- 4 October 2017

Investigating Maritime’s Digital Future  

This is Digital Ship’s 11th year hosting leadership events in Singapore, and this year we will use our Maritime CIO Forum to address the issues and trends that technology leaders are facing in this increasingly changing and continuously developing business environment.

Shipping is waking up to a new age where digitalisation is re-shaping the maritime world and creating even more opportunity for development and innovation. Revolutionary concepts, plus the evolution and advancement of existing platforms, are providing unparalleled growth opportunities for shipping and related transport and supply chain infrastructure. But achieving digital success requires knowledge and understanding, and an ability to drive your company's digital thinking and transformation rather than be driven by it.

Through 4 key sessions, Digital Ship's 11th event in Singapore will investigate how we can harness all these opportunities and will investigate maritime’s digital future. We will ask what concepts and strategies will really re-define digitalisation in maritime and transport.

Confirmed speakers and panellists include:

  • Anwar Siddiqui, President, Bahri Data
  • Capt. Ninad Mhatre, Senior Vice President, Commercial & Operations, Rickmers Shipmanagement (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
  • Eric Jan Bakker, VP Sales Asia Pacific, Marlink
  • Johnson Leung, Co-Founder, 300cubits
  • Kumud R Jha, Senior Manager, Accenture Strategy
  • Lin Jiang, Operations Manager - Asia, Seatec Communications/V Ships
  • Neville Smith, Director, Mariner Communications
  • Patric Desanti, Global Head of Maintenance, BW Group
  • Frans Ploegaert, Regional Director Asia, Radio Holland
  • Peter Schellenberger, Managing Director, OSERV Pte Ltd
  • Rob O’Dwyer, Editor, Digital Ship
  • Robert Squire, Director Marketing & Maritime Iridium Certus, Thales USA Inc.
  • Saurish Nandi, Founder & CEO, Proternio Consulting
  • Scott Pilkington, Partner, HFW
  • Sharon Ong, Sales Director Asia Pacific, Marlink
  • Shen Lee Loh, Regional Manager, Vendor Management, Stolt-Nielsen Limited
  • Stuart Castell, Director, AST
  • Will Kraus, Director, Maritime Line of Business & Product Management, Iridium
  • Wei LI, Market Research and Competitive Intelligence Manager, Inmarsat
  • Sanjay Mittal, Chief Executive Officer, Racon Marine Consultant
  • Andy Hamflett, Director, Nick Lambert Associates

With further speakers to be announced - please contact for more information on programme and speakers.

Sessions to be covered:


The Maritime Satcom Summit
Investigating the evolution of maritime mobility and connectivity
The growing use of onboard applications and increased data flows - such as for maritime safety and protection, vessel tracking and performance analysis - means the shipping sector requires ever more reliable data communications, even in remote locations.

This opening session of the day will look at how innovation and evolution in maritime connectivity is changing the maritime landscape by improving operational agility, enhancing efficiency, creating a safer, more secure environment for passengers and crew alike, and above all reducing costs for the ship owner and manager.

Blockchain and the Impact on the Maritime Industry
Addressing the long-term advantages and opportunities, and how Blockchain will streamline trade and transport.
Every shipment must pass a barrage of scrutiny and tests before reaching its final destination. And any delays can result in reduced profits. The rise of digitization and the use of Blockchain can ensure faster, safer and more scalable processes for all involved, resulting in better business outcomes overall. But how will Blockchain technologies become a standard platform and be made scalable and accessible to all?




Building 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. We will also ask if there is a gulf between perception and reality, and what are the real business risks?

Redefining Digitalisation in Maritime
How big data usage and management is expanding the boundaries of smart shipping - and how can we harness this disruptive influence to build the real business Transformation, digitalisation, disruptive influence, innovation. These are all terms being used increasingly often - not just in our sector but across 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 data and information to make shipping smarter, safer, and more sustainable? What value can shipping companies take from the launch of collaborative platforms and ecosystems, and how is digital disruption changing the face of trade and transport.


Roundtable Discussion Groups
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 October) 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 1 hour in total, with the discussion itself lasting 40 minutes, followed by 20 minutes for a short summary from each table to the whole room.

Plus: An exclusive lunchtime workshop, lots of business and networking opportunities, and a post-conference networking reception.

For more information on speakers and agenda please contact