Smart Maritime Network Rotterdam Conference

February, 2022

The SMN Vision

As we start to turn our thoughts to meeting face to face again, we are also able to start focusing our attention on the big questions that the past year has accelerated.

Smart Maritime Network spends a lot of time looking at key issues surrounding data exchange, data ownership and data interdependency. With digitalisation at the top of every to do list, there is more discussion than ever about what really drives value – for the customer and for the business. But this time there is another layer to the discussion – resilience. How do companies factor resilience into their digital transformation goals?

There has also been increased discussion around digitalisation’s impact on trade facilitation – particularly the role of mainstreaming digital technologies, including the implementation of paperless trade and new platforms and frameworks for data exchange (such as via single window systems). A recent report released by IAPH & the World Bank describes how “collaborative use of digital technology can help streamline all aspects of maritime transport, from cross-border processes and documentation to communications between ship and shore”.

SMN Rotterdam 2022 will take the opportunity to review how digitalisation can be harnessed to propel Maritime’s ongoing recovery and the future of global trade.

Details about our registration policy and response to ongoing travel and country restrictions may be viewed by clicking on the Registration button above. For more information about this programme please get in touch with SMN here:
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Confirmed Speakers include:

  • Bjoern Sprotte, CEO Ship Management, V.Group
  • Dr. Patrick Verhoeven, Managing Director, International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH)
  • Gerbrand Schalkwijk, Deputy President & COO, Inmarsat Maritime
  • Leo Brand, CIO, Vopak
  • Mare Straetmans, Director Digital Transformation, Van Oord
  • Thomas Christensen, Secretary General, Maritime Connectivity Platform Consortium
  • Niels Nuyens, Program Director, Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA)
  • Norbert Kouwenhoven, World Wide Authorities Lead, Tradelens (IBM)
  • Dita Bruijn, Director Of Operations, PortXchange
  • Fernando Liesa, Secretary General, ALICE, Alliance for Logistics Innovation through Collaboration in Europe (ETP LOGISTICS)
  • Hanane Becha, Transport & Logistics Vice Chair, UN/CEFACT
  • Jan Egbertsen, Manager Innovation, Port of Amsterdam
  • Nick Chubb, Founder & Managing Director, Thetius
  • Mikael Lind, Advisor, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
  • Rob O’Dwyer, Chief Network Office, Smart Maritime Network
  • Cathy Hodge, Chief Operating Officer, Smart Maritime Network


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 2022

  • Lunch
    Lunch 1.15 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.

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SS Rotterdam

3e Katendrechtse Hoofd 25
3072 AM Rotterdam


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

With thanks to the Smart Maritime Council

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