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ADMIRALTY A Future with ECDIS Seminar
11:00 - 13:00 First Floor, Meeting Room C, DWTC
Hosted by ADMIRALTY Maritime Data Solutions
Head of OEM Technical Support & Digital Standards
UK Hydrographic Office

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Achieve the full benefits of ECDIS with our free technical seminar.

To fully realise the potential of ECDIS a ship manager has to be constantly aware of advances in technology that will enhance safety and bring performance benefits.  This will involve:

> Cyber security – risk assessments, insurance and crew training
> Connected ECDIS – back of bridge developments, S-mode, HD ENCs
> Maritime connectivity - how developments in satellite communications are enabling the transfer of Big Data
> Software and hardware maintenance - predictive equipment maintenance, IHO updates and regulatory compliance

Register here for a fully interactive seminar.  If you need guidance on any of the above topics and more, join your peers for this opportunity to share knowledge, concerns and industry insight with experts from the UK Hydrographic Office.  Lunch will be served after the seminar.

Digital ship with focus on satellite solutions
12:00 - 13:30 Breakout Theatre, Hall 6
Hosted by IEC Telecom and Inmarsat

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Smart ports and smart carriers
12:00 - 13:30 Keynote Theatre, Hall 8
In association with DP World
Chief Executive Officer
Maqta Gateway, Abu Dhabi Ports
Chief Commercial Officer, UAE Region
DP World
SVP and Chief Digital Officer
Senior Vice President
Kalmar Asia Pacific
Regional Director, Digital Transformation, MEA
Orange Business Services

Optimizing the digital ecosystem for the supply chain

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?
The Seatrade Parliamentary Debate - Motion: “This House believes that the shipping industry is not ready to embrace smart shipping”
14:30 - 16:00 Keynote Theatre, Hall 8
Sponsored by ABS
Managing Partner
Fichte & Co
Managing Director
Precious Shipping
Chief Executive Officer
Topaz Energy and Marine
Senior Vice President Concepts & Innovation
Rolls-Royce Marine
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC)
Inmarsat Maritime
Chief Operations Officer
Oman Ship Management Company

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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. 

Debate Chairman:
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, Chief Operating Officer, Oman Ship Management Company

Speakers against the motion:
René Kofod-Olsen, Chief Executive Officer, Topaz Energy and Marine
Oskar Levander, Senior Vice President Concepts & Innovation, Rolls Royce Marine
Ronald Spithout, President, Inmarsat Maritime

Supporting Organisation

Nautical Institute UAE Branch Seminar
16:00 - 18:00 Breakout Theatre, Hall 6
Hosted by Nautical Institute UAE Branch

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