0815 - Registration Opens

0900 - Welcome from Conference Chair
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0915 - Keynote Address: How Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning will Transform Work, Business and Life in the Future
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0945 - A Technology Roadmap to 2050
click for bioDr. Kohei Matsuo, Chief Researcher for Structural and Infrastructure Technologies, Core Manufacturing Technology Department, NMRI (National Maritime Research Institute)

Dr. Kohei MatsuoBiography pending.





Session 1:
The Maritime Satcom Summit

Sessions to include:

  • Standardising, securing and automating your network in the new connected era
  • Next generation satellite communications
  • Communicating change: How will satellite communications power the 4th Industrial Revolution?
  • A pipeline for growth: Delivering connectivity in the Big Data era

1015 - Standardising, Securing and Automating your Network in the New Connected Era
click for bioYoshihiro Tabata, Marlink

Yoshihiro TabataBiography pending.





1040 – Next Generation Satellite Communications

  • Communicating change: How will satellite communications power the 4th Industrial Revolution?
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1130 – The Maritime Satcom Summit: Panel Discussion
Delivering Connectivity in the Big Data Era – Challenges and Opportunities
click for bioRob O'Dwyer, Editor, Digital Ship

Rob O'DwyerRob O'Dwyer, Editor of Digital Ship, has been a maritime IT journalist since 2005. He has a Master's degree in business and law from University College Dublin and was previously a commercial writing consultant in Seoul, South Korea.

Rob was also previously Editor of Port Finance International.

Panellists include:
click for bioEric Jan Bakker, VP Sales Asia Pacific, Marlink

Eric Jan BakkerEric Jan Bakker is Head of Sales responsible for the development of business in the Asia-Pacific region for Marlink, the global innovative provider of satellite enabled solutions.

Eric Jan has over 16 years’ experience in the satellite sector, starting his career with Station 12, the former mobile satellite operator based in The Hague, The Netherlands. During his time there, Eric Jan was responsible for sales of mobile satellite systems to the maritime industry in most of EMEA & Asia. Based out of The Hague and Singapore, Eric Jan helped introduce data communications technologies to the maritime industry, particularly the merchant shipping sector.

Eric Jan joined the company to head sales efforts with non-governmental organizations and United Nations accounts before moving on to become government sales director, a position he held for over two years. He accepted a role as Vice President, Sales for the Asia-Pacific region and where he has helped further establish Marlink’s reputation in this core market.

Eric Jan has a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics, and integrated several commercial topics into his technical studies at the University of Eindhoven (The Netherlands).

Session 2:
Cyber Risk & Resilience

Sessions to include:

  • Safeguarding cyber security in an increasingly automated world
  • Incorporating cyber awareness into daily operations and procedures
  • Building a consistent cyber security response plan
  • Real world maritime cyber threats and how to avoid them

1215 – Hacking on the High Seas

  • Real world maritime cyber threats and how to avoid them
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1240 – Lunch Break

1345 – Panel Discussion: Safeguarding Cyber Security in an Increasingly Automated World

  • Incorporating cyber awareness into daily operations and procedures
  • Building a consistent cyber security response plan
Moderated by:
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Panellists include:
click for bioCaptain Sony Rajan, HSE Manager, LNG Ship Management Division, Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd

Captain Sony RajanBiography pending.





Session 3:
The iShipping Revolution

Sessions to include:

  • Blockchain: Benefits and the path beyond proof of concepts
  • Autonomous shipping and the digital twin: Evolution or revolution?
  • Collaboration in the Big Data Era
  • Transforming culture, disrupting business and embracing innovation
  • Putting digitalisation on the business agenda: Capitalising on digital innovation and leadership
  • Trends and outlook: Transitioning to a digital future

1455 – Blockchain in Commodity Trading and Transportation

  • Blockchain is the newly implemented and fast-growing way to transform and change fundamentally the whole transport industry, making it transparent, decentralized and more efficient allowing to solve multiple tasks and troubles synchronically which shipping industry is missing nowadays, such as corruption and lack of transparency, frequent human errors, complex calculations involving dozens of databases, high operating costs, and many others.
Moderated by:
click for bioAlexander Varvarenko, CEO, Varamar Group

Alexander VarvarenkoAlexander Varvarenko is Owner and CEO of a VARAMAR Group (www.varamar.com) - the first shipping (ocean-transport) company to introduce and use Bitcoin in exchange for transportation,

Veles Bulk (www.velesbulk.com) and ShipNEXT (www.shipnext.com)- the international shipping market-place with fully automated e-mail recognition, calculation and matching platform, as well as a chartering / contract management solution.

Mr. Varvarenko succeeded in automating and digitalizing the most complex segment of shipping - dry-bulk, wet-b

Alexander has 17 years experience in shipping industry. He is a Founder of the Ukrainian ShipBrokers Club.

1455 – Blockchain: Driving Change and Development in the Maritime and Wider Supply Chain Ecosystem
click for bioCaptain Savio Gomez, ICO Strategy Advisor

Captain Savio GomezBiography pending.





1520 – Autonomous Shipping and the Digital Twin

  • Evolution or revolution?
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1545 – Tea/Coffee Break

1615 – Harmonising Digitalisation after e-Navigation
click for bioHideki Noguchi, Chair - IALA e-Navigation Committee, Deputy Director, Administration and Planning Division, Maritime Traffic Department, Japan Coast Guard

Hideki NoguchiCDR Hideki Noguchi (JCG) is the Chair of the e-Navigation Committee, International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA). From 2011 to 2013, he was the Coordinator of the IMO NAV Sub-Committee Correspondence Group on development of policy and new symbols for AIS Aids to Navigation (AIS AtoN) that is the latest AtoN using AIS technology including virtual AtoN.

e-navigation is IMO led concept for introducing digital world into the maritime world but its development has been slow while technology of navigational equipment and related facilities has been rapidly changed such as the emergence of virtual AtoN. Despite its slow movement, e-navigation has now reached the initial stage of implementation and IMO has worked on the prioritized e-navigation solutions.

However, when e-navigation takes the first step on its implementation, due to the rapid development of digital technology, another movement is emerged, autonomous or unmanned ship. At its 98th session in June 2017, IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) agreed to start a new work item “a regulatory scoping exercise of Maritime Autonomous Surface Ship (MASS)”. There are already some MASSs operating for R&D or military purposes and these MASSs use numerous digital technologies such as ICT.

1640 – Putting Digitalisation on the Business Agenda

  • Capitalising on digital innovation and leadership
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1705 – Preparing for our Digital Future: Panel Discussion

  • Trends and outlook: Transitioning to a digital future
Moderated by:
click for bioCaptain Vikrant Sharma, Lead Business Strategist and Lead in Business Development and Consulting, ClassNK

Captain Vikrant SharmaVikrant Sharma has background in shipping as well as business administration. He joined ClassNK Innovation Development Division in 2016. Being core team member of the Digitalization Strategy of ClassNK he is responsible for the building new business based on big data analysis. He is also closely involved in the EU MRV regulation as a MRV expert and the task force team member of ClassNK at the Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG CLIMA) European Commission's responsible for making best practices for the EU MRV regulation. Prior joining ClassNK he was working in the head office of a major Japanese ship management company where one of his responsibility was vessel performance management.

Panellists include:
click for bioCaptain Sony Rajan, HSE Manager, LNG Ship Management Division, Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd

Captain Sony RajanBiography pending.





marlink1750 - Conclusions, Followed by Networking Drinks Reception until 1900
- Kindly Sponsored by Marlink

**Please note all topics and timings are TBC and subject to change