08:30 Welcome Tea and Coffee / Registration

09:15 Opening Remarks from Digital Ship

09:20 – 09:30 Welcome from morning conference chairman
click for bioAlexander Varvarenko, CEO, Varamar Group, Founder, Shipnext

Aleksander VarvarenkoBorn in Ventspils (Latvia) in 1980, Alexander Varvarenko spent most of his life living between Belgium and Ukraine, where he both studied and worked. He attended Odessa National Maritime University from 1998 to 2003 and Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (UK) from 2002 to 2005. His working career began in 2001, when he joined Belgo-Ruys, and later Belgo-Iberian, working as a Shipping line representative for ESCO, Estonian Shipping Company, SAMSKIP and VOCs (Van-Omeren Clipper Steel Line)..

Alexander Varvarenko undertook the task of executing a plan of automating and digitalising the Shipping and Transport industry in 2015 which resulted in a new product being built with the help of Mathematicians and Analytics, Software developers and Shipping Professionals called SHIPNEXT. SHIPNEXT became the first digital shipping Marketplace which includes artificial intelligence, big-data analysis, SaaS and other technological elements.

Session 1: Digital Strategy – how to improve your digital infrastructure for more safety and efficiency?

09:30 – 09:50 Presentation: Focusing on digitalisation of ship
click for bioTakeru “Nonu” Suzuki, General Manager, Smart Ship Strategy Team, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.

Takeru “Nonu” SuzukiTakeru Suzuki has been working in logistics filed in his carrier. With the experience of data mining for equipment management, procurement, launching of logistics center is the one, he moved to Smart Ship Strategy Team, Smart Shipping Division last year. Now he develops a strategy for smart shipping and, manages progress of each R&D project.

09:50 – 10:10 Presentation: Cashless Ship - Sail to the next money flow
click for bioToshiaki Fujioka, Digitalisation Manager, NYK Line

Toshiaki FujiokaToshiaki Fujioka graduated from Keio University’s Faculty of Law.

He joined Nippon Yusen in 2000 and since then, he acquired shipping industry knowledge, mainly in corporate planning and finance.

From 2010 to 2015, he was a General Manager of Corporate Planning Finance and Chartering (Cape/Pmx) at NYK Bulkship Atlantic N.V. in Antwerp. During these 5 years in Europe, he gained general knowledge and earned experience by managing its fleet, Finance for new buildings and Chartering.

In 2016, he came back to Japan to work as an Executive Secretary to the President, and served out for three years at that position until 2019. At the same time, he started a new project named “Cashless on board” during his term as Executive Secretary to the President.

He is now Manager of Digitalization Group as well as MarCo Pay Inc. Director from this year, leading a new project as Project manager and founder. Through the “Cashless on board” project, he aims to bring economic value to seafarers, by building a platform for the whole shipping industry.

10:10 – 10:30 Presentation: How to achieve your digital transformation
click for bioMike Miyanoo, Country Manager, Marlink

Mike MyanooMike Miyanoo is the Country Manager and leads up the team for Marlink KK (Marlink Japan), in one of the largest maritime markets in the world. He is responsible for all Marlink business operations in the country, with a key focus on commercial strategy for satellite communication services and digital solutions.

Mike is an innovative leader with over 20 years’ business experience within the IT industry. He joined the Marlink team back in December 2018 and leads sales, marketing and business developments to support digital transformation for Japanese maritime customers.

Prior to Marlink, Mike also worked as a Country Manager for three years at Intelsat and nearly 20 years for SoftBank in various Vice President and Director positions in sales, marketing and international businesses.

SES10:30 – 11:00 Coffee & Networking
- Kindly Sponsored by SES Networks

11:00 – 11:20 Presentation: Technical Challenges toward Digitalisation and Green
click for bioAndo Hideyuki, Senior General Manager, Monohakobi Institute, NYK Group,

Ando HideyukiDr. Ando Hideyuki is senior general manager of MTI, R&D company of NYK Line in Tokyo, Japan.

