About this Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) 

This Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) course will provide an informed insight in choices and limitations of containment systems and how advances in propulsion technology, coupled with environmental legislation, are narrowing the parameters of asset operability and commercial viability.

It will review vessel operations and its interface with fixed and floating terminals, the legislative and day-to-day operations criteria that in turn affect safe and reliable cargo deliveries.

The VILT course will be delivered in an interactive style, encouraging participants to learn and challenge how technological and commercial innovation is driving commoditisation and thus a much broader participation and optionality in the LNG cargo space.

After the completion of this VILT course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of marine transport in the LNG value chain: Safe, Reliable and Cost-Effective
  • Learn how low-speed diesel engines have fundamentally altered LNG transport
  • Appreciate how these technological developments enable the wide-spread adoption of LNG, not only as a low carbon, but also as an economically viable fuel
  • Develop an understanding of the legislative framework applicable to LNG shipping, the complex interaction between construction and operations codes, rules and standards, inspection and assurance
  • Explore the opportunities for small-scale, bunkering and floating LNG facilities as the next phase in market growth
  • Discuss all your queries and challenges

This VILT course will be of great value to anyone whose current or future role in the LNG value chain requires a sound understanding of the key technical and operational aspects and characteristics of LNG marine transport:

  • Cargo and freight operations staff in supply/trading organisations
  • Port and terminal operators / Regulators
  • Insurers, legal practitioners and those looking to finance LNG assets

The VILT course will be delivered in an interactive style, encouraging participants to learn and challenge how technological and commercial innovation is driving commoditisation and thus a much broader participation and optionality in the LNG cargo space.

This VILT course will be delivered online in 5 half-day sessions comprising 4 hours per day, with 2 breaks of 10 minutes per day.

Course Duration: 5 half-day sessions, 4 hours per session (20 hours in total).

Each session will start with a short recap/knowledge quiz.

Your expert course leader grew up in a village near Rotterdam where, as a young boy, he would witness the expansion of the harbour and related industry on a daily basis. He obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Rotterdam University of Applied Science and, at the request of his new employer, Shell Tankers, completed a dual-certificate Marine Officer course at Flushing Nautical College. Noting that a life-long career at sea was not for him, he obtained an MSc in International Shipping from Plymouth University. Upon re-connecting with his former employer, he and his wife settled in London where they still live, as do most of their children. His passion for matters maritime also extends to his hobbies which include sailing, scuba diving and, more recently, rowing.

Career Summary:

2018 to present: Independent Consultant, advising international clients on a range of subjects such as LNG shipping and contracting, freight economics and chartering strategy, Company start-up and Maritime training

Course Director/Creator of a range of LNG Shipping & Operations courses in collaboration with a number of highly respected training providers across the globe. Learning Modules include: Design, Technology, Freight Economics, Deal Operations, Markets & Pricing, Sale & Purchase agreements but also small-scale LNG and Bunkering, LNG as Fuel including decarbonisation initiatives / challenges across the marine transport spectrum

Fleet Operations and Technical Support Manager, STASCo Shipping and Maritime (London, 2010 – 2017)

Responsible for Operational Excellence, Crewing, Repair & Maintenance and Specialist Support (performance analysis, electrical and IT) for 10 oil tankers and 43 LNG carriers. 30 direct reports, budget US$300+ million. Reorganised crewing function, transformed fleet staff engagements with focus on leadership attributes, reflective learning and heightened commercial and efficiency awareness as well as achieving Sharpened business focus in repair and maintenance

VP Shipping, Qatar International Petroleum Marketing Co. (Doha 2007 – 2010)

Facilitated start-up of an independent petroleum products marketing entity. Member of executive leadership team; devising policies and procedures aligned with industry best practice. Led training on maritime commercial practice and risk management across the organisation.

  • Implemented portfolio of term and spot-chartered bulk carriers of an assured quality, coupled with a freight book to manage price exposure
  • Set-up a ship quality assurance (vetting) service, using state-of-the-art methodology
  • Instrumental in concluding first ever CIF sales of LPG and Condensates, including the introduction of the full spectrum of voyage and deal operations, documentation as well as cargo and liability insurance

Manager Global LNG Operations and GM Shell Western LNG Ltd. (Barbados, The Hague 2002 – 2207)

Joined emerging LNG Supply Trading team (SILS) to operationalise LNG term contracts; start-up import and export terminals, implement deal infrastructure to conduct spot trades and contract cargo diversions

  • Responsible for day-to-day voyage and deal operations, liaising with schedulers, chartering manager and commercial managers as well as the technical fleet management function, including phasing-in of new vessels
  • Lead design of support systems; created book structures to allocate freight and profit share arrangement
  • Devised specific voyage order format and analysis of deal options such as cargo heel and bunker optimization

Global Lead – Demurrage, Claims & Cargo Care – (Shell Trading network)

Responsible for cargo loss, demurrage and time charter contract performance teams in 3 locations, including commercial & legal liaison for Casualty Response Team dealing with various high-profile incidents, claims and litigation such as Detention, Fire, Grounding, Collision, Salvage and General Average

  • Responsible for full review and re-issue of Shell’s Charterers Instruction Manual
  • Co-initiator of an industry initiative to create an electronic cargo documentation exchange platform

LPG Trading, Crude and CPP tanker charterer, Shell International Trading Co

Optimised scheduling of 5 very large and 2 mid-sized LPG carriers. Negotiated with suppliers / receivers and managed freight exposure through a combination of time charter in/out, cargo swaps and spot charters. Concluded over 700 spot fixtures and ran a freight book for 3 LR product carriers on Time Charter.

Maritime Officer (Dual Certified), Shell Tankers BV (Rotterdam, 1980 – 1987)

Served on specialist product and crude oil carriers (VLCC, North Sea shuttle)