IMO 2020 Disruption Forum

New York / 21 February 2019

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Put your questions to a hand-picked panel of shipping’s most experienced and knowledgeable individuals, learn and challenge their business strategies and discover what makes them tick.  Among the speakers, you will hear from:

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Jason Breslaw
Senior Originator
BP Products North America
Jason is the Senior Originator on BP’s distillate and residual trading desks in the Americas. His current role includes leading BP’s preparatory work in developing the company’s 0.5% Marine Fuel offers and supporting the region’s refineries as they consider modifications in the run up to 2020. Jason has been with BP for 13 years and has held a number of roles in London and Chicago including in freight analytics, jet operations, distillate trading and blending where he was responsible for developing BP’s significant wholesale position in the ARA and West Mediterranean DMA markets. He played a leading role in preparing the company for the 2015 0.1% ECA Marine Fuels specification change, is a member of the ISO 8217 committee and contributes to relevant military fuels quality forums. Outside of his Marpol-related responsibilities he works to develop and execute BP’s renewable diesel strategy in the Americas across all parts of the value chain. Born in London, UK, Jason majored in chemistry at the University of Cambridge. A foodie and avid traveler, he’s an air-miles enthusiast who enjoys spending time with his friends and family.
George Chalos
Chalos & Co, P.C.
George M. Chalos is the principal and founding member of Chalos & Co, P.C. – International Law Firm and has been engaged in the practice of maritime, admiralty and insurance law for over twenty (20) years. He is experienced in all facets of civil and criminal maritime matters, casualty & pollution response, Marpol, Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (“OPA '90”), charter-party disputes, marine insurance, general litigation and transactions. Mr. Chalos has served as counsel of record in over 1,500 court cases in over twenty (20) different U.S. District and Appellate Courts. He also has extensive experience arbitrating and mediating civil matters and has assisted in presenting claims before the London High Court of Justice. Mr. Chalos is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States; all trial and appellate courts sitting within the States of New York, Texas, Utah, as well as the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern & Northern Districts of New York; the District of Connecticut, the Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas, the Central District of Utah, the Central District of Illinois, the Northern District of Florida, the District of Columbia and the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals. For additional information about Mr. Chalos and/or Chalos & Co, P.C. - International Law Firm, please visit:
Ed Coll
Pangaea Logistics Solutions
Mr. Coll is a founder of Pangaea and has served as its Chief Executive Officer since its inception. Prior to co-founding Bulk Partners Ltd., the predecessor company to Pangaea, in 1996, Mr. Coll spent 10 years at Continental Grain Company with assignments in New York, New Orleans, Rome and Rotterdam. He joined Commodity Ocean Transport Corp (COTCO) in 1989 and became president of the company in 1993. In this position, Mr. Coll was responsible for the overall activities and businesses of three U.S public shipping companies. Mr. Coll is an elected member of the American Bureau of Shipping and has considerable expertise in the worldwide shipping and commodities markets and lectures regularly on these topics. He holds a B.S. in nautical science from the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point and a master's degree in international business from Pace University.
Justine Fisher
Vice President
Goldman Sachs
Justine Fisher has worked in research at Goldman Sachs since 2002. She was an II-ranked Credit Research analyst for 16 years, covering Transportation, Aviation, Shipping, Industrials, and Metals and Mining. She now works in Commodities Research, with a focus on corporate risk management strategies for producers and consumer of commodities. She graduated from Stanford with a B.A. in International Relations with Honors in 2002.
