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2nd Offshore Support Vessels Conference

Offshore support vessels play a crucial role in the offshore oil and gas industry by providing essential services to offshore oil and gas exploration, drilling and production operations. With the increasing demand for oil and gas, the growth of offshore oil and gas exploration and production projects, the demand for OSVs in the region foresees a significant growth in the coming 3 to 5 years. In fact, massive opportunities lie within the expansion plans of the region’s NOCs such as Saudi Aramco, ADNOC and Qatar Energy.

However, the offshore support vessel industry is facing many challenges that require a deep understanding of the market dynamics, operators’ needs, technological advancements, and regulatory requirements. Some of these challenges include the impact of the oil price on day rates, regional market characteristics, finances, security, and logistics.

After the resounding success of the launch of the Offshore Support Vessel Conference, the second edition will be hosted on 3 – 4 June 2024 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Gathering offshore oil and gas production leaders, shipowners and shipbuilders, shipyards and charterers who will uncover the latest offshore oil and gas exploration and production projects, reveal latest innovative and commercial trends and new contracting opportunities for OSVs. The conference provides an exclusive platform for networking, collaboration, and innovation, in aims to create a successful and sustainable future for the offshore support vessel industry.

Market drivers

The Global OSV

market is projected to grow from USD 14.46 billion in 2021 to USD 23.60 billion by 2028 (Fortune Business Insights).

The Middle East OSV

market is growing at a Compound annual growth rate of 5% over the next 5 years (Mordor Intelligence).

Saudi Aramco

is anticipating a 50% increase in the size of its offshore support vessels, which would bring the total number of crafts to around 450.

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company - ADNOC

awarded of a $548 million (AED2.01 billion) contract to build a new main gas line at its Lower Zakum field offshore of Abu Dhabi rising the need of offshore support vessels

Qatar Energy

is commencing 13 new offshore LNG projects opening a huge demand for OSVs for the market

Kuwait Oil Company

is starting their first offshore drilling operation worth of $594 million (KD 181 million), creating a surging need offshore support vessels to aid its logistics requirements

1st Offshore Support Vessels Conference in numbers 


High Profile Delegates






Media Partners


industry insights


Panel discussions


Round table discussions


Fireside chat


VPs, Heads, Directors, and Managers of:


Conference Chairman

Abdulla Al Abdouli

Vice President, Operations Excellence, Operations Excellence Division

ADNOC, United Arab Emirates

Advisory Board

Fazel A. Fazelbhoy

Chief Executive Officer

Synergy Offshore

Capt. Mohamed Ajjan

Fleet Manager OSV, Zakher

Marine International

Capt Hussam Suyyagh

Senior Specialist (offshore Projects)

ADNOC Logistics & Services


H.E. Khamis Juma Buamim

Chairman of Dubai Council for Marine & Maritime Industries (DCMMIEmirates), Chairman & Group CEO of KBI,

United Arab Emirates

Abdulla Al Abdouli

Vice President, Operations Excellence, Operations Excellence Division

ADNOC, United Arab Emirates

Markus DeJonge

Vice President, Offshore Mobile Solutions & Projects, ADNOC Logistics and Services,

United Arab Emirates


Vice President,
Ascenz Marorka


John Donovan

Vice President of Operations, Fuel Trax

United States of America

Turki AlShihri

Managing Director at National Maritime Academy (NMA)

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Hanan Ekhzaimy

Head of the Marine Competitiveness and Quality, Marine Transport Affairs Department, Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure

United Arab Emirates

Douglas Korth

Independent Industry Professional, Former Senior Director Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) Marine and Global Shallow Water Operations, McDermott International, Inc

United Arab Emirates

Waleed Altamimi

General Manager, Tasneef Maritime

United Arab Emirates

Capt. Mohamed Ajjan

Fleet Manager OSV, Zakher Marine International

Fazel A. Fazelbhoy

Chief Executive Officer, Synergy Offshore

Captain Khalid Alowais

Arbitrator & Underwriter Marine Damage Expert, Dubai International Arbitration Centre


