Seatrade ShipTech 2019 Conference Agenda

With three months to go before the sulphur emissions deadline, owners and operators will have settled on their response to the requirements of the IMO regulation. In this debate session, the operating consequences of the alternative solutions will be compared and contrasted by operators, charterers, equipment providers and bunker suppliers. The debate will look ahead to consider key issues, including availability and pricing of alternative fuels and the enforcement system for the new regulation.

More than 10% of the world fleet will be powered by LNG by 2030, according to one serious study. Whether or not this figure is achieved, the focus on LNG as fuel is growing rapidly. This session will explore what this change means for all the stakeholders in the LNG-as-fuel value chain including designers, shipbuilders and owners/operators and will consider the steps necessary to create an LNG bunkering infrastructure that is ready to meet future demand.

As the pace of the industry’s engagement with digital technology gathers momentum, we consider the range of opportunities and challenges which intelligent shipping solutions provide, considering the benefits to operating efficiency, the regulatory framework required, the legal and insurance implications, and the kind of workforce that will be needed to operate ships in this changing world.

In April 2018, the IMO announced an “initial strategy” for cutting the shipping sector’s greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2050, compared to 2008. This session will look at the development of zero-carbon fuels and the role of hybrid or electric propulsion systems in meeting this ambitious target for limiting the shipping sector’s contribution to climate change as well as the safety and environmental risks involved.

Lower fuel consumption and the associated reduction in CO2 emissions are prized goals for the industry. With a wide variety of innovative systems available, ship operators today have a choice of options for improving the performance of their vessels, and this session will analyse digital technologies for enhanced vessel monitoring, hull cleaning to reduce fouling and subsequent drag, propeller modification to achieve optimum performance at lower operating speeds, and the use of weather routing software for voyage planning.

At the Global Maritime Forum in Oct 2018, shipping executives identified Cyber risk and data theft as one of their top 3 concerns, behind ‘global economic crisis’ and ‘energy price fluctuations’, and believe the industry is not prepared enough for the sophistication of cyber-attacks that are rising steadily across the globe. Are you cyber ready? Join us for a live, real time demonstration of phone hacking, phishing emails and WiFi hacking and learn the techniques to ensure you stay one step ahead of the attackers.

Ships of the future are based on advanced technology at all levels and will require different and more technically advanced knowledge and expertise than today’s vessels – both on board and on shore. This session will explore the role of people in the future of shipping; what new opportunities will arise, how roles will change alongside new technology, and how that technology can enhance the performance of tomorrow’s seafarers. Innovations such as wearable health monitors and ever-increasing connectivity on board are already being utilized, so how can the next generation of seafarers master technological advances to be the most effective generation yet?

H.E. Eng. Hessa Al Malek, Executive Director of Maritime Transport, Federal Transport Association and President, AWIMA

  • The IMO has chosen “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community” as its theme for 2019 which has been widely discussed in the industry. What are some of the tangible actions/initiatives that have been made by the local community regarding empowering Arab women in the Maritime industry?
  • International efforts vs Local efforts – in comparison to the global market, where does the local maritime community stand in terms of women empowerment and achieving the goals set by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG 5) of creating equal opportunities for women?
  • Maritime Education is a topic of interest in the industry, and more maritime personnel are paying attention to its significance.
  • Looking at career development for women. What are some of the government efforts to support the SDG5 - to help create an environment in which women are identified and selected for career development opportunities in maritime administrations, ports and maritime training institutes?
  • Aligning the maritime community with the business market latest trends; smart technologies have been heavily incorporated into the maritime industry. Are women being given the opportunity to be trained on the smart technologies sector of the maritime industry?
  • In comparison to last year, is there now more conversation about gender equality in the community? Does the local community hold the same stereotypes it held a year ago?
  • The UAE is considered the business hub of the Arab world, and it is evolving with each passing day. How can the involvement of women in the workforce benefit the private business sector in the maritime industry?