Eco-ships: Poker game or game-changer?

On May 22nd, 2013 Prof. Roar Os Ådland (Professor of Shipping Economics at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) in Bergen) will give a lecture on the topic “Eco-ships: Poker game or game-changer?”. The lecture is open to the public. Space is limited, so please register ahead of time.

Past event — 22 May 2013

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Prof. Roar Os Ådland

Professor of Shipping Economics

Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)


Eco-ships: Poker game or game-changer?
In today's challenging shipping markets, few topics are as polarizing in our industry as the merits of eco ship designs.  Proponents refer to the large apparent fuel savings while skeptics point to the fact that more energy efficient operation and minor technical retrofits can achieve substantial savings also for standard tonnage.  Most seem to agree that ordering large volumes of new efficient tonnage at the current point in the cycle is not particularly helpful for the future market outlook.  In this lecture, Professor Roar Adland from the Norwegian School of Economics gives us his view on eco-ships as a former freight trader-turned-economist.  Some key questions that will be addressed are: How are owners of existing tonnage adapting through slow steaming?   Are typical eco-designs touted by the yards actually optimized for the current low rate, high fuel cost environment?  Are fuel savings what they appear to be?  What are the key considerations when reviewing vessel designs from a fuel economics point of view?  While there are no clear-cut answers that will fit all owners and trades, there is plenty of food for thought in the process.
Professor Adland studied marine engineering in Norway before getting his shipping-economics Ph.D. from MIT in 2002.  He started working for London-based shipbroker Clarksons in 2003 under Dr. Martin Stopford, and joined Clarksons’ fund management division as a portfolio manager for freight derivatives in 2006, where he successfully traded drybulk and tanker FFAs for more than five years.  In 2012 he returned to academia as a chair professor in shipping economics at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), sponsored by the Bergen Shipowners’ Association. Adland’s key areas of interest are bulk shipping markets, freight derivatives, risk management, and the impact of technological and regulatory changes on the global freight markets.
More about Prof. Roar Os Ådland 
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