Event information

The BIG debate: Is the shipping industry ready to embrace digitalisation?

The motion:  “This House believes that the shipping industry is not ready to embrace smart shipping”

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. 

Speaker line-up for The BIG Debate so far:

Debate Chairman: Jasamin Fichte, Managing Director, Fichte & Co

Confirmed speaker(s) for the motion: Captain David Stockley, COO, Oman Shipping Company

Confirmed speaker(s) against the motion: René Kofod-Olsen, CEO, Topaz Energy and Marine