0830 - Registration and Welcome Coffee/Tea
kindly sponsored by SES

0900 - Marlink Workshop (0900-0945) – By invitation only

DS Rotterdam 2017 - Marlink Breakfast Briefing Invitation

Forum Agenda as at 22 September 2017

1000 - Forum Opening Notes and Introduction by Conference Chair
Nick Lambert, Maritime Domain Expert, NLA Ltd.
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Nick LambertA master mariner and a committed proponent of the maritime users’ perspective, Rear Admiral Nick Lambert concluded a long naval operational career as the UK National Hydrographer in December 2012. He advises on a wide range of maritime issues including the growing potential of the blue economy concept, the importance of spatial data infrastructures and hydrography for maritime economies, the evolution of eNavigation and GNSS vulnerability, near or real time situational awareness (especially that derived from space based assets and applications), human factors, and training and education in the maritime sector. He has a particular interest in the Polar Regions and is also engaged in a variety of situational awareness, marine autonomous systems and vessel efficiency projects.

1010 - Welcome Address
Sibrand Hassing, Co-President, Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners (KVNR) and Director Fleet Operations Europe, Holland America Group
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Sibrand HassingSibrand Hassing started his career by training to become a navigation officer in the Merchant Navy at the nautical college in Delfzijl, followed by around 10 years at sea. He finished his sea career as chief mate. When he came ashore he worked for more than twenty years at the (then) Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management as a senior policy adviser within the Directorate General for mobility and transport. He was involved with maritime policy matters in particular.

In 2013, he became the Holland America Line (HAL) Director Nautical Operations Europe. Today, Hassing is the Holland America Group Director Fleet Operations Europe.

His ancillary activities include the co-presidency and board membership of the KVNR, membership of the Professional Field Commission Higher Vocational Education Maritime Officer of the Willem Barentsz Maritime Institute and member of the ProSea Advisory Board.


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.

1030 - Panel Discussion 1 - The Maritime Satcom Summit – Approaches to Improving Mobility and Connectivity

  • The future of Satcom: prospects for maritime satellite communications
  • Ensuring regulatory adherence while meeting requirements for improved mobility and connectivity
  • Case study examples
Moderated by:
Rob O’Dwyer, Editor, Digital Ship
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Rob O’DwyerRob O'Dwyer, Editor of Digital Ship, has been a maritime IT journalist since 2005. He has a Master's degree in business and law from University College Dublin and was previously a commercial writing consultant in Seoul, South Korea. 

Rob was also previously Editor of Port Finance International.

Panellists include:
Paul Frank, Chief Operating Officer, Marlink
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Paul FrankPaul Frank is the Chief Operating Officer for Marlink’s Maritime and Enterprise divisions, focusing on global customer service excellence.

Mr. Frank has 25 years’ experience in technology services with companies in the maritime services, satcom and ICT industries. The length of his career has been focused on operations, customer services and business development.

Mr Frank holds an MSc in Engineering from Delft University of Technology. He resides in The Netherlands and is based in Marlink’s Rotterdam office.

Torbjörn Johnsson, Sales Manager, Telenor
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Torbjorn JohnsonTorbjörn is responsible for the Telenor Satellite Maritime sales in Northern Europe. Our service supports the delivery of reliable satellite communications for a range of applications at sea, so with over 20 years of experience in Satellite communications, Torbjörn is well placed for retaining and growing our extensive European client base.

First joining Telenor Satellite in 1999 as Director for Capacity Trading Services, Torbjörn has a wealth of knowledge in satellite communication engineering, administration and sales. Combining this with his Higher Officer education in Electronics and Telecomms, and previous background in the Royal Swedish Navy, Torbjörn is always keen to discuss the latest trends and advances in the industry.

Utilising a hybrid network that comprises our satellite fleet, teleports and a terrestrial fibre network, Telenor Satellite delivers turnkey broadcasting solutions, end-user connectivity and application services via satellite throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. With experts in every field and region, our team is knowledgeable and proactive in delivering high-quality, two-way satellite services – both dedicated and shared-access – across our wide coverage area.

Andrew Faiola, Director, Mobility Solutions,
Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, Intelsat
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Andrew FaiolaAndrew leads the Mobility Solutions sales teams in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. If it floats, flies, or rolls, we’ve got it covered. Prior to this, Andrew led the European sales team and also led Intelsat’s Global Accounts teams on the Mobility and Broadband side of the business.

