Smart Maritime Network Athens Conference

May 9, 2019

Our Vision

The first Smart Maritime Network (SMN) Conference will provide a platform to promote the benefits of enhanced integration and data sharing among stakeholders within the maritime and transport logistics sectors; informing and educating on technological developments and innovations, while providing wider opportunities for relationship building, business development and knowledge sharing.

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 within the various sessions of day include:

• Addressing the current state of digitalisation in maritime

• Harmonisation and standardisation

• Harnessing Industry 4.0

• Regulatory discussion – how is the maritime regulatory environment impacting the process of innovation and technology adoption?

• Beyond maritime – how to promote better integration between maritime, the logistics chain and other stakeholders in cargo transportation?
Conference Sponsors
Supporting collaboration in the maritme technology sector
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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 // May 9, 2019

Keynote speakers

Thomas Bagge, CEO and Statutory Director, Digital Container Shipping Association

Mr Bagge has been involved in various transformation activities in Maersk covering people, processes and technology since 2006. Aside from the role as CEO of DCSA, Mr Bagge retains a number of board positions in other organisations.

Frank Coles, CEO, Wallem

Frank Coles is CEO of maritime sevices company Wallem, based in Hong Kong. He has previously worked with a range of maritime technology companies including Wärtsilä, Transas, Inmarsat, Globe Wireless and Rydex Communications.

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.

Franck Kayser, Group Managing Director, V.Group

Franck Kayser started his maritime career as a cadet with Maersk, before joining the Danish Royal Navy. He has worked for a host of major shipowners, including Maersk, CMA CGM, UASC and Nile Dutch Africa Line.

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.


Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso

Agiou Nikolaou 10,
Vouliagmeni 166 71,

Accommodation Options

Address: Agiou Nikolaou 10,
Vouliagmeni 166 71,

Rates: Single Superior: €220/Double Superior: €240

Please contact the Reservations department at, quoting ‘Smart Maritime Network’, to secure this rate.

Address: 13, Agiou Nikolaou Str. 

166 71 Vouliagmeni, Athens, Greece

  1. +30 210 8990391 F. +30 210 8955790

Email: Info@Amarilia.Gr –

Dates: From 6-10 May 2019 

Rates: €108 for Double/Twin for Single

€117 for Double/Twin

Quoted rate is per night, per room, including American buffet breakfast and taxes. Should taxes change, the hotel has the right to adjust rates accordingly. Note that above rates do not include the new tax accommodation fee (effective from 1/1/18 onwards, according to Greek Law) which is €3 per room per day.

To book:

  1. Enter website:
  2. Click ‘Booking Code’ at the top of the page
  3. Enter the booking code (SMARTMARITIME2019)
  4. Enter the required information (dates, room type, number of guests etc.)
  5. After completing the reservation process, guests will receive an email with confirmation of their booking.


Shipping Company VIP Pass

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

Conference Delegate Pass

  • Delegate pass for admission to all conference sessions, networking functions, and the AMMITEC Summer Party. (Discounts available for multiple delegate bookings)

With thanks to the Smart Maritime Council

Smart Maritime Network Athens - Event Partners