This conference will be conducted with simultaneous translation between English and Japanese
The core aim of the Smart Maritime Network is to change the narrative around interoperability, standardisation and harmonisation in maritime technology and the wider transport infrastructure. SMN’s goal is to advance and 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.
Following the successful launch of the Smart Maritime Network (SMN) and the Smart Maritime Council (SMC) in 2019, four SMN conferences were held in Athens, Tokyo, Copenhagen and Singapore. The SMN conferences in 2020 were launched in Rotterdam in February 2020, before the global pandemic put a pause to the event series.
We are now very pleased to announce our roadmap to hosting SMN conferences once again and we will be back in Tokyo on 21 August, once again at the Kaiun Club. SMN Tokyo 2021 will look at how maritime has used this latest period to reflect and pursue innovations, particularly in relation to data exchange and digitalisation. We will take the opportunity at SMN Tokyo to discuss the measures the industry is taking to strengthen itself and to positively embrace future disruption.
Topics to be covered within the various sessions of day 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 – Japan’s ‘Roadmap to Zero Emission from International Shipping’ and other key initiatives
•The impact of digitalisation and innovation on the maritime economy
•Creating value for technology users
•Trust and transparency in maritime
•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.
With an expert line up ready to share their knowledge and experience:
- Akinori Abe, Director General, National Maritime Research Institute, National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology
- Kohei Iwaki, Director for Environment Policy, Ocean Development and Environment Policy Division, Maritime Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT)
- Ando Hideyuki, Director, MTI, NYK Group
- Masaaki Yuzaki, Director and Senior Managing Officer, Technology Division & Production, Planning Center, Ship & Offshore Division, Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU)
- Naotaka Ishizawa, President, NYK Digital Academy
- Noriyuki Mama, Senior Chief Researcher, GS1
- Daisuke Watanabe, Associate Professor, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
- Tetsuro Ashida, Senior Coordinator, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL)
- Koji Takasaki, Prof. (Emeritus) Dr., Kyushu University, Fellow, National Maritime Research Institute
- Speaker to be announced, Inmarsat
- Rob O’Dwyer, Chief Network Officer, Smart Maritime Network
- Cathy Hodge, Chief Operating Officer, Smart Maritime Network
Conference Health & Safety Measures
To safeguard the health and safety of all attendees at the Smart Maritime Network Tokyo 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.*
In order to ensure the safety of all of our participants, we will be following the advice of the Japanese Authorities in ensuring that all recommended health and safety measures are followed on site.
We are also working very closely with our venue, Kaiun Club, and suppliers to ensure the measures in place during SMN Tokyo 2021 will provide a safe, pleasant and productive experience for all our guests.
On-site & Social Distancing:
- We have booked the entire second floor of the venue for our exclusive use. This maximises the space available for the event to facilitate social distancing, and will ensure that the number of people with access to catering, washrooms and any other facilities is limited to our guests and event staff only.
- We will be holding a sit-down lunch instead of a buffet, to limit the need to congregate around catering stations.
- 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.
- Conference seating will be at round tables, with seats spaced out at measured intervals to adhere to distancing requirements.
- Each seat will be numbered 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 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 head to
Conference Agenda // August 25, 2021
- Registration and Refreshments 8:30 AM
- Introduction & Welcome from Smart Maritime Network 9:00 AM
Cathy Hodge, Chief Operating Officer, Smart Maritime Network
- SESSION 1: Developing New Industry Frameworks and Setting Standards for Sustainability
Across the maritime and transport sectors we have seen a number of frameworks and platforms emerging recently – all designed to provide better ways to approach complex challenges and create a more streamlined and efficient industry. This session will investigate how evolving technologies are creating opportunities for new entrants to join the industry and form partnerships and alliances with existing players, how these are contributing to a safer and more efficient industry. We will also look at how finance and investment in the sector is evolving with new entrants, new business models and a greater understanding of shipping’s climate impact.
- Akinori Abe, Director General, National Maritime Research Institute 9:10 AM
Keynote Address: Prioritising Digital Transformation
How NMRI is focusing on digitalisation and “digitalisation of quality” and what this will mean for shipping and ship building.
Accelerating digitalisation by sharing data and unifying standards
- Japan’s Roadmap to Zero Emission from International Shipping 9:40 AM
• Japan's approach toward zero emission shipping
• Zero emission concept ships
• Koji Takasaki, Prof. (Emeritus) Dr., Kyushu University, Fellow, National Maritime Research Institute, Japan. A member of the Shipping Zero Emission Project, Japan
• Kohei Iwaki, Director for Environment Policy, Ocean Development and Environment Policy Division, Maritime Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT)
- Tea/Coffee Break 10:25 AM
Kindly Sponsored by Intellian Technologies
- Panel Discussion: Trust and Transparency – What is their Role in Maritime’s Future? 11:30 AM
Digitalisation has led to a far less opaque and more visible shipping and transport sector. Greater scope for connectivity and access to an ever growing number of data sources is leading us necessarily towards a system of trust – where collaboration is not just beneficial but necessary. How can the shipping industry raise the bar and lift its veil to ensure a safer, more harmonised future? What role do standards have to play in this? We will also review the role Covid-19 has had to play in standards, vilisibility and supply chain.
Moderated by: Noriyuki Mama, Senior Chief Researcher, GS1
Naotaka Ishizawa, President, NYK Digital Academy
Dr. Shinichi Ishii, Senior Consultant, Global Infrastructure Consulting Department Nomura Research Institute
Further panellists to be announced
- Lunch 12:15 PM
Lunch and an opportunity for our delegates to tour our Partners’ Technology Display Zones and learn how they are working towards a smarter, more joined-up future of shipping.
Kindly Sponsored by ST Engineering iDirect
- SESSION 2: Creating Value Through Collaboration in the Digital Era
Digitalisation is being hailed 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 and service 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? And what is the role of the business leader in all of this?
- Masaaki Yuzaki, Director and Senior Managing Officer, Technology Division & Production, Planning Center, Ship & Offshore Division, Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU) 2:00 PM
Japanese Shipbuilding – Collaboration and Alliances for Improved Operations and Efficiency
- Tetsuro Ashida, Senior Coordinator, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) 2:30 PM
Collaborating for Best Practice – A Case Study from MOL’s Digital Twin Research Project
MOL has launched various projects for big data utilization and will use this session to introduce their activities related to digital-twin development – including their research projects with the National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology (MPAT), National Maritime Research Institute (NMRI).
- Panel Discussion: Creating Value Through Collaboration in the Digital Era 3:00 PM
Moderated by: Daisuke Watanabe, Associate Professor, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
- Tea/Coffee Break 3:45 PM
- Panel Discussion: The Smart Maritime Council 4:15 PM
Moderated by: Rob O’Dwyer, Chief Network Officer, Smart Maritime Network
- Closing Keynote Address: The Pace of Progress 5:15 PM
We have been witness to a paradigm shift in the maritime industry. One where smart shipping technologies have become fundamental to vessel operations – and with an increasing number of shipowners now demanding performance monitoring and optimisation technology on board, ship builders 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”?
MARITIME DIGITALISATION ADVISORS
International experts covering a range of maritime digitalisation technologies will be on hand at the Smart Maritime Network Tokyo Conference, ready to discuss how your company can leverage its data to improve processes and drive efficiency in an increasingly connected market
Shipping Company VIP Pass
- Free registration for qualifying vessel operators (includes ship owners/managers/builders, and selected industry stakeholders - subject to confirmation by the organisers).
Conference Delegate Pass
- Delegate pass for admission to all conference sessions, and and the evening Networking Party. (Discounts are available for multiple delegate bookings)