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.

Nick Burrett, Regional Sales Director, Maritime, Northern Europe, SES Networks
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Nick BurrettNick Burrett has worked in the satellite industry since 2001. This has included time spent in commercial roles in both video and data. At GlobeCast, Nick worked in London and then Paris, in data, permanent video; and later Occasional Use broadcast. He subsequently spent some years back in London working for TeliaSonera International Carrier, helping develop and sell their media and CDN products.

He started at SES in 2012 and moved to the Netherlands in 2013 and is responsible for SES Networks’ commercial shipping sales activities in Northern Europe.

1110: Morning Tea/Coffee Break
kindly sponsored by Intelsat

1135 - Satcoms Equipment and Digital Transformation: Shifting from the Possible to the Practical
Jon Harrison, VP Global SatCom Group, Intellian
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Jon HarrisonAfter graduating at the ripe old age of 22 with a Bachelors in Telecoms Engineering, Jon joined the Navy and ventured out into the world wide-eyed and bushy-tailed. The next 12 years would prove to be an absolute adventure, taking Jon to the far corners of the globe and at times bordering on becoming a Pirate. He eventually drew breath and joined the new build team for US based companies, Renaissance Cruises and thereafter Disney Cruises as lead project manager for onboard Entertainment and Communication Systems.

Jon’s life has always been intertwined with the Maritime World and the past 20 years he has been particularly passionate and focused on the continuously evolving Satellite Communication business. Today he is a proud and privileged member of the Intellian family, that is brings energy, innovation and defining products to the Satcom Market, serving in the post of Vice President of Global Satcom.

Jon recently completed an MBA and also leads the Intellian’s EMEA team as General Manager.

1155 - Maritime Satellite Communications Reinvented

  • LEO and GEO architectures: Their similarities, differences and relative benefits
  • L Band and Ka/Ku band: Similarities, differences, relative benefits
  • Pervasive networks and the connected ship
  • Onboard sensor networks and transmission over satellite
  • Crew comms revisited: Smartphones, chat and satellite networks
Kyle Hurst, Director Maritime Business, Iridium Communications
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Kyle HurstKyle has 18 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.

1215 - Reality Check – Do You Know What’s Really Using Your Bandwidth?
Stuart Castell, Director, AST
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Stuart CastellStuart Castell has over 30 years’ satellite and radio experience in both maritime and land markets. His communications career started in the Royal Navy and on leaving ran a successful business supplying satellite and radio services before joining The AST Group in 2010. He is now a Group Board Director responsible for the global growth of The AST Group’s maritime broadband satellite and value added services.


1235: 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 adress:

  • 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
Aljosja Beije Co-Owner and Managing Consultant, BeScope
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Aljosja BeijeAljosja Beije MSc. has over 20 years’ experience of IT in relation to finance and logistics systems development and implementation in the Far East, Middle East and Europe. Founder of BeSCOPE Solutions, a supply chain and technology consultancy and interim management firm.

When the term smart contracts was first introduced in the summer of 2014, its relevance and potential for logistics and supply chain management was immediately clear to me. Since then, I have been actively involved in development of blockchain based logistics solution, strategic consultancy on blockchain and quartermaster for a dedicated blockchain and logistics fieldlab in the City of Rotterdam. Blockchain could be the foundational technology that integrates the physical flow with the financial and informational flow in a wide range of industries, such as financial services, logistics, telecoms and commodity trade, enabling new business models and more efficient transactions.

Followed by: Q&A Panel Discussion – with panellists including:
Captain Herbert Soanes, Chief Commercial Officer - Europe and Americas, Misuga Kaiun Holland B.V.
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Captain Herbert SoanesCaptain Herbert Soanes is the Chief Commercial Officer of Misuga Holland. His responsibilities relate to leading and strategically growing the partner base in Europe and the Americas. Misuga is a Japanese ship owner and ship-manager with over 170 vessels under management.

Prior to joining Misuga, he was a SVP at DVB Bank; tasked with mitigating market, counterparty and asset risk. His prior career in maritime management consulting led him to be based in America and Canada.

Herbert is a Master Mariner. His management training in the US includes graduate degrees in Maritime Management and in Finance. His varied background has seen him interact extensively with industry leaders in a range of business settings and across continents.

1310: Lunch


Digital Reinvention 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.

