Prominent players in the region’s maritime and logistics sector will join technology innovators in debating the industry’s pathway towards digitalization, and what the new revolutionary technologies may mean for the future:
- Has the maritime and supply chain sector been slower to adopt digital technology than other major industries like banking and finance? Why is this, and what can be done both to accelerate adoption whilst encouraging collaboration?
- What are the differences in the ways that ports and carriers are approaching digitalization technology? How can any differences best be managed to ensure maximum supply chain efficiency?
- As the market leaders embrace full scale digitalization, what are the consequences for smaller players with less appetite for new technology investment?
- With the industry already technology dependent, the need for an industry wide secure cyber environment becomes ever more acute. Will robust new technologies like Blockchain provide a solution?
- What new AI enabled applications and devices are emerging, and what are the potential benefits and challenges for the industry they offer?
- From automation at port side to autonomous vehicles, the range of port operations that can be automated is considerable. How far and how fast is the ports industry responding?
- What will be the impact of high value technology and automation on employment in the industry? Is it a case of machines versus men?
Smart Shipping has the potential to transform the fundamentals of ship operation, with digital technology and big data driving radical new solutions up to and including autonomous ships. But what does the industry actually want from these new technologies, how real are the efficiencies they offer and what changes to the regulatory framework would be needed prior to significant implementation?
The debate at Seatrade Maritime Middle East will bring together six leading figures from the industry in the region and around the world to debate these fundamental questions. Three will speak for the motion and three against it. This will be followed by a floor debate involving members of the audience and then, following a summary of the arguments on both sides, a vote will be taken on the motion.
Jasamin Fichte, Managing Partner, Fichte & Co
Speakers for the motion:
Khalid Hashim, Managing Director, Precious Shipping
Ali Shehab Ahmad, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC)
Captain David Stockley, COO, Oman Shipping Company
Speakers against the motion:
René Kofod-Olsen, CEO, Topaz Energy and Marine
Ronald Spithout, President, Inmarsat Maritime