Opening Address

Current state of the US and global offshore markets and the changing landscape

Matthew Tremblay

Matthew Tremblay serves as ABS Vice President of Global Offshore Markets, based at ABS Corporate Headquarters in Houston. In his current role, Mr. Tremblay holds the global responsibility for strategic planning and client development within the offshore market sector.

Throughout his 26-year tenure at ABS, Mr. Tremblay has served in various engineering and leadership positions throughout the United States and Asia, including Pacific Division Vice President of Operations based in Singapore and Vice President of Engineering for the ABS Americas Division.

Mr. Tremblay graduated from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, with a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Engineering. He is also a member of the American Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME).

Panel Discussion

Offshore LNG – State of the Industry and Future Opportunities


Arjan Voogt

Arjan Voogt holds a MSc. degree in applied physics from Delft University of Technology and graduated in fluid dynamics. He joined MARIN in 1998 to work as project manager on offshore model tests. Arjan is currently working as manager of MARIN USA with offices in Houston and Washington DC. From these office MARIN provides local client support, third party verifications work and design optimization studies using in-house software and a nautical bridge simulator.


Jens Kaalstad

Jens Kaalstad has almost 40 years of experience in the oil and gas, shipping and offshore industries. He has been responsible for marketing, identifying, developing, negotiating and closing of EPCI contracts in excess of $100 million and involved in numerous design, fabrication and installation projects as well as the development of novel mooring systems, various fixed and floating platform solutions.

He is the founder and president of Forward Offshore LLC, which offers technical advisory and consulting services for the offshore oil and gas industry. Jens is also the Business Development Director for CAN Systems. Prior to forming Forward Offshore he was VP Subsea at Kongsberg Oil and Gas Technologies Inc. between 2012 – 2014. From 1997 to 2011, he worked at Advanced Production and Loading Inc (APL Inc.), first as Technical director before being promoted to President in 1999. APL was acquired by BW Offshore in 2007, and Jens resumed a dual role in 2009 as also the President of BW Offshore USA Inc. BW Offshore sold APL to National Oilwell Varco (NOV) in 2011. In his time with APL and BW Offshore he was heavy involved in the worlds first Offshore Floating LNG Regas Terminal, Gulf Gateway and the first FPSO in US GoM, BW Pioneer for Cascade-Chinook project. With CAN systems developed and delivered five complete new and novel mooring systems for Shallow water offshore LNG Terminals; 4 FSRU’s and one FLNG Project in 5 years.

Jens came to Houston in 1995 seconded to Aker Marine Contractors Inc. from Aker Marine Contractors AS in Norway. He graduated with a MSc in Naval Architecture from the Norwegian Institute of Technology in 1983 after serving one year at MIT, Department of Ocean Engineering in 1980-81.


Building a Jones-Act subsea rock installation vessel for the US Offshore Wind Industry

Eleni Beyko

Eleni Beyko, Ph.D. joined Great Lakes in January 2021 as Senior Vice President, Offshore Wind, and is responsible for Offshore Wind strategy and business development, as well as leading GLDD’s Offshore Wind Operations.

Ms. Beyko has over 20 years’ experience in program engineering, business leadership, and project execution for the automobile and offshore oil and gas markets. Her experience has also included Engineering, Technical Manager, Research & Development – Offshore Technology, and offshore projects. She most recently served as Director, Energy Transition for Americas at TechnipFMC responsible for positioning TechnipFMC to support the transition into new and economically viable wind energy resources, and managing the Makani wind-borne energy spar offshore platform installation in partnership with Shell and Google X.

Ms. Beyko graduated with a Diploma from National Technical University Athens in 1988 in Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering. She attended the University of Michigan where she earned her MSE, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (1990), MSE Applied Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering (1991), Master of Business Administration (MBA) (2003) and Ph.D., Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (1992).