Smart Maritime Network Athens Conference

12 May 2021

Our Vision

**Please note, this event has been postponed from 2020. The programme is under review.**

When first announced, SMN Athens was due to be held in April 2020. The plan for then was to review and discuss “the pace of progress” since SMN’s first-ever conference in May 2019, also in Athens. It was entirely appropriate that we planned to use our second visit to Athens to review the first year of Smart Maritime Network’s existence.
We were asking industry leaders to share their insights on how digital innovation had been embraced in the previous year and whether the argument of cost versus growth was still stuck in the same place. The key twin drivers of digitalisation and sustainability were to be the core focus of the event.

Then, of course, Covid-19 hit. The event due to take place in April was, like many others, postponed and the maritime industry went through, is still going through, a period of great change and disruption. But out of chaos comes order and recent events have shone a spotlight on the importance of digital resilience and agility. This can best be achieved through innovation, collaboration and standardisation, which will all be showcased and discussed during SMN Athens 2021.

It is clear that today there is still great strength in working collectively as an industry to provide the most effective solutions. Interoperability and common goals are what will ultimately drive a seamless and robust end to end supply chain. For now, staying apart is critical to beating this virus, but coming together will be the foundation for future prosperity.

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
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With an expert line up ready to share their knowledge and experience:

• Andre Simha, Global Chief Digital & Information Officer, MSC / Chairman, DCSA (Digital Container Shipping Association)
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
George Demetriades, Advisor – International Subsidiaries, Alpha Bank
Mikael Lind, Associate Professor, Research Institutes of Sweden, RISE 

Panagiotis Papagiannakopoulos, Associate Partner, EY
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

Conference Health & Safety Measures

Now that we are all slowly emerging from the restrictions necessitated by the recent COVID-19 crisis, SMN is very pleased to be returning to hosting our series of conferences to facilitate safe and conscientious in-person meetings with our partners and industry peers. To safeguard the wellbeing of all of our attendees, we will be strictly following the guidelines of the local health authorities in our host countries, as well as adopting best practices recommended by major business conference and event organiser associations, such as PCMA, UFI and AEO.*

Our aim is to hold in person events again in the second half of 2020, with a key location and event being SMN Athens on 24 November.

We are also working very closely with our venue, Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso, and suppliers to ensure the measures in place during SMN Athens 2020 will provide a safe, pleasant and productive experience for all our guests. You can review their own procedures in their guidelines here.

These include:

On-site & Social Distancing:

  • We are using a large space for the conference itself. Conference seating will be at round tables, with seats spaced out at measured intervals to adhere to distancing requirements.
  • We will have designated washrooms, catering areas and any other facilities – to ensure these are limited to our guests and event staff only.
  • The lunch will be a buffet, but not ‘self-service’ – all food and beverages will be served by the hotel’s own staff only, with guests prohibited from touching serving implements. Attendees’ chosen food will be served to them in line with strict distancing requirements in the catering area, and must be taken elsewhere within the designated event space for consumption. There will be plexiglass installed to separate stations and servers in the buffet area for additional safety.
  • Before and throughout the conference the venue will follow strict sanitisation and cleaning protocols – this includes sanitising all microphones between each use and providing sanitising gel for speakers to use prior to taking the stage.
  • We will strictly follow additional on-site audience hygiene guidelines, such as the provision of hand sanitisation stations throughout the venue for your convenience.
  • Each seat will be numbered, including for the Roundtable sessions, and all guests will be advised to use the same seat throughout the conference, to limit sharing of chairs or table space.
  • Notepads and pens will be made available, but these will be from a collection point rather than on table to prevent handling by more than one attendee.
  • We will be implementing contact-less business contact exchange via QR codes on our webapp, to remove the need for physical business cards to be exchanged. Attendees are also encouraged to avail of contactless smartphone sharing technologies like Bluetooth to exchange information.
  • We will be asking our Sponsors and Partners to limit the amount of physical materials they distribute on-site and instead provide informational resources via a designated downloads section on our website. Sponsors may also send materials to those who request them post-event.


Pre-Event and Arrival:

  • There will be a “print at home” or contactless printing badge system. Attendees are strongly encouraged to print their own badge prior to arrival to reduce the need for queuing at the event.
  • We will be encouraging and reminding all delegates of the importance of adhering to recommended personal hygiene etiquette, such as washing and disinfecting hands regularly, and wearing facemasks where appropriate.
  • Participants will be asked to wear a face mask on entry, if appropriate, in line with local government and health authority advice.
  • We will be asking any delegates with any symptoms of illness to refrain from attending the conference.

Trace & Contact:

  • It is our policy to ensure that we have full contact details of all guests who attend the event, enabling us to work with local authorities on trace & contact follow-up should that be necessary.

If you would like to discuss any of these measures, or have any questions, please contact:

Cathy Hodge, COO, Smart Maritime Network

*For more information on these guidelines please visit


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 // 12 May, 2021

Jaco GS1
Jaco Voorspuij, GS1 Global Office
Steen Erik Larsen new circle
Steen Erik Larsen, Maersk Technology
Dita Bruijn
Dita Bruijn, PortXchange, Port of Rotterdam
Mikael Lind, RISE
Erik Lund - new - circle
Erik Christian Lund, Sony
Jaco GS1
Jaco Voorspuij, GS1 Global Office
Steen Erik Larsen new circle
Steen Erik Larsen, Maersk Technology
Dita Bruijn
Dita Bruijn, PortXchange, Port of Rotterdam
Mikael Lind, RISE
Erik Lund - new - circle
Erik Christian Lund, Sony

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.

To book please contact:

T: +30210891100

and quote ‘Smart Maritime Network Conference 19/20 October 2020’

All rooms subject to availability. 

Located just opposite the Divani Apollon, SMN has also arranged a special rate for our delegates and partners at the Amarilia Hotel:

Dates: 19-21 October 2020 (2 nights)

– €100 Double/Twin for Single use (run of house)

– €110 Double/Twin (run of house)

Quoted rates are per night, per room, including American buffet breakfast and taxes. Should taxes change, the hotel has the right to adjust rates accordingly.

Note that quoted rates do not include the tax accommodation fee of €3 per room per night.

Complimentary Wi-Fi in all rooms, common areas and meeting halls.

Check in after 15:00 / Check out till 11:00.


T: +30 210 8990391/+30 210 8990392

Please quote “Smart Maritime Network”

All rooms subject to availability.


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

  • Delegate pass for admission to all conference sessions, and the evening Networking Party. (*Discounts are available for multiple delegate bookings)

With thanks to the Smart Maritime Council

Smart Maritime Network Athens - Event Partners