VPO Asia aims to providing shipowners and operators with the tools they need to better understand ship performance and achieve maximum operational efficiency in a rapidly evolving market.

Increasing regulation, fluctuations in bunker prices and growing concern for the global environmental impact of shipping has led to a heightened focus on the way vessels operate and consume fuel, both inside and outside the industry.

 The design of a ship, its propulsion systems, onboard communications, route optimisation and navigation software, fuel type, environmental technology and dry-docking procedures are just some of the variables that will have a significant impact on a vessel’s energy efficiency, fuel consumption and overall cost of operation. Even marginal improvements in these areas can combine to create a material difference to a company’s bottom line.

 VPO Asia will gather together key industry experts from shipowners , equipment manufacturers , solutions providers and industry bodies who will look at the operational aspects impacting this sector, and lead discussions on how a vessels performance can be leveraged to maximise energy efficiency, cut fuel costs and reduce emissions in this fast-moving modern market?

At our 2nd Singapore vessel performance optimisation forum in October 2019, we will try to develop more clarity around these issues. We are particularly keen to hear from people from shipping companies who have done vessel performance optimisation projects and able to talk about them, or have ideas and experiences to share. Please contact Ben Heather, event producer on ben@thedigitalship.com, Tel 44 208 207 017 3413 to discuss further

Confirmed Speakers

Arvind SharmaArvind Sharma
Chairman of Joint Branch of
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Arvind is an experienced, all round leader in world class Maritime business, with over 40 years of wide ranging experience in Shipping and Ship management including 13 years at Sea and over 27 years ashore.

Currently taking a break, he was at the helm of a new startup - Platinum Ship Management for 3 years and prior to that spent 24 years with a German family owned enterprise, helping them to build up the company into one of the worlds largest Ship management Groups.

He has extensive experience in all aspects of Technical Management of Ships, business development, talent retention & talent development, and in financial management & reporting for both internal business and external stakeholders.

In addition to a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Hull University UK, he is a graduate of the premier Marine Engineering College (DMET) in India, a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (FRINA) UK, and a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (FIMarEST) UK.

Currently he is the Chairman of the Singapore Joint Branch of RINA & IMarEST.

Krishna MenonKrishna Menon
Voyage Execution
Team Manager
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Krishna started as a Deck Cadet with Maersk back in 1999. After completion of his training he joined the company as a 3rd officer, and sailed primarily on board Container vessels as he worked his way up to Master in 2013. He sailed as Master for 2 years, before joining the Global Vessel Performance Centre (GVPC) in Mumbai in summer of 2015 as a Senior Marine Operations Manager. In January of 2017, he was made lead of the Voyage Execution team within GVPC and he continues that role today as part of the Global Marine Centre, based out of Singapore.

Daniëlle TapDaniëlle Tap
Area Sales Manager
VAF Instruments
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Daniëlle works closely with key stakeholders in the shipping industry to help them decrease operational costs, whilst reducing impact on the environment. She understands the difficulties the industry is facing, navigating the complex landscape of new regulations in a challenging business climate.

Over the past 15 years, she has garnered extensive experience bringing to market solutions that support operational excellence. As an accomplished business enabler, Danielle is able to identify and instigate opportunities for key business improvement, adding value to businesses across the industry.

Daniëlle holds a MSc in Petroleum Engineering from Delft University of Technology.

Krishna MenonMohd Sharin Bin Osman
Regional Head of
Maritime Advisory
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Mohd Shahrin Osman joined DNV GL Maritime Advisory Asia-Pacific unit in 2008 after more than 15 years working in Maersk and P&O Nedlloyd with regional line management responsibility covering procurement, operations, efficiency improvements, IT implementation and change management for Asia-Pacific countries based in Singapore. His interest in Collaborative Leadership, Industry Cluster analysis, Strategy, Maritime Sustainability, Digitalisation and International Benchmarking have guided his work at DNV GL to serving internal and external clients within the maritime industry in South East Asia, Indian Sub-continent, Middle East and Europe.

Amitava TalukdaAmitava Talukda,
Technical Director
VEEMS by The Viswa Group
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Amitava started his carrier as a mariner and then moving on to Technical Superintendent profile. He then joined Wartsila Singapore as a service engineer.

Moving on from there, he joined Viswalab Singapore, now The Viswa Group as a General Manager in their fuel testing department. Thirteen years into that sector, he is now the Technical Director of The Viswa group, Singapore. With millions of data points coming in from the laboratory test reports and supporting clients in addressing their queries relating to engine performance, breakdown and failure of systems, he got a bird’s eye view as to how data can be useful in monitoring and improving a vessel’s performance. This has lead to VEEMS (Vessel Energy Efficiency Management System). VEEMS is an in-house developed live data based Performance monitoring tool with a future outlook into Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in that area.