After he joined MTI in 2005, he leads many R&D projects regarding ship energy efficiency and safety operations. His team has contributed to development of NYK’s IoT platform SIMS (Ship Information Management System) and utilization of IoT and Big data for ship operations in NYK.

Dr Hideyuki was honored with Best Youth Award JASNAOE (Japan Society of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering) in 2003. Prior to his current job, he was associate professor of the University of Tokyo. He holds a Doctor of Engineering.

11:20 – 11:40 Presentation: Choosing right tools for your digitalisation pathway
click for bioAlexander Varvarenko, CEO, Varamar Group, Founder, Shipnext

Aleksander VarvarenkoBorn in Ventspils (Latvia) in 1980, Alexander Varvarenko spent most of his life living between Belgium and Ukraine, where he both studied and worked. He attended Odessa National Maritime University from 1998 to 2003 and Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (UK) from 2002 to 2005. His working career began in 2001, when he joined Belgo-Ruys, and later Belgo-Iberian, working as a Shipping line representative for ESCO, Estonian Shipping Company, SAMSKIP and VOCs (Van-Omeren Clipper Steel Line).

Alexander Varvarenko undertook the task of executing a plan of automating and digitalising the Shipping and Transport industry in 2015 which resulted in a new product being built with the help of Mathematicians and Analytics, Software developers and Shipping Professionals called SHIPNEXT. SHIPNEXT became the first digital shipping Marketplace which includes artificial intelligence, big-data analysis, SaaS and other technological elements.

11:40 – 12:20 Panel: Digital Strategy – how to improve your digital infrastructure for more safety and efficiency?
Moderator:
click for bioAlexander Varvarenko, CEO, Varamar Group, Founder, Shipnext

Aleksander VarvarenkoBorn in Ventspils (Latvia) in 1980, Alexander Varvarenko spent most of his life living between Belgium and Ukraine, where he both studied and worked. He attended Odessa National Maritime University from 1998 to 2003 and Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (UK) from 2002 to 2005. His working career began in 2001, when he joined Belgo-Ruys, and later Belgo-Iberian, working as a Shipping line representative for ESCO, Estonian Shipping Company, SAMSKIP and VOCs (Van-Omeren Clipper Steel Line).

Alexander Varvarenko undertook the task of executing a plan of automating and digitalising the Shipping and Transport industry in 2015 which resulted in a new product being built with the help of Mathematicians and Analytics, Software developers and Shipping Professionals called SHIPNEXT. SHIPNEXT became the first digital shipping Marketplace which includes artificial intelligence, big-data analysis, SaaS and other technological elements.

Panellists:

click for bioToshiaki Fujioka, Digitalisation Manager, NYK Line

Toshiaki FujiokaToshiaki Fujioka graduated from Keio University’s Faculty of Law.

He joined Nippon Yusen in 2000 and since then, he acquired shipping industry knowledge, mainly in corporate planning and finance.

From 2010 to 2015, he was a General Manager of Corporate Planning Finance and Chartering (Cape/Pmx) at NYK Bulkship Atlantic N.V. in Antwerp. During these 5 years in Europe, he gained general knowledge and earned experience by managing its fleet, Finance for new buildings and Chartering.

In 2016, he came back to Japan to work as an Executive Secretary to the President, and served out for three years at that position until 2019. At the same time, he started a new project named “Cashless on board” during his term as Executive Secretary to the President.

He is now Manager of Digitalization Group as well as MarCo Pay Inc. Director from this year, leading a new project as Project manager and founder. Through the “Cashless on board” project, he aims to bring economic value to seafarers, by building a platform for the whole shipping industry.

click for bioGiampiero Soncini, CEO, IB Marine

Toshiaki FujiokaGiampiero Soncini, CEO at IB Marine – Software & Consulting. He has 14 years experience as a Navy Officer at the Italian Navy, 13 years as Ship Manager at Undersea Research Centre, and 29 years in SpecTec Group (9 as a user, 10 as manager and 10 as CEO). Giampiero specialises in asset management in shipping and oil & gas, as well as in software solutions for Fleet Management. He holds Doctor’s degree from Massachusetts Maritime University and Electical Engineering degree from the University of Pisa.