1410 - The Ability of the Maritime Sector to Innovate: The PortXL Case
Maritime and shipping are facing many challenges: low margins, pressure on reduction of emissions, new technologies arising. Companies need to innovate and find new ways to reduce costs, increase sustainability and find new business. But this remains difficult to attain. This session will focus on how companies can:

  • Increase the contact with the outside world
  • Inspire employees to adopt a fresh perspective
  • Work together with startups
  • Increase the speed of development (testing quickly, decreasing bureaucracy, etc)
Mare Straetmans, Managing Director, PortXL
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Mare StraetmansMare Straetmans is currently the managing director of PortXL - 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.

1430 - Achieving Digital Reinvention in Maritime
Sue Terpilowski OBE, Managing Director, Image Line; President, WISTA UK and Chair, CILT Ports, Maritime & Waterways
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Sue Terpilowski OBESue is the Chairman of the Ports, Maritime and Waterways Forum of the Chartered Institute of Transport (CILT), a fellow of the Institute of Sales and Marketing, President of WISTA UK (Women in Shipping and Trade) and a member of Women in Logistics. She is regularly quoted in the business press as an expert source on a wide range of issues affecting the PR, marketing and advertising industries. Sue has been featured in the Financial Times, on BBC News, BBC Radio, ITN and in the Daily Telegraph.

Sue started her own company, the leading specialist logistics and supply chain PR, Marketing and Visual Events Agency Image Line Communications over 28 years ago.

Sue regularly chairs sessions for CILT including ones on SOLAS, CTU Code and port trends.

Sue Terpilowski was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2014 for her work and lobbying on behalf of micro and small businesses in London. She has a diploma in Business

1450 - Achieving Digital Success Requires Sharing Knowledge and Experiences
Inge André Sandvik, Chief Digital Officer, Wilh.Wilhelmsen Holding ASA
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Inge André SandvikInge Andrè Sandvik has been working in global tech, internet and consultancy companies for the last 20 years, and co-founded 3 VC backed companies. His focus has been mobile first and building software platforms. He co-founded Soundrop in 2011 with three other co-founders and led the process of teaming up with Spotify. He later co-founded Filmgrail which has become a new and popular platform for cinemas, cable companies and telcos.

Prior to Soundrop, Inge was with the internet browser company Opera Software as Head of Opera Mobile Store. He co-founded and was CEO in Numo, a company that built a global platform that meshed together national phone directories into one universal search experience.

Inge started his entrepreneurial path in 2004 as Co-founder and CEO in Mobile CTI which launched the first automatic lookup on unknown incoming callers and won several international awards for their innovative apps. The company was acquired by Opplysningen 1881, a Telenor company.

Inge has spent more than 10 years in global tech and software companies such as Telenor, Oracle, Compaq/HP, PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He is an advisor to entrepreneurs and startups in Norway and is co-founder and organizer for Product Tank Oslo.

1510 - An Intro to the Legal Implications of Big Data
The most important legal aspects of big data and top tips to exploit the huge potential of data assets

  • Data sovereignty and data access as a concept
  • The data protection and trade secrets dimension of Big Data
  • Practical tools for handling Big Data:
    • Understanding what you have and what you need
    • Access to public sector information
    • The new world of database licensing
    • Industrial Data Space – a new proposition
    • Cyber-risk – dealing with the legal issues
Alexander Duisberg, Partner, Bird & Bird
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Alexander DuisbergAlexander is a highly reputed lawyer within the IT, digital transformation and privacy sphere, with a clear international vision to develop his clients' businesses.

Alexander Duisberg is a partner of Bird & Bird in Munich, handling commercial, digital transformation and data protection issues. He is a member of our International Tech & Comms Sector Steering Group and leads our Software & Services industry initiative.

Alexander is considered a leading expert in matters of digital transformation, data protection and data security.

Alexander is an appointed and practicing panellist to the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre and is a member of the Federal Government’s legal work groups in the think-tanks projects "Trusted Cloud", "Smart Data" and "Platform Industry 4.0", and a legal advisor to the "Industrial Data Space". He is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and contributes regularly to publications on technology-related topics. Alexander speaks German, English, Italian, Spanish and French.

1530 - Panel Discussion 3: Steps Towards Achieving a Digital Supply Chain
The most important legal aspects of big data and top tips to exploit the huge potential of data assets

  • Identifying key priorities
  • Building the digital business case and legacy
Moderated by:
Dion Kotteman, C-Level IT- and Strategy Advice, Kotteman BV
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Dion KottemanDion Kotteman runs his own company, specialised in C -level and IT advice. He publishes regularly (eg The Project Saboteur, Agile with a smile, On Leadership and Coaching) and lectures at two universities. He was the central goverment’s CIO and is now a non executive member of the board of an insurance company.

