2018 Agenda


0830 – Registration/Welcome Refreshments

0900 - Opening Notes and Introduction by Conference Chair
click for bioRear Admiral Nick Lambert, Founder, NLA, Former UK National Hydrographer

Rear Admiral Nick LambertA master mariner and a committed proponent of the maritime users’ perspective, Rear Admiral Nick Lambert concluded a long naval operational career as the UK National Hydrographer in December 2012. He advises on a wide range of maritime issues including the growing potential of the blue economy concept, the importance of spatial data infrastructures and hydrography for maritime economies, the evolution of eNavigation and GNSS vulnerability, near or real time situational awareness (especially that derived from space based assets and applications), human factors, and training and education in the maritime sector. He has a particular interest in the Polar Regions and is also engaged in a variety of situational awareness, marine autonomous systems and vessel efficiency projects.

0910 - Insight Interview with Leading Maritime CIO – Charting the Innovation Roadmap
click for bioMatt Duke, Chief Business Process Officer, Grieg Star

Matt DukeExperienced Vice President with a demonstrated history of organisational transformation in the maritime industry. Skilled in Digital Transformation, Business Process, International Shipping, IT Strategy, Project Portfolio Management, Public Speaking and Leadership. Strong professional with a BSc (Hons) focused in Sciences from University of Sunderland.

in conversation with
click for bioGiampiero Soncini, Director, KZM Management

Giampiero SonciniGiampiero Soncini started his maritime career in 1971 by joining the Italian Navy. Promoted officer in 1972, he then graduated in Electrical Engineering at Pisa University with the second ever thesis in Italy on Optical Fibers, in 1979. From 1979 to 1985 he was involved in the construction of the “Maestrale” Class Frigates, the first Navy ships in the world to have a fully computerized Machinery Control Room. He served on one of the vessels as Chief Engineer/Electrical. In 1986 he left the Italian Navy to join NATO Undersea Research Centre, dedicated to Anti-Submarine Warfare. He was involved in the construction of RV Alliance, nicknamed “the ship of silence”, at the time the most advanced and quietest ship ever built, and the first one in the world to have a commercial GPS and a fully Integrated Navigation System.

In 1989 Mr. Soncini became responsible for the technical management of the vessel, until 1998, when he resigned from NATO to become the Managing Director of SpecTec Italy.

Between 1998 and 2005 he opened or managed several South European offices, as VP South Europe; he later became VP Sales worldwide. In 2005 he became CEO of the SpecTec Group. From 2005 to 2012, he managed the Group growth from 9 offices and 135 employees, to 26 offices in 19 countries and over 330 employees. In 2011 he received a Honoris Cause degree in Public Administration by the US Massachusetts Maritime University. In 2012, Volaris Group of Canada bought SpecTec Group. In 2016, Volaris decided to further invest in the Marine IT business and created a new Marine Division, with Mr. Soncini as Managing Director.

0950 - Navigating the Shipping Landscape: 2019 and Beyond. What will the Future Bring?

  • The commercial market conditions including trade war
  • Challenges ahead: technical, regulatory and digital aspects
click for bioPeter Sand, Chief Shipping Analyst, BIMCO

Peter SandPeter Sand joined BIMCO in 2009 and holds the position of Chief Shipping Analyst. In this position, he is responsible for analysing the commercial markets for dry bulkers, tankers and containerships. Taking the offset in global economics as the analytical starting point for all seaborne trade, he assists managements, members and clients with insight into many different aspects of the global shipping industry.

Peter’s regular reports, focused analytical articles and insightful comments on the shipping market are widely read and have often been referenced in global mainstream media.

Teacher of Maritime Economics at the Danish Shipping Academy as well as guest lecturer at Copenhagen Business School - Blue MBA and Shipping bachelor.

During the rise and fall of the shipping markets Peter gained experience in the fields of shipping analysis, executive assistance, caretaking of investors and the art of transforming data and statistics into overviews and forecasts. Prior to his career in BIMCO, he worked for the dry bulk and product tanker company D/S NORDEN. Peter holds a Master’s Degree in economics from the University of Copenhagen.

Session 1

The Connectivity Evolution

Cloud, IoT, big data, remote monitoring…. Digitalisation is moving at a fast pace.The ever-growing use of on-board applications and increased data flows in shipping means that reliable data communications and platforms are even more critical.

This opening session of the day will look at how evolution in connectivity is changing the maritime and transport landscape by improving operational agility, enhancing efficiency, creating a safer, more secure environment and enabling greater efficiency. We will investigate innovations, define opportunities, evaluate best practices and learn from the best.

1015 - Standardising, Securing and Automating your Network in the New Connected Era
click for bioTom Erling Hansen, VP Sales, Europe North, Marlink

Tom Erling HansenTom Erling Hansen has double engineering degrees in Telecom and IT from the Royal Norwegian Air Force complemented with a Master’s degree in Business administration and Management from the Norwegian Business School.

He has worked with Maritime applications and communication for more than two decades and has extensive international experience from working and living in several key maritime hubs including Dubai, Oslo, London, Brussels, Singapore and Houston.

He is currently Vice President of North Europe Sales in Marlink.

XipLink1040 – Tea/Coffee Break
kindly sponsored by XipLink

1110 - IoT in Shipping
click for bioSpeaker to be announced, Inmarsat

Speaker to be announced, InmarsatSpeaker to be announced, Inmarsat.




1135 - Tech Refresh - What's Next in Satellite Innovation?