Shane Guidry
Chairman of the Board and CEO
Harvey Gulf International Marine
In 1988, Shane J. Guidry became the third generation of the Guidry family to operate the family business. Mr. Guidry supported and managed all aspects of the business. In 1997, Mr. Guidry became President and CEO of Harvey Gulf International Marine, Inc. As the years progressed, Harvey Gulf transitioned from a full-service towing operator to one specializing in offshore towing, with a focus on towing large jack-up and semi-submersible rigs in the deepwater and ultra-deepwater of the Gulf of Mexico. As part of this specialization, Harvey Gulf divested the company's liquefied petroleum gas division, sold all of its inland towing vessels, and replaced them with larger, more powerful offshore towing vessels. Harvey Gulf also repowered and added equipment to its existing fleet of offshore towing vessels to enable them to perform the specialized service required for deepwater rig towing. With this transition, Harvey Gulf developed a reputation for operating the most powerful towing vessels in the Gulf of Mexico. Harvey Gulf modernized electronics and navigation systems and installed performance and safety equipment, such as Shark Jaws, bow thrusters, and kort nozzles. Harvey Gulf also placed a strong emphasis on Health Safety and Environmental ("HSE") preservation and management. The result has been superior performance and a safety record second to none. Seeing the future need for other types of vessels to support deepwater drilling and production, Harvey Gulf began its ongoing fleet expansion to include Offshore Supply Vessels ("OSV's") in 2003. Harvey Gulf's new-generation OSV's are characterized by large size, high cargo capacities, and sophisticated electronics and navigation systems. They range in size from 175 ft. to 300 ft. in length, and are all, SOLAS and ABS Classed with DP2 certification. More recently, Harvey Gulf has further expanded its OSV fleet to include vessels that, in addition to traditional offshore supply services, can support deepwater rig mooring operations with Reel Spooling Units, as well as surveying activities, offshore and subsea construction, pipeline inspection and repair and dive support services. On August 21, 2008, Mr. Guidry, along with The Jordan Company, L.P., a New York based private equity firm, acquired Harvey Gulf from the Guidry family. Mr. Guidry remains Chief Executive Officer. Through the sale, Harvey Gulf looks to combine the management team and specialized services and equipment developed over the past ten years with a partner dedicated to expanding the fleet and services to meet the evolving needs of its customers, while maintaining the same level of performance and safety standards they rely on. Today, Harvey Gulf's fleet represents a state of the art collection of offshore support vessels ranging from 175ft to 340ft encompassing supply vessels, fast supply vessels and construction vessels powered by the latest technology available with industry leading cargo handling capabilities. Harvey Gulf's focus on no harm to the environment is further exemplified by the 6 dual fueled LNG powered offshore supply vessels under construction as well as the, first of its kind, LNG fueling facility in Port Fourchon, LA.
Anthony Gurnee
President & CEO
Ardmore Shipping Services
Anthony Gurnee has been our President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Ardmore since 2010. Between 2006 and 2008, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Industrial Shipping Enterprises, Inc., a containership and chemical tanker company, and Chief Operating Officer of MTM Group, an operator of chemical tankers. From 1992 to 1997, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Teekay Corporation, where he led the company’s financial restructuring and initial public offering. Mr. Gurnee began his career as a financier with Citicorp, and he served for six years as a surface line officer in the US Navy, including a tour with naval intelligence. He is a graduate of the US Naval Academy and earned an MBA at Columbia Business School, is a CFA charter holder, and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.
Eric Martin
News Editor
Eric Martin is news editor at TradeWinds, the shipping business news organization where has worked since 2007 in various capacities, including US bureau chief and editor of the LNG Unlimited spinoff publication. A native of California who learned that a “face for radio” is not enough for a career in radio, he has worked at newspapers in the US Midwest and Santiago, Chile. He has won a variety of journalism awards, including the Society of Business Editors and Writers’ award for investigative journalism.
Amit Mehrotra
Director & Senior Research Analyst
Deutsche Bank
Amit Mehrotra is a Director and Senior Research Analyst at Deutsche Bank covering U.S. Transportation and Maritime Shipping. His team covers 45 companies encompassing every facet of global transportation markets, including trucking, logistics, airfreight, railroads, and all verticals within maritime shipping including LNG. Amit has spent the last 15 years covering several verticals in the Industrial sector from both sell- and buy-side perspectives, and achieved a ranked position in both the 2017 and 2018 Institutional Investor All-America Research surveys.