Cedric Brisquet

Emergency, Crisis and Business Continuity Management Consultant, Federal Emergency Management Agency and Corporate Emergency Response Lead,


Taleb Al-Gudaihi

Contracts Manager, Arabian Drilling

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Stratos Margaritis

Solutions Architect, Navarino


Wael Mirza

Regional Business Development Manager, Asry


Danial Kaabi

Chief Executive Officer, Sea Horizon Offshore

Effat Mostafa

Maritime Business Excellence Consultant

Sherif Sayed-Ahmed

Marine Specialist, ADNOC Offshore

United Arab Emirates

Giuseppe Carta

Offshore HSE manager for Middle East, Saipem

United Arab Emirates

Jamil Al Ali

Regional and Commercial Director, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore

Middle East

Abhay Nimbalkar

Chief Executive Officer, Greenfield Marine

United Arab Emirates

Ajith P J

Managing Director (Projects), Aries Marine

United Arab Emirates

Capt. Mohit Batra

Chief Executive Officer, SMN Safety

United Arab Emirates

Capt Peter Valles

General Manager and Chief Principal Surveyor, Aalto Marine Services

United Arab Emirates

Peter Shaw-Smith

Freelance Journalist

United Arab Emirates

Sameh Aleem

Marine Chief Engineer, ADNOC Offshore,

United Arab Emirates


  • Day One - Wednesday, 14 June 2023
  • Day Two - Thursday, 15 June 2023


Registration, refreshments, and networking


Opening remarks by Great Minds Group


Welcome address by:


Keynote speech: by the conference chairman:

The outlook of offshore support vessels in the Middle East


Opening panel discussion: Major new opportunities for offshore support vessels in the Middle East




Fireside chat: A thorough review on the current OSVs in the Middle East and an envisioning the OSV of the future




Industry insights

This session will highlight the latest technologies in Offshore Support Vessels. The session consists of 15 -minute presentations from experts in the industry who will provide insights and case studies on the successful applications of innovative solutions.


Networking coffee break 

OSVs technical specifications and requirements to meet the surging demand in the region


Panel discussion two: A close examination of operational challenges to design and operate a futureproof OSV




Panel discussion three: A collective perspective from each stakeholder in the OSV industry to optimize the OSV supply chain



13: 30

Group discussion: "Future Trends and Innovations in Offshore Support Vessels: Shaping the Industry's Path Forward."

Group discussion leader: Fazel A. Fazelbhoy, Chief Executive Officer, Synergy Offshore

This discussion will focus on exploring emerging trends, technologies, and innovations that are likely to shape the future of offshore support vessels, such as autonomous vessels, digital twins, alternative fuels, and energy storage systems, and discussing the potential impact on the industry.


Chairman closing remarks


Networking lunch and end of day one


Registration, refreshments, and networking


Welcome address and opening remarks by

Paving the way for sustainable, smart, and digitalized vessels


Day two opening panel discussion: Adopting state of the art technology to enhance vessel capabilities and reliability.




Industry expert presentation one: Applying best practices to effectively reduce operational costs of offshore support vessels




Panel discussion two: Key health and safety measures of OSVs and challenges associated with their implementation




Networking coffee break 


Panel discussion: Improving OSVs sustainability throughout their lifecycle, including the vessel breakdown and environmental footprint




Group discussions: Designing and constructing offshore support vessels that meet the needs and requirements of the region

Group discussion leader:

“This discussion will delve into the critical aspects of designing and constructing offshore support vessels tailored to the unique needs and requirements of the region, ensuring they are well-suited to local conditions and operational demands.


Chairman closing remarks


Networking lunch and end of conference


Seize the opportunity to discover the latest outlook of the offshore support vessel market. Offshore Support Vessels Conference is an excellent platform to gain insights into the strategies and technologies that are about to shape the direction and the future of the industry.
Whether you are a shipbuilder, shipyard, charter, operator, or technology provider, this conference is the perfect opportunity to learn about the latest trends and requirements in the industry, network with other professionals, and gain valuable insights and knowledge that can help you improve your business and operations.

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