  • Digitalization of the high seas, enhanced connectivity enabling Big Data, what are the options to consider
  • Innovation in maritime safety services, enhancing safety at sea with new GMDSS options
click for bioJason Abbott, Executive Director EMEA, Iridium

Jason AbbottJason Abbott is an Executive Director at Iridium, working within the EMEA region. He has 20 year’s experience working in the satellite communications sector, most of which has been spent in the maritime environment as an installer, reseller and now representing the Iridium network. Jason has a 1st class honours degree from Nottingham Trent University, and is a keen sailor.

1200 - Panel Discussion: The Maritime Satcom Summit Panel
The panel will discuss the opportunities and boundaries of maritime connectivity including most recent developments, case studies in other domains and challenges in connectivity for unmanned vessels. How can they support ship owners and managers to enhance operational agility and effectively manage costs?
Moderated by:
click for bioRob O’Dwyer, Editor, The Digital Ship

Rob O’DwyerRob O'Dwyer, Editor of Digital Ship, has been a maritime IT journalist since 2005. He has a Master's degree in business and law from University College Dublin and was previously a commercial writing consultant in Seoul, South Korea.

Rob was also previously Editor of Port Finance International.

Panellists include:
click for bioRolf Berge, Director, Product Engineering, Speedcast

Rolf BergeStarting as a Schlumberger network engineering manager in 1994, Rolf has filled many roles including Managing Director of Norway, Vice President of Resource Management, Vice President of Sales and most recently CTO. His vast experience gained working to solve customers’ everyday problems provides a real world application for his technological acumen. Rolf works not only to provide insight on current system implementations and architectures but looks at the future to identify emerging technologies and solutions to keep Speedcast positioned as the market technology and thought leader.

The majority of his time is spent interacting with customers to understand their challenges and needs in order to determine the optimal technology solution to position them for success. Rolf has a degree in Electronic and Microprocessor Engineering from the University of Strathclyde. He resides in Norway.

click for bioPanellist to be announced, Marlink

Panellist to be announced, MarlinkPanellist to be announced, Marlink.




click for bioOther panellist to be announced

Other panellists to be announcedOther panellist to be announced.




Session 2

The Innovation Roadmap

Shipping is still one of the most traditional industries, but the speed of change in the maritime sector is providing a real opportunity for new entrants to the market. We need fresh influence to accelerate much needed maritime transformation. We will investigate how we can benefit from start-ups, how we develop an innovative internal company culture and how we set-up and drive an innovation roadmap.

1245 - Innovations & Ideas Lunch Break

At the exhibition floor we will showcase a few innovative (start-up) companies. These short 10 minute sessions will provide a platform for start-ups with demonstrable traction and pitch to join the discussions around Maritime’s digital future. With the opportunity for first-mover advantage, this is the time for new entrants to make themselves known, and demonstrate how they can help the shipping sector harness all that digital innovation has to offer.

1405 - The Start-Up Approach
click for bioMaren Hjorth Bauer, CEO and Co-Founder, Katapult Ocean

Maren Hjorth BauerBiography pending.




1430 - Innovation Panel

Session 3

The IShipping Revolution

The rise of digitalisation and advanced technologies such as IoT, blockchain autonomy, AI and VR, promise a faster, safer and more scalable supply chain for all parties and better business outcomes and increased supply chain transparency. What are the trends and benefits? How do we define digital competence and harness talents?

These massive opportunities mean massive complexities too, so which are the right tools to use in this industrial revolution? What are the best practices in other sectors? How have they created their ecosystems and collaboration networks?

This session will break down some of these enabling technologies and discuss how they can be used - and what are the benefits and pitfalls to watch out for.

1500 - Those who Rule Data Rule the entire World
A holistic approach

  • How to get, secure and share data
  • API's, blockchain and logs
click for bioMarkus Sandelin, CEO, Pentonet

Markus SandelinBiography pending.




1525 - Building Digital Competence across the Transport Supply Chain
click for bioSue Terpilowski, President, WISTA UK & Chairman Ports, Maritime and Waterways Sector, The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport

Sue TerpilowskiSue is the Chairman of the Ports, Maritime and Waterways Forum of the Chartered Institute of Transport (CILT), a fellow of the Institute of Sales and Marketing, President of WISTA UK (Women in Shipping and Trade) and a member of Women in Logistics. She is regularly quoted in the business press as an expert source on a wide range of issues affecting the PR, marketing and advertising industries. Sue has been featured in the Financial Times, on BBC News, BBC Radio, ITN and in the Daily Telegraph.

Sue started her own company, the leading specialist logistics and supply chain PR, Marketing and Visual Events Agency Image Line Communications over 28 years ago.

Sue regularly chairs sessions for CILT including ones on SOLAS, CTU Code and port trends.

Sue Terpilowski was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2014 for her work and lobbying on behalf of micro and small businesses in London. She has a diploma in Business Coaching.

1550 - Short Tea/ Coffee Break

1610 - Towards Autonomous Shipping

1640 - Viewpoint from another Domain - Disruptive Innovation, Artificial Intelligence and Sea Lice Management

  • Interconnected platforms
  • Predictive algorithms
  • The Aquacloud
click for bioBjörgólfur Hávardsson, Innovation Manager, Seafood Innovation Cluster

Björgólfur HávardssonBiography pending.




1705 - The CIO Panel – Transitioning to a Digital Future

  • Disruptive collaboration? Transforming culture, disrupting business and embracing innovation
  • Trends and outlook: Transitioning to a digital future
  • The changing role of the Maritime CIO
Moderated by:
click for bioCathy Hodge, Director, Digital Ship

Cathy HodgeBiography pending.




Panellists include:
click for bioPanellists to be announced

Panellists to be announcedPanellists to be announced.




1750 – Conference Conclusions Followed by Drinks & Networking Reception