UAE Maritime Week’s only event dedicated to the latest technologies driving shipping industry forward

This September, a powerful network of influencers and innovators came together for the 12th Seatrade ShipTech Middle East 2019 edition. 

Over the course of two days, we saw leading experts addressing the challenges industry is facing. From highly controversial IMO 2020 sulphur in fuel cap regulation to climate challenges, digital solutions, and the work to assess levels of automation and autonomy.

Thank you to each delegate and sponsor who supported Seatrade ShipTech Middle East. We hope our event provided you with the chance to help plan and prepare for the future. We look forward to seeing you in 2020. 

What happened at Seatrade ShipTech Middle East 2019?

2019 event has kicked off with highly anticipated Debate session: What Lies Ahead Post January 1, 2020?

The panellists agreed that there will be a challenging settling in period after the IMO sulphur cap comes into force from January 2020, with fuel pricing and availability issues before the market finds a balance. The consensus was that most ship owners had now begun preparations for what Captain Mohamed Al Ali, senior vice president, ship management, ADNOC Logistics & Services described in his keynote address as “the biggest shake-up in the history of the shipping industry”. Up to 20% of the global shipping fleet is expected to be retrofitted with scrubbing technology and this has exposed a serious competency gap in terms of engineering, the panellists said, and scrubber-related problems will continue to manifest over the next 4-5 years. With the shipping industry set to face increasing environmental regulation in future, the panellists said there were important lessons to be learned concerning implementation.

Powered by LNG

Powered by LNG

Session panellists said the lack of LNG bunkering availability needs to be addressed and appropriate pricing formulas established in order for the industry make a switch to LNG fueled ships.

Applied Intelligence

Applied Intelligence

The increased use of technology in the maritime industry would improve operational efficiency and safety, and could also help meet environmental targets by optimising routes and reducing fuel consumption.

Zero Emissions

Zero Emissions: Looking Forward to 2050

The panellists agreed that a goal-based approach to tackling the greenhouse emissions was the best way forward for the shipping industry as that encourages innovation. The challenge the industry set itself is ambitious, but commitment to achieving it is high.

Operating Efficiency

Operating Efficiency Workshop

With fuel prices forecast to increase in the wake of IMO 2020, the panellists said shipping companies are looking to reduce cost as much as possible. Technologies such as fuel tracking, hull cleaning and weather routing were discussed as available options to reduce fuel consumption.

Cyber Risk and Data Theft

Cyber Risk and Data Theft

As the industry moves towards unmanned operations, the nature of the risks will change and become even greater. As attendees were shown simple ways computers can be compromised via USB, public wifi or email hacking.

Robotic Crew

Robotic Crew - Future or Fantasy?

The session discussed whether bringing the operations onshore can help reduce the human error in the ship operations. As a Higher Colleges of Technology Abu Dhabi cadet has joined the panellists on the stage

Your chance to build knowledge and experience the future of maritime technology

Whether you’re looking to build connections amongst marine tech experts or simply build your knowledge through our CPD-accredited conference agenda, Seatrade ShipTech Middle East is the perfect platform for ship-owners, operators, charterers, management companies and more to future proof business strategy and give their fleets the advantage they need to optimise fleet efficiency.

Discover, learn and see Maritime’s future here.