Part five of a five part series of online conferences
About This Webinar
This is the fifth instalment in the series of online conferences featuring expert panels who will be navigating the waters of decarbonisation compliance in the workboat industry. Together we'll be looking at cost effective solutions to help you tackle the challenges brought about by regulatory change.

This fifth session focuses on the Long-term 2035 onwards: The future fuel race – battery, hydrogen, ammonia etc.. How do we go about commissioning a vessel in this changing environment?
  • Welcome Address by the Workboat Association
  • Presentations from three expert speakers
  • Panel discussion with moderator
  • Live audience Q&A
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    Kerrie Forster
    CEO, The Workboat Association
    After 16 years working both on/offshore within various maritime industries, Kerrie is currently CEO of the Workboat Association - “The trade association for Workboat Owners, Operators, Stakeholders and Professionals.”

    Previously a workboat vessel Master, he has substantial offshore experience onboard CTVs, Survey Vessels, Dive support and Anchor Handlers. In more recent time Kerrie has spent a number of years managing a fleet of vessels for an international workboat company based in the Netherlands and has gained experience from working across the globe. Kerrie has a strong background in promoting a well-accepted safety culture, responsible work ethics and cross organisation understanding.

    Kerrie actively represents the Workboat Industry and wider Offshore Contracting Sector speaking and chairing at working groups and conferences, providing guidance and research to many national and international publications and campaigns, Kerrie is motivated in supporting all industry stakeholders from Regulators to Apprentices.
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    Andy Page - Moderator
    Managing Director, Chartwell Marine
    A Chartered Engineer, Andy Page is Managing Director of Chartwell Marine, a Naval Architectural consultancy business which supports boat builders and vessel operators worldwide. In addition to this, Andy Page is the Chairman of the Workboat Association Technical Working Group, responsible for leading the way in industry decarbonisation.

    For several years, Andy worked for a large high-speed vessel boat builder and repairer as head naval architect and general manager. The design organisation supported both their UK South Coast & East Coast Facilities as well as providing design services to the wider market. Andy headed up the design team, which at its peak had multiple naval architects and marine engineers working worldwide. The team were responsible for designing several craft ranging from small commercial ribs to large high-speed offshore catamarans. Their work took them across the world, with projects in Australia, Brazil, Taiwan and most significantly the USA.

    Following these exciting years Andy formed Chartwell Marine Ltd, to operate independently. Chartwell Marine are an award-winning pioneer in next generation vessel design and are responsible for a number of innovative and market leading projects including, but not limited to, the Chartwell 24 hybrid scanwell survey, and, partners in the design of the BARTECH30 and BARTECH50.
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    Cansu Tuncer
    Business Development Manager for NAVTEK Naval Technologies Inc
    Cansu Tuncer was born in 1988 in Norway, Drammen. She started her career in the marine sector (Business Development) in 2011. After 10 years working within various maritime industries, Cansu is currently Business Development Manager of NAVTEK Naval Technologies Inc.

    Before joining NAVTEK Naval Technologies, she worked in project developments for distinguished companies in the Naval Design, Shipbuilding and Ship repair fields.

    Throughout her years of experience and knowledge, Ms. Tuncer supports on the importance of innovative ideas and technologies for a greener future.
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    Stuart Barnes
    Regional Partnership Manager, The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
    Stuart Barnes works for the Offshore Renewables Energy Catapult (ORE Catapult) and specialises in supporting clean maritime innovation. Stuart has been with ORE Catapult for 4 years and during that time has worked closely with stakeholders including the Workboat Association, Vattenfall, Bibby Marine Services, AMC, Tidal Transit, ABP, SPBS, and the Department for Transport.

    Stuart recently led a team of researchers in producing a report for the Department for Transport (DfT) which outlines an ‘Innovation Roadmap’ with recommendations for government and industry to help achieve net zero emissions maritime in the operations and maintenance of North Sea offshore wind.

    Stuart has worked in the renewables industry since 2008, with roles including onshore wind development with the Carbon Trust Enterprise company, Partnerships for Renewables, and offshore development of round 3 offshore wind with RES offshore.
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    Willem van der Wel
    Managing Director, Windcat Workboats BV
    Starting with Windcat over 10 years ago Willem has been involved within all aspects of the Windcat business from the newbuilding of vessels, operational management as well as the chartering side as Windcat’s Business Development Manager for many years.

    Windcat Workboats is Europe’s leading provider of specialist crew transfer vessels to the offshore wind power industry, oil and gas industry and other offshore projects.

    Since 2019 Willem has taken the reins from the founders of the company as the current Managing Director of Windcat Workboats.

    At the end of 2020 Windcat Workboats has been acquired by Compagnie Maritime Belge (our partner in developing the Hydrogen Dual Fuel CTV). Willem is highly involved in the designing, building and certification process of the vessel as well as the development of potential hydrogen infrastructures.