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Sunday, 22 October 2017
17:30 - 19:30 Opening Network Reception and Registration (event attendees only):
  • Kick off the event with a beach front networking summit at the luxurious W South Beach at sunset. Food and beverages are included in conference registration.
  • Meet and network with approximately 200 colleagues, newly made business contacts and other representatives of the fuel oil supply chain.

Monday, 23 October 2017
08:00 - 09:00 Registration and Hot Breakfast
09:00 - 09:05 Chairperson's Welcome and Opening Remarks 

John Demopoulos
Vice President, North American Refined Products
Argus             
09:05 – 09:40 Day 1 Morning Keynote Presentation- A shipper’s perspective on the global residual bunker market: This presentation featuring a prominent figure from a major shipping line will discuss the global marine market up to, and through 2020. During this talk we will evaluate the global marine market as a whole and provide details on scrubber investments, anticipated LNG usage, and other details related to the enactment of the quickly approaching sulfur regulations. Join us in this keynote presentation to:
  • Explore how one of the most well-known shipping lines is viewing the global marine market and what anticipated changes in supply and demand for bunker fuel should be expected going forward
  • Assess how the bunker market is ramping up for the regulatory changes and analyze questions on compliance, enforcement, penalties and other unknowns 
  • Analyze key considerations for the global freight market including LNG, scrubbers and other new points of discussion
  • Participate in our interactive Q&A segment and gain answers to your burning questions
Savvas Manousos
Global Head of Trading
Maersk Oil Trading
09:40 - 10:30 Session 1: Bunker Market Outlook

US and Latin American bunkers supply and demand current trends: What are the overall impacts on pricing and supply and demand dynamics moving forward?
  • US fuel oil and diesel supply, demand and pricing current trends
  • Latin American fuel oil supply, demand and pricing current trends
  • Argus marine fuel indexation and methodology
Stefka Ilieva
Marine Fuel and Fuel Oil Price Analyst
Argus

MARPOL compliance- A legal perspective on the IMO sulfur regulations: One year later with the dust beginning to settle, hear specifically how the sulfur regulations will impact the bottom of the barrel.
  • Analyze the MARPOL regulations from a legal and environmental perspective
  • Understand details on enforcement and exemptions
  • Evaluate the landscape for exemptions and compliance standpoint
Brendan Collins
Environment & Natural Resources Partner
Ballard Spahr LLP
10:30 - 11:00 Networking Break and Morning Refreshments
11:00 - 12:30 Session 2: Refiner Considerations

Likely MARPOL VI impacts on HSFO and crude oil: This talk will present an overview of the key issues, the current uncertainties and the risks for the crude markets following the new IMO regulations. Additionally we will analyze what Argus views to be the most likely scenarios that will affect many refiners and crude oil producers.
  • Hear an overview of the challenges, the current worries and risks for the crude markets and fuel oil in light of the recent regs
  • Analyze what Argus views to be the most likely scenarios going forward
  • Understand how those scenarios will affect refiners and crude oil producers
Anne Huber
Senior Consultant
Argus

A five year outlook for fuel oil producing refiners: Given the upcoming regulatory environment what are the market expectations and anticipated demand for fuel oil moving forward?
  • Analyze what forward thinking refiners are doing to prepare for the new low sulfur environment
  • Assess coker investment and weigh the pros against the initial investment required
  • Evaluate how this shift is continuing to sway refinery economic detail
Bernadette Johnson
VP - Market Intelligence
Drilling Info, Inc.

The 2020 sulfur regulations impact on the supply side
: This presentation will look at how the MARPOL regulations are impacting refiners and the levels of demand for products. Explore the ramifications of this change and evaluate the market from a traders side of things.
  • Understand how the IMO regulations will impact refiners
  • Explore the shifts in demand post 2020
  • Assess how this regulation will increasingly shake up the market 
Michael Winstone
Division Director Oil Trading
Macquarie Capital Inc.
12:30 - 12:35 Chairperson's Day 1 Closing Comments and End of Day 1 General Sessions

John Demopoulos
Vice President, North American Refined Products
Argus
12:30

Afternoon Social Summit of Attendee's Choice:

