Smart Maritime Network Athens Conference

October 20, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory - Event Rescheduled to October 20, 2020

**16 March, 2020 – Update**

Smart Maritime Network is pleased to announce that, following consultation with our speakers, partners and the conference venue, we have been able to confirm a rescheduled date for our 2020 Athens event, which will now take place on 20 October, 2020. The conference will still be held in the Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso as originally planned.

We would like to thank everyone in the Smart Maritime community for their patience and support in facilitating the schedule changes during these extraordinary times, and we look forward to seeing you in Athens later in the year. In the meantime, our thoughts and best wishes go out to all of those affected by the pandemic, and to the healthcare workers across the world working tirelessly to care for those suffering the most.


9 March, 2020 – Update

The Greek Ministry of Health announced yesterday (Sunday 8 March) that it is suspending all conferences for the next 4 weeks in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Ministry will review the situation towards the expiration of this period. Greek Ministry of Health – Official Statement (in Greek).

We have therefore reluctantly made the decision to postpone SMN Athens (due to be held on Wednesday 8 April) and the related Smart Maritime Council meeting on Tuesday 7 April. We are very sorry for any impact this will have on our partners.

The health and safety of our audience is paramount, and we are confident we will be able to move forward to reschedule the event for later in the year and have yet another fantastic SMN Athens. We are currently liaising with our partners and speakers and are looking to hold the conference in October 2020. We will announce the revised date as quickly as possible.

Thank you for your understanding – please contact with any questions.


2 March, 2020 – Update

SMN is taking a proactive approach to the complex and changing situation surrounding the COVID19 – Coronavirus outbreak. We will continue to monitor the situation and will update this attendee advice section if things change.

Having received a number of questions from our members, sponsors, speakers and delegates, here is an update on all precautions that SMN is taking in regard to the novel coronavirus, named COVID19 by the World Health Organization.

SMN Athens will continue to take place on Wednesday 8 April 2020 at the Divani Apollon Hotel.

The health and safety of all our partners and our audience is our top priority, therefore we are working with the venue and other partners to ensure measures are in place to safeguard the health and safety of all our participants.

SMN will continue to monitor the situation and take appropriate measures based on changes in the developing circumstances, particularly with regard to advice from WHO and the Host Government.

Here is the Greek government’s latest response: Greek government coronavirus advisory

And advice for travellers from Greece’s National Public Health Organisation: Greek NPHO advisory

For other official advice please check the following websites:

– Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)
World Health Organisation (WHO)
– WHO Protect Yourself advice
– WHO Situation Reports
– WHO Travel Advice 
– Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO)
– US Center for Disease Control
– European Centre for Disease Prevention

These are some of the measures we are discussing implementing with the SMN Athens venue:
– Increased cleaning and disinfection in public high touchpoint areas.
– Increased hand sanitizer to be made available on site (gels and wipes).
– Face masks will be made available for those wishing to use them. (Supplies may be limited and will be provided on a first come first served basis, so we also recommend you bring your own where possible).
– Disinfecting wipes to be available to use on microphones between users.
– Increasing awareness of standard personal preventative measures among staff and guests – such as increasing hand washing, staying away if feeling unwell etc.

We also ask all participants to follow these general everyday practices:
– Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
– Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
– Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
– If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
– If you are feeling unwell, please do not attend the Conference. You are welcome to send someone in your place.
– If you have recently visited Northern Italy, China or South Korea (within the last 14 days prior to the conference) we would respectfully ask you to not attend the Conference. You are welcome to send someone in your place.
– If you have come into contact with anyone suffering from Covid19 we would respectfully ask you to not attend the Conference. You are welcome to send someone in your place.

We also commit to offering a full refund to any paying delegates who are affected and unable to attend.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Cathy Hodge:

Our Vision

Following on from the success of the first ever Smart Maritime Network (SMN) Conference in Athens in May 2019, SMN will return to the Divani Apollon in October 2020 to review how the landscape for maritime technologies has evolved as we move into a new decade. Returning to Athens just over a year since SMN was first launched provides the ideal opportunity to really review "the Pace of Progress" - and this is the theme that will underline the conference.

We will explore the benefits of enhanced integration and data sharing among stakeholders within the maritime and transport logistics sectors; examining the technological developments and innovations occurring in the market, while encouraging a new level of relationship building, business development and knowledge sharing among the players in this critical global industry.

The core aim of the conference is to raise issues relating to interoperability, standardisation and harmonisation in the maritime and the wider transport infrastructure.

