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TSF : Connect

In 2023, TSF: Connect is all about fostering connections, sharing knowledge and cultivating innovation in the superyacht industry. One of the most anticipated features of The Forum for more than 30 years has always been the chance to meet and connect with key industry figures, and this year will offer more opportunities than ever. In line with our theme of TSF: Connect, this year’s event will have fewer keynotes and more focus on dynamic networking.

8:00 - 9:30
METSTRADE Breakfast Briefing  

Open to all TSF: Connect delegates, the 2023 METSTRADE Breakfast Briefing is the official opening of METSTRADE's 35th trade exhibition and features a keynote address from Sanlorenzo Chairman Massimo Perotti. As Italian new build pioneers, Sanlorenzo and Perotti have a vision for the future as the wider industry transitions to a more sustainable future. 

9:00 - 10:00
TSF Connect Coffee & Registration  

TSF Connect Coffee & Registration

10:00 - 11:00

Ocean Exploration, Advocacy & Superyacht Industry Support

The health and condition of the Ocean are critically important. In this incredible keynote presentation, live from the Pacific Ocean, Paul Rose, Explorer, Broadcaster, Head of Expeditions at National Geographic Pristine Seas will share some incredible stories, footage and opinions on the state of the Oceans. This vital keynote will discuss how we can best engage with those outside of our industry who share the same values while exploring how superyachts, their owners and operators can play an active role in ensuring the continued prosperity of the marine world in which they operate.

11:00 - 11:45
Coffee Break  

Coffee Break

11:45 - 13:15

YETI – Lifecycle Impact and Refit - Orange Room

Quantifying the impact of the current fleet is one thing, taking action is significantly more complicated. How does the ground-breaking Yacht Environmental Transparency Index approach refit? How do the modifications made to a yacht during refit affect its YETI score?

Hanna DÄ…browska - Naval Architect & Sustainable Design Specialist

Kristina Hebert - President/CEO - Ward's Marine Electric

Derek Munro - Director - Divergent Yachting

Stefan Coronel - Royal Huisman Shipyard 

Daniel Chatterjee – Director Corporate Sustainability, Technology Strategy & Regulatory Affairs - MTU Rolls Royce Solution GmbH

Pressing The Nuclear Button - Yellow Room

Using nuclear reactors on board a private yacht has seemed a step too far for many, but if handled safely, its sustainability credentials are hard to contradict. Surprisingly for some, forward-thinking Class societies, designers and builders see it as a feasible solution.

Chris Boreham - Chief Marine Surveyor - Bermuda Shipping & Maritime Authority

Engel-Jan de Boer - Yacht Segment Director - Lloyd's Register 

Øyvind Gjerde Kamsvåg - Chief Designer - Ulstein

Patrizio Di Francesco - EMEA Special Projects Manager - Principal Engineer - RINA

Submersibles - Red Room

Following on from the scene-setting discussion on the main stage, The Red Ensign Group will lead a deep dive into the world of submarines in the post-Titan disaster landscape. Triton Submarines will be joined by REV Ocean to discuss the trajectory and use of private exploration and research submersibles.

Carlo Vinelli - Marine Advisor - Red Ensign Group

Craig Barnett - Sales and Marketing Manager - Triton Submarines

Leighton Rolley - Science Systems Manager - REV Ocean

Jon Rysst - Global Business Development Director - DNV Maritime

Peter Southgate - Regional Director and Yacht Code Specialist - Cayman Islands Shipping Registry

Designing for the Ocean - Blue Room

Designing a yacht with minimal impact on the oceans on which it operates is a worthy and attention-grabbing cause, but how does this translate into commercial success? Fundamentally changing the design and naval architecture of a yacht, as well as approaching the 'impact' as a holistic term, requires an innovative rethink.

