2016 Agenda


Confirmed speakers include:
Peter Cortie, Chairman Platform Broadband@Sea and Board Member, Netherlands Maritime Technology
Peter Van de Venne, Director IT, Spliethoff
Jose Milhazes, Global Manager, Business Process Manger SNSO, Stolt-Nielsen
Simon Frank, Head of Marine HR, Torm
Volker Schiemann
, MD – IT Department, Chemikalien Seetransport
Patrick Decool, Director Product Programs & Planning, Marlink
Mare Straetmans, Managing Director, PortXL
Barbara Bersani, Head of Sales, Europe South & MEA, Marlink
Bart Cunnen, Vice President Marine and Ports Benelux & Germany, ABB
Jaap Jan Stoker, Product Manager, Marine Software & Analytics, ABB Marine & Ports
Neville Smith, Director, Mariner Communications
Simon Gatty Saunt, Regional Vice President, Europe Data & Global Mobility Services, SES
Torbjörn Johnsson, Sr. Sales Manager Maritime, Telenor
Andrew Faiola, Director, Mobility Solutions, Intelsat
Gerbrand Schalkwijk, Chief Sales Officer, Inmarsat Maritime
Walter Hannemann, Product Manager, Dualog
Kyle Hurst, Director Maritime Business, Iridium
Amy Kemp, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Intelsat
Edwin Haak, Regional Sales Director Maritime, SpeedCast
Alco Weeke, Senior Project Manager Bureau Innovatie Research and Development, STC-Group
Fred Pot, Principal, Marine Management Consulting
Svend Lykke Larsen, Sales & Business Development Director, Europe, Palantir AS
Andrew Webster, Partner, JLT
With further speakers and panellists to be announced

The Future of iShipping – Outline Agenda
As at 26 September

Each session will comprise of headline presentation/s and an interactive panel and debate.


0800 - Registration and Welcome, kindly sponsored by Iridium


0830 - 0930 Marlink private preview, by invitation only. Contact jo@thedigitalship.com.

0945 - Forum Opening Notes and Introduction by Conference Chair

Peter Cortie, Chairman Platform Broadband@Sea and Board Member, Netherlands Maritime Technology

Peter CortiePeter Cortie, 52, Dutch, holds degrees in Marine Engineering and Business Administration. After graduation he worked for a couple of years for Holland America Line which he left to pursue his career in various commercial roles for majors like Wärtsilä, Cummins and Imtech Marine. Moving gradually from commercial responsibility into general management his last function in employment was Managing Director for Croon Marine B.V.. In 2014 Cortie with his former colleague and long time friend, decided to found EPIXS4U B.V. a company active in consultancy and trade in multi-disciplined projects covering electrical, mechanical and electronic (ICN- Integrated Communication Network) challenges, usually in on-off, custom tailored projects. Cortie joined Netherlands Maritime Technology, the Dutch association of shipyards, maritime suppliers and service providers in 2014 as a board member and has recently accepted the role as chairman of Platform Broadband@Sea. This initiative between NMT has been the platform over the recent years where topics around communication and the impact for personal and ship-owners (€), on and with vessels, are central.

Today Platform Broadband@Sea consists of 13 ship-owners and 12 suppliers.

1000 - Session 1: The Maritime Satcom Summit
Investigating the evolution of maritime 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.
Speakers and panellists include:

Neville Smith, Director, Mariner Communications - (moderator)

Neville Smith Neville Smith is a maritime media consultant with shipping industry clients across communications, navigation, IT and marine products and services. A maritime journalist for 16 years and a former deputy editor of daily maritime newspaper Lloyd's List, he works for clients on messaging, positioning and campaign delivery across print and electronic media as well as blogging at www. maritimeinsight.com on current and future trends in communications and technology.

