Conference Summary – Turning the Digital Tide
Not so long ago, the maritime sector was considered slow in “turning the digital tide”. However, recent events have demonstrated that no longer is this the case, and in fact shipping is now full steam ahead in embracing digitalisation.
Digital innovation is now firmly changing the way we operate. Trade and supply chains are becoming more transparent though technologies such as blockchain. In turn, data creation, usage and collection is becoming ever more important. This can be seen in mandatory requirements such as the IMO’s Convention of Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL Convention), but also with the recognition that it is data sharing and exchange that will help facilitate the goal of interoperability in the sector.
However – to achieve interoperability there are a number of steps that must first be met. Transparency and standards are central to this process, with integration and communication along the whole supply chain becoming increasingly important. With the rise in data exchange and increasingly automated systems also comes increased security risk – and with IMO cyber security compliance coming into effect from January 2021, shipping companies are under increasing pressure to ensure cyber preparedness. We will look at how recent events have propelled innovation even further, and to what end.
With an expert line up ready to share their knowledge and experience:
- Kenneth Lim, Assistant Chief Executive (Industry), Singapore Maritime Port Authority
- Chin Yong Koh, Chief Information Officer, Singapore Maritime Port Authority
- Ando Hideyuki, Director, MTI, NYK Group
- Claus Nehmzow, Chief Innovation Officer, Eastern Pacific Shipping Pte. Ltd
- Peter Schellenberger, Vice President Supply Chain, Thome Group
- Nakul Malhotra, VP Open Innovation – Marine Products, Wilhelmsen Group
- Tetsuro Ashida, Senior Coordinator, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL)
- Ken Hasegawa, Head of Chartering & Innovation, MC Shipping Ltd. Singapore Branch
- Demetris Chrysostomou, Managing Director Asia Region / Group Director Business Development, Columbia Shipmanagement
- Håkon Ellekjær, Head of Venture/3D Printing/Open Innovation, Wilhelmsen Group
- Jamie Ramsamy, Head of HSSEQ, Thome Group
- Steven Sim, Vice President, ISACA Singapore Chapter
- Tarun Mehrotra, Director – Trade & Transport Impact, Rainmaking
- Ronny Waage, Managing Partner, Heron Advisory
- Tim Polson, Business Development Manager, Klaveness Digital
- Dominic Ng, Director, Sales – Fleet Operations Solution, Wartsila Voyage
- Rob O’Dwyer, Chief Network Officer, Smart Maritime Network
- Cathy Hodge, Chief Operating Officer, Smart Maritime Network
- And more
Conference Health & Safety Measures
To safeguard the health and safety of all attendees at the Smart Maritime Network Singapore Conference the following measures and guides are being taken.
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.*
Our aim is to hold in person events again in the first quarter of 2021, with our annual conference series of 2020 concluding with SMN Singapore on 20 January, 2021.
In line with current local restrictions and guidelines, the physical event taking place in Singapore is for local attendees only and will be limited to 50 invited guests. Please note – your invitation is not transferable.
All other guests are invited to join the parallel virtual event , which is free of charge. This will enable sharing of the live and virtual presentations, as well as interaction between all participants.
We are also working very closely with our venue and suppliers to ensure the measures in place during SMN Singapore will provide a safe, pleasant and productive experience for all our guests.
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. There will 10 tables, each ale to sit 5 people.
- We will have designated washrooms, catering areas and any other facilities – to ensure these are limited to our guests and event staff only.
- The lunch will be served at your table by the hotels own staff only and at strict distancing.
