- 3 May

Conference Outline - Correct as at 13/04/17

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0800 – Registration and Tea/Coffee kindly sponsored by Globecomm

0910 - Opening Notes from Conference Chair
Neville Smith, Director, Mariner Communications

0920 - Welcome Address
Christof Schwaner, Director Communications & Digitalisation, VDR – German Shipowners' Association


Session 1: The Maritime Satcom Summit - Investigating the evolution of maritime mobility and connectivity
This opening session of the day will look at how Innovation & Evolution in Maritime Connectivity is changing the landscape by improving operational agility, creating enhanced efficiency and above all reducing costs for the ship owner and manager.

0945 - Planning your Digital Future and Maximising Efficiencies in the Digital Age
       •    How to harness satcom as a digital enabler and win in the world of data and automation
       •    With practical suggestions and exemplary case studies
Michael Reimuth, Sales Director Europe East, Marlink

1010 - Panel Discussion: The Maritime Satcom Summit
Moderated by: Rob O'Dwyer, Editor, Digital Ship
Panellists include:
Barbara Bersani, Head of Sales ESMEA, Marlink
Adonis Violaris, Marketing Director, Interorient Shipmanagement
Alex Van Knotsenborg, VP Sales EMEA, Maritime, Inmarsat
Andrew Faiola, Director, Mobility Solutions, Intelsat
Julian Crudge, Director, Datacomms Division, Telenor Satellite

1055 - Tea/Coffee Break kindly sponsored by Intelsat

1120 - Tech Refresh? What's Next in Satellite Innovation
Wouter Deknopper, Vice President & General Manager, Maritime Line of Business, Iridium


Session 2: Managing Maritime Cyber Resilience - A look at maritime cyber security, safety and risk
This expert led session will look at how the industry is reacting to the advent of increased cyber threats borne out of the growing use of cloud and IoT applications, the number of devices used, and larger ships but fewer crew - meaning even more reliance on automation and remote monitoring. The Forum will discuss what policies, guidelines and best practices are already in place, and how the industry can identify, quantify and mitigate cyber risk. The Forum will also ask if there is a gulf between perception and reality, and what are the real business risks?

1145 - Cyber Threat Management and Balancing Investment
       •    An unorthodox view on cybercrime: Hackers have a real and interesting job; they also run
            a nice business model
       •    What do you put your IT budget, is it balanced?
       •    What can you already do, and how not to spend all your money with external companies
Marcel Van Oirschot, Commercial Director and Board Member, Fox-IT

1210 - Understanding Maritime Cyber Risk
       •    What is the cyber threat landscape? Answering the who, what, where, when & why?
       •    Cyber risk context and perspective: Recognizing threat actor convergence and evolution
       •    Re-thinking cyber resilience: Achieving and sustaining cybersecurity capability caturity
       •    Avoiding mistakes: Practical first steps
Max J. Bobys, Vice President, Global Strategies, HudsonAnalytix, Inc.

1235 - Q&A followed by Lunch kindly sponsored by Lars Thrane A/S

1345 - Roundtable Sessions
These roundtables are open to all participants (end users, suppliers, sponsors etc) and will take place simultaneously - all hosted by key partners and sponsors. Each table can host up to 10 participants, and delegates will be invited to sign up on the morning of the conference (4 April) to the roundtable they wish to attend, via our interactive WebApp.

The content in these interactive Round Table sessions will be focused on solutions and business strategy and they will last for one hour in total, with the discussion itself lasting 45 minutes, followed by a summary from each table to the whole room.

1430 - Roundtable summaries followed by short changeover break


1445 - Special Focus Session 3 - Blockchain and its Impact on the Maritime Industry
       •    Beyond the hype - the long-term advantages and
       •    Calculating the cost savings afforded by blockchain and IoT
       •    Applying blockchain applications to accurately track assets and achieve frictionless trade
Hosted by: Maurice Meehan, Transport and Logistics Lead, BSR & Deanna MacDonald, Co-Founder and CEO, Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration (BLOC), plus further panellists

1515 - Tea/Coffee Break kindly sponsored by Kinnetik Solutions


Session 4: The iShipping Revolution - How big data, IoT and analytics are bringing about a shift in smart shipping - and how can we harness disruptive influence to deliver innovation and opportunity.
Transformation, digitalization, disruptive influence, innovation. These words and phrases are being used more and more and being held up as the drivers of all change and development - not just in our sector but throughout industry. But what do they mean, and what can they do for us in the shipping sector? We know that the maritime sector is on the cusp of dramatic change - how can we harness all this date and all information to build our own businesses and make them smarter, safer, and more sustainable?

1540 - Shipper Driven Trends for Transport and Logistics: 3D's and 3C's
       •    A summary of the sustainability trends and drivers from cargo owners that will impact the
            Shipping Industry
       •    Examples of private led initiatives that are leading the way, focusing on collaborative
            approaches to drive consistency, efficiency, and impact in targeted T&L chain segments
       •    How shipping companies and ports are increasingly using disruptive technology to
       •    Opportunities for disruptive technology to enable game changing and exponential impact
            on sustainability issues
Maurice Meehan, Transport and Logistics Lead, BSR

1605 - The Autonomous Ship
Hans-Christoph Burmeister, Group leader "Sea Traffic and Nautical Solutions", Fraunhofer CML

1630 - Digitalisation in Tanker Management 4.0
       •    Factors for success and managing the challenges
Marek Lipiec, Managing Director, DS Tankers

1655 - The iShipping Revolution Panel Session
Moderated by: Gregor G Ross, Sales & Marketing Director - Europe, Globecomm
Panellists include:
René Teichmann, CIO, Rickmers Group
Christine Valentin, COO & Board Member, World Ocean Council
With further panelists to be announced

1740 - Conference Conclusions followed by Networking Drinks Reception, kindly hosted by Marlink, until 1930.

*(tbc) - Please note some speakers and topics may be subject to confirmation and/or change.
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