  • Networking luncheon at W South Beach
  • Golf outing at the Miami Beach Golf Club ($155)
    Additional details.
    (Transportation and lunch provided:  Bus departs at 12:45 for a 13:15 tee time. Pick-up and drop off at hotel lobby)
14:00 - 16:30 New for 2017- Afternoon Workshops- Technical Details, Regulatory Impacts and Market Implications for the Overlap between the Residual Fuel Oil and Asphalt Market 
14:00 - 15:00 Workshop A: Technical issues for asphalt additives and Interactive Discussion: With the new MARPOL regulations outlined and set for implementation, how will refiners producing bottom of the barrel products view other, now more economically viable commodities and what will this mean for the asphalt and fuel oil markets specifically? In this workshop we will explore complex challenges around specifications, SB elastomers, trends in NAFTA and other hot topics. Additionally attendees will assess how to avoid quality issues within a variety in grades and the impact commonly utilized additives have on durability. Join us for this in depth technical workshop to:
  • Understand chemical and composition issues for mixing and producing liquid asphalt
  • Explore differences in additives and assess how that changes the molecular composition and durability for asphalt
  • Assess what grades of asphalt will primarily be used going forward as well as the demand and availability expectations for corresponding crude slates
Allen Smith
Principal
Asphalt Sourcing Alliance
15:00 - 15:30 
 Afternoon Networking Break
15:30 - 16:30 Workshop B: Exposure and profit in demurrage for fuel oil trading participants: This workshop presentation will discuss vital aspects for fuel oil shipments including handling, navigation, safety issues, regulatory compliance, and their overall effects on laytime and demurrage. Additionally there will be an emphasis on maximizing expenses and terms through contracting whether you are a power generator, trader or supplier.
  • Assess strategies to optimize fuel oil shipments
  • Explore best practices regarding handling, navigation, safety issues and regulatory compliance
  • Understand how this call all impact laytime and demurrage
Brendan Hoffman
CEO
Haugen Consulting, LLC
18:00 - 20:00 Networking Summit and Cocktail Reception
  • Maximize your networking at the conference at this beach front networking summit at the luxurious W South Beach at sunset. Food and beverages are included in conference registration.
  • Join approximately 200 colleagues, newly made business contacts and other representatives of the fuel oil supply chain.
Tuesday, 24 October 2017
08:00 - 09:00 Morning Networking Session and Hot Breakfast
09:00 - 09:05 Opening Announcements, Day 1 Recap and Golf Outing Awards Ceremony 

John Demopoulos
Vice President, North American Refined Products
Argus

Don Bonett
Consultant, Former Manager, Fuel Resources
Consolidated Edison Of New York, Inc.
09:05 - 10:30 Session 3: Supply Chain Considerations

Refiner perspective - MARPOL 2020:
This talk by a leading refiner and marine fuel supplier seeks to move the Marpol debate forward by bringing a new perspective on the likely impacts of the upcoming regulatory change. Following significant internal analytical work, the presentation addresses industry concerns relating to:
  • Fuels availability
  • Fuel quality / compatibility
  • Enforcement
Jason Breslaw
Marpol Lead for 0.5% Marine Fuels Development
BP Products North America

Fuel switching – When and why utilities would switch from natural gas to liquid fuels: There are some factors that come into play when a generator contemplates switching fuels.
  • Explore evaluate environmental factors generators emission capitations have to consider 
  • Compare the economics of asset heat rates to the market heat rates and determine how comparisons/calculations 
  • Understand operational hurdles that may arise when switching fuels 
Peter Alexander
Sr. Planning Analyst-Gas Supply, Fuel Oil Management
Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.

A global outlook for quality, testing and specifications: How do the ISO spec changes impact quality standards for both fuel oil and heavy products?
  • Assess testing procedures and what to look for in specs
  • Understand the market for bunker fuel in light of the new IMO regulations
  • Explore innovative trends in testing fuel oil 
John Barbarise
Chief Operating Officer
Plaza Marine Group
10:30 - 11:00 Networking Break and Morning Refreshments
11:00 - 11:30 VGO and Carbon Black- Specifications and Demand: Take an in-depth look at some of the most commonly traded specialty products markets and explore the outlook for pricing and demand over the next five years for these commodities.
  • Hear a global overview of the VGO and carbon black market
  • Understand pricing expectations and international demand
  • Explore technical specifications following the 2020 deadline
James Richard Owens
Vice President, COO
Genoil USA
Trader
Warner Petroleum Corporation
11:30 - 12:30 Interactive closing panel discussionBunker fuel and trading: This session, featuring leading organizations in the bunker fuel space; will provide in-depth perspectives into the heavy markets and supply demand dynamics. What are organizations looking for in procurement strategies and what are the realistic action items for the MARPOL regulations along with the corresponding trading trends? Attend this session to hear additional details you are seeking and join the conversation via microphone or submit electronically via questions@argusmedia.com. Planned discussion points include:
  • Overall supply and demand including Russian exports decreasing, the Venezuelan market and far east availability
  • Hedging for shipping markets
  • Market structure and current state of tankers
  • Individual sectors including dry bulk and cargo
  • End user volume for bunkers
  • Quality vs price
  • And more! 
Mikhail Shapiro
Marine Fuels Manager
Glencore Ltd.

Marc Refsoe Holm

Fuel Oil Trader
Maersk Oil Trading

Lana Piterova

Senior Bunker & Lubricant Trader
Arte Bunkering LLC

Jason Breslaw

Marpol Lead for 0.5% Marine Fuels Development
BP Products North America
12:30 - 12:35

Chairperson's Day 2 Closing Comments and Conference Conclusion

John Demopoulos
Vice President, North American Refined Products
Argus

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