Barbara Bersani, Head of Sales, Europe South & MEA, Marlink

Barbara BersaniBarbara Bersani has more than 10 years of experience in the satellite communications sector working for Vizada, Airbus Defence and Space and now Marlink. She joined Marlink as a Sales Manager for the sales regions in France, Monaco, and Switzerland in 2005. In 2008 she took responsibility for Maritime Sales for Europe West and Europe East. In 2012 Barbara was appointed as Head of Maritime Sales for Continental Europe, Middle East and Africa. Earlier in her career, she held Business Development and Marketing positions within the Defence Industry. Barbara holds a BA from The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of Geneva and a DBA from the LSE – London School of Economics.

Simon Gatty Saunt, Regional Vice President, Europe Data & Global Mobility Services, SES

Simon Gatty SauntSimon Gatty Saunt has held a number of senior positions in the satellite business for the past 14 years. This includes 10 years at SES, whereas the Regional Vice President of Sales for Data & Mobility Services, he is responsible for driving revenue in the enterprise, government, mobile backhaul and mobility satellite markets for customers based in Europe, Russia, CIS and Central Asia. Prior to joining SES, Simon held a senior sales position at Globecast, a France Telecom company, where he was responsible for broadcast product and business development across Northern Europe and Scandinavia, which included launching a number of Eurobird multiplexes on the UK Sky platform.

Torbjörn Johnsson, Sr. Sales Manager Maritime, Telenor

Torbjörn JohnssonTorbjörn is responsible for the TSBc Maritime sales in Northern Europe. Torbjörn joined TSBc in 1999 as a Director for Capacity Trading services and has more than 20 years of experience from satellite communication engineering administration and in sales.

Torbjörn has a background from the Royal Swedish Navy, Higher officer education in Electronics and Telecom.

With further speakers to be announced

1045 - An Examination of the Satcom Market

Andrew Faiola, Director, Mobility Solutions, Intelsat

Andrew FaiolaAndrew has been leading Intelsat’s sales team in Europe since February 2014 with overall responsibility for the business across the Media, Broadband, and Mobility sectors. Prior to this, Andrew led Intelsat’s Global Accounts teams on the Mobility and Broadband side of the business, managed sales for Western Europe, and held other account management positions with Intelsat focusing on various market segments and regions.

Prior to joining Intelsat, Andrew was European Sales Director at New Skies Satellites in the UK, and held various sales and marketing roles at ESATEL Communications, a small, independent teleport in the USA. In what seems like another life, he worked in the Americas Program at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, DC, and at NASA, where he conducted project development and implementation work for Latin America and the Asia-Pacific involving the provision of Internet service and remote sensing for environmental purposes.

He has also authored publications about the North American DTH market, distance learning in America, U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America, and Latin American economic development.

He received a BA in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MA in International Affairs from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

1110 - Morning Break, kindly sponsored by SES


1140 - Session 2: The Cyber Challenge
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?
Speakers and panellists include:

Walter Hannemann, Product Manager, Dualog - (moderator)

Walter HannemannWalter Hannemann has professionally participated in the development of IT since the 80's, from his education in Electronics and Information Systems. His responsibilities have involved software development to solution architecture, infrastructure design and management , IT service delivery and even .com entrepreneurship. With a passion for making things work, shipping applications and all digital equipment onboard became his interest from 2008. Having headed IT departments in Maersk Tankers and Torm, has recently become Product Manager for Dualog. Based in Copenhagen, Walter enjoys finding solutions for big (and small) business problems using IT, while keeping the overview and a forward-looking approach, with deep dives in technical subjects when necessary - or possible.

Kyle Hurst, Director Maritime Business, Iridium

Kyle HurstKyle has 17 years' experience in the maritime satellite communication sector. Before joining Iridium as Director, Maritime Business in March 2015, Kyle worked for Station711 and before that as Director of Market Development at Thuraya, and was also previously Maritime Marketing Manager for lnmarsat in London, specialising in product development and the application of satellite communications to the maritime market. His experience extends to working as a Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) Manager for the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency in the Solomon Islands. A native Australian, he has also held a number of leadership positions at the Queensland Department of Primary Industries. Kyle was also a soldier in the Australian Army (Engineer Corps) and grew up working with his family in a number of commercial fisheries on the South East Coast of Australia.

