The Main Ocean Stage 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. 40

Introduction to the conference and welcome from Nor-Shipping

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


10.00 – 10.20

UN Global Compact Opening Keynote
Heading for the Century of the Oceans

Sturla Henriksen, Special Advisor on oceans to the UN Global Compact
Knowing that the sustainable use of the oceans goes hand in hand with the UN Goal 14, Life Below Water, it is clear that maintaining healthy ocean environments is a fundamental precondition for business to operate in the long-term, and addressing current challenges. In this session Henriksen, the former head of the Norwegian Shipowners association, will underline how the UN Global Compact Action Platform for Sustainable Ocean Business will focus on growth, innovation and sustainability, exploring how to best protect the health of the ocean. The platform, which will be officially launched a month after the Opening Oceans Conference, aims to mobilize the private sector to take tangible action, make investments and form partnerships to leverage the ocean as a resource to deliver the Global Goals.

10.20 – 10.40
Why the Ocean business is everyone’s business
Kristian Teleki, 
Director, Sustainable Ocean Initiative, World Resources Institute and Head of the Friends of Ocean Action
Teleki worked with Richard Branson on the Virgin Ocean Unite, which included one of the first pushes to raise business awareness about the importance of the oceans, as well as the high-level three year-long Global Ocean Commission (the commissioners were high level former ministers (is PMs and under-secretaries of states) , business leaders and policy makers) which successfully proposed the creation of SDG 14 and the creation of a UN Ambassador for the Ocean. He also worked with the Prince Of Wales as a sustainable ocean advisor. Society is at the cusp of a new ocean frontier that will get crowded very quickly. Countries are beginning to police and exploit their coastal waters quickly. Infrastructure will be invested in and shipping and maritime, the incumbent players, are part of this space. With over 500 agreements and treaties covering ocean governance and use the discussion on who will manage what is an important discussion, but there is an imperative for a business engagement that can move ahead of regulations

10.40 – 11.00
The State of the Ocean: The Race for the Deep
Oliver Steeds, Founder and CEO, Nekton Oxford Deep Ocean Research Institute
The ocean is our largest and most vital ecosystem, yet it’s the least known. Less than 5% is comprehensively monitored and 95% remains unexplored. Scientists are only just beginning to understand how these ecosystems function, their health and value to us. Humankind is poised to make the next giant leap – into the deep ocean. We now have the technology available to us to discover more of our planet in the next 10 years than we have in the last 100,000. New species and resources are to be discovered. New cures to diseases are the found. The ocean’s potential for sustainable development can be unlocked. The power of ocean data can be realised.

11.00 – 11.20
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.

11.30 – 12.00
Ministerial keynote from the Government of Denmark
Collaborative ocean development and the battle against plastics

Esben Lunde Larsen, Minister for Environment & Food of Denmark




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 Hemmingsen, Vice CEO, A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S, and CEO Energy division, Chairman of the Board for Danish Shipping
Lasse Kristoffersen, CEO, Torvald Klaveness
Martin Fruergaard, CEO, Ultragas


Nor-Shipping and Nordic Innovation hosts a reception in the lounge




13.30 – 13.50
Anchor keynote
Data and governance from the European perspective

Kristofer Du Rietz, Adviser International Ocean Governance and Sustainable Fisheries, European Union


14.00 – 14.40
Panel session
The pathways to creating value from ocean data
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 panel discussion 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?

Patrik Möller, Chief Executive, Corpower Ocean
Cajsa Jersler Fransson, Project Manager STM Validation Project, Swedish Maritime Administration
Magnus Lande, Commercial Director Maritime, Veracity DNV GL – Digital Solutions




14.45 – 15.00
Grieg Star’s self-imposed sustainable route for profitable business
Matt Duke, Chief Businesss Process Officer, Grieg Star
Bergen-based Grieg Star is demonstrating how sustainable goals are in alignment with business. This company has developed a data focused approach to sustainability, introducing a cradle to grave mentality to tonnage that results in clean recycling, and an attention to detail. In this case study Duke will outline the Grieg Star mentality and how incremental changes have been able to create substantial benefits for the company, also explaining how an an eye for sustainable business is proving to be profitable.

15.00 – 15.15
Ocean Farm 1: From Idea to Reality
Vibeke Browne, Naval Architect, Global Maritime
Global Maritime (GM) is the world’s leading engineering company for the design of offshore fish farms. Since 2013, GM has been heavily involved with several floating and seafloor based offshore fish farm constructions. GM has extensive experience within this field, with a broad range of expertise also including more than 30 years of competence from offshore design and engineering from the Oil & Gas industry.

The world needs an increase in food production from the ocean and demands new technologies to meet this need. How do you bring a completely new concept from the first sketch to a real-life construction? How early should you involve your collaborators and how do you best involve them in the design process?

15.15 – 15.30
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?

15.30 – 15.45
The risk of the status quo
Christopher Rex, Head of Research, Danish Ship Finance
From a shipping perspective, the opening ocean economy appears daunting and incomprehensible in terms of opportunity. However, the options of remaining on the same course are increasingly seen as risks. Christopher Rex analyses the future from a shipping perspective and, at the risks that are pushing it to face change head on, and then what the ocean space may offer those willing to transition.

15.45 – 16.15
Panel session
Pulled into or proactive transition
Are there enough incentives to encourage shipping, maritime and other industries to broaden and transition into the wider ocean economy?

Christopher Rex, Head of Research, Danish Ship Finance
Ronan Long, Director, Ocean Policy Institute, World Maritime University
Vibeke Browne, Naval Architect, Global Maritime
Matt Duke, Chief Businesss Process Officer, Grieg Star





16.20 – 16.35 
How financial institutions will be forcing ocean, maritime and shipping to change
Thina Margrethe Saltvedt, Senior advisor Sustainable Finance,Nordea Bank
Capital is key and financial institutions are set to pull the plug or turn on the tap to ensure finance flows to projects that reflect the appetite for sustainable risk. Guidelines on sustainable finance are in place and Saltvedt will outline why ocean economies, including shipowners and other industries with large asset classes will need to ensure their financial institutions have a clear understanding on sustainable risks. Sustainability is no longer a nice to have attitude. It is a business critical one.

16.35 – 16.50
Seeking inspirational funding mechanisms for maritime and ocean development
Jan-Olaf Willums, Founder, Inspire Invest
Finding models for the ocean space are evolving rapidly. With a diverse range of funding requirements, from small to large scale, one size does not fit all. With experience in the funding markets for electric vehicles, and moving that into battery power for maritime Jan-Olaf Willums gives an overview of his experiences in the marine markets

16.50 – 17.30
Panel session
How to collaborate with finance and investment

Jan-Olaf Willums, Founder, Inspire Invest 
Niina Aagaard, Chief Operating Officer, Nordic Innovation
Thina Margrethe Saltvedt, Senior advisor Sustainable Finance,Nordea Bank


17.30 End of First Day



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