Cherry mainly deals with matters related to contracts in the supply chain: storage, international trade & logistics and cargo claims. Its customers are mainly suppliers and traders in raw materials such as metal and fruit, as well as logistics service providers such as forwarders and storage keepers.
Cherry is a true litigation lawyer, with a keen eye for the trade relationship and litigation strategy. Her goal is to find a quick solution for her customers, while ensuring that the costs and benefits are always in balance. Cherry also has extensive experience in drafting contracts, partly due to her knowledge of litigation.
She has dealt with several cases on the applicability and interpretation of general terms and conditions, in particular with regard to carrier terms and conditions on bills of lading and jurisdiction clauses. But also more typical “wet” cases such as in 2010 the “Oostenwind”, where an important decision was taken on the ownership of yards of ships under construction and in 2017 the decision in “De Jonge Maritime” on pilotage charges.
Cherry started as a lawyer in 2004. She previously worked at other (maritime) law firms such as Boonk Van Leeuwen. After establishing her own office Alius law in 2016, where she became more involved in the supply, maintenance and lease of maritime equipment, she strengthens Caland Advocaten as one of the co-founders as of January 1, 2019.
Group Commercial & Business Development Director
Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS)
Steve is the Group Commercial & Business Development Director for VPS, responsible for the development and implementation of global commercial strategy, since joining the company in July 2016,
Graduating from Northumbria University with a BSc (Hons) in Applied Chemistry, Steve worked as an R&D Chemist for BNFL, ICI and Sanofi-Aventis, before joining Anachem Ltd, in a commercial role within laboratory instrumentation in 1997.
Progressing his international commercial career, Steve moved from technical sales to Sales & Marketing Manager, before becoming the General Manager for a1-Envirotech, gaining formal business management qualifications and awards along the way.
Steve joined Lintec Testing Services Ltd, a subsidiary of Intertek, as Operations & Key Accounts Manager in 2007, before becoming General Manager of Lintec in 2011, then Director of Intertek ShipCare in June 2012, a role held until joining VPS.
Mounir Bendouch is an executive director for Bunker Connect, the digital brokerage platform that has established itself as one of the leading platforms in Northern Europe.
His company brings disintermediation to the marine fuel markets, directly connecting previously unreachable parties, and features an automatic price discovery system supported by an expert broker. Bunker Connect’s aim is to use digital technology to set a new standard for transparency in the industry.
Mr. Bendouch holds a master’s degree in Econometrics and has a broad experience with information technologies.
Global Account Manager
Claudia entered the maritime industry as business development manager for Emerson, where she focused on bunkerflowmeters. Now, more than 10 years later and after some sidesteps, she is back in the bunkerindustry as Global Account Manager for one of her first customers, VT.
Advocating transparency and accurate measurements for bunkering of all types of fuels, have always been a red line through her career and also in her previous role at Wartsila, where she worked as sales and marketing manager for Gas Solutions. Claudia has also been a member of the first working group within SGMF, quantity and quality measurements for LNG Bunkering.
By education, she is a chemical engineer and in her current role, this diverse background and the passion for the bunker industry will help VT and their customers to make the transition from traditional fuels to the future fuel mix.
Manager, Bunker Services
Mads started his career in the Oil & Gas industry for 17 years, starting at ExxonMobil in 2003. Since 2009 he has been working in the bunker industry, having held various positions with Wilhelmsen Premier Marine Fuels, Cockett Marine Oil, KPI Bridge Oil and since 2018 he has headed up the bunker procurement team at Teekay.
Marine Fuels Technical Advisor
Armelle Breneol is the marine fuels technical advisor for ExxonMobil in Europe. A specialist in product measurement integrity, Ms. Breneol works with vessel operators and business partners to ensure bunker operations are flawless in ports served by ExxonMobil.
Her expertise was key in the development and introduction of Mass Flow Metering System in ARA in 2018.
Ms Breneol worked on the introduction of ExxonMobil Premium HDME 50™, the ECA-category fuel, and EMF.5™ specially designed to help marine operators comply with 2015 ECA 0,10% sulphur cap and 2020 Global 0,50% sulphur cap respectively.
Ms. Breneol has been with ExxonMobil for 23 years. Before joining the business, she was at sea for five years working as an engineer and deck officer, gaining valuable experience on-board ferries, containerships and oceanographic research vessels.
Ms. Breneol graduated from l’Ecole Nationale de la Marine Marchande (ENMM) in 1991, and earned a Master’s degree in International Transport (University - Panthéon Sorbonne – 1996).