Svend Lykke Larsen, Sales & Business Development Director, Europe, Palantir AS‬

Svend Lykke LarsenSvend Lykke Larsen is Sales & Business Development Director for the leading Vessel IT services provider PALANTIR. He also has a background with the satellite communications industry as Managing Director for KVH Industries, Europe and prior to that sales, product and Global Key Account Management functions for the maritime electronics manufacturers Navico and Simrad/Kongsberg Maritime.

Andrew Webster, Partner, JLT

Andrew WebsterAndrew is responsible for business development focused in and around the marine liability sector. He is primarily responsible for Ports & Terminals. After a degree in Geography, Andrew began his career as a shipbroker in London concentrating on towage and salvage. After obtaining membership of the institute of chartered shipbrokers he then worked overseas, based in Geneva and Singapore, as a trader for CRC Cargo Recovery Consultants, specialised in damaged commodities. On returning to London in 1995 Andrew joined UK P&I Club dealing with Russian and Romanian owners' claims. 1996 saw a transfer to ITIC where he became an account executive dealing with Members in the Middle East and South America. At the end of 1999 he transferred to the TT Club, where he went to Dubai in 2000 to take over as general manager at TTMS (Gulf) dealing with TT and ITIC Members in the Middle East and Indian Sub-Continent. In 2002 he returned to London to take up the role of TT Clubs Loss Prevention director – a role that he held prior to making the move to UKTI on secondment as the International Business specialist – ports working with the International Sector team in the London headquarters. Secondment ended in June 2008 and a position with Savi Performance Logistics (a Lockheed Martin company) became open. Inchcape Shipping Services beckoned at the end of 2008 and waved goodbye at the end of 2009. A brief spell of independent consulting gave way to Jardine Lloyd Thompson.

1225 - The Reality of Shipping's Cyber Challenge:
           -          Why are acts of cyber crime committed, and by whom?
           -          Are you adequately protected?
           -          Technologies, training and tools to prevent cyber attacks
           -          ROI for cyber security

Patrick Decool, Director of Programs & Product Planning, Marlink

Patrick DecoolPatrick Decool is Director of Product Programs & Planning with Marlink, the largest technology-independent satellite communication and digital solutions provider serving the maritime market.

Patrick has the important responsibility to introduce Marlink’s new innovations and develop future business critical services and solutions. His role sees him coordinate closely with Marlink partners, customers and industry-leading providers to support the digital transformation of the Maritime and Enterprise industries.

Key milestones at Marlink have included the launch of services like Inmarsat FleetBroadband and ThurayaIP, as well as overseeing the development of Marlink’s own IP solutions portfolio. Patrick was also pivotal in launching XChange, Marlink’s onboard communication platform, and since then has worked to leverage the XChange value proposition, with the introduction of innovative applications like XChange VoIP, XChange BYOD and XChange Media, which have contributed towards accelerating Marlink’s tremendous growth in VSAT.

Patrick has a record of almost 20 years’ experience in the communications industry, specifically managing innovation projects. Previously, he worked for leading German mobile operator E-Plus / O2, as Project & Product Manager.

He also holds a degree in Electrical Engineering, obtained in France and the UK, and is fluent in French, German and English.

1250 - Connectivity at Sea, the Opportunities and Challenges

Gerbrand Schalkwijk, Chief Sales Officer, Inmarsat Maritime

Gerbrand SchalkwijkGerbrand Schalkwijk joined Inmarsat in 1996, and is currently Chief Sales Officer Maritime, responsible for sales activities for the global Maritime Business Unit.