Panellists include:
Mikael Lind, Research Manager Sustainable Transports, RISE VIktoria
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Mikael LindAssociate professor Mikael Lind is with the Viktoria Swedish ICT and Swedish Centre for Digital Innovation atGothenburg University, Sweden. He is the research manager of the sustainable transports group at Viktoria Swedish ICT www.viktoria.se and has initiated and heads a substantial part of several open innovation initiatives related to ICT for sustainable transports of people and goods (e.g. cross-industrial design of intelligent infrastructure for electric vehicles, ICT-enabled innovation for sustainable everyday travel, Future Airports, MONALISA 2.0 and Sea Traffic Management). Mikael’s main focus is on sustainable people/goods flows based on ICT enabled multi-organizational collaboration throughout the door-to-door process. The research takes a pragmatic stance oriented towards open digital innovation, multi-organizational business innovation, and business process management. He is also one of the founders of Maritime Informatics for applied research of digitalization in the maritime sector.

Sjoerd Notting, Lecturer Applied Nautical Sciences, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS)
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Nick BurrettSjoerd Notting is training officer at the Academy of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam. As a maritime teacher, his primary goal is to shape his students into curious and independent maritime professionals equipped with management, research and automation skills. A substantial part of his time goes to developing a solid and futureproof curriculum focused on the digital and cultural challenges of the maritime world.

Sjoerd has a background as software developer and has a bachelor degree in sociology. He made a career as seafarer on a modern, highly automated ferry of the Stena Line fleet and in his continuous search for knowledge and his urge to broaden his horizons, Sjoerd diverted his course to become the training officer he is today.

He is immensely impressed by the possibilities and opportunities of worldwide connectivity. But, as a young father, a healthy suspicion and an inquiring attitude are part of his mindset.

Jose Milhazes, Business Process Manager, SNSO Business Applications,
Stolt Shipowning
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MilhazesBiography pending.

1610: Afternoon Tea/Coffee Break
kindly sponsored by Kinnetik Solutions


1630: 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 (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 1hour in total, with the discussion itself lasting 40 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:

1. ‘The Battle of the Bands’ – hosted by Marlink

  • An evaluation of the many different frequency bands and satcom technologies available and whether each will have a different impact on the link performance, availability, coverage and cost
Hosted by:
Barbara Bersani, Head of Sales EMEA, Marlink
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Barbara BersaniBarbara Bersani has more than 12 years of experience in the maritime satellite communications sector. 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 Sales Maritime 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.

2. Remote Monitoring: Hype or Future – hosted by Radio Holland

  • Remote monitoring is currently talk of the town. When talking to ship operators about their requirements with regards to remote monitoring of their equipment, it appears that there are no clear expectations.
  • When talking to manufacturers of maritime equipment about how their equipment is prepared to provide essential status information, it appears that this functionality is still limited.
  • Is remote monitoring just hype, or is reality around the corner?
Hosted by:
Paul Smulders, CEO, Radio Holland Group
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Paul SmuldersPaul Smulders started his career in 1982 as nautical officer, holding a maritime engineers ticket as well. He worked for 7 years on Dutch flagged multi-purpose bulkcarriers and heavy lift vessels.

For personal reasons, he decided in 1989 to pursue a career ashore. Paul started with Radio Holland Netherlands as sales engineer deepsea. From 1993, he fulfilled various positions, such as sales manager for the Radio Holland Hong Kong sales activities in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, and from 1997 as Area Sales Manager and Managing Director of Radio Holland Netherlands. He played a role in growing a successful Radio Holland organization, renowned as specialist in NavCom and Maintenance in the global maritime industry.

After Radio Holland becoming part of Imtech, Paul decided to leave the company to become CEO at Netwave Systems B.V., manufacturer of maritime data collection systems. At Netwave Systems, he gained experience at the manufacturing side, providing in-depth insights into all matters related to manufacturing of navigational products.

In May 2016, Paul was appointed CEO of Radio Holland Group and returned to the company.

