Press Release
7 May 2024

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Join SMF Fest 24 to energise the decarbonisation debate! 

Sustainable Marine Fuel Fest 24 (SMF 24) is heading to Porto on 2-3 October, offering leaders, movers and shakers across the marine value system an exciting and very different opportunity to join together with the aim of clarifying contradictions on shipping’s decarbonisation, stress-testing policy and aligning on an achievable direction to take as an industry.

Sustainable Marine Fuel Fest is a unique ‘for industry, by industry’ forum that’s been gathering and connecting marine fuel leaders since 2017, in-person and online.

Instead of the typical linear agenda, PowerPoint slides, keynotes and panels that most marine conferences are known for, at SMF Fest 24 we roll up our sleeves for candid conversations and meaningful collaboration.

In Porto this year, SMF participants will:

  • Contribute to the updating of the SMF Confidence Index, which was developed at SMF Fest 2023 in Valencia as an industry benchmark for ‘here and now’ progress on shipping’s energy transition.
  • Challenge and be challenged by a wide array of group discussion hosts covering topics from investment potential to CO2 abatement to multi-industry perspectives (e.g. aviation and land transport)
  • Work in small groups on specific tasks as input into the final event report

Re-connect with old and new industry peers in carefully designed activities throughout the 1.5-day event.

Add your voice to the SMF Fest conversation

Industry collaboration is key to delivering shipping’s decarbonisation, and SMF Fest works so well because it uses partnerships, discussion and consensus to deliver actionable insights.

Participants can join the event as Corporate Partners, who will form SMF Fest 24’s advisory committee, helping to shape and populate the event, and informing the direction it takes.

Individual Partners can also fully engage in the discussions, breakout sessions, exercises and, of course, the networking opportunities at SMF Fest 24.

SMF Fest is delivered by uncommon conferences and .

Announcing the launch of SMF Fest 24, Banu Kannu, CEO & co-founder of uncommon conferences, and Lesley Bankes-Hughes, MD of Petrospot &, commented:

“The ‘noise’ around shipping’s decarbonisation is growing louder by the day, but it can be hard to distinguish between the reality and the hype over progress on the energy transition. SMF Fest provides some much-needed clarity on where the industry really is on its green journey.

“The event offers a unique environment for discussion and engagement, with a format that allows perceptions on decarbonisation to be explored and interrogated in a way which is constructive and fruitful – and a great deal of fun – for all who take part.”

Feedback from SMF Fest 23, Valencia

“Really good set up for the small discussion groups. Very good mix of content and networking”

Director – Sustainability, Hapag-Lloyd AG

“Wonderful experience in an environment that motivates to speak, listen, and share ideas and knowledge”

Bunker Trader & Green Fuels Advisor, Glander International

“Hands on approach, room for discussion, down to earth.”

Business Development, OCI Fuels

Find out more about SMF Fest Partnerships

Click here for details about the format and aims of SMF Fest 24

Access the SMF Confidence Index

To discuss partnership or participation, please contact:

Banu Kannu – [email protected]

Lesley Bankes-Hughes – [email protected] 

About uncommon conferences  

Launched in 2019, uncommon conferences specialises in the design, delivery and facilitation of collaborative in-person and online conferences, meetings & workshops in the maritime, energy and resources sectors. Through ceo & co-founder Banu Kannu, UC has been involved with SMF Fest since 2016 when it started out as Gas Fest.

About   Launched in 2020 to chart shipping’s decarbonisation, offers news, comment, longer reads and podcasts via its online platform. also organises the annual summit, most recently in Madrid, and the Marine Energy Transition Forum which is supported by the Port of Antwerp-Bruges. Petrospot Limited is also a co-partner of Shipping Innovation which owns and organises London International Shipping Week.