- 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, as well as temperature checking upon arrival at
- 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 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
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Conference Agenda // January 20, 2021
- Registration and Refreshments 8:15 AM
- Introduction & Welcome from Smart Maritime Network 9:00 AM
Cathy Hodge, Chief Operating Officer, Smart Maritime Network
- Opening Notes from Conference Chair 9:15 AM
Welcome to the day's events
Peter Schellenberger, Vice President Supply Chain, Thome Group
- Short Break 10:00 AM
- Session 1: Accelerating the Digitalisation of Remote Operations through Evolving Technology
Over the last few years we have witnessed many advances in remote and increasingly autonomous operations, monitoring and supply. And the discussion around the value these bring to the maritime and supply chain industries has increased. Recent events have shone the spotlight even more closely on the potential these developments can offer and how technology is evolving the future of remote shipping and autonomous vessel systems.
This session will review some of the most prominent and exciting developments and explore the value they can bring. We will also look at the power of industry collaborations in accelerating and transforming the way we operate.
- Claus Nehmzow, Chief Innovation Officer, Eastern Pacific Shipping Pte. Ltd 10:20 AM
How Technology is Accelerating Remote Operations
- Panel Discussion: Assessing the Value and Role of Remote Technologies & Operations 10:50 AM
Moderated by: Ronny Waage , Managing Partner, Heron Advisory
Håkon Ellekjær, Head of Venture/3D Printing/Open Innovation, Wilhelmsen Group
Jamie Ramsamy, Head of HSSEQ, Thome Group
Tarun Mehrotra, Director - Trade & Transport Impact, Rainmaking
Dominic Ng, Director, Sales - Fleet Operations Solution, Wartsila Voyage
- Roundtable Discussion Sessions 11:50 PM
Our key partners will be hosting parallel virtual and physical Roundtable sessions on a number of key topics - encouraging questions and interaction from all participants. This is your chance to delve into some of the industry's burning issues.
- Lunch Break 12:45 PM
- SESSION 2: Standardising a Data Driven Industry
Advances in digitalisation and remote operations have led to an exponential rise in data use and exchange. Digital innovation is now firmly changing the way we operate. Trade and supply chains are becoming more transparent though technologies such as blockchain. In turn, data creation, usage and collection is becoming ever more important. This can be seen in mandatory requirements such as the IMO’s Convention of Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL Convention), but also with the recognition that it is data sharing and exchange that will help facilitate the goal of interoperability in the sector.
To achieve interoperability there are a number of steps that must first be met. Transparency and standards are central to this process, with integration and communication along the whole supply chain becoming increasingly important.
- Nakul Malhotra, Vice President Open Innovation - Marine Products, Wilhelmsen Group 13:45 PM
Embracing a Digital Culture
- Tetsuro Ashida, Senior Coordinator, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) 14:45 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).
- Short Break 15:15 PM
- Panel Discussion: Will Standardisation in Maritime Technology Lead to Harmonisation? 15:30 PM
Moderated by: Tim Polson, Business Development Manager, Klaveness Digital
Chin Yong Koh, Chief Information Officer, Singapore Maritime Port Authority
Peter Schellenberger, Vice President Supply Chain, Thome Group
Ken Hasegawa, Head of Chartering & Innovation, MC Shipping Ltd. Singapore Branch
Steven Sim, Vice President, ISACA Singapore Chapter
- Ronald Spithout, President, Inmarsat Maritime 16:15 PM
Closing Keynote: Digitalisation Uncovered
New trends in digital solutions
- Panel Discussion: The Smart Maritime Council - Standardising the Noon Report 16:45 PM
The Smart Maritime Council has been working together to create a standardised Noon Report, where a standard common template for reporting can be used as a framework to support automated data collection from onboard systems and allow for wider accessibility to analytics applications. The Members involved will share their insights into how this project has developed, what the aims are and how they see this benefitting the industry.
