Smart shipping to be under the spotlight at Seatrade Maritime Middle East

Debate to examine the readiness of regional shipping industry in embracing smart shipping

The impact of the rapid evolution of smart technology is becoming increasingly evident in the maritime industry, with new technologies up to and including unmanned vessels and autonomous logistics operations set to transform the way people and goods are being moved around.

With Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies and big data driving radical new solutions in the transformation to intelligent ships, there is no questioning smart shipping’s capability to redefine the fundamentals of shipping operations. In the wake of the explosion of new technologies and automation that are shaping the biggest revolution in shipping since the arrival of the diesel-engine ships, the upcoming edition of Seatrade Maritime Middle East will introduce a whole new concept to the region – Motion: “This House believes that the shipping industry is not ready to embrace smart shipping,” following the format of a Parliamentary Debate, on the opening day of the event.

The Seatrade Parliament Debate will bring together five leading figures from the regional shipping industry and from around the world to discuss fundamental questions such as what does the industry seek to achieve through capitalizing on new technologies; how real are the efficiencies they offer and what regulatory framework amendments would be needed prior to implementation. Three debaters will speak for the motion and three against. This will be followed by a floor debate involving members of the audience and, following a summary of the arguments on both sides, a vote will be taken on the motion.

Chris Hayman, Chairman of Seatrade, said: “Smart technology holds immense potential to accelerate and enhance the future of the maritime industry. However, despite a range of benefits, the application of these technologies to shipping processes poses several challenges. Keeping pace with these developments, the upcoming Seatrade Parliamentary Debate seeks to examine the readiness of the regional shipping sector in incorporating smart technologies, and ways to navigate its associated challenges.”

Jasamin Fichte, Managing Partner, Fichte & Co will chair the Debate and speakers for the motion will include Khalid Hashim, Managing Director, Precious Shipping; Ali Shehab Ahmad, Deputy CEO, Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC); and Captain David Stockley, COO, Oman Ship Management Company.

René Kofod-Olsen, CEO, Topaz Energy and Marine and Oskar Levander, SVP Concepts and Innovation, Rolls-Royce Marine will be speaking against the motion.

To be held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, UAE, from October 29 to 31, 2018, Seatrade Maritime Middle East 2018 will feature more than 150 exhibitors from the sector to attract a huge number of visitors including shipowners, ship operators, ship managers, charterers, superintendents, senior management and other industry professionals involved in the procurement of equipment and delivery of services within the maritime, offshore, oil and gas and ports industries to network and to explore new opportunities.

For full details about the event, please visit: www.seatrade-middleeast.com/agenda