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Ship Repair & Conversion
Shiprepair Forum Changes to Reflect Current Events
Changes in the international political and economic climate will add new urgency to the theme of the Shiprepair &
Conversion 2001 conference in London in November — gaining the edge in a competitive global industry.
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Circle 265 on Reader Service Card or visit www.maritimereporterinfo.com the Grand Hall. Olympia, on November 28-29.
A new pick-and-mix booking format offers cut-price entry to one or more of the four morning and afternoon sessions — giving delegates, exhibitors and visi- tors more scope to take part in both the conference and trade show, which will feature a record 360 exhibitors.
In a further innovation from organiz- ers Lloyd's List Events, a pre-confer- ence workshop on November 27 — held in conjunction with the annual meetings of the trade associations AWES and
SSA — will focus on negotiating new- build, conversion and repair contracts.
In the main conference, the impact of world events will be assessed by speak- ers and in open debate at a time when the industry is already facing up to the demands of legislation, rationalization, modernization, diversification and com- petition.
Following the keynote opening address by Malta Drydocks chief execu- tive Peter Moore, Acason's analysis forms part of a strategic market review in Session 1 chaired by Shell Interna- tional fleet manager Ken Graham.
The review includes a comparison of global repair yard capacity and demand: a paper on modern shipyard trends by
David Ring, chief executive of A&P
Holdings; and an appraisal by ABS
Europe assistant chief surveyor Joseph
Riva of technical and legislative changes including the phasing out of single hull tankers and tougher survey regimes for older vessels.
There will also be a study of the caus- es and consequences of yard consolida- tion by MRC Business Information senior analysts Mark Williams and
Jenny Tok, who observes.
Session 2 starts with a geographical review featuring Graig Shipping CEO
Hugh Williams on China and a vision of European yards in 2020 by Fin- 30 Maritime Reporter/Engineering News