General Meeting: What Does the Future of the Offshore and Shipbuilding Industry Look Like…


ABSTRACT of Presentation


Joint Meeting of the SPE-GCS General Meeting Study Group and the Houston Chapter of the API



Why is the US maritime world so different from the rest of the world? How can Damen and her American based partners be successful in such a difficult and depressed shipbuilding market? And what effect does the Oil & Gas Industry have on the US shipbuilding industry?  Where will shipbuilding be 10 or 20 years from now?  Mr. van Hogerwou will shed light on a fascinating, but complicated, industry that captures the imagination of many.


The Damen Shipyards Group is a 100% family owned shipbuilding business founded in the Netherlands in 1969. Today they have grown to over 10,000 family members who design, build, sell, deliver and support ships ranging from small pilot boats to large offshore cable layers and construction vessels, to large complex military vessels.


Damen also owns and operates some of the largest ship repair & conversion shipyards in the world where they receive many Oil & Gas related vessels and platforms, but also the most modern cruise ships that sail our oceans. Damen is also one of the most successful super-yacht builders in the world. Damen builds these ships at either one of their own 36 shipyards throughout the world or at any of our 50+ global partnership yards. Damen has built and delivered over 6,000 ships to customers in more than 100 countries. Damen does not own a shipyard in the US, but they are building approximately 70 ships in the US today in a very depressed shipbuilding market.


If you have special dietary needs (allergies, religious, etc.), please include special meal requests in the "Comments" section during the registration process.                                                                                                

Registration & Walk-ins 

All attendees are encouraged to register and pay online for this event.  This is a more efficient means of registering for the event and enables the registration process at the meeting to move much faster.  Walk-in space is available on a seat-limited basis at a fee $5 more than the on-line registration fee.

Parking for this event
The TOTAL Plaza building (1201 Louisiana Street across from the Houston Hyatt Regency Hotel) is connected to the downtown Houston tunnel system.  Using the tunnel system, those working downtown can walk to our meeting in air-conditioned comfort.
If you will drive to this meeting, the following summarizes available parking:
The image above shows how to access the valet parking area at the new location of the Petroleum Club. Enter from Milam Street and exit onto Louisiana Street.  Parking fee for this valet parking is $15. Be sure to get discount parking sticker at registration table if you use this valet parking service.
Surface parking lots are available to the south of the TOTAL Plaza building (between this building and the former EXXON Building), including one surface lot adjacent to the TOTAL Plaza Building - pay at meter (cost ~ $9).  Other surface lots in the area cost $8 - $9 and they frequently are full by mid-morning.
Parking is also available in the Hyatt Regency Hotel parking garage across the street.  Prices vary depending on time in the garage.  Cost for 2 hours of parking is $12.  Parking is also available via valet at the Louisiana Street entrance of the hotel.  Cost is about $10. 

Location: PETROLEUM CLUB (NEW LOCATION), 35th Floor, TOTAL Building
1201 LOUISIANA STREET, 35th Floor
Houston , Texas 77002

Date: Dec. 14, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - Dec. 14, 2017, 1 p.m.