Hamish Norton
Star Bulk Carriers Corp.
Hamish Norton is president of Star Bulk Carriers Corp. Until Dec. 31, 2012, he was Managing Director and Global Head of the Maritime group at Jefferies & Company Inc. He is known for creating Nordic American Tanker Shipping and Knightsbridge Tankers, the first two high dividend yield shipping companies. He advised Arlington Tankers in the merger with General Maritime and has been an advisor to U.S. Shipping Partners. He also advised New Mountain Capital on its investment in Intermarine. In the 1990s, he advised Frontline on the acquisition of London and Overseas Freighters and arranged the sale of Pacific Basin Bulk Shipping. Prior to joining Jefferies in 2007, Mr. Norton ran the shipping practice at Bear Stearns since 2000. From 1984-1999 he worked at Lazard Frères & Co., from 1995 onward as general partner and head of shipping. In addition to his role at Star Bulk, he is also an executive of Oceanbulk Maritime S.A. and is Chief Financial Officer and Head of Corporate Development of Oceanbulk's joint ventures with Oaktree Distress Opportunities Funds and with Monarch Alternative Capital. Mr. Norton is a director of Neptune Lines and the Safariland Group. Mr. Norton received an AB in Physics from Harvard and a Ph. D. in Physics from University of Chicago.
Charlotte Røjgaard
Global Technical Manager
Charlotte Røjgaard has an MSc in Chemical Engineering and began her career at MAN Diesel & Turbo where she spent 14 years. In 2010 she joined DNVPS in Singapore, eventually rising to the position of Group Technical Director. Since 1 January 2015, Charlotte has been Global Technical Manager for Bureau Veritas Marine Fuel Services - VeriFuel, strengthening the company’s expertise in the accurate testing and inspection of marine fuels. Charlotte regularly presents at major bunker conferences and seminars and has also written widely on marine fuels.
Andrew Smiley
Vice President of Shipping
Koch Supply & Trading
Twenty-two years at sea have earned Captain Andrew Smiley adventuresome tales to tell. Though anchored ashore for the past 14 years, his work is still in the water, moving products around the world. As vice president of shipping for Koch Supply & Trading, he manages the technical operations of 85-90 chartered ships at any given time. Upholding KS&T’s compliance and ethics standards, Captain Smiley thoroughly vets up to six vessels each day. “The safety and quality of ships these days is high,” he points out, “but we won’t take on a ship if it doesn’t meet our requirements.”
Adrian Tolson
Senior Partner
20|20 Marine Energy
With 30 years of experience he has a detailed knowledge and insight on the supply and demand side of fuel purchasing, as well as bunkering infrastructure development. His experience spans leadership roles with some of the industry’s largest marine fuel suppliers, including Chemoil Energy, where he was responsible for successfully driving the company through to IPO, and, as Vice President and General Manager he established OW Bunker’s physical supply operation in the US.
Gary Vogel
CEO and Director
Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc.
Mr. Vogel has served as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. since September 2015. Prior to joining our Company, Mr. Vogel was Chief Executive Officer of Clipper Group Ltd., one of the world’s leading privately-held ship owning and operating groups. He was also a Partner and served as a Director of Clipper Group, Ltd. Mr. Vogel previously held the positions of co-Chief Executive Officer of Clipper Group Ltd. and Chief Executive Officer of Clipper Bulk, a division of Clipper Group Ltd., which he joined in 2000. Before Clipper, Mr. Vogel was President of Van Ommeren Bulk Shipping (USA), Inc. Mr. Vogel graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation as well as a U.S. Coast Guard Unlimited Tonnage 3rd Officers License. Subsequently, he served as an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Mr. Vogel currently serves on the Board of Directors of Ship Finance International and the Lloyd’s Register North America Advisory Committee. He is also a former Board Member of the American Institute for International Steel.