Smart Maritime Network Rotterdam Conference

February 19, 2020


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 // February 19, 2020

  • Registration and Welcome Refreshments
    Registration and Welcome Refreshments 8.15 AM

    Welcome Tea/Coffee kindly sponsored by IB Marine

  • Introduction & Welcome from Smart Maritime Network
    Introduction & Welcome from Smart Maritime Network 9.00 AM

    Cathy Hodge, Chief Operating Officer, Smart Maritime Network

  • Peter Van de Venne, Director IT, Spliethoff
    Peter Van de Venne, Director IT, Spliethoff 9.05 AM

    Opening Notes from Conference Chair
    Welcome to the day's events

  • Lunch
    Lunch 12:45 PM

    Enjoy some food and take the opportunity to tour our partners’ Technology Display Zones to learn how they are working towards a smarter shipping future.
    Lunch kindly sponsored by ST Engineering iDirect

  • Conclusions, followed by the SMN Rotterdam Networking Party
    Conclusions, followed by the SMN Rotterdam Networking Party 5.40 PM

    Summary of conference conclusions followed by the SMN Rotterdam Networking Party - at Queen's Lounge, SS Rotterdam
    Kindly sponsored by Inmarsat



International experts covering a range of maritime digitalisation technologies will be on hand at the Smart Maritime Network Singapore Conference, ready to discuss how your company can leverage its data to improve processes and drive efficiency in an increasingly connected market
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SS Rotterdam

3e Katendrechtse Hoofd 25
3072 AM Rotterdam


SS Rotterdam

3e Katendrechtse Hoofd 25
3072 AM Rotterdam

Accommodation Options

SMN has arranged a preferential rate on board the iconic SS Rotterdam for our delegates to the conference. 

  • Single room including breakfast: €112,- per room per night
  • Double room including breakfast: €129,- per room per night


Please go to: to book direct with the venue or contact:, quoting ‘Smart Maritime Network Conference Rotterdam

Or call the reservation department on + 31 10 297 30 97.

Keynote speakers

Henning Schleyerbach,
Digital Container Shipping Association

July 2019, Henning Schleyerbach was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Digital Container Shipping Association, a neutral and non-profit association supported by nine of the largest carriers: A.P. Moller – Maersk, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, MSC, ONE, Evergreen, HMM, Yang Ming and ZIM.

Allard Castelein,
CEO, Port of Rotterdam

Allard began his career with Shell in The Netherlands in 1987. From 1992 he worked in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia and the UK, returning to The Netherlands in 2002 to join the Executive Board of the Shell-Exxon JV Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij. In 2003 he became Commercial Manager for Shell’s European Upstream business. In 2009 he was appointed Vice President Environment for Shell.

Gerbrand Schalkwijk,
Deputy President & COO
Inmarsat Maritime

20+ years experience in global commercial & general management roles.
Specialties: General management of global business, people management global teams, MSS & VSAT satellite communications, (in)direct Sales & Channel Management as well as Product Management/ Development/ Marketing

Dr Hanane Becha,
Innovation and Standards Senior Manager, TRAXENS,
Smart Container Project Leader, UN/CEFACT

Dr. Hanane Becha has a Ph.D. and an M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Ottawa, as well as a B.Sc. from l’Université du Québec en Outaouais. She is currently the project leader of the smart container project at the UN/CEFACT under the Transport and Logistics Domain.

Norbert Kouwenhoven,
Worldwide Authorities Leader, Tradelens/IBM

Norbert Kouwenhoven is member of IBM's Core TradeLens Team (Customs and Authorities Lead), and Solutions Leader for IBM EU in the area of Customs, Immigration and Border Management. He focuses on implementation of the TradeLens platform, specialising in the role of Customs Organizations and Authorities, alongside other EU Customs projects.


Bruis van Driel,
Head of Data Integration,
APM Terminals

Bruis Van Driel is Global Head of Integration (A2A & B2B) at APM Terminals and Chairman of SMDG e.V. Since 2016, he has been a very dynamic Chairman of SMDG e.V. revitalizing the institution with the board and members from statutes to format and content, projecting standardisation in the 21st century.

Luisa Antonia Rodriguez Ortega, Economic Affairs Officer, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Trade Logistics Branch

Luisa Rodriguez is a member of the team drafting UNCTAD’s annual review of maritime transport. She contributes to the development of UNCTAD maritime transport statistics and supports developing countries in implementing (transport and logistics) economic corridors and sustainable transport systems.

Dita Bruijn,
Director Of Operations,
Port of Rotterdam

Making port calls more efficient & greener. Proven track record in shipping, operational excellence, digitalization, project management, change management and people leadership. Strategic thinker and able to put strategy into practice.

Inge Raken-Lucassen,
Tech Strategy & Portfolio Manager for Logistics & Services,

Inge Lucassen is a professional in international logistics and compliance with a background in information technology, process re-design, maritime technology, shipping management and financial management.

Mike Powell,
Strategy Director,

Mike is Strategy Director for StratumFive, a British tech company supplying commercial shipping and other maritime sectors with cost-effective vessel monitoring, fleet tracking and voyage optimization applications, distributing mission-critical information via secure terrestrial and satellite networks to an advanced configurable Platform.

Jon Key,
Director, Key and Co,
Interim Strategy Director,
Associated British Ports

Recently responsible for strategy, digital innovation and delivery of the transformation programme for V.Group. Former Head of central Business Enhancement at Babcock International and formerly Strategy and Transformation Director at Royal Mail.

Mikael Lind,
Senior Strategic Research Advisor, RISE Viktoria

Mikael Lind is an Associate Professor and a senior strategic research advisor at RISE Viktoria, Sweden, working on several open innovation initiatives for sustainable transport including Future Airports, Sea Traffic Management (STM) and Port Collaborative Decision Making (PortCDM).


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. (*Early Bird discount expired January 19, 2020. Discounts are available for multiple delegate bookings)

With thanks to the Smart Maritime Council

Smart Maritime Network Rotterdam - Event Partners