Shipping is waking up to a new era, where digitalisation is creating increased opportunity for development and innovation. With this in mind, Digital Ship is excited to be heading back to Japan to hold the next in our series of highly respected Maritime CIO Forums, where the focus will be on how to drive these opportunities, and how to address the challenges and questions these advances in technology are posing to our industry.

Through three key sessions, we will ask how the industry is responding to change and investigate what technology and digital transformation can do for us.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr. Shinichiro Otsubo, Deputy Director General for Engineering Affairs, MLIT (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism), Tokyo, Japan
  • Hideki Noguchi, Chair - IALA e-Navigation Committee, Deputy Director, Administration and Planning Division, Maritime Traffic Department, Japan Coast Guard
  • Tore Morten Olsen, President Maritime, Marlink
  • Peter Broadhurst, Senior Vice President Safety and Security Services, Inmarsat
  • Dr. Ando Hideyuki, Senior General Manager, Monohakobi Technology Institute, NYK Line
  • Andrew Ward, Vice President Sales APAC, Transas
  • Dr. Junji Fukuto, Director of Navigation & Logistics Engineering Department, National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology, National Maritime Research Institute
  • Shinta Masuyama, Manager, Advanced Technology Group, Energy & Performance Management Team, KAWASAKI KISEN KAISHA LTD., (K - LINE)
  • Hajime Akamatsu, Creative Solutions Group, NYK - Technical HQ Management Group
  • Dr. Sachiko Yoshihama, Senior Manager, FSS & Blockchain Solutions, IBM Research - Tokyo
  • Eric Jan Bakker, VP Sales Asia Pacific, Marlink
  • Prof. Yasuaki Hashimoto, Director, Policy Studies Department, The National Institute for Defense Studies, Japan
  • Giampiero Soncini, Director, Volaris Marine Division
  • Scott Pilkington, Partner, HFW
  • Samuel I. Guevara G., Chief of SEGUMAR-Tokyo, Directorate of Merchant Marine, Panama Maritime Authority
  • Will Kraus, Director, Maritime Line of Business & Product Management, Iridium
  • Shinobu Suzuki, Country Manager, Marlink
  • Geir Isene, Innovation Manager, Dualog Innovation Garage
  • Karsten Winther, Chief Commercial Officer, Cobham Satcom
  • Michael O’Brien, VP Products and Business Development, StormGeo
  • Rob O'Dwyer, Editor, Digital Ship
  • Hideki Hashimoto, General Manager Business Planning Department, Marine Systems Division, JRC

The Maritime Satcom Summit
Investigating the evolution of maritime mobility and connectivity

The ever-growing use of onboard applications and increased data flows – such as those used for maritime safety and protection, vessel tracking and performance analysis – means that the shipping sector requires ever more reliable data communications, even in remote locations.

This opening session of the day will look at how innovation and evolution in maritime connectivity is changing the maritime landscape by improving operational agility, enhancing efficiency, creating a safer, more secure environment for passengers and crew alike, and above all reducing costs for the ship owner and manager.


Harnessing Maritime Cyber Resilience
A look at maritime cyber security, safety and risk

This expert led session will look at how the industry is reacting to the advent of increased cyber threats borne out of the growing use of cloud and IoT applications, the number of devices used, and larger ships but fewer crew - meaning even more reliance on automation and remote monitoring. The Forum will discuss what policies, guidelines and best practices are already in place, and how the industry can identify, quantify and mitigate cyber risk. We will also ask if there is a gulf between perception and reality, and what are the real business risks?


The Big Data Revolution
How big data usage and management is expanding the boundaries of smart shipping – and how can we harness this disruptive influence to build a real business case and lasting legacy.

Transformation, digitalization, disruptive influence, innovation. These words and phrases are being used more and more and being held up as the drivers of all change and development – not just in our sector but across industry. But what do they mean, and what can they do for us in the shipping sector? We know that the maritime sector is on the cusp of dramatic change – how can we harness all this data and information to build our own businesses and make them smarter, safer, and more sustainable? What value can shipping companies take from the launch of collaborative platforms and ecosystems?

 Plus: A special Focus Session on Blockchain, invitation only lunchtime workshop, and networking opportunities including a post-conference reception for all participants

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