Smart Maritime Network Athens Conference

15 June 2021

Our Vision

This is an in-person event, being held under careful conditions and in-line with all guidelines and restrictions as issued by the relevant authorities. Please note that registration for in-person places is strictly limited and is on invitation only. To apply for a place, please fill in the registration form and the SMN team will contact you. You may be offered a place at the parallel virtual event.

When first announced, SMN Athens was due to be held one year after the very first SMN conference and designed to take a look at “the pace of progress”. So 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 asked 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 2020 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 on 15 June.

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.

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
• Creating value for technology users
• Trade facilitation of the future
• Roundtable discussion forums
• Plus – Technology Display Zones, where our key partners will have the opportunity to showcase and demonstrate their products and services to conference attendees and explain how they are working towards a smarter, better connected future of shipping
• There will be a Networking Party at the end of the day, kindly sponsored by Inmarsat, to further enable discussion and partnerships between all those attending.

Conference Sponsors
Supporting collaboration in the maritime technology sector
Smart Maritime Conferences Global Sponsor
Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors
Technology Display Zone Partner

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

  • Andre Simha, Global Chief Digital and Information Officer, MSC & Chairman, Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA)
  • Bjoern Sprotte, CEO Ship Management, V.Group
  • Ronald Spithout, President, Inmarsat Maritime
  • Henk Mulder, Head of Digital Cargo, International Air Transport Association
  • Katerina Raptaki, IT Manager, Navios
  • Jose Milhazes, Business Process Innovation Manager, GasLog Ltd
  • Panagiotis Papagiannakopoulos, Partner Technology Consulting, EY
  • George Demetriades, Centralized Procurement & Outsourcing Activities Division, Alpha Bank
  • Jaco Voorspuij, Senior Manager Transport & Logistics, GS1 Global & Vice-Chair, International Taskforce Port Call Optimization
  • Dita Bruijn, Director of Operations, PortXchange, Port of Rotterdam
  • Wolfgang Lehmacher, Supply Chain and Technology Strategist, Former Head of Supply Chain and Transport Industry, World Economic Forum
  • Alberto Pérez Espinosa, Director Strategy & Business Development, Inmarsat Maritime
  • Demetres Armanes, National SME at ISO/TC8/WG10 – Smart Shipping
  • P. Michael A. Rodey, VP Corporate Development, Cognite
  • Manos Papadakis, Applications Executive, Standards & Solutions, GS1 Greece
  • Nick Chubb, Founder, Thetius
  • Eftihia Benaki, IT Manager, CySO – Minerva Marine Inc/AMMITEC BoD
  • Matthew Maheras, CIO, Metrostar Management Corp./AMMITEC BoD
  • Nikolaos Patronas, CIO, Carras Hellas/AMMITEC Member
  • Stelios Sabanis, Head of Information Technology, Gaslog Ltd/AMMITEC President
  • Anna Vazintari, ICT Manager, Unisea Shipping Ltd/AMMITEC Member 

*Please note, timings, 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.*

We are also working very closely with our venue, Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso, and suppliers to ensure the measures in place during SMN Athens 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.
  • 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 // 15 June 2021

  • Panel Discussion: The Smart Maritime Council
    Panel Discussion: The Smart Maritime Council 0945

    A review of recent work and projects driven by the Smart Maritime Council – to enhance collaboration and standardisation in the maritime industry.
    Moderated by: Rob O’Dwyer, Chief Network Officer, Smart Maritime Network

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Smart Maritime Network
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Benjamin Vernooij
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Giampiero Soncini

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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Gold Sponsors
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Technology Display Zone Partner


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.


Online access to the conference via our virtual platform is free for all participants – to sign up for an online event ticket please click here to complete your registration.

The number of attendees permitted to attend the Athens conference in-person is limited due to local restrictions. If you would like to enquire about tickets for physical attendance at the event please fill out the form below or contact

The terms of registration for this event are covered in the 'SMN Events Registration Statement' (marked with an *) directly below this form. By ticking this box you are agreeing to be bound by the terms of the SMN Events Registration Statement and by the terms of Smart Maritime Network's data collection policies. For more information on data collection visit

*SMN Events Registration Statement:

Smart Maritime Network is working towards hosting SMN conferences in 2021 as “in-person” as possible – with all local and international restrictions and guidelines being monitored very closely, along with all health and safety protocols as advised by our venues, suppliers and host authorities. We are aiming to hold the conferences with a live audience, synchronised with a virtual broadcast and audience where necessary (should on-site attendance numbers be limited).

The number of “live” (physical) delegates will be dependent upon the in-country restrictions at the time. For this reason, we are currently only taking registrations by email request and in-person registrations will be allocated on a first come first served basis when local restrictions are clearer.

Please note, for both free attendance and in-person attendance, priority will be given first to SMN Sponsors and Speakers, then to end users**, followed by Smart Maritime Council Members.

All other applicants may join SMN conferences by purchasing a delegate ticket. This is €675.00. You may register for your in-person delegate ticket by contacting us using this form. We will contact you 3 weeks prior to the conference to collect payment. Please note: Any tickets that remain unpaid will not be given access to the conference.

In the event that we are not able to offer you a physical delegate place you may be offered either a free virtual place or a credit to a future SMN conference.

NOTE: As it is SMN’s aim to return to hosting in-person events as soon as possible, there is no guarantee that there will be a parallel virtual conference. Each event will be managed on an individual basis and decisions to proceed live and/or virtual will be take ad-hoc on the situation/restrictions/limits on numbers in each respective location. Therefore, please be advised that registering now does not guarantee attendance.

We hope you will understand that in the current climate we need to be resilient and able to react to any changing circumstances, especially those that are outside our control. There may be changes to conference dates, locations, agendas and attendance numbers. We will always do our best to minimise any disruption and we apologise for any inconvenience that may be caused. We cannot accept any responsibility for any travel, accommodation or other costs that may be incurred as a result of changes to event programmes. We advise you to book flexible tickets/accommodation where possible. All participants attend an SMN conference at their own risk. SMN will send a pre-event health & safety screening questionaire and all participants will be obliged to fill this in. Participants may be refused entry. 

**For SMN conferences “end users” refers to ship owners/managers, ports and terminal owners/operators, BCOs and other targeted operators as defined by the organisers. If you are not sure whether you qualify for free registration, or if you would like to discuss becoming an SMN Sponsor, please contact

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