Gerbrand has a long track record of commercial and management roles within the global mobile and fixed satellite communications industry. He holds an MSc degree in Industrial Engineering & Management from The University of Twente in the Netherlands and an MBA degree from the University of Chicago.

1315 - Lunch, kindly sponsored by Dualog followed by
1405 - Dualog Prize Draw


1415 - Session 3: Connect@Sea
Reviewing crew communications, training and welfare
Shipowners are well aware of the benefits of offering crew connectivity – with a recent study suggesting that 73% of those surveyed cite connectivity as a key influencer when choosing their employer. So how are users and providers alike reacting to this, and ensuring that their services and offerings meet the demands of these vital people?

And what else should we as an industry be considering? How can training influence both the seafarers’ competence and thus the shipping companies bottom line? And how do increased data collection requirements impact their role and training requirements.
Speakers and panellists include:

Alco Weeke, Senior Project Manager Bureau Innovatie Research and Development, STC-Group - (moderator)

Alco WeekeAlco Weeke is a Senior Lecturer at the Bureau Innovation Research and Development at the STC-Group and Rotterdam Mainport University. He was born in Den Helder and there he attended the Maritime Academy to become a Deck Officer after which he studied maritime engineering at the Maritime Academy of Rotterdam. Alco sailed with Nedlloyd Lines for 10 years as an Integrated Officer, later called Maritime Officer. In 1996 he joined the STC-Group, first as lecturer, and later as manager of the commercial nautical and technical training department. In 2004 Alco became the director of the maritime bachelor education in Rotterdam where he worked on the development and implementation of a new curriculum. In 2012 he was responsible for the transformation of the Bachelor education in shipbuilding from Delft to Rotterdam and the accreditation of this Naval Architect education. Since 2014 he is working within the Innovation, Research and Development department of the STC Group, responsible for the didactical implementation of IMO regulations into the maritime part of the organization in the Netherlands and abroad, assisting in the development of the Kazakhstan Maritime Academy and coaching new colleagues within the organization.

Simon Frank, Head of Marine HR, Torm

Simon FrankSimon Frank is Vice President and Head of Global Marine HR in Torm A/S. He began his career in shipping with the Royal Danish Navy, experiencing in international operations on a frigate, and literally learning the ropes onboard the Royal Danish Yacht. He continued his career with Rohde Nielsen in Denmark as the crew manager for seven years, then at EMS Shipmanagement and Head of Maritime Personnel at Lauritzen Kosan.

From 2010 to 2014 Simon was based in Hong Kong working for Wallem Ship Management Ltd as Fleet Personnel Director.

Simon’s extensive experience in crew management has developed from working with a large range of nationalities, with different ship types, and in effective implementing crew management systems.

Edwin Haak, Regional Sales Director Maritime, SpeedCast

Edwin HaakA typical Dutchman with a no-nonsense mentality and can-do attitude.

Edwin holds a Bachelor of Science in Electro technology and has spent over 24 years working in the IT, telecommunications and satellite industry. He started his career at a system integrator and in 2002 became infected with satellite communications at Telenor Communications Services. Life would never be the same again.

In 2008 he made a move to technical automation at ICT Solutions, selling solutions to customers dealing with port logistics and here he got inspired by the maritime sector.

Edwin joined SpeedCast in 2013 as Regional Sales Director Maritime, enabling him to combine both sectors and to continue his career advising and selling maritime satellite communication and IT solutions. His office is in the most beautiful city of The Netherlands, Rotterdam, which happens to be a world port as well!

Amy Kemp, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Intelsat

Amy KempAmy joined Intelsat in 2016, responsible for Maritime Product Marketing. She is responsible for leading the development of market insights, differentiated product positioning and go-to-market planning for Intelsat’s Maritime market segments. Amy is charged with collaborating closely with Intelsat’s product management and sales teams to launch new products, evolve messaging and positioning of the existing product portfolio, develop training, and execute campaigns to increase the sales funnel. Amy also drives marketing initiatives to grow revenue and guide the future product roadmap to bridge market gaps. Amy brings over 20 years of satellite industry experience, having previously held roles of increasing responsibility in Product Management, Sales, Marketing, and Channel Development with Astrium Services Business Communications, Vizada, Iridium and COMSAT.

