)

Cheng Zhaopeng

General Manager
Shanghai Biobased Biotechnology Co
16:30 - 17:15

Roundtables and networking coffee break

Join one of the roundtables to discuss key topics and come up with solutions during the coffee break.
• Roundtable 1 - Sustainable marine fuels (biofuels, methanol, ammonia, hydrogen, bio-LNG)
• Roundtable 2 - Finance – how can we access more finance in the industry?
• Roundtable 3 - Regulation - How can the supply chain ensure compliance across all layers of regulations?

17:15 - 17:20

Chairperson’s closing remarks

David Cummins

Blue Sky Maritime Coalition
17:20 - 19:00

Cocktail hour

Conference day 3

08:00 - 09:00

Breakfast and registration

09:00 - 09:05

Chairperson’s opening remarks

David Cummins

Blue Sky Maritime Coalition
09:05 - 10:00

Turning the net zero ambition into reality and fostering better collaboration

• What holistic supply solutions are available for the industry? And how do we re-establish and re-distribute risk across the value chain through the book and claim system?
• How to mitigate the upstream costs associated with the build-out of new infrastructure, renewable electricity and access financing. How can industry, government and finance work together to ensure fuel projects are competitive and profitable?
• What level of commitment is needed from shipowners to facilitate the transition to alternative fuel infrastructure? How can we encourage the uptake of innovative technologies in the decarbonisation of the maritime supply chain?

Speakers Include:

Desmond Tay

Regional Director (Americas)
Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)

Marinus Jansen

Global Marine Technology Steward
Caterpillar Marine

Thomas Damsgaard

Head of Americas

William Boatwright

Senior Manager-Logistics and Climate Solutions

Tom Strang

Naval Architect
Carnival Corporation & plc

Peter Keller


Adrian Tolson

Board Member
10:00 - 10:50

Shipowner and operators’ perspectives: what sustainable fuels are they gravitating towards?

• What changes are being made in regards to fuel procurement? How can shipowners achieve more multi-fuel offtake agreements to provide certainty for fuel producers to invest in new energy projects?
• Are charterers looking to co-invest in decarbonisation measures and take on more long term charter? How are shipowners and charterers working together on decarbonising their fleets?
• What regulatory clarity and alignment is needed and how is it impacting decision making on shipowner fuel procurement?

Colin Fleming

Senior Manager, Green & Sustainability Planning
Ocean Network Express (ONE)

Tomoaki Ichida

Managing Executive Officer (Americas)
Mitsui O.S.K Lines

Tsuyoshi Ohkawa

Vice President, Business Development
NYK Energy Transport

Jhander Marval

Senior General Manager - Head of CPP Operations

Harold Boyer

Head of Commercial – MST

Katrine Stenvang

Senior Manager, Business Development
10:50 - 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 - 12:00

Technological perspectives: what operational measures are available for shipowners?

Focusing on vessel speed, maintenance and route optimization, digitalization and carbon capture.
• How is a shipboard carbon capture system different from land based? Is CO2 on-board carbon capture and storage cost and efficient? Is it practical for lifecycle emissions counting?
• Tackling downstream challenges for carbon capture – how can we discharge the carbon ashore? How to deal with operation aspects such as energy consumption and the impact on OpEx.
• What cloud-based technologies such as weather routing and voyage optimisation have the potential to maximise carbon efficiency and reduce the environmental footprint?

Speakers Include:

Thomas Damsgaard

Head of Americas

Nirmal Gnanapragasam

Principal Scientist, Hydrogen Technologies Branch
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
12:00 - 12:45

What decarbonisation efforts are we seeing in the inland waterways?

• How are tugs, barges and ferries thinking about the risk of investing capital on emergent technologies and fuels? What innovative solutions are they leaning towards?
• How can deep water shipping cooperate with inland brown water shipping? How can smaller vessels be pilots for larger vessels?
• Will the federal government provide incentives and encourage deployment of alternative fuels for inland waterways?

Speakers Include:

Benjamin Parrish

Project Manager
Kirby Corp

Tony Odak

Chief Operating Officer
Stone Oil

Doug Downing

Chief Financial Officer
Canal Barge

David Cummins

Blue Sky Maritime Coalition
12:45 - 13:30

What sustainable finance products are available for maritime ship owners, sustainable fuels and technology companies?

Looking at products such as green bonds, loans, renewable energy equity financing and carbon credits.

• How can fuel producers build a strong business case to demonstrate their project’s bankability through achieving long-lasting off-take agreements?
• What financing and investment vehicles are necessary to de-risk the fuels and technology needed to get to net zero?
• How to overcome barriers of investing in decarbonisation measures without the certainty of return on investment? How can we find a balance between the need to invest with the risks of adopting new technologies and fuels?

Ben Padilla

Executive Director

Kyriakos Metaxas

Chief Investment Officer
Arista Group

Jonathan Howe

Managing Director
Marathon Capital
13:30 - 14:30

Networking lunch break and end of conference