- 26 September 2017

Shipping is waking up to a new age where digitalisation is re-shaping the world and creating increased 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.

Digital Ship's 4th Annual Maritime CIO Forum Rotterdam will investigate how we can harness all these opportunities and will debate which are going to stick and really make a difference. We will ask how can we identify the real digital legacy in front of us and truly re-define digitalisation in maritime and transport.

Sessions to be covered:


The Maritime Satcom Summit
For the maritime sector, broadband connectivity is becoming an increasing priority as routes diversify and technology advances. End to end connectivity is a requirement from an operational, regulatory and crew perspective to ensure continued efficiency and performance consistency. This session will focus on 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.


Special Focus Session - Blockchain and its Impact on the Maritime Industry
It is widely anticipated that blockchain is the key to transforming the maritime industry by reducing the complexity of maritime transactions and maintaining security. Whilst the benefits are widely realised, the sector is some way from adopting the technology: there is a continued lack of understanding how to fully deploy it, how to overcome potential liabilities and how to navigate the regulatory landscape. This session will address:

  • Beyond the hype – the long-term advantages and opportunities
  • Calculating the cost savings afforded by blockchain and IoT
  • Applying blockchain applications to accurately track assets and achieve frictionless trade

The Big Data Revolution: Redefining Digitisation in Maritime
This session will focus on the top Big Data trends shaping the maritime industry. It will assess the supply chain as a whole and assess where the adoption of Big Data will have the greatest impact. Although Big Data applications have distinct operational advantages, some fundamental data issues need to be overcome if a Big Data revolution is to be achieved.


Roundtable Discussion Groups
Attend and have the opportunity to discuss your top challenges. These roundtables are open to all participants (end users, suppliers, sponsors, partners) and will take place simultaneously – all hosted by key partners. Each table can host up to 10 participants, and delegates will be invited to sign up on the morning of the conference (26 September) 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 1hour15minutues in total, with the discussion itself lasting 45 minutes, followed by 30 minutes for a short summary from each table to the whole room.

Sessions to be covered in these interactive discussion groups include:

  • Big Data Platforms and Collaborations
  • Cyber Resilience and Protection
  • Legal Implications of Big Data Ecosystems
  • Advances in Remote and Autonomous Ship Technology
  • Vessel Efficiency and Performance Management
  • Blockchain and Maritime Trade
  • Autonomous Shipping - Assessing the Future Legacy

Plus: an invitation only Lunchtime Workshop, and a closing Networking Reception, kindly sponsored by Marlink – open to all conference participants.