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Shipping 4.0: SMM's digital conference

Smart shipping and big data among issues at upcoming Maritime Future Summit. Emphasis on digitalization and automation in sector

Unmanned ships and intelligent board systems are just some of the future topics at the first ever Maritime Future Summit on September 5, to be held a day before SMM. The focus will also be on trends and the latest developments in automation, digitalisation and data management. Commenting on the upcoming digital conference, Bernd Aufderheide, CEO and President of Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH, said: “Visionary ideas drive the evolution of humanity, and the maritime industry is no exception. With its Maritime Future Summit, SMM provides a platform for the industry’s movers and shakers to think the unthinkable.”

“Maersk Vision” of the future

Under the chairmanship of Professor Volker Bertram of World Maritime University, two panels of distinguished experts will discuss “Building Ships for The Future” and “Digitalization and Automation”. The keynote speaker, Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL Maritime, will outline his views on current mega trends. He noted: “In economically challenging times such as these, innovative technologies play an essential role in strengthening our industry.”

Paolo Tonon, CEO of Maersk Maritime Technology (MMT), will outline the “Maersk Vision” or the “Workshop for the Future” in a global containership-owning company. There, over 140 engineers aim to improve the fleet in service and develop innovative solutions for ships of the future. Dennis Morais, Chief Engineer at Canada’s SSI, will show how computer technology can optimise the design and building of ships.

Viability of visions

Experts agree that smart shipping and big data are key elements in the future of shipping. But companies are reliant on a perfect network and infrastructure that connects fleets with their land-based operations for success. In the closing address, Carsten Wiebers, Global Head of Maritime Industries at KfW IPEX Bank, will probe the suitability of new technologies for practical work. A banker’s views on this issue are likely to be particularly intriguing, as visions have to be financed to become realities.

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About SMM

Digitalisation is the main theme at this year’s SMM where leading companies and software providers will present custom-made solutions for opitmum ship operations. Exhibitors in Halle A5 will focus on greater efficiency and improved environmental balance under the theme of “Green Propulsion” dedictated to innovative drive technologies. From September 6 -9, 2016, over 2,100 exhibitors will showcase their exhibits and technical innovations. SMM covers all segments of the maritime value chain, bringing together decision-makers from all around the world and highlighting innovative technology.
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