Alandia Marine Insurance Seminar 2019

We are pleased to invite you to attend the Alandia Marine Insurance Seminar on 9 May 2019 at the Congress Center Alandica in Mariehamn.

Our afternoon seminar “Fuelling Shipping” is free of charge to all those who wish to attend. Our speakers are internationally renown experts in their fields and will share their views on the challenges the 2020 IMO sulphur regulation brings to the shipping industry.

We encourage our visiting friends to make the travel and accommodation arrangements at your earliest convenience. Please contact if you have any questions regarding this event.

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Our speakers 

Legal framework - Ulla von Weissenberg, Procopé & Hornborg Attorneys
  • Ulla advises on all aspects of international maritime and transport law and various insurance issues as well on wide range of issues relating to international trade – including extensive trade compliance and sanctions advice. She is also experienced in issues related to shipbuilding and ship purchases. Due to the long experience with insurance issues, clients also rely on Ulla’s advice on complicated “non-marine” insurance matters. Ulla frequently litigates before courts and arbitral tribunal, and is regularly involved in complex cross-border disputes.
  • Presentation in pdf

Recent and future bunker quality problems - Walter Dekkers, Van Ameyde Marine
  • In 1990 Walter Dekkers joined Van Ameyde Marine as a Marine Surveyor. As from September 2006 Walter has been Managing Director of Van Ameyde Marine.
    Walter holds his Chief Engineer’s licence and has 7 years of sea-going experience. During his time at sea he sailed on a variety of vessels including heavy lift vessels.
    His main work involves all types of technical and cargo surveys, but he also carries out P&I entry and condition surveys, pre-purchase surveys and risk management inspections. Walter is trained as an ISM Lead Auditor, he is an approved 360 Quality Inspector and he completed the Cambridge Reefer Course. Furthermore, he took various tanker courses.
    He is a member of IBIA, registered as surveyor for the Dutch Institute of Registered Surveyors (NIVRE-re), an associate fellow of the Nautical Institute and a registered UNUM arbiter.
    Walter has handled several large casualties, including court cases, and has acted as an expert witness.
  • Presentation in pdf

2020 and beyond, what to expect and what to fear - Jacob Granqvist, Gasum
  • Jacob started his maritime career as an apprentice onboard a North Sea crude shuttle tanker in the nineties. He is a Master Mariner and holds a master in Maritime Law. After about a decade at sea on different tonnage and trades it was time to get from sailing vessels and ashore to new challenges. From the seven seas, ashore to the Middle East and the American Roll on Roll of Carriers, from there back north to Neste in Finland and onwards from oil to LNG and Gasum. For Jacob it has always been about innovating and shaping the maritime industry from within.

Alternative fuels and the future of shipping - John L David, Marine Professionals
  • Captain John spent 21 years deep sea, which included five years as a Master. Whilst at sea, John served on oil tankers and bulk carriers of various sizes, plus an assortment of general cargo, container vessels, and one or two coasters. He has sailed to pretty much everywhere in the world, except to Cuba and New Zealand.
    As Master, he met pirates, first hand, on several occasions, but he was never formally introduced; he ran just the one of his, (Panamax), vessels aground; and there was just the one (little) fire.
    Since leaving the sea, Captain John has spent the last 25 years as a marine investigator and consultant, including spending nine years with a leading London maritime law firm.
    For the last sixteen years, John has been working for Marine Professionals, which specialises in casualty investigation and marine consultancy, advising mainly marine insurance clients, world-wide, and across a wide spectrum of marine-related matters and problems.
    Captain John has investigated and advised on a broad range of marine claims including H & M, cargo, P & I, ports & terminals, loss of hire, salvage, wreck removal, and GA matters, some of which have also involved piracy, grounding, collision, structural failure, fire, personal accident, and often interviewing the crew.'
    Captain John is on the approved Lloyd’s Panel as a Special Casualty Representative (LOF – SCOPIC), and has attended several major salvage operations – often in the most inhospitable of places.
  • Presentation in pdf

Program "Fuelling shipping"

13:00–13:15 Opening and welcome, Jan Limnell, Alandia Presentation in pdf

13:15–13:45 Legal Framework, Ulla von Weissenberg, Procopé & Hornborg Attorneys

14:00–14:35 Recent and future bunker quality problems, Walter Dekkers, Van Ameyde Marine

15:00–15:45 2020 and beyond, what to expect and what to fear, Jacob Granqvist, Gasum

16:00–16:35 Alternative fuels and the future of shipping, John L David, Marine Professionals

16:35–17:00 Summary and close of seminar 

18:00 – Drop-in cocktail & mingle dinner for invited guests

The presentations are held in English by invited expert speakers.  

IMO regulations to reduce sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions from ships first came into force in 2005, (MARPOL Convention). Since then, the limits on sulphur oxides have progressively tightened and from 1st January 2020, the limit for sulphur in fuel oil used on board ships operating outside designated emission control areas is to be set at 0.50% m/m (mass by mass). This will significantly reduce the amount of sulphur oxides emanating from ships and should have major health and environmental benefits.

In order to meet the IMO requirements several different solutions are on the market such as scrubbers, LNG, methanoI, electricity as well as new blends of fuel. It is important to identify any potential safety issue related to this development of alternative energy sources for ships’ propulsion.

At the Alandia Marine Insurance Seminar 9th May 2019 some issues in connection with the IMO 2020 sulphur requirements are discussed under the main theme “Fuelling Shipping”.

The Maritime Day

The Maritime Day includes a Maritime Exhibition with exhibitors from the shipping industry, such as ship owners, suppliers, maritime schools and other maritime organizations. Several seminars take place during the day, among them a Nordic/Baltic Shipping Policy Seminar with invited politicians from the Nordic countries, DNVGL seminar and more.


We recommend the hotels listed below. Special prices are offered on reservations made by March 31 and by using the code ”SJÖFART”.

For more information, please see Accommodation information on the event website at

You can also combine your travelling to Mariehamn with accommodation by boarding one of the cruise vessels, Viking Cinderella or Birka Stockholm, from Stockholm on Wednesday and wake up in Mariehamn early Thursday.

Contact Vikingline at or Birka Cruises at


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For exhibitors

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