The main Ocean Stage is where leading individuals can help shape the ocean space discussion. This is where keynote speakers and panellists will discuss and note the developing trends in the sustainable economic evolution of the ocean space. High level speakers and panellists, leaders in their field will offer key insights in governance, collaboration and the changing ocean landscape.

Wednesday 2 May


09.30 – 10.00 INTRODUCTION

09. 30

Introduction to the conference and welcome from Nor-Shipping

Conference chair and moderator
Craig Eason, Editorial director, Fathom World

10.00 – 12.00 PLENARY WELCOME

World Economic Forum Opening Keynote
Dominic Waughray, Head of Public & Private Partnerships, World Economic Forum Opening

Heading for the Century of the Oceans
UN Global Compact Keynote by Sturla Henriksen, Special Advisor on oceans to the UN Global Compact

Collaborative ocean development and the battle against plastics
Ministerial keynote from the Government of Denmark by Esben Lunde Larsen, Minister for Environment & Food of Denmark

12.15 – 13.00 ANALYSIS
Entering the ocean space. A shipowners perspective

How can shipowners prepare for new opportunities opening up in the wider ocean space? What are the drivers for ship owners to enter? What are the challenges?

Forward looking ship owners discuss how they are revitalising their value propositions and strategically diversifying their income models in order to ensure the continued growth of their businesses. Why are the UN sustainability goals and the ocean industry development the key to maritime corporate evolution?

Claus V Hemmingson, vice CEO & CEO Energy, AP Moller Maersk
Lasse Kristoffersen, CEO, Torvald Klaveness
Martin Fruergaard, CEO, Ultragas


Data, information and knowledge are key tools for a clear ocean economy. The work has already begin to collect the data and information that will be crucial tools in creating action in the right direction. Many industries have become data intensive and are focusing on key metrics for both sustainable and profitable decision making.

This session examines the tools, thinking and direction that various actors are using and asks the question what is the data driven path to a successful ocean future? What tools, data, and collaboration do we need?

Data and governance from the European perspective

Anchor keynote by Stefaan Depypere, Director International Ocean Governance, European Union

13: 45
Ocean economies, science and data- the facts!
Oliver Steeds, Founder of Nekton Oxford Deep Ocean Research Institute (Nekton)

Panel Session: The pathways to creating value from ocean data
Oliver Steeds, Founder of Nekton Oxford Deep Ocean Research Institute (Nekton)
• Nina Jensen, CEO, XFour10 (REV)
Cajsa Fransen, STM Validation Project


Statoil and the drive for transition
Bjørn Otto Sverdrup Senior Vice President for Sustainability
The oil industry as we know it, is changing. Norway is charting the course from an oil economy to an ocean economy. Recognising this change, Statoil took the leap to pioneer ocean wind on a scale never before imagined and is dedicated to find other sources of competitive renewable energy to secure growing energy. Understand how to a large corporate was able to make this journey and how they did it.

Governance in transition

Ronan Long, Director, Ocean Policy Institute, World Maritime University
It is often said shipowners only make change for two reasons- profit or regulation. How can regulation in adjacent ocean industries create profit for maritime stakeholders? What policies and pressures are, and will be, creating prospects for the maritime sector in the wider ocean space? What are ocean space governance issues to be aware of?

15.00 -15.15
Panel session

Christopher Rex, Head of Research, Danish Ship Finance
Matt Duke, Chief Business Process Officer, Grieg Star
Ronan Long, Director, Ocean Policy Institute, World Maritime University
Bjørn Otto Sverdrup Senior Vice President for Sustainability


Capital is key. This session looks at how to access the funds to make taking advantage of the growth potential in the ocean space a reality. What is the investment appetite for projects developing ocean industry growth? What risks and rewards are associated with the new and old ocean economies? What are the public purse options? Who are the private investors?

The story of Fish Farm 1: A new business of aquaculture finance

Vibeke Browne, Naval Architect, Global Maritime
Steven Rafferty, Director of Aquaculture, Steven Rafferty

Panel session
How to collaborate with finance and investment

Vibeke Browne, Naval Architect, Global Maritime
Speaker to be confirmed, Nordic Innovation
Javier Sanz, Renewable Energy Thematic leader, Innoenergy
Thina Margrethe Saltvedt, Senior Advisor, Group Sustainable Finance, Nordea

End of First Day


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