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.
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
- 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, Advisor – International Subsidiaries, 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
- Demetres Armanes, National SME at ISO/TC8/WG10 – Smart Shipping
- P. Michael A. Rodey, VP Corporate Development, Cognite
- Nick Chubb, Founder, Thetius
- Rob O’Dwyer, Chief Network Officer, Smart Maritime Network
- Cathy Hodge, Chief Operating Officer, Smart Maritime Network
- Speaker to be announced, Inmarsat Maritime
- With more speakers to be announced
*Please note, timings, topics and speakers may be subject to final confirmation and/or change
Conference Health & Safety Measures
To safeguard the health and safety of all attendees at the Smart Maritime Network Athens Conference the following measures and guidelines are being adopted
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.
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
Conference Agenda // 15 June 2021
- Registration and Welcome Refreshments 0815
- Introduction & Welcome from Smart Maritime Network 0900
Cathy Hodge, Chief Operating Officer, Smart Maritime Network
- Panagiotis Papagiannakopoulos, Partner Technology Consulting, EY 0905
Opening Notes from Conference Chair
- Session 1: Harnessing Frameworks and Standards for Sustainability and Resilience
The last year has certainly taken its toll on the shipping industry and has exposed innumerous weaknesses in global supply chains. Even the most prepared companies have had to rethink their strategies – and the shipping sector is waking up to the realisation that companies can no longer operate in siloes if they want to be truly strong global players.
Many believe that companies are going to need to collaborate better in a highly competitive digitally-enabled market in order to 'survive'. And with collaboration comes a greater need for cross-indsutry standardisation – but with companies still operating asymmetrical platforms, how can we drive harmonisation and interoperability? We will hear views on the value of investment in digital agility, and discuss what challenges and threats we are facing and how to accelerate adoption to achieve better resilience – a digital survival of the fittest.
- To be announced 0930
Keynote Address: The Pace of Progress
We have been witness to a paradigm shift in the maritime industry – and the situation is recent months has accelerated this, and related digital adoption, even further. The last industrial revolution ensured that smart shipping technologies have become fundamental to vessel operations – and with an increasing number of cargo owners requiring even greater transparency, sustainability and efficiency, cargo operators are under intense pressure and competition and are now demanding performance monitoring and optimisation technology onboard, meaning shipbuilders are looking to ever advanced smart solutions.
Of course – there is a cost, so how can owners, managers, builders and their customers justify these long term aspirations against the cost now? How can we demonstrate that smart technology will drive asset performance and productivity? Should we be putting “business before technology”?
- Speaker to be announced, Inmarsat Maritime 0955
- Panel Discussion: The Smart Maritime Council 1020
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
- Tea/Coffee Break - Technology Display Zone 1105
- Wolfgang Lehmacher, Supply Chain and Technology Strategist, Former Head of Supply Chain and Transport Industry, World Economic Forum 1130
Collaborative Leadership in the Age of Digitalisation
Various key innovations are transforming the end-to-end demand and supply chains, impacting suppliers, manufacturers, logistics providers, carriers as well as distributors and retail. How will these maturing technologies eventually play out across connected ecosystems? What is the role of a business leader in a world that places data sharing, distributed control, transparency and trust over "power play" and "smoke and mirror" strategies.
These are the questions that businesses are required to answer to equip themselves to navigate the new competitive landscape and shape business models along the way.
- Panel Discussion: Developing a Framework and Standards for Sustainability 1155
• Jaco Voorspuij, Senior Manager Transport & Logistics, GS1 Global & Vice-Chair, International Taskforce Port Call Optimization
• Manos Papadakis, Applications Executive, Standards & Solutions, GS1 Greece
• Demetres Armanes, National SME, ISO/TC8/WG10 - Smart Shipping
- Lunch Break 1240
Lunch and an opportunity for our delegates to tour our Partners’ Technology Display Zones and learn how they are working towards a smarter, better connected future of shipping.
- Roundtable Discussion Groups – Hosted by our Partners 1400
Each table will focus on a unique topic centred around the Smart Maritime Network goal of establishing better collaboration and standardisation in maritime technology. The roundtable discussions will take place simultaneously with each table host then asked to summarise their discussions for the whole room, to ensure that all participants get the most from their attendance. There will be a total of 10 table discussions to choose from. Delegates are sent the list in advance and invited to choose the table they would most like to join The tables themselves will last for 30 minutes with 30 minutes for summaries.
- Short Coffee Break - Technology Display Zone 1500
- Session 2: Creating Value for Technology Users
Digitalisation is being touted as the route to cutting costs, increasing efficiency, and creating new revenue possibilities within the maritime and transport logistics supply chain. But the real question is, how much value are we actually creating for technology users? It is clear that the answer will lie in a lot more than simply “smartening-up” vessels and ports, and collaboration amongst supply chain stakeholders, with improved data exchange capabilities – alongside technically advanced smart ships, ports and digtal cargo initiatives – will pave the way. So what measures are the industry taking to develop their “smart thinking” and ensure real value for technology users – and what is the impact of digital data exchange on the user?
- Dita Bruijn, Director of Operations, PortXchange, Port of Rotterdam 1515
Embracing Digitalisation – Digital Platforms for Port Call Optimisation
- Panel Discussion: Collaboration, Resilience and Creating Value from your Data 1540
Hosted by: Nick Chubb, Founder, Thetius
• Bjoern Sprotte, CEO Ship Management, V.Group
• Katerina Raptaki, IT Manager, Navios
• George Demetriades, Advisor - International Subsidiaries, Alpha Bank
• Jose Milhazes, Business Process Innovation Manager, GasLog Ltd
• P. Michael A. Rodey, VP Corporate Development, Cognite
- Henk Mulder, Head of Digital Cargo, International Air Transport Association 1625
Keynote Case Study - IATA’s ONE Record: the Next Milestone in the Digitalization of Air Cargo Data
- Andre Simha, Global Chief Digital and Information Officer, MSC & Chairman, Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) 1650
Concluding Keynote Address: The Value of Collaboration and Standardisation
• How digitalisation and interoperability will modernise the world's shipping ecosystem
- Special Focus Session – Cargo’s Digital Future 1715
Henk Mulder, IATA and Andre Simha, MSC/DSCA will take the stage together and share lessons and insights they have both gained from looking at the changing patterns and processes in global cargo movements.
They will discuss how standardisation and digitallisation is facilitating smart data sharing, enabling innovative and value added services and creating value for for the entire supply chain.
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.
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:
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.
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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.
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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.
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- Delegate pass for admission to all conference sessions, and the evening Networking Party. (*Discounts are available for multiple delegate bookings)