Conference Focus: Top Picks Focused on Technology and Cyber Security

Throughout the conference agenda at Seatrade Offshore Marine and Workboats Middle East (SOMWME), you’ll be able to join an array of critical conversations and important debates – but if you can’t attend each session, it's important to know which ones will your operation with benefit the most from.

To help you plan your time at SOMWME, we've selected our top conference picks based on your area of interest. Here are our top technology and cyber security conference session picks.

Opening Keynote – The Case for Optimism

Sponsored by American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)

11:00 – 12:30pm | Monday 23 September

Signs of optimism and increased E&P spending have encouraged the belief that the offshore marine market is on its way back.  Is that optimism justified - or are current conditions the new norm for the industry?

The Case for Optimism will see a panel of leading influencers take to the stage to give their views on the pace of recovery in the offshore marine market...

  • Will oil company E&P spending and rig utilisation continue to edge upwards?
  • Is the offshore marine market finally on the way back?
  • And if so, what will stronger trading conditions look like for an industry sector which has endured an unprecedented period of overcapacity?

Expect indispensable insight and exciting debate – this session is the industry assembly of the year that you won't want to miss.

Speakers Announced so Far Include

  • Todd Benjamin International Journalist and Broadcaster, Former CNN Financial Editor
  • Robert Desai Chief Commercial Officer, Topaz Energy and Marine
  • Julian Panter Vice President, Business Development, International Maritime Industries
  • Dr Ferenc Pasztor Senior Offshore Analyst, Maritime Strategies International
  • Matthew Tremblay Senior Vice President of Global Offshore Markets, ABS

Offshore Vessel Technology Developments

11:15 - 12:00 | Tuesday 24 September

The relationship between the offshore marine industry and technology is evoloving at a rapid pace. Thanks to the innovation of our peers, technology can now benefit the market beyond

From cutting-edge design and construction trends to technological advancements in propulsion and electronics, this conference session will see industry-leading experts showcase new technical developments and innovative techniques to increase efficiency, improve crew safety and ensure regulatory compliance.

Moderated by Todd Benjamin and featuring Roland Schwandt, Vice President, Sales Schottel GmbH, the full speaker line up for this session will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Big Data – Harnessing the Potential for Better Vessel Performance

14:00 - 15:00 | Tuesday 24 September

With the potential to create value of US$20bn annually by 2030, the future impact of data analytics on the offshore marine workboat industry is going to be critical.

In this session, a pioneering panel of experts will discuss how can this "Big Data" potential be married with on-board vessel management information to both curate useful trend data and enhance vessel performance in areas such as fuel consumption; energy and equipment management; route optimisation and ultimately increase the life-span and profitability of a vessel.

Speakers confirmed for this session include:

  • Todd Benjamin International Journalist and Broadcaster, Former CNN Financial Editor
  • Christopher Grayson Sales Manager - Europe, Middle East, and Asia, HELM Operations
  • Mike Judd Software Development Manager, Royston Diesel Power
  • Vivek Seth Managing Director, Arga Energy Consulting
  • Erwin Strik Co-Founder and Managing Director, Onboard
  • Kris Vedat Head of Information Technology, Topaz Energy and Marine