Rajat SaxenaRajat Saxena
Manager Performance
& Efficiency
Epic Gas
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Rajat started his shipping career with Maersk line then moving onto Maersk Tankers sailing as an senior engineer. He joined Maersk Tankers’ shore set up in 2013 where he held various positions in Mumbai and Copenhagen, last one being Fleet Efficiency Manager leading a team responsible for the fuel efficiency and optimization of consumption of all vessels owned and operated by Maersk Tankers’ pools.

In December 2017 he moved to Epic Gas where he is looking after the Efficiency and Performance of the vessels owned and operated by the company. Epic Gas Pte. Ltd. is a leading pressurized LPG carrier specializing in the last mile delivery of LPG around the globe.

Kapil BerryKapil Berry
Head of Regulations
& Compliance
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I have worked with BW since 1990 when the company was still called Worldwide Shipping. I had joined as junior engineer, and over the years got promoted to Chief Engineer - sailing mostly on VLCCs and Product Carriers till 2006. From 2006 to 2009 I was based in Dalian, China where I supervised the construction of LR1 Product Tankers.

Thereafter, I joined BW Office in Singapore, and have handled various roles. Currently I work as the General Manager, Head of Quality, Regulations & Compliance for BW Group. My role involves ensuring compliance of BW vessels with all latest regulations as well as developing environmental strategy for the fleets. I also lead projects arising out of regulations for e.g. Ballast Water Project, Global 2020 Sulphur Cap Compliance and IHM Project.I also represent BW in Technical Committees of SSA, DNV-GL & Class NK.

Despite all my years in BW there has never been a dull moment. Being in Singapore for last 10 years has provided me an exciting opportunity to actively participate in shipping activities here and make many good friends in the industry.

Elfin Harun Elfian Harun
Environment Manager &
Assistant Regional Manager
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Elfian joined INTERTANKO in May 2018, after a 10-year tenure with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). He was formerly the Assistant Director of the MPA’s Bunker Services Department. As Environment Manager, Elfian supports the work of INTERTANKO’s Environmental Committee focusing on issues relating to emissions to water and other technical and environmental matters that affect the tanker industry. He also provides support to the Secretaries of INTERTANKO’s Safety and Technical Committee and its Bunker Sub-Committee. As the Assistant Regional Manager for Asia-Pacific, Elfian assists in the coordination of INTERTANKO’s activities in the Asia-Pacific region and the management of INTERTANKO’s Singapore Branch office. Elfian is a member of Singapore’s National Technical Committee for Bunkering and was the former Deputy Chairperson of Singapore Accreditation Council’s Technical Committee for Cargo Inspection.

Rajiv MalhotraRajiv Malhotra
Technical Manager
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Rajiv, a maritime professional with over 27 years’ professional experience, has been involved in the field of ship management for over 10 years. Presently, working as Technical Manager, he is responsible for the Technical Support and Innovation Department at Thome Group of companies. Rajiv received a B. Tech. degree (with Honours) in Mechanical Engineering from G. B. Pant University (India) and Masters in Business Administration from National University of Singapore. He has earlier, sailed as a Marine Engineer, up to the rank of Chief Engineer, on wide range of merchant vessels, and also worked in the area of training of sea-going officers, and development of training simulators.

Lars GreitschLars Greitsch
Managing Director / Head of Research and Innovation
MMG Propeller
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Dr. Lars Greitsch started his professional career after the A-level with an apprenticeship as a car technician. After that he studied mechanical engineering and naval architecture at the University of Rostock finishing with the degree ‘Diplom Ingenieur’ in 2005. Up to 2009 he worked at the Institute of Ship Design and Ship Safety as a researcher and wrote his dissertation on the topic ‘Development of a design tool for ship rudders based on statistical operational data’.

Following his academic career he moved to MMG in the first place as propeller designer, later as Head of Research & Innovation and since the beginning of 2017 as Managing Director. His main topic in his work was the development of the MMG-redesign program, where up to now 270 retrofit propellers were designed and produced based on the evaluation of operational data.

Dominic NgDominic NG
Director, Sales
- Fleet Operations Solution
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Dominic Ng has connected requirements from the shipping industry with software and modern technologies for nearly 20 years and accumulated significant experience in delivering projects and consultancy sales in areas of fleet management solutions, liner and chartering systems, energy optimisation initiatives and other technical solutions to ship-owners, managers and operators

Dominic spent his last 10 years with DNV GL leading a business unit responsible for delivering ship management and fleet performance projects to global customers to help save fuel, cut emissions and lower operational costs for shipping companies Currently, he is the Director, Sales for Fleet Operations Solutions, promoting Wärtsilä’s smart marine ecosystem to drive forward data enabled applications linking asset, voyage, navigational and performance management.

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