3. Big Data Platforms and Collaborations – hosted by Dell EMC
Hosted by:
Benjamin Vernooij, IOT & Embedded Computing EMEA, Dell EMC
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Benjamin VernooijWith 15+ years’ experience designing, developing, maintaining and supporting end-to-end IT solutions, he works closely with customers to transform with a business centric approach, and get the most out of the internet of everything. As well as establishing “end to end” architecture with Dell EMC’s certified IoT partners, for commercial adoption within vertical markets such as Maritime. A lot of sensors, devices, and equipment systems on ships collect data. Now, advances in technology, and in particular, connectivity as well as cloud and big data, will put ship intelligence at the forefront of the next major transition for the shipping industry. From ship design, to supply chain to support services and environmental solutions, analytics will enable data sources residing in separate silos to be connected and analyzed. Operational Technology (the bespoke systems that manage the ship) is now able to converge with Information Technology, specifically big data and analytics.

4. Business Applications Opportunities for Maritime – hosted by ESA (European Space Agency)
A showcase of current and future opportunities offered by the Business Applications programme, to develop and demonstrate services in the maritime domain, which exploit at least one space assets and present a strong potential to become commercial. Topic will span from unmanned maritime vessels, to icebreaker applications; with the final aim to trigger and stimulate new ideas which can exploit ESA funding and expertise support.
Hosted by:
Piera di Vito, Project Manager, ESA (European Space Agency)
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Piera di VitoPiera Di Vito is currently Technical Officer at the European Space Agency. Based in ECSAT -Harwell (UK), she works for the ESA Business Applications programme, supporting industry to develop space based services in several domains such as aviation, maritime, energy etc. Previously, after having obtained the Master's Degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the Universita'degli studi di Roma Tor Vergata, she worked at Inmarsat (UK) , IDS S.p.a (Italy) and ESTEC (ESA site in The Netherlands) mainly in the satellite communications exploitation in the maritime and aviation sectors.

5. Cyber Resilience and Protection – hosted by Inmarsat Maritime
Hosted by:
Michiel Meijer, Senior Director Market Management, Inmarsat Maritime
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Michiel MeijerMichiel Meijer is Senior Director Market Management at Inmarsat Maritime, where he is responsible for understanding the requirements of the market.

Michiel started his career after receiving his Merchant Navy deck officer qualification from the Nautical College in Rotterdam and fulfilled several nautical positions on board of vessels from Nedlloyd and Royal Netherlands Navy. As a Reserve Officer, Michiel Meijer, holds the rank of Lieutenant Commander within the “Naval Control and Guidance for Shipping” division.

After his maritime career Michiel received his Master degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Eindhoven University of Technology. His shore based career started within KPN (Telecom operator in the Netherlands) in which he held positions in marketing and product management. Since 2000, he held sales and marketing positions in maritime satellite communications before joining Inmarsat in 2012.

6. Advances in Remote and Autonomous Ship Technology – hosted by Netherlands Maritime Technology
Hosted by:
Sanne de Vleeschhouwer, Innovation Manager,
Netherlands Maritime Technology
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Sanne de VleeschhouwerAs Innovation Manager for Netherlands Maritime Technology (NMT), Sanne is responsible for the development and execution of projects which support SME's in their innovation processes in the maritime industry. Special focus on digital technologies that impact the maritime sector, knowledge exchange and sustainability. NMT is an association and the first port of call for any primary representative of the Dutch maritime technology sector. Our 400+ members include shipyards, marine equipment suppliers and service providers, all united within a close and highly successful network.

One of the projects Sanne supports is the Platform Broadband@Sea in which shipowners and suppliers share their challenges regarding connectivity at sea.  For more information please visit the website www.broadbandatsea.eu

7. The Digital Port Approach - Opportunities and Challenges – hosted by RISE Viktoria
If one listens to shipping lines of today, the port call process is insufficient with inefficient just-in-time operations and long waiting times before being served. In this discussion opportunities and challenges of how digitisation can enable improved port call performance will be pursued by port call actors could digitally sharing plans and outcomes of operations enabling fast turn-around times for visiting ships and enabling these to be served as soon as they approach the port. Solutions from Port Collaborative Decision Making (PortCDM) will be used as the point of departure in the discussion, both as a mean for efficient port visits, and as a driver for driving efficiency in other types of hubs that matters for maritime transports.
Hosted by:
Mikael Lind, Research Manager Sustainable Transport, RISE Viktoria
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Mikael LindAssociate professor Mikael Lind is with the Viktoria Swedish ICT and Swedish Centre for Digital Innovation atGothenburg University, Sweden. He is the research manager of the sustainable transports group at Viktoria Swedish ICT www.viktoria.se and has initiated and heads a substantial part of several open innovation initiatives related to ICT for sustainable transports of people and goods (e.g. cross-industrial design of intelligent infrastructure for electric vehicles, ICT-enabled innovation for sustainable everyday travel, Future Airports, MONALISA 2.0 and Sea Traffic Management). Mikael’s main focus is on sustainable people/goods flows based on ICT enabled multi-organizational collaboration throughout the door-to-door process. The research takes a pragmatic stance oriented towards open digital innovation, multi-organizational business innovation, and business process management. He is also one of the founders of Maritime Informatics for applied research of digitalization in the maritime sector.

