Maritime CIO Forum Shanghai - 28 November 2018

Sofitel Shanghai Hyland No. 505 Nanjing Road East
Conference Venue: Level 5, Majestic ballroom

Digitalisation is re-shaping the business world and is increasingly important for gaining competitive edge. Emerging technologies, together with the evolution and development of new platforms, are unparalleled opportunities within shipping and the related transport and supply chain infrastructure.

If Industry 4.0 is to be truly realised, then shipping must embrace a new approach to the traditional supply chain. Moving a container involves, on average, 30 different actors and 200+ interactions - delivery of goods has never been more transparent, nor more complex. So, what can digitalisation do to streamline and integrate shipping with the connected supply chain ecosystem?

Across three key sessions we will discuss how we can identify the real digital opportunity, and related challenges, in front of us and re-define digitalisation in maritime and transport. How can we better understand the business improvements these innovations represent?

Confirmed speakers:

  • Wayne Zhuang, Regional Manager of Asia, BIMCO

  • Ben Zhang, Executive Chairman, Maritime and Finance Excellence Center (MFE Center)

  • Michael Chen, Head of IT, Costa Asia

  • Capt. Ozgur Dogan Gunes, Marine Training Manager, Singhai Marine Services (Shanghai) Co. Ltd., Columbia Shipmanagement (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.

  • Shawhua Ger, CTO/Vice President, Qingdao International Shipping Exchange

  • Gary Chen, Managing Director, Xinde Marine

  • Sharon Ong, Sales Director, Asia Pacific, Marlink

  • Shengwei Qian, VP Sales Asia, Inmarsat Maritime

  • Matthew Qi, Founder and CEO, MarineX

  • Kevin Chen, General Manager, Marlink China

  • Will Kraus, Director, Marketing and Strategy Development, Iridium

  • Rob O'Dwyer, Editor, Digital Ship

  • Mohammed Ali, Regional Sales Manager - APAC, GTMaritime

  • Chris Henny, Senior Project Manager, Vertical Markets Management - Maritime, Airbus Defense & Space

  • Cathy Hodge, Director, Digital Ship

  • Bob Li, General Manager, SeaHow Marine/Offshore Consulting (SHMO)

  • Tina Liu, Vice President, Elane Inc.

  • Mark Sutcliffe, Director, CSO Alliance

Outline Agenda:

Session 1

The iShipping Revolution

Transforming the maritime supply chain in the digital era

Increasingly sophisticated technologies, including IoT, blockchain autonomy, AI and VR, and analytics all promise a faster, safer and more connected transport ecosystem, with better and more efficient business outcomes.

But these great opportunities mean greater complexities too, so which are the right tools to use in this industrial revolution?

What can a digital strategy do for the maritime business – both for shipping lines and ship builders – as well as the end users - and how can you build a business case for digital investment? And how can we promote better collaboration across the sector, to ensure that all stakeholders are involved in the decisions, long term strategy and the results.

This session will break down some of these questions and will look at the benefits as well as the pitfalls to watch out for? We will look at the business case surrounding these strategies and review the tools needed to implement, incorporate, and change mindsets in response to digitalisation.

Session 2

The Maritime Satcom Summit

Investigating the evolution of maritime connectivity

The ever-growing use of on-board applications and increased data flows in shipping means that reliable data communications and platforms are even more critical.

This opening session of the day will look at how evolution in connectivity is changing the maritime and transport landscape by improving operational agility, enhancing efficiency, creating a safer, more secure environment and enabling greater efficiency.

Session 3

Planning for Cyber Resilience and Managing Risk

A fresh look at cyber security, safety and risk

This expert-led session will look at how the industry is managing increased cyber threats borne out of the growing use of data communications, as well as the rising number of devices and applications on board.

We will discuss current business cases and real-world examples and review the guidelines and policies already in place. We will also look at how to identify, quantify and mitigate cyber risk and how to assess the real business risk.

Resilience and response will be showcased along-side tactics for testing and planning.

For more information on this agenda, and how you could be part of it, please contact