click for bioToshiro Arima, Corporate Officer, Director of Rule Development and ICT Division, General Manager of Digital Transformation Center, ClassNK

Toshiro ArimaDr. Toshiro Arima joined ClassNK in 1989 as a researcher of Research Institute. Utilizing his knowledge and experience of naval architecture and offshore engineering, he has been involved in the rule-making process of not only the society but also of international requirements as a member of various teams of International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) and as a delegate member of Japan or IACS to International Maritime Organization (IMO). He was assigned to General Manager of External Affairs Division in charge of the correspondence with IMO, IACS, and flag administrations in 2009 and he served as chairman of IACS General Policy Group for one year from July 2010. In 2014 he was dispatched to the National Maritime Research Institute, Japan’s state R&D body, as Director of Structural Strength Evaluation Department. He returned to ClassNK in 2017 as Director of Rule Development Division, later reorganized to Rule Development and ICT Division in 2018, responsible for development and maintenance of ClassNK’s information and communication technology as well as its rules. He also added new roles as Director of Ship Data Center Co., Ltd., ClassNK’s subsidiary operating the maritime data platform in 2018, and as General Manager of ClassNK Digital Transformation Center in 2019.

He has been Project Manager of Global Strategy Project Committee launched by Japan Ship Technology Research Association (JSTRA) since 2017.

Dr. Arima graduated from the Department of Naval Architecture, University of Tokyo in 1984, and received his Doctorate of Engineering from University of Tokyo in 1989. He has served as Visiting Professor at Yokohama National University and Guest Professor at Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University.

click for bioAndo Hideyuki, , Senior General Manager, Monohakobi Institute, NYK Group

Toshiro ArimaDr. Ando Hideyuki is senior general manager of MTI, R&D company of NYK Line in Tokyo, Japan.

After he joined MTI in 2005, he leads many R&D projects regarding ship energy efficiency and safety operations. His team has contributed to development of NYK’s IoT platform SIMS (Ship Information Management System) and utilization of IoT and Big data for ship operations in NYK.

Dr Hideyuki was honored with Best Youth Award JASNAOE (Japan Society of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering) in 2003. Prior to his current job, he was associate professor of the University of Tokyo. He holds a Doctor of Engineering.

click for bioGerrit Jan Konijnenberg, , Strategic Development of Maritime Services, Vodafone Roaming Services

Gerrit Jan KonijnenbergGerrit Jan leads the strategic development of maritime services at Vodafone Roaming Services.

Prior to Vodafone, he held various international executive positions at Cellusys IoT in Ireland, Comfone in Switzerland) and Comsys in the Netherlands. Gerrit Jan currently chairs the Advisory Board of Roamsys in Luxembourg and advises the Global Board of the Mobile Entertainment Forum in London.

Born in the Netherlands in 1963, Gerrit Jan is a book author and keen sportsman who still represents his country in many Nordic Ski Jumping Master championships. He is married with five children and is fluent in five languages.

CHT12:20 – 13:30 Lunch & Networking
- Kindly Sponsored by Chunghwa Telecom

13:30 Welcome from afternoon conference chairman
click for bioMike Miyanoo, Country Manager, Marlink

Mike MyanooMike Miyanoo is the Country Manager and leads up the team for Marlink KK (Marlink Japan), in one of the largest maritime markets in the world. He is responsible for all Marlink business operations in the country, with a key focus on commercial strategy for satellite communication services and digital solutions.

Mike is an innovative leader with over 20 years’ business experience within the IT industry. He joined the Marlink team back in December 2018 and leads sales, marketing and business developments to support digital transformation for Japanese maritime customers.

Prior to Marlink, Mike also worked as a Country Manager for three years at Intelsat and nearly 20 years for SoftBank in various Vice President and Director positions in sales, marketing and international businesses.

Session 2: Developments in Satellite Communications

13:35 Presentation: The Evolution of Satellite Communications
click for bioBrian Aziz, Director of Satcom Solutions, Thales

Brian AzizBrian Aziz is the Director of Satcom Solutions at Thales, where he leads the sales distribution and business strategy for this newly created business unit which looks to expand into the commercial and military L-band market with the introduction of VesseLINK and MissionLINK.