Amy holds a Master of Science in Telecommunications Management and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, both from the University of Maryland, University College.

1445 - Automating Ship Reporting

Fred Pot, Principal, Marine Management Consulting

Fred PotMr. Pot received a Master’s Degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the Technical University at Delft, the Netherlands and an MBA from Stanford University, in the USA. He was Managing Director, Oceanroutes (UK), Ltd., a ship weather routing company and spent 20 years in various management positions at Matson Navigation Company, Inc. in San Francisco and Honolulu. Later, Fred worked for Holland America Line in Seattle, as a consultant to P&O Princess Cruises in Los Angeles, as Director, Cornerstone Systems in Seattle, as President, SeaCAS, LLC in Kent, WA, as Manager Business Development for MeteorComm in Kent, WA.

Mr. Pot acted as technical advisor to the US Delegation to IEC workgroups that formulated performance standards for AIS-B, for Task-oriented Display of Navigation Information (INS) and for a secure on-board LAN. He wrote several articles about AIS and e-Navigation for Compuship and The Digital Ship, was Program Co-Chair for a number of annual AIS and e-Navigation Conferences in Seattle. Mr. Pot rendered consulting services to the Chair, IMO Correspondence Group on e-Navigation and presented papers on e-Navigation at conferences in Seattle, Malta Copenhagen, Cyprus and Saint Germaine n Laye.

Mr. Pot currently is Secretary of the Steering Committee for the e-Navigation Underway (North America) Conference Series and represents the Internet of Things Open Connectivity Foundation at IALA’s ENAV Committee. Mr. Pot recently founded the international Automated Ship Reporting Special Interest Group (SIG) with members from all interested parties.

1510 - Afternoon Break, kindly sponsored by SpeedCast


1540 – Digital Transformation and New IoT-Based Services

Jaap Jan Stoker, Product Manager, Marine Software & Analytics, ABB Marine & Ports

Jaap Jan Stoker Jaap Jan Stoker is within ABB globally responsible for Voyage advisory solutions. Assisting clients with the setup of fleet control for safety and efficiency. Based in the Netherlands, working from the ABB competence center for Voyage Advisory.

From 2009 to 2010 he was as product manager responsible for development of vessel Speed Advice functionality within OCTOPUS-Onboard. One of the first big data and cloud based advisory function in the marine industry.

With a naval background it is his task to deliver the added value with practical advice to the crew by using vessel complex historic data and the power of cloud solutions.

1605 - 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. All of 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 really 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?
Speakers and panellists include:

Bart Cunnen, Vice President Marine and Ports Benelux & Germany, ABB - (moderator)

Bart CunnenBiography pending

Jose Milhazes, Global Manager, Business Process Manger SNSO, Stolt-Nielsen

Jose MilhazesJose works in Stolt-Nielsen Limited as Global Manager within Business Process Management in Stolt Tankers B.V and Business Application Manager in Stolt-Nielsen Limited - Business Technologies.

He has a strong background in Ship Management Systems and shipping business research for business process improvement. Jose Milhazes is a Marine Engineering graduate from Portuguese Nautical School (Escola Nautica Infante D. Henrique).

Peter Van de Venne, Director IT, Spliethoff

Peter Van de VennePeter Van de Venne is director IT for the Spliethoff Group. The Spliethoff Group manages a fleet of more than 100 vessels.Among the operating companies are Spliethoff Amsterdam, Biglift Shipping, Wijnne Barends, Transfennica, and Sevenstar Yacht Transport. Van de Venne is responsible for Information Technology and Telecommunications (ICT) for the Spliethoff.

