- 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.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Sibrand Hassing, Co-President, Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners (KVNR) and Director Fleet Operations Europe, Holland America Group
  • Inge André Sandvik, Chief Digital Officer, Wilh.Wilhelmsen Holding
  • Captain Herbert Soanes, Chief Commercial Officer - Europe and Americas, Misuga Kaiun Holland
  • Alexander Duisberg, Partner, Bird & Bird
  • Sue Terpilowski, Managing Director, Image Line; President, WISTA UK and Chair, CILT Ports, Maritime & Waterways
  • Paul Frank, Chief Operating Officer, Marlink
  • Jose Milhazes, Global Manager - Business Application Manager & Ship Owner Business Process Manager, Stolt-Nielsen Limited
  • Aljosja Beije, Co-Owner and Managing Consultant, BeScope
  • Dion Kotteman, C-Level IT and Strategy Advice, Kotteman BV
  • Mare Straetmans, Managing Director, PortXL
  • Kyle Hurst, Director Maritime Business, Iridium Communications
  • Jon Harrison, VP Global SatCom Group, Intellian
  • Barbara Bersani, Head of Sales EMEA, Marlink
  • Torbjörn Johnsson, Sales Manager, Telenor Satellite
  • Andrew Faiola, Director, Mobility Solutions, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, Intelsat
  • Nick Lambert, Maritime Domain Expert, NLA Ltd.
  • Peter Sand, Chief Shipping Analyst, BIMCO
  • Stuart Castell, Director, AST
  • Mikael Lind, Research Manager Sustainable Transports, RISE VIktoria
  • Rob O’Dwyer, Editor, Digital Ship
  • Paul Smulders, CEO, Radio Holland Group
  • Benjamin Vernooij, IOT & Embedded Computing EMEA, Dell EMC
  • Nick Burrett, Regional Sales Director, Maritime, Northern Europe, SES Networks
  • Michiel Meijer, Senior Director Market Management, Inmarsat Maritime
  • Sanne de Vleeschhouwer, Innovation Manager, Netherlands Maritime Technology
  • Sjoerd Notting, Lecturer Applied Nautical Sciences, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS)
  • Piera di Vito, Project Manager, ESA (European Space Agency)
  • Gerard de Groot, Managing Director, A2B-Online
  • Dan Veen, CEO/Co-Founder, We4Sea

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

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 in small groups with your peers. You will brainstorm some of the cutting edge issues impacting the industry and work together to develop long term solutions.

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