The majority of Brian’s career has been focused on the satcom mobility market specializing in the commercial distribution strategy of both hardware, services, and value added applications. Over the last 13 years Brian has been fortunate enough to work in several different facets of the industry and most recently in the evolution of the L-band market with the recent launch of Iridium Certus and ThalesLINK family of products.

13:50 Presentation: The Importance of Real Time Data Communications
click for bio Kazuhiro Sekiguchi, Regional Director East Asia, Iridium

Kazuhiro SekiguchiKazuhiro Sekiguchi, Regional Director, East Asia, holds responsibilities for sales, business development and regional support to Iridium partners in Japan and South Korea within not only maritime sector, but also IoT/Landmobile/Aviation sectors. These activities support a new development of customer solutions, regulatory requirements, service strategy, and various marketing activities.

Prior to joining Iridium Satellite in 2015, Mr. Sekiguchi worked at Orbcomm, satellite IoT service provider, system integrator and hardware manufacturer of satellite modems/finish products. Worked for business development of satellite-based IoT solutions such as Komatsu KOMTRAX Service.

Mr. Sekiguchi graduated from the University of Seikei in Tokyo, his major was Business Economics.

Session 3: Digital Shipyard – what is it and what examples do we have in Japan?

14:10 Presentation: Shipbuilder's contribution to digital shipping era
click for bioTaichi Tanaka, Naval Architect, Manager, Strategic Planning & Operation Office, Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.

Taichi TanakaTaichi Tanaka joined Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. in 1996 after graduation from Osaka University (Master Degree in Naval Architecture).

On his first assignment at Kobe Shipyard, he served as an outfitting engineer in charge of ocean engineering, such as offshore related products and dredging vessels among others, for several years.

In 2002, he switched of assigned area and took charge of initial planning and designing of dry cargo ships especially large container ships.

In 2010, he moved to Tokyo headquarter in Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and concentrated on developing “Eco-ship” and related green technologies addressing CO2 reduction, including a ship to receive the Energy Efficiency Award in Nor-shipping 2015.

He has been also joined the global discussions on regulatory issues in IMO MEPC&MSC and related international standards since 2011.

In 2018, he moved to Strategic & Operation Office in Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. and is now focusing on shipbuilder’s operation and business during/after global transformation of digital, new energy, etc.

14:30 Panel: Perspectives of digital shipyard
Moderator:
click for bioMike Miyanoo, Country Manager, Marlink

Mike MyanooMike Miyanoo is the Country Manager and leads up the team for Marlink KK (Marlink Japan), in one of the largest maritime markets in the world. He is responsible for all Marlink business operations in the country, with a key focus on commercial strategy for satellite communication services and digital solutions.

Mike is an innovative leader with over 20 years’ business experience within the IT industry. He joined the Marlink team back in December 2018 and leads sales, marketing and business developments to support digital transformation for Japanese maritime customers.

Prior to Marlink, Mike also worked as a Country Manager for three years at Intelsat and nearly 20 years for SoftBank in various Vice President and Director positions in sales, marketing and international businesses.

Panellists:
click for bioTaichi Tanaka, Naval Architect, Manager, Strategic Planning & Operation Office, Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.

Taichi TanakaTaichi Tanaka joined Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. in 1996 after graduation from Osaka University (Master Degree in Naval Architecture).

On his first assignment at Kobe Shipyard, he served as an outfitting engineer in charge of ocean engineering, such as offshore related products and dredging vessels among others, for several years.

In 2002, he switched of assigned area and took charge of initial planning and designing of dry cargo ships especially large container ships.

In 2010, he moved to Tokyo headquarter in Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and concentrated on developing “Eco-ship” and related green technologies addressing CO2 reduction, including a ship to receive the Energy Efficiency Award in Nor-shipping 2015.

He has been also joined the global discussions on regulatory issues in IMO MEPC&MSC and related international standards since 2011.

