MARITIME ENERGY TRANSPORT
Today and Tomorrow in the Pacific Northwest.
May 7-8, 2015 Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
The subject of energy transport by sea grows ever more topical in BC. Numerous proponents are aggressively pushing plans for LNG export from different locations on the coast, aided by a provincial government that is eager to realize economic gains from this new industry. Proposals to increase oil tanker traffic through Vancouver Harbour, and to introduce this business to Kitimat, have raised a host of questions and some considerable public opposition due to environmental concerns. Meanwhile, the continued growth of coal exports from BC ports looks for new ways in which to ship this much-maligned but still highly-demanded commodity. The fierce opposition of political, environmental and commercial interests in these cases makes it timely for the NIBC to explore this subject from a professionally-informed base of subject matter experts.
Day One – Thurs 7 May 2015:
The first day of the conference will examine the driving incentives for energy transport in the Pacific Northwest. The forenoon will cover the respective visions of government and industry, and relate them to the global economic context of the energy trade. The afternoon will then marry the vision with the reality of what is in place, and what is being planned, for this coastal area. This will lead into a discussion of the practicalities and technicalities of marine transport of the various commodities being considered, encompassing naval architecture and terminal design considerations.
Day Two – Fri 8 May 2015:
The second day will continue the preceding discussion by following-up operational concerns. This could extend to navigation and anti-collision, traffic management, pilotage and tug-escort, training and certification, and security. The second afternoon will provide for a discussion on environmental concerns and efforts to mitigate these. Finally, a high-level panel will debate the issues of industry best practices and the prospect for world-class safety standards for the PNW in the introduction of new and increased energy trade to this area.
Participants will have a chance to hear informed debate and also network throughout a full programme which includes an opening reception on the evening 6 May and a conference banquet at the end of the first full day.
This conference will be of interest to professionals from all aspects of the energy industry: shipmasters, owners and operators; marine, civil and mechanical engineers involved either in the operation of ships or in the design and construction of marine structures to support energy exports; policy officers and regulatory officials engaged in transportation and environmental safety compliance; energy industry executives and advisors interested in exchanging views and contributing to better public awareness; professional educators looking to anticipate the increased demands for a highly skilled workforce; and members of the public seeking to better understand the issues of energy transport by sea.
Ideally located in downtown Victoria, the multi-award winning Victoria Marriott Hotel is walking distance to all there is to see and do in Victoria, British Columbia.
Stroll to the famous Inner Harbour for Victoria attractions, musicians and artisans, and whale watching tours. Marriott Victoria special conference rate has been arranged with the Marriott Inner Harbour and a block of rooms set aside.
To make your reservation, click on the link below. This will direct you to the Marriott Victoria's website with the conference discount rate. All you need to do is enter your arrival date to begin the reservation process. If booking by phone, be sure to mention the 'Nautical Institute' to obtain the conference rate.
May 7-8, 2015 | Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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