Group’s 30+ offices worldwide and on board the ships. Spliethoff has its own software development team thatdevelops software for the offices and ships. Currently 31 ships are equipped with VSAT KU-band systems that operate worldwide. The intention is to offer Internet access on 22 additional ships over the next 2 years.

Volker Schiemann, MD – IT Department, Chemikalien Seetransport

Volker SchiemannVolker has worked in the shipping industry for 20 years. Since 01.01.2016 he has been Managing Director of ITE Solutions GmbH (ITE) a subsidiary of the Dr. Karl-Hein Krämer Group, sister company of Tanker Operator Chemikalien Seetransport GmbH (CST). ITE is the group’s IT and back office service provider. Currently these services are provided only group wide. ITE offers IT services onshore and onboard. These include i.e. datacentre operation, onsite support, purchasing SATCOM services, SATCOM support onboard. Currently ITE, together with CST, has begun a program to renew the IT infrastructure onbaord in order to simplfy, reduce run cost and offer internet for crew.

Volker qualified as “Schifffahrtskaufmann” and holds a Bachelor for Business Administration. Prior to his current engagement he worked for several years as CIO for Scandlines.

Mare Straetmans, Managing Director, PortXL

Mare Straetmans Mare Straetmans is currently the managing director of PortXL, the World Port Accelerator. Before this he worked for the Port of Rotterdam Authority and PwC. He aims to : contribute to entrepreneurship, make a change, be positive, apply the 80/20 rule and spread the port-vibe. He does not aim to : take the same route as the day before, or compromise.

PortXL, world 1st Port accelerator : The Port of Rotterdam is the innovation hub for port business around the world. PortXL is aiming to develop an ecosystem for port startups worldwide. Together with impactful initiatives like the VC fund (First Dutch Port Fund), the RDM Rotterdam makerspace and 3D printing Ram Lab, and the world leading PortXL partners like Van Oord, Port of Rotterdam, EY, Vopak, Damen, Uniper, Boskalis, we build this leading ecosystem. PortXL focusses on scouting the best startups worldwide, and bring them to Rotterdam for three months, to find their first clients. This way building the port business of the future.

1650 - The Value of Innovation in the Maritime & Transport Sectors
           - Case studies

Mare Straetmans, Managing Director, PortXL

Mare Straetmans Mare Straetmans is currently the managing director of PortXL, the World Port Accelerator. Before this he worked for the Port of Rotterdam Authority and PwC. He aims to : contribute to entrepreneurship, make a change, be positive, apply the 80/20 rule and spread the port-vibe. He does not aim to : take the same route as the day before, or compromise.

PortXL, world 1st Port accelerator : The Port of Rotterdam is the innovation hub for port business around the world. PortXL is aiming to develop an ecosystem for port startups worldwide. Together with impactful initiatives like the VC fund (First Dutch Port Fund), the RDM Rotterdam makerspace and 3D printing Ram Lab, and the world leading PortXL partners like Van Oord, Port of Rotterdam, EY, Vopak, Damen, Uniper, Boskalis, we build this leading ecosystem. PortXL focusses on scouting the best startups worldwide, and bring them to Rotterdam for three months, to find their first clients. This way building the port business of the future.

1715 - iShipping Roadmap

Jose Milhazes, Global Manager, Business Process Manger SNSO, Stolt-Nielsen

Jose MilhazesJose works in Stolt-Nielsen Limited as Global Manager within Business Process Management in Stolt Tankers B.V and Business Application Manager in Stolt-Nielsen Limited - Business Technologies.

He has a strong background in Ship Management Systems and shipping business research for business process improvement. Jose Milhazes is a Marine Engineering graduate from Portuguese Nautical School (Escola Nautica Infante D. Henrique).

1740 - Forum Conclusions by Conference Chair followed by Networking Party, kindly sponsored by Intelsat