In 2018, he moved to Strategic & Operation Office in Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. and is now focusing on shipbuilder’s operation and business during/after global transformation of digital, new energy, etc.

click for bioKohei Matsuo, Chief Researcher, National Maritime Research Institute

Kohei MatsuoDr. Kohei Matsuo is a chief researcher in National Maritime Research Institute (NMRI) in Tokyo, Japan. He has been involved in R&D for manufacturing engineering in shipbuilding since 2004 in NMRI. He also has an interest in future vision, technology strategy and roadmap for maritime industry.

Session 4: Cyber Security – what are real threats and what to do about them?

15:00 Presentation: Cybersecurity as Management Issue
click for bioToshinori Kajiura, , President, Japan Cyber Security Innovation Committee Senior Researcher, Hitachi (ICT Policy), Chair of Working Group on Cyber-Security Enhancement, Keidanren

Toshinori KajiuraKajiura joined JCIC as founding member in 2017. He currently also serves as a Senior Researcher of HITACHI and Chair of Working Group on Cyber-Security Enhancement, Committee on Cyber Security of Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) as well as its Acting Chair of Sub-Committee, Committee on Digital Economy. Kajiura joined HITACHI as computer scientist and experienced various fields such as R&D, marketing, business planning etc. related to ICT business to create new technology, new economy and new regulation for ICT utilization.

At Keidanren, he has worked on policy meetings and cooperated with IT strategy of Japanese government in Koizumi & Aso cabinets. Now he has responsibility for proposals on cybersecurity as a Chair of a working group. He is a regular member of international ICT conferences such as US-Japan Internet Economy Dialogue and EU-Japan ICT Work Shop. From 2017, he also serves as a Chairperson of METI's Working Group under the Study Group for Industrial Cybersecurity which focuses on management, personnel and international strategies.

He was a visiting professor of Tsukuba-University during 2012-2016.

15:20 Panel: Cyber Security- what are real threats and what to do about them?
Moderator:
click for bioMike Miyanoo, Country Manager, Marlink

Mike MyanooMike Miyanoo is the Country Manager and leads up the team for Marlink KK (Marlink Japan), in one of the largest maritime markets in the world. He is responsible for all Marlink business operations in the country, with a key focus on commercial strategy for satellite communication services and digital solutions.

Mike is an innovative leader with over 20 years’ business experience within the IT industry. He joined the Marlink team back in December 2018 and leads sales, marketing and business developments to support digital transformation for Japanese maritime customers.

Prior to Marlink, Mike also worked as a Country Manager for three years at Intelsat and nearly 20 years for SoftBank in various Vice President and Director positions in sales, marketing and international businesses.

Panellists:
click for bioToshinori Kajiura, President, Japan Cyber Security Innovation Committee Senior Researcher, Hitachi (ICT Policy), Chair of Working Group on Cyber-Security Enhancement, Keidanren

Toshinori KajiuraKajiura joined JCIC as founding member in 2017. He currently also serves as a Senior Researcher of HITACHI and Chair of Working Group on Cyber-Security Enhancement, Committee on Cyber Security of Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) as well as its Acting Chair of Sub-Committee, Committee on Digital Economy. Kajiura joined HITACHI as computer scientist and experienced various fields such as R&D, marketing, business planning etc. related to ICT business to create new technology, new economy and new regulation for ICT utilization.

At Keidanren, he has worked on policy meetings and cooperated with IT strategy of Japanese government in Koizumi & Aso cabinets. Now he has responsibility for proposals on cybersecurity as a Chair of a working group. He is a regular member of international ICT conferences such as US-Japan Internet Economy Dialogue and EU-Japan ICT Work Shop. From 2017, he also serves as a Chairperson of METI's Working Group under the Study Group for Industrial Cybersecurity which focuses on management, personnel and international strategies.

He was a visiting professor of Tsukuba-University during 2012-2016.

click for bioStratos Margaritis, Solutions Architect, Navarino

Stratos MargaritisStratos Margaritis is the Solutions Architect at Navarino. He has been with Navarino for 4 years, providing solutions and technical support to customers and partners.

Stratos holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from University of Bergen.

Intellian16:00 Closing Remarks and Drinks Reception
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