Methanol as a Marine Fuel

13/09/2019 - 13/09/2019 • JW Marriott Hotel Rio de Janeiro Av. Atlântica, 2600 - Copacabana Rio de Janeiro - RJ 22041-001 Brazil
A new series of free industry seminars is touring the world promoting the use of methanol as a marine fuel and it is coming to Rio de Janeiro next. A recent third seminar in Athens, Greece, following one in Mumbai and Dubai, highlighted the growing interest in using the highly available and low emission fuel. The organizer of the seminar series conceived the idea due to a noticed a lack of awareness in the maritime industry of methanol as a useful marine fuel. This is despite the fuel being used on multiple ocean-going vessels.




  • 13 September

Saleem Alavi

Sea Commerce (America), Inc.
Captain Saleem Alavi has 50-year of maritime industry including hands on experience in Oil & Gas industry.

During his professional journey he was Director UAE Flag and Maritime Advisor to the Chairman of Maritime Administration of UAE, Senior Vice President Research and Strategic Planning (RASP) at DVB Bank, Netherlands, Logistic and LNG Supply Consultant with Emirates LNG, Abu Dhabi. Executive Vice President Armemant SECAM, Houston, Tx, General Manager Gulf Marine Services, Geneva.

Captain Alavi holds MSc. in Maritime Economic & Logistic, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Post Graduate diploma in Maritime Law (London Metropolitan) and a Diploma in Maritime Casualty Investigation (Northwest College, Kent), Certificates in International Environmental Law, Alternate Dispute Resolution (UNITAR), Geneva and LNG Contracting and Pricing.

Captain Alavi is member of
  • Society for Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) NY
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers (USA)
  • International Association of Marine Investigators (IAMI) NY
  • German Maritime Arbitrators Association (GMAA)
  • Mediator and Maritime Expert with Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC), Dubai.

13 September

13 September

Luis Resano

Executive Vice President
Associação Brasileira dos Armadores de Cabotagem
(i)Full name and nationality:
Luis Fernando Resano – Brazilian
Graduation: Naval Science - Naval Academy - 1975 to 1978
Master's degree: Command and Staff Course - Naval War College -1992
Doctorate: Policy and Maritime Strategy – Naval War College - 2002
(iii)Professional Experience:
Current occupation:
Executive Vice President of the Brazilian Association of Cabotage -ABAC
Previous occupations:
Naval Officer in several ship from 1979 to 2003
Commander of the Corvette Mearim-1993
Naval Officer in Staff Command from 2003 to 2007
Brazilian Representative at International Maritime Organization 2004 - 2005
Port Information Systems Director of Secretariat of Ports - 2008 to 2010
Technical Director of the Brazilian Association of Port Terminals (ABTP) - 2011 to 2013.
Executive Vice President of the National Union of Brazilian Ship Owner –Syndarma – 2013 to 2019

13 September

Lawrence Navin

Director of Govt. & Public Affairs - Americas/Europe
Methanol Institute
Larry Navin joined the Methanol Institute in June 2013. Larry’s background includes having worked for the US-India Business Council, the US Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), and in the US Senate. Larry’s role with MI includes supporting the Institute’s government and public affairs activities in the Americas and Europe, and to manage the Institute’s Washington interns. Larry holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Delaware, and a Master of Arts degree in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University.

13 September

Jason Chesko

Senior Manager, Global Market Development
As the Senior Manager, Global Market Development, Mr. Jason Chesko is focused on executing Methanex’s global energy strategy and initiatives to support methanol demand growth into marine fuels and other energy applications. Mr. Chesko chairs the Methanol Institute’s Global Fuels Committee and sits on various other industry committees.
Based in Vancouver, BC, Mr. Chesko has been with Methanex Corporation since 2002. Prior to his current role, Mr. Chesko led Methanex’s Investor Relations function for six years and held positions in Corporate Development where he worked on various growth projects and new business initiatives.
Prior to joining Methanex, Mr. Chesko worked in investment banking at CIBC World Markets, providing capital raising and advisory services for institutional clients, and Chevron Canada focusing on the downstream fuels market.
Mr. Chesko graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce and completed a Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Toronto. He also holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

13 September

13 September

Kjeld Aabo

Director New Technologies
Joined MAN B&W Diesel in 1983 after education in mechanical engineering.

