13 - 15 December 2021

Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Official event of Maritime Week, Dubai - United Arab Emirates 2020

ShipTech at Seatrade Maritime Middle East 2020

Focus on Technology in Maritime at Seatrade Maritime Middle East

An exciting new feature for this year, we are delighted to welcome Seatrade ShipTech Middle East to join Seatrade Maritime Middle East. 

From 7 - 8 December, you'll join thought-leaders, pioneers and innovators for a series of discussions; focused on the biggest technology trends facing the Middle East's maritime market.

The Biggest Technology Trends, as Discussed at Seatrade ShipTech Middle East 2019

From the implications of a post-IMO 2020 industry to keeping with pace with the latest developments in smart shipping, Seatrade ShipTech Middle East 2019 provided exciting debate across two inspiring days.

With three months to go before the sulphur emissions deadline, owners and operators need to be settled on their response to the requirements of the IMO regulation. But what comes next?

In this debate session, the operating consequences of the alternative solutions were compared and contrasted by operators, charterers, equipment providers and bunker suppliers. The debate also looked ahead to consider key issues, including availability and pricing of alternative fuels and the enforcement system for the new regulation.

Several bold studies suggest that over 10% of the world's fleet will be powered by LNG by 2030, Whether or not this figure is achieved is up for debate, but the focus on LNG as fuel is growing rapidly.  

This session explored what this change meant for all the stakeholders in the LNG-as-fuel value chain including designers, shipbuilders and owners/operators and considered 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, this session considered the range of opportunities and challenges of which intelligent shipping solutions provide; the benefits to operating efficiency; the regulatory framework required; the legal implications and finally, 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 looked 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, this session looked at the choice of options available for ship operators 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? This session provided a live, real time demonstration of phone hacking, phishing emails and WiFi hacking, before exploring techniques to ensure your operation stays 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 explored 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?

Curated in partnership with AWIMA, Seatrade ShipTech Middle East 2019 provided a platform for regional maritime to openly discuss the progress the local market has made in terms of creating a gender balanced industry; where all have the opportunities to thrive and prosper.

Five stand-alone sessions considered the challenges facing indiviuals seeking a career in maritime and the opportunities for the industry to improve.


Big Names with Bold Maritime Ideas

From maritime stalwarts to fresh voices, Seatrade ShipTech Middle East features a speaker panel as powerful at the conference agenda it delivers.

Featured names from 2019 include:

Capt. Mohamed Al Ali

Senior Vice President, Ship Management
ADNOC Logistics & Services

Capt. Tony Field

Vice President, Middle East & Africa, Marine & Offshore
Lloyd's Register

H.E. Eng. Hessa Al Malek

Executive Director of Maritime Transport at FTA
President of AWIMA

Jasamin Fitchte

Managing Partner
Fichte and Co.

Capt. Rado Antolovic, PhD

CEO & Managing Director
DP World - Maritime Services Division

Esben Poulsson

International Chamber of Shipping

Dr John Calleya

Technical Officer for Air Pollution, Marine Environment Division

Ali Shehab Ahmad

Acting CEO
Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC)

Seatrade ShipTech Continues at Seatrade Maritime Middle East 2020

Has technology ever had the power to play a role more mighty in maritime's future?

From IMO 2020 to big data, the conversation at ShipTech continues at Seatrade Maritime Middle East 2020. More information will be released soon.