Topics to be covered include:
• The pace of progress – balancing long term goals with immediate challenges
• Harmonisation and standardisation – how the industry benefits by adopting standards
• Developing a digital roadmap for performance efficiency and sustainability
• The economic impact of developments in the satellite sector
• Redefining finance in the shipping industry – reviewing new entrants to the market and their impact, and reviewing banks’ changing attitude towards financing
• Creating value for technology users
• Trade facilitation of the future
• Roundtable discussion forums

Conference Sponsors
Supporting collaboration in the maritme technology sector
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With an expert line up ready to share their knowledge and experience:

Rui Pedro Silva, Director of Technology Strategy, AP Moller-Maersk
Stefano Poli, VP – Business Development, Inmarsat Maritime
• Henk Mulder, Head of Digital Cargo, International Air Transport Association
P. Michael A. Rodey, VP Corporate Development, Cognite
Christopher Rex, Head of Innovation and Research, Danish Ship Finance
Katerina Raptaki, IT Manager, Navios
Wolfgang Lehmacher, Supply Chain and Technology Strategist
Panagiotis Papagiannakopoulos, Associate Partner, EY
George Demetriades, Advisor – International Subsidiaries, Alpha Bank
Mikael Lind, Associate Professor, Research Institutes of Sweden, RISE 

Martijn de Munnick, Research Engineer, Damen Shipyards
Stefano Nervi, Project Manager, SEASTEMA – a Fincantieri Group company
Jaco Voorspuij, Senior Manager Transport & Logistics, GS1 Global & Vice-Chair, International Taskforce Port Call Optimization
Dr. George Sarantavgas, Director, Standards & Solutions, GS1 Greece
Demetres Armanes, National SME at ISO/TC8/WG10 – Smart Shipping
Nick Chubb, Founder, Thetius
Xavier Lansel, Senior Consultant, Euroconsult
• Mike Powell, Strategy Director, StratumFive Limited 

*Please note, certain topics and speakers may be subject to final confirmation and/or change


Learn from our expert speakers and get up to date on the latest technology developments.


Share ideas on how to transform the shipping business using digital technologies.


Reconnect with your peers in the maritime IT sector and make new contacts to benefit your business.

Conference Agenda // 20 October, 2020

Keynote speakers

Adam Banks, Chief Technology and Information Officer, A.P. Møller-Maersk

Mr Banks joined Maersk in 2015, and was recently appointed CTIO for A.P. Møller-Maersk. He brings with him over two decades of IT experience, most notably as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and EVP for Technology in Monitise Plc, and CTO and CIO for Visa Europe.

Franck Kayser, Group Managing Director, V.Group

Franck Kayser started his maritime career as a cadet with Maersk in 1982, before joining the Danish Royal Navy. Over the course of more than 25 years in the industry he has worked for a host of major shipowners, including Maersk, CMA CGM, UASC and Nile Dutch Africa Line.

Ronald Spithout, President, Inmarsat Maritime

Ronald Spithout is President, Inmarsat Maritime, appointed in October 2014 to oversee global maritime activities for the satellite operator. Prior to joining the maritime business unit he served as President of Inmarsat Enterprise.

Palemia Field, Global Marketing Comms Manager, Digital, ABB

Palemia Field manages ABB's communications processes with internal & external stakeholders, with respect to Digital Solutions and Services for the Marine & Ports industry.

Joost van Ree, Director Partner Relations, CLIA

Joost van Ree is Director of Partner Relations for the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the world’s largest cruise industry trade association. CLIA supports safe, secure, and sustainable development in the cruise sector.

Katerina Raptaki, ICT Manager, Navios Group of Companies

Katerina Raptaki is the ICT Manager of the Navios Group of companies, including 4 NYSE-listed companies, owning and managing more than 200 vessels. Katerina is also the former president of AMMITEC.

Richard Morton, Secretary General, IPCSA

Richard Morton was appointed as Secretary General of the European Port Community Systems Association in 2011, renamed as the International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA) in 2014.

John Murphy, CEO, 8 West Consulting

John Murphy is CEO of 8 West Consulting, the company behind SafeTrx, a tracking and alerting system thatoperates with a collaborative network of technology partners, maritime operators, SAR first responders, Coast Guard and Police organisations around the world.

Rob O'Dwyer, Chief Network Officer, Smart Maritime Network

Rob O'Dwyer is one of the founders of the Smart Maritime Network, launched in 2019 to promote the benefits of enhanced integration and data sharing among stakeholders within the maritime and transport logistics sectors.


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Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso

Agiou Nikolaou 10,
Vouliagmeni 166 71,

Accommodation Options

SMN has arranged a special rate for our delegates and partners attending our Athens conference:

€185 per room/per night (single superior room) + €4.00 tax/night, American breakfast buffet included.

€205 per room/night (double superior room) + €4.00 tax/night, American breakfast buffet included.

Please contact:

T: +30210891100

and quote “Smart Maritime Network’


Shipping Company VIP Pass

  • Free conference registration for qualifying vessel operators (includes ship owners, ship managers, ship builders, ports & terminals, and other selected industry stakeholders - subject to confirmation by the organisers).

Conference Delegate Pass

575 Until September 20, 2020
  • Delegate pass for admission to all conference sessions, and the evening Networking Party. (*Early Bird discount expires September 20, 2020. Discounts are available for multiple delegate bookings)

With thanks to the Smart Maritime Council

Smart Maritime Network Athens - Event Partners