2013 Director promotion 2 stroke engines in Copenhagen
2010 Head of Marine and Off shore Brazil. Expat in Rio De Janeiro until 1 /10-2013
2008 Head of 2-stroke promotion WWO ( superior is Ole Grøne)
2006 to 2008 Head of research centre Copenhagen
2002 to 2006 Senior Manager engineering. 5 departments. ( totally 51 persons)
1994 to 2002 Manager in 2-stroke marine installation department (12 persons in dept.)
1991 to 1994 Group Manager in 2-stroke marine installation department
1983 to 1991 Project engineer in MAN B&W 2-stroke power station division
(All years, been evolved with promotion and customer support.)
Management, technical responsibilities and customer support within MAN B&W Diesel 2 stroke.
1983 Graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Copenhagen.
1986 Diploma in Sales and Marketing of economic and management from Copenhagen.

13 September

Fernando Alberto Gomes Da Costa

Coordinator MEPC
Brazilian IMO Exec Secretariat
Captain (Retired).
Expertise – Navy Officer (Captain – Retired) improved in Hydrography with extensive experience on board as well as in matters relating to waterway safety, safety of life at sea and protection of the marine environment. Currently performs activities related to the analysis and preparation of documents within the International Maritime Organization, as well as the management of projects conducted within the Brazilian maritime community. He commanded two research vessels from the Hydrography and Navigation Directorate, was Superintendent of Meteorology and Oceanography at the Navy Hydrography Centre, Harbour Master of the State of Espírito Santo and Defence and Naval Attaché at the Brazilian Embassy in Lisbon. Worked for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games as coordinator of the port working group at the Olympic Public Authority.
Training - Graduation in Naval Sciences -Escola Naval; Improvement in Hydrography and Navigation - Directorate of Hydrography and Navigation; Staff Course for Senior Officers (C-EMOS) - Naval Warfare School; Maritime Policy and Strategy Course (C-PEM) - Naval Warfare School; and MBA in International Relations - Instituto de Pós-Graduação e Pesquisa em Administração of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
Professional experience - Commander of Antares Oceanographic Ship (2002/2003); Superintendent of Meteorology and Oceanography at the Navy Hydrography Centre (2004/2005); Harbour Master of the State of Espírito Santo (2006/2007); Defence and Naval Attaché at the Brazilian Embassy in Lisbon (2009/2010); Coordinator of the Port Working Group at the Olympic Public Authority (2013/2014); and Coordinator of the Marine Environment Protection Committee at the Brazilian IMO Executive Secretariat (2015 to date).


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Associação Brasileira dos Armadores de Cabotagem

Fundada em 12 de março de 1973, a ABAC - Associação Brasileira de Armadores de Cabotagem tem como finalidade contribuir para a expansão do transporte marítimo de cabotagem, bem como a integração com os paí­ses do Mercosul, buscando retomar uma posição de destaque no transporte transoceânico.
O setor atua nos segmentos de contêineres, granéis sólidos, granéis líquidos e carga geral. Nos últimos anos, houve grande crescimento na movimentação de contêineres, na costa brasileira, através de sistemas multimodais, bem como no transporte de carga geral e cargas de projeto, e as empresas associadas vem respondendo positivamente às novas demandas.
As empresas filiadas à ABAC tem potencial para atender todos os transportes de cargas ao longo da costa brasileira, incluindo as movimentações com parceiros do Cone Sul, podendo, em médio prazo, retomar sua participação no comércio exterior, se houver apoio governamental para o fortalecimento das empresas.

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Registration for Seminar on Methanol as Marine Fuel

09:00 AM 10:30 AM

Welcome by Panel Chair - Luis Resano

10:30 AM 10:35 AM


Seminar Inauguration and key note speech by Chief Guest - TBA

10:35 AM 10:45 AM

Alternate Marine Fuels: LNG and Methanol Comparison - Capt. Saleem Alavi

10:45 AM 11:10 AM


Why Methanol? Methanol Economics and Availability - Jason Chesko

11:10 AM 11:35 AM


Current Status of IMO regulations in the lead up to 2020's sulfur cap & the recently concluded IMO initial strategy on GHG Emissions by 2050. Status of the interim guidelines for methyl/ethyl alcohol as fuels - Lawrence Navin

11:35 AM 11:50 AM


Q&A with the panel

11:50 AM 12:10 PM

Coffee Break

12:10 PM 12:30 PM

Brief on IMO Environmental Policy and Regulations - Capt. Fernando Gomes

12:30 PM 12:55 PM

Operators/charterers perspectives on operating Methanol powered vessels - Jason Chesko

12:55 PM 01:20 PM


Methanol Engines: An OEM's perspective - Kjeld Aabo

01:20 PM 01:45 PM


Q&A with the panel

01:45 PM 02:15 PM

Closing Remarks - Capt. Saleem Alavi

02:15 PM 02:25 PM


Networking & Lunch

02:30 PM 04:30 PM