Please note: ARACON21 has now moved from Rotterdam to Antwerp

Aracon 2021 - Antwerp


30 September - 1 October 2021 ~ One and a half-day conference

Early Bird Rate: €795 (Early Bird ended Friday, 31 August 2021)
Standard Rate: €1,095


If you believe you can make a strong contribution to the conference programme as a speaker, please contact Lesley Bankes-Hughes - or +44 1295 814455 x 211.

Programme details are updated on a daily basis and are subject to change as new speakers are confirmed.


08:00 coffee breakRegistration and Welcome Coffee 
Upper Lobby Area - Hilton Hotel
  Shipping markets overview
Mark Williams, Managing Director, Shipping Strategy
Session One: The commercial state of play
Most would agree that the bunker industry is now firmly on the other side of the IMO 2020 transition, but it continues to confront the challenges thrown up by the ongoing pandemic. Looking at the global picture – but with a firm focus on the ARA market – this session will look at the commercial state of play in the marine fuels sector, covering issues such as credit management, industry consolidation, digitalisation and developments in fuel procurement.
09:00 Chairman's Introduction / Welcome to ARACON
  Q&A / Panel Discussion
Panellists include:
Mounir Bendouch, Director, Bunker Connect
Anna-Maria Foteinou, Senior Credit Manager, Island Oil Holdings
Léon Gommans, Co-Founder, Teqplay

Argyrios Schoinas, Global Operations Manager, VeriFuel Bureau Veritas
10:50 coffee break Morning Coffee Break  
Session Two: Fuel quality – troubled waters or plain sailing?
Always a popular session at ARACON, speakers will look at recent trends in fuel characteristics, notably in VLSFOs, developments in fuel analysis techniques, quality disputes, ISO 8217 parameters and the outlook for fuel testing as new fuels enter the marine pool. The issue of ARA’s reputation as a fuel quality ‘hot spot’ will also be debated.
11:20 Chairman's Opening Remarks
  Steve Bee, Group Commercial & Business Development Director, VPS
Gunnar Kjeldsen, Global Business Development Manager, Marine Fuel Services, VeriFuel Bureau
Tracey Wardell, Global Technical Manager, Intertek Lintec
  Q&A / Panel Discussion
13:00 lunch-breakNetworking Lunch  vps v1
Session Three: Business as usual?
This session will bring bunker physical suppliers and traders together to discuss how the ARA market has fared throughout the last difficult 18 months. New players have entered the local market and some have also left, so have the market dynamics changed or is it still business as usual? How is the ARA bunker community preparing to adapt to the challenge of shipping’s decarbonisation?
14:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks
  Christian Kint, Managing Director, OilChart International
Michael de Boeck, Director, United Bunkers
Claudia Beumer, Global Account Manager, VT Group
  Q&A / Panel Discussion
15:30 coffee-breakNetworking Coffee Break  
Session Four: Transparency: industry buzzword or realistic ambition?
This session looks at how the ARA market – and the bunker industry in general – measures up in terms of transparency. Speakers will discuss the introduction of bunker licensing at the Port of Rotterdam, the uptake of mass flow meters, counterparty checks and compliance.
16:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks
  Cherry Almeida, Partner, Caland Advocaten
Daniel Kemp, Business Development Manager, Marine Fuel Solutions, Emerson Automation Solutions
Armelle Breneol, Marine Fuels Technical Advisor, ExxonMobil
  Q&A / Panel Discussion
17:15 Chairman’s Closing Remarks
17:30 End of Day One Conference Sessions  
19:00 Drinks Reception  
20:00 - 22:30 ARACON Dinner  
08:00 coffee breakRegistration and Welcome Coffee
Session Five: The bunker deal – fuel buyers have their say
Bunker buyers will come together in this session to discuss fuel issues and trends from the ‘ship side’. The conversation will cover fuel availability and fuel quality, short delivery, onboard fuel handling, the digitalisation of bunker delivery documentation, the impact of the pandemic on bunkering operations and, looking ahead, the plans that are being put in place to address shipping’s energy transition
09:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks
  Mads Bjornebye, Manager, Bunker Services, Teekay Tankers
Leon van Duivendijk
, Director Shared Resources, Vroon
  Q&A / Panel Discussion
10:30 coffee-breakNetworking Coffee Break  oilchart offshore vertoilchart inter vert
Session Six: The shock of the new – shipping’s decarbonisation
The ARA region is a hub of innovation in terms of shipping’s energy transition. This session will focus on the supply infrastructure that is in place – or is building – for the raft of alternative fuels that will be available to shipping. It will look at the key role that ports are playing in support shipping’s decarbonisation and it will also take a ‘deep dive’ into what the EC’s ‘Fit for 55’ basket of measures may mean for the shipping and bunker industries. What will the ‘brave new world’ of emissions trading and marine fuel taxation really look like?
11:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks
  Grégoire Hartig, Business Development, Gasum
Sjaak Klap, Principal Environmental Advisor, SGMF
Michael Schaap, Commercial Director Marine, Titan LNG
Michael Van Lieshout, Sustainable Transition Expert, Port of Antwerp
Patrick Verhoeven, Managing Director, International Association of Ports and Harbors
  Q&A / Panel Discussion
All session speakers
13:00 Closing Remarks
13:05 lunch-breakNetworking Lunch
14:00 End of ARACON 2021



Registration Option

ARACON 2021 Conference Pass:





  • VT Group
  • VPS
  • Oilchart Offshore Ltd
  • Emerson
  • Oilchart International
  • Caland Advocaten
  • Northstar NV
  • Bergen Bunkers
  • Intertek Lintec
  • Delta Energy Fuel Supply & Trading
  • Camin Cargo Control



Remember to ask about the special rates for multiple delegates from the same company.

Aracon Spex 2021









  • Actualidad Maritima Y Portuaria
  • Bunkerspot
  • Ship Energy
  • World Oils



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