Senior Credit Manager
Island Oil Holdings
Global maritime executive with focus on marine fuels credit management, compliance and commercial development. Coming from an educational background gained from first class institutions in the UK, France and Greece in the fields of banking, shipping, finance as well as management at masters levels. Professional history includes financial & markets analysis, credit ratings, risk management, competitive research; always with a view of integrating intelligence gathered with management solutions at commercial level. Focus, always been making a difference in the shipping and energy sectors walking the extra miles between buyer and the vendor.
Leon Gommans is an entrepreneur who is passionate about technology, innovation and collaboration. With the vast amounts of public data that are available in the maritime domain he has set his target to have an impact on the shipping industry and co-founded Teqplay. Teqplay is a context broker that provides its clients with the information for adaptive and informed decision making in the real-time operational domain. Teqplay is servicing main stakeholders in the maritime supply chain like Vopak, Shell. Yara, Cargill, DNVGL, Hafnia, Stena, and Port of Rotterdam
With his background in computer science, business administration and over 7 years of maritime knowledge he is focussing on digitizing the maritime industry and applying the newest technologies like AI and ML and building the solutions of the future.
Grégoire Hartig is currently Maritime Sales Manager at Gasum, where he develops products and solutions supporting customers of the maritime industry in reducing the environmental footprint of their fuel consumption. He also works at expanding the geographical presence of Gasum’s maritime LNG offering.
In his previous position at Nauticor Grégoire drove the improvement of the small-scale LNG ecosystem in Europe, from the conventional LNG terminal to the consuming vessel, in order to allow LNG as shipping fuel to emerge as an operationally and economically attractive solution.
Before bringing forward LNG as alternative fuel, Grégoire held various position related to the gas and LNG markets at EDF and Edison.
Business Development Manager, Marine Fuel Solutions
Emerson Automation Solutions
Experienced Business Development Manager Currently specialising in Marine LNG Bunker Systems, Fuel Consumption and Vessel efficiency via IIoT, Vessel Automation and Cargo Custody Transfer Systems. With a demonstrated history of working in the Process Automation and Marine Industry. And a strong sales professional graduated from University of Leeds.
Global Business Development Manager
Bureau Veritas VeriFuels
Gunnar Kjeldsen began his working career in DNV Petroleum Services where he spent 16 years in different key positions. His last position in DNV Petroleum Services was Regional Manager for the Middle East and Africa.
Since 2014, Gunnar has been with Bureau Veritas’ Marine Fuel Services. He has helped build a fuel quality testing program, VeriFuel, which is easy to use and modern for the ship operators. He is now a Business Development Manager for the Marine Fuel Services.
Gunnar has presented at bunker and shipping conferences, conducted seminars and also written on marine fuels. His extensive knowledge on Marine Fuels has helped shipping companies mitigate operational and financial risks as well as cost reduction on bunker operations.
Gunnar graduated from University of Maine, USA in 1997 with a bachelor degree.
Principal Environmental Advisor
The Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF)
Sjaak Klap is a Principal Environmental Advisor at the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF). The Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel is a non-government organisation founded in 2013 with the key aim of promoting safely and industry best practice for gas as an alternative, cleaner and sustainable shipping fuel for now and the future.
Sjaak started his career in the shipping industry. He thereafter transferred to other industrial sectors, including shipbuilding and stainless-steel industries before returning to the shipping industry as Vice President Business Development for Spliethoff, an Amsterdam-based shipping company. His responsibilities included all aspects of LNG as marine fuel, which resulted in orders for 7 LNG-fuelled short-sea vessels by 2 Spliethoff Group subsidiaries. He retired from Spliethoff in September 2019 and took up his present position at SGMF.
Sjaak studied marine engineering, business administration and logistics.
Commercial Director Marine
Michael Schaap is the commercial director marine at Titan LNG B.V. and in that capacity responsible for the development of the marine and bunkering proposition for Titan LNG.
In the past Michael has had various roles in the bunker industry, mainly involved on the commercial & trading activities for physical suppliers such as Shell Marine Products and Argos bunkering.
Actual bunkering experience has proven to be helpful to translate the needs of vessel owners and operators to a LNG bunkering supply proposition, resulting in several milestone projects and deliveries of LNG as a marine fuel.
Michael has a degree from Nyenrode Business University.
Global Operations Manager
Verifuel, Bureau Veritas
Argyrios Schoinas began his working career in Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS) working as a bunker surveyor. Since 2016, Argyrios has been with Bureau Veritas’ Marine Fuel Services.
He has helped organize and coordinate all the various bunker fuel related inspections taking place in different ports in Americas under VeriFuel. His role was then expanded on 2018 to cover all work done globally and he is now the Global Operations Manager for the Marine Fuel Services.
Argyrios has presented at bunker conferences, conducted seminars and also written on quantity surveys and Tricks of the Trade for marine fuels. His extensive knowledge on the field has helped shipping companies mitigate operational and financial risks as well as cost reduction on bunker operations.