8. Using Data and Biofuels to Lower Emissions on the A2B Online Fleet: A Usercase
A2B online containers, biofuel supplier Goodfuels and monitoring company We4sea will explain the project, where they aim to reduce fuel consumption through the use of data measurement, and using the financial benefits gained for investment in biofuels.
Hosted by:
Gerard de Groot, Managing Director, A2B-Online
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Gerard de GrootGerard has been involved in short sea shipping since the 1970’s, and was employed by NorfolkLine (now DFDS) and GEEST North Sea line (now Samskip).

Gerard founded his own companies in 2007, including Ge-eX Logistics (45ft container operator), Ge-Fresh Logistics (45ft reefer operator) and 4Global Forwarding (expedition).

In the summer of 2013, Gerard started A2B-online Container, focussing on transport between Moerdijk, the Netherlands and U.K. In 2016, A2B Online has transported 200.000 TEU. The company has grown to 1200 45ft containers and 6 containerships, of which four are owned. Two of these ships are currently being monitored in a project together with bio-fuel supplier Goodfuels, and monitoring company We4Sea, with the aim to reduce emissions and fuel consumption.

Dan Veen, CEO/Co-Founder, We4Sea
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Dan VeenDan studied Mechanical Engineering in Utrecht, and Business Administration at Erasmus University (Rotterdam). He worked in several positions at Gastec, a gas research institute, on gaseous automotive fuels such as CNG and LPG.

In 2004, Dan joined Wärtsilä Netherlands as account manager for the Benelux dredging industry. In 2008, Dan became responsible for the Sales department of Wärtsilä Benelux Services Division. In 2010, he moved to Wärtsilä Services - North Europe and worked as business development manager on new technologies, such as emission abatement and use of LNG as marine fuel. In 2012, he switched to TNO as senior business developer Maritime & Offshore.

Within TNO, he has developed several Maritime R&D projects mostly focussing on cleaner fuels for ships and on energy-efficienct shipping. Projects which he helped develop include the EU FP7 project Retrofit, and the Dutch joint industry project Hybrid 111, focussing on energy simulation tools for hybrid propulsion trains. In 2015, he developed a project for shipowner Flinter, with the aim to investigate if data could be used to monitor ships.

In March 2016, Dan started the company We4Sea, together with Michiel Katgert. We4Sea uses big data and simulation technologies to monitor ships, and optimize their fuel efficiency.

1740 - Closing Keynote: What is Happening in the Shipping Markets?

  • Is the global economic development helping the shipping industry recover?
  • What the current state of play in the key shipping markets?
  • Where does the future hold?
Peter Sand, Chief Shipping Analyst, BIMCO
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Peter SandPeter Sand joined BIMCO in 2009 and holds the position of Chief Shipping Analyst. In this position, he is responsible for analysing the commercial markets for dry bulkers, tankers and containerships. Taking the offset in global economics as the analytical starting point for all seaborne trade, he assists managements, members and clients with insight into many different aspects of the global shipping industry.

Peter’s regular reports, focused analytical articles and insightful comments on the shipping market are widely read and have often been referenced in global mainstream media.

Teacher of Maritime Economics at the Danish Shipping Academy as well as guest lecturer at Copenhagen Business School - Blue MBA and Shipping bachelor.

During the rise and fall of the shipping markets Peter gained experience in the fields of shipping analysis, executive assistance, caretaking of investors and the art of transforming data and statistics into overviews and forecasts. Prior to his career in BIMCO, he worked for the dry bulk and product tanker company D/S NORDEN. Peter holds a Master’s Degree in economics from the University of Copenhagen.

1800: Forum Conclusions by Conference Chair followed by Networking Party, Kindly Hosted by Marlink