Moderated by: Rob O’Dwyer, Chief Network Officer, Smart Maritime Network
Rui Pinto, Engineering App & Comms Specialist, Stolt Tankers
Capt Ashwani Agarwal, Head of Marine, OSM Maritime Group
Sean Crowley, Electrical and Automation Manager, Stolt Tankers
Caterina Cerrini, Strategic Partnerships & Business Development, IB Marine
- Conference Conclusions and Online Networking 17:45 PM
MARITIME DIGITALISATION ADVISORS
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
Chief Technology Officer,
MPA (Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore)
Kenneth Lim is the Chief Technology Officer of the MPA, seconded from the Government Technology Agency (GovTech), where he held the role of Cluster Director of the Finance, National Development and Transport clusters. Mr Lim has previously also worked at PSA and CrimsonLogic before joining the public sector in 2011.
Chakib Abi Saab,
Chief Technology Officer,
OSM Maritime Group
Chakib Abi Saab joined OSM in 2017 as Program Director of New Technologies (NEXT) for the Technical Management department, becoming group CTO in July 2018. He has previously held technology leadership roles in North and South America, Asia and The Middle East with Baker Hughes Inc, and was global Chief Digital Officer for Bumi Armada Berhad.
Loh Sin Yong,
Director of Trade, Trade & Connectivity Cluster, IMDA
At IMDA Loh Sin Yong is responsible for supporting trade sectors (Wholesale Trade, Trade Finance, and Logistics) in using ICM technologies to enhance their competitiveness. He has more than 25 years of experience in Trade Facilitation, Logistics, and Maritime domains, working in the China, South East Asia and South Asia markets.
Dr Okan Duru,
Director, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Maritime Studies),
Nanyang Technological University
Dr. Duru is a scholar in the shipping business, forecasting and decision-making fields. Dr Duru completed his Ph.D. at the Graduate School of Maritime Sciences, Kobe University, with a dissertation titled 'Economic Analysis on the Long term assessment of Dry Bulk Shipping'.
Founder & Managing Director,
Ronny has spent more than a decade working in the maritime industry in Europe and Asia, in areas such as shipowning, chartering, and marine services, as well as startup companies and consulting services. He holds a Double Masters degree in International Business and International Management.
Dr. Annie Koh,
Vice President, Office of Business Development, Academic Director,
International Trading Institute
Dr Annie Koh is Academic Director for the International Trading Institute. Her previous portfolios at Singapore Management University included positions as Associate Dean, Lee Kong Chian School of Business and Dean, Office of Executive & Professional Education.
Vice President, Head of Processes, Systems & Competence,
Klaveness Asia Pte Ltd
Punit Oza has more than 26 years of experience in Dry Bulk Shipping, having begun his career with Precious Shipping. He has also worked with companies such as Noble Chartering, Astra Shipping and Aries Shipbroking, and has been with Torvald Klaveness since 2007.
Kenny Rogers left his role as head of Aurora Tankers 2019. He is a career shipping executive with over 30 years of experience in management roles at companies such as OMI Corp, Carnival Corporation, Seabulk International, SEACOR and privately held Asian company IMC, with particular expertise in the tanker sector.
Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer,
Passionate about co-creating new ventures and innovating new business models with founders, owners and corporates. Laser focused on building for commercial profitability.
Proven areas of competencies include: infrastructure, venture capital, trade & trade finance, economic development
Click & Connect
Kris Kosmala is a Partner at Click & Connect, having previously worked as General Manager Asia Pacific at Quintiq. Kris has international experience across North and South America and Asia Pacific, using innovative technologies to improve shipping and logistics efficiency, improve net margin contributions from operations, and reduce environmental impact.
NLA International Ltd.
Supporting the growth and take-up of innovative technologies in the Blue Economy.
Specialities: Market research. Fundraising. Business Growth. Strategic communications. Consortium, stakeholder and community engagement. Utilising Big Data and technology for social impact. Policy development. Organisational development.
Andy Lane is an expert in the Containerised Transportation industry, with experience in Liner Shipping & Container Terminal Operations, specialising in the interface between these two areas. He has worked on process improvements, integrations and cost efficiency initiatives, often focusing on annual spends in excess of US$500 million.
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 expires December 20, 2020. Discounts are available for multiple delegate bookings)