Simon Brealey - Chief Engineer Mechanical - Lateral Naval Architects

Dennis de Roos - Commercial Director - Arksen

Pieter van den Ouden - RINA

Paolo Izzo - Marine & Offshore - Lloyd's Register

Martin Richter – Ship Type Expert Yachts – DNV

Green Energy Supply - Green Room

Is it all systems go for hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO)? Supplying a cleaner energy-storage solution for superyachts is the key question of our time. The simplest solution seems to be biofuels such as HVO and renewable shore supply. The closest to a plug-and-play solution for the current fleet, question marks remain surrounding its supply chain and global accessibility.

Jeff Houlgrave - Marina Projects

Chris Warde - Head of Peninsula Yacht Services

Giedo Loeff - Head of Research and Development - Feadship 

Franco Ceroici - Marina Planet 

13:15 - 14:45


14:45 - 16:00
TSF Connect  

A Second Chance to Get Connected

With a shift in focus from Ownership to the Oceans, Connect provides another opportunity for delegates to independently network, collaborate, discuss and join smaller targeted group discussions. The smaller group discussions will be announced in the lead-up to TSF and spots are limited, so be sure to sign up quickly after they are posted.


MTU Rolls Royce - Red Room

Be Smart …Don’t Be A Fuel…!

Time to discuss all our options and opportunities and to think about the new and smarter alternatives, when it comes to future fuel and energy solutions.


Howden - Orange Room 

The Howdens Insurance Clinic

Specialists from industry leaders Howden will take your questions on all matters of yacht and marine insurance. We are happy to answer questions from Captains, Owner’s Reps and industry professionals.

The Howden team will respond to your queries in an open session, sharing their knowledge with you and the Connect delegates.


NEOM - Yellow Room

What is NEOM?

This exclusive and intimate session will give those delegates who want to know more, a unique chance to ask the NEOM Team, what NEOM is going to be and how it will make an impact on the Superyacht market.


AkzoNobel - Blue Room 

From Hull to Horizon: Sustainable Coating Technologies for Yachts!

Join experts in the yachting industry as they discuss cutting-edge sustainable coating technologies, their impact on yacht performance, and their role in preserving the world's oceans. Discover the latest innovations, best practices, and eco-conscious technologies that pave the way for a brighter, more sustainable future. Don't miss this opportunity to propel your yacht coatings to new heights of performance and environmental responsibility.


DNV - Green Room 

Connecting with Class

The role of Class is a pivotal underpinning of the next evolution of the superyacht fleet. Often left until too late in a project’s development, class connection and communication are key. The DNV Connect Session gives delegates a chance to share in an open dialogue with arguably the industry’s most forward-thinking class society, helping DNV evolve its service proposition as well as supporting your next project.


Camper & Nicholsons - The Forum Mainstage

How can brokers add more value in the new build world and processes within it be optimised?

16:00 - 16:45
Coffee Break  

Coffee Break

16:45 - 18:15
Keynote Debate  

Ocean Focussed Sustainability

A cross-section of active agencies working in this space will present their aims and ambitions as well as how the superyacht sector can support them in Ocean Advocacy, improving impact and even delivering ESG frameworks. We will debate the unique selling point of each and, crucially, explore how we can do more to ensure that we are working towards the same goals.

Nigel Marrison - Founder - Blue ESG

Kelvin Murray - Head of Expeditions - EYOS Expeditions / Yachts For Science

Natalie Quévert - General Secretary - SEA Index

Robert van Tol - Executive Director - Water Revolution Foundation

Gill Rodrigues – Director of International Partnerships - The International SeaKeepers Society

Carlotta Chialastri - 10 per cent for the Ocean

18:15 - 18:45
Closing Address  

Closing address day two, delivered by Martin Redmayne

19:00 - 23:00
The Red Party  

The Red Party Returns!

A new, higher capacity venue in easy walking distance from the Forum will welcome our delegates for the famous Red Party. Watch this space for further updates...

*All programme announcements subject to change in the lead up to TSF: Connect

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