Argyrios graduated from University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 2011 with a bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering, while he also holds a MEng from the same university and a MSc in Chemical Process Engineering from UCL, UK.
Director, Fuel Supply
Hans Staal is Director, Fuel Supply for DP World-owned companies Unifeeder, Feedertech, Transworld Feeders, Unimed Feeder Services and P&O Ferries and is responsible for the development and implementation of Unifeeder Groups over all fuel supply strategy and road to decarbonization.
Hans Staal has worked in the bunker industry since 2004 - hereunder 11 years with O.W. Bunker – and held various roles in trading and physical supply across Europe, North America and Far East Asia before joining Aarhus, Denmark headquartered Unifeeder Group in June 2018.
Leon Van Duivendijk
Director Shared Resources
Leon studied to become Maritime Officer in Vlissingen, The Netherlands followed by a study Maritime Science at the University of Antwerp.
He sailed on product/chemical tankers for Vroon as deck officer before joining the Operations team in 2007. He became Operations Manager for the Vroon tanker fleet (Iver Ships) in 2012. As from 2016 he moved on as Head Operations for the Vroon Group of Companies and became responsible for all operational processes within the Vroon Group for their 200 vessels at the time which included bunker purchases and bunker operations. As from 2018 Leon started as Director Shared Resources at Vroon and in that capacity leading a team responsible for amongst others the implementation of new rules and regulations, innovation as well as responsible for groupwide business processes. As from September 2021 Leon is Managing Director of Iver Ships.
He is a passionate ship photographer and maintains his own website: Duivendijk.net.
Ron Van Gelder
Port of Rotterdam
Ron joined the Port of Rotterdam Authority in 1983. In 1986 he joined the Dangerous Goods Department up until the rank of Senior Superintendent. In 2000 he left the inspection side of the department in order to start working on the Port Waste Management Plan. Now, as senior advisor to the Harbourmaster, he focuses mainly on shipping waste, ballast water issues, (air) emissions from ships, anti-fouling and other environmental issues, on both sea-going vessels and inland barges. Responsible for implementing the bunker licensing system for conventional fuels in 2020/2021.
Is member of WG4 (PRF) of ISO TC8/SC2, first as expert on Port Reception Facilities since 2011, as of 2017 as member on behalf of NEN and since 2018 as Convenor. Working on two subjects: PRF in the Arctic and PRF for Inland Shipping.
Katrien Van Itterbeeck
Program Manager Sustainable Shipping, Department of Sustainable Transition – Corporate Affairs
Port of Antwerp
Katrien graduated at the Antwerp Maritime Academy in 2013 and at the University of Antwerp in 2014, obtaining Masters in nautical sciences and environmental sciences.
She started working for Saga Walco AS in 2014. Katrien was part of the operations department performing cost analysis on port and stevedoring activities.
Her career at the port authority started in 2016. Today, she is working in the sustainable transition department as senior technical environment manager. Her specialty domain is shipping services; leading projects on bunkering, onshore power supply, underwater cleaning equipment.
International Association of Ports and Harbors
Patrick Verhoeven is managing director of the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH), responsible for policy and strategy. The organisation represents about 170 ports and some 140 port-related businesses in 90 countries worldwide. Prior to joining IAPH in 2017, Patrick spent twenty-four years in Brussels representing the interests of shipowners, port authorities, terminal operators and ship agents at EU level. He started his career in 1991 with the Antwerp-based ship agent Grisar & Velge. In 2019, Patrick joined the supervisory board of the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority as deputy chairman. Patrick holds a PhD in applied economics and a bachelor’s in law from the University of Antwerp. He is assistant professor at the university’s Centre for Maritime and Air Transport Management (C-MAT). Patrick lives in Antwerp with his wife and three children.
Global Technical Manager
Tracy began her working life as a Research Chemist with ICI on Teesside.
Having held a number of research and development positions, Tracy joined the Oilfield Chemicals Division of ICI, where she spent 13 years, working closely with customers, solving technical issues through the development of new products.
In 2011 Tracy joined Lintec Testing Services, now Intertek ShipCare, as Operations & Key Account Manager. In 2014 Tracy moved into a commercial role within Intertek ShipCare, as Business Development Manager, targeting growth in the European region.
Tracy is a BSc Chemistry graduate.
Shipping Strategy / ship.energy
- Maritime analyst and consultant for 23 years
- Has advised major ship owners, charterers, investors, banks, ports, insurers and regulators
- Has built several successful research and consultancy teams
- Founder and Managing Director of Shipping Strategy, a boutique maritime strategy consultancy and training business
- Regular speaker at international shipping conferences and in the wider media
- Published author of dozens of articles on shipping and Operational Research
- Member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers