4th SMART4SEA Awards

The winners across the eight smart shipping categories who walked with a SMART4SEA Award were announced at a prestigious ceremony which took place on Tuesday 28th of January, 2020 at the Yacht Club of Greece, Piraeus. The awards focus exclusively on initiatives and individuals who foster Safety Excellence & Sustainable Shipping, following a combination of open nomination and audience-vote.

2020 SMART4SEA Awards

SMART4SEA E-Navigation Award

MarineFields Holding Ltd
For its data sharing platform Perseus, which enables industry stakeholders to share time stamps and common situational awareness among each other associated to port call operations. It aims at providing capabilities for sharing time stamps, in the standardized format S-211.

Capt. Dimitris Kalantidis, Maritime Safety Manager, Latsco Marine Management Inc.:

MarineFields has managed to create an innovative data sharing platform, providing a simple interface for all partners involved to instantly share data. In particular, it is an open digital platform for better standardization, safe interaction and enhanced situation awareness.

Mr. Andreas Chrysostomou, Chief Strategy Officer, MarineFields Holding Ltd:

In a time when arrivals and departures should be ‘Just-in-Time’, there is no better way of doing that by better sharing data, and collaborate more efficiently with different actors. We believe that we have created an infrastructure that will serve today’s shipping’s technology. It is a long effort, but we will establish a unique standard.

SMART4SEA Connectivity Award

For its ‘s@tGate’ networking tool built for satellite bandwidth management and data transmission optimization in the complex marine IP environment. s@tGate works at the background of any satellite link, allowing integration of further services and applications.

Mr. Dimitrios K. Alexopoulos, Managing Director, Orpheus Marine Transport Corp:

Technological advancements in ship-to-shore connectivity can rapidly transport the way the vessels operate. Telecommunications advancements also improve the quality of life onboard. Interactive assistant is now more effective, while crewmembers can communicate easily and economically by using the platforms at any time. The benefits of the advancements of the ship-to-shore communication can be only achieved by having an efficient and cost-effective connectivity platform.

Dr. Ioannis Pavlis, Business and Product Development Director, OTESAT – MARITEL:

I would like to thank the team of OTESAT-MARITEL, for bringing their efforts and passion in creating and evolving this unique product. I would also like to thank our customers, that gave us that precious feedback based on their daily usage, in order to further improve it. This price reflects both customers’ satisfaction and their suggestion of their experience. It is very gratifying for all of us in OTESAT-MARITEL.

SMART4SEA Energy Efficiency Award

For offering an innovative system that enables remote monitoring and analysis of vessels operational parameters. The LAROS system is a versatile tool that provides diagnosis, prognosis, and early warning by collecting and transmitting data to the operations’ center in real time.

Mr. Seiichi Gyobu, Reginal Manager of Eastern Mediterranean Sea and Northern Black Sea, ClassNK:

The energy efficiency is always a key issue in the industry. Nowadays, it is attracting more and more attentions because of the growing capability supported by the development of Digital technology. The LAROS system is explained as a versatile tool which enables automatic reporting, regulatory compliance, hull & machinery monitoring, voyage parameter monitoring and optimization and more.

Mrs. Dimirta Marina Giordamli, Corporate Affairs, LAROS:

’Our company’s history dates back in 1991 and since then has achieved many astonishing developments to share. In 2011, we had the vision for excellence; so we created the LAROS System which was widely accepted from its very first beginning, confirming that this was a correct strategic decision and success would come in the years ahead. Now the LAROS System, which is continually being upgraded, is in its fourth generation and serves as an advanced tool for the customers that significantly reduces costs and boosts efficiency.

SMART4SEA Cyber Security Award

For actions to promote cyber security awareness as a founding member of the Operational Technology Cyber Security Alliance (OTCSA), which aims to bridge dangerous gaps in security for operational technology and industrial control systems.

Mr. Elias Kariambas, Director, Regional Business Development, ABS:

It is now obvious to other industries that shipping is already in the brick of finding itself in an environment of continuous change. Digitalization is transforming operations while autonomous systems are improving performance in all maritime sectors. At ABS, we innovate data, offering digital capabilities to safely and effectively bridge new technologies. We are no longer operating at an environment of machinery but in a world of data where cyber security is vital and everyone understands the increasingly importance of enhancing operational security against possible cyber-attacks.

Mr. Mark Milford, VP Cybersecurity, Wärtsilä Corporation:

The cybersecurity landscape has changed considerably over the last year. We are facing unprecedented threats against the maritime information and operational technology install base and are dealing with a cybercrime threat that is estimated to make $1.5 trillion dollars. Worldwide we are facing a skills shortage of half a million cyber professionals; the stark reality is that no single company is able to face the threat of a cyber incident alone and that collaboration is the only viable option to secure the entire maritime ecosystem.

SMART4SEA Training Award

For its Maritime Academy which provides one of the broadest portfolios of training courses for the maritime industry. Operating in more than 100 countries, DNV GL course portfolio is based around three core themes: Developing People, Operating Ships and Building Ships.

Mrs. Athena Kanellatou, Regional Director – Mediterranean, Macgregor:

Maritime education is the backbone of shipping and owes to rapidly meet the requirements of the demanding merchant fleet; guarantee the quality of services provided; enable seafarers to successfully resolve matters and retain their competitive advantage. Ambitious autonomous systems mark the necessity for further knowledge and the shaping of a new culture and skills for the operations on board modern and demanding vessels. DNV GL’s Maritime Academy provides one of the broadest portfolios of training courses for the maritime industry. DNV GL’s global network exploits best practices on developing people competences by covering all aspects of the daily operation– from regulatory and technical requirements to design and production; from efficiency, environmental, safety and security issues, to risk management, ship technology and surveys and inspections. Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today!

Mrs. Marina Papaioannou Ph.D and Ms. Vassilia Dimitrakou, Maritime Academy Hellas Coordinators, DNV GL:

The continuous growth of our Academy throughout these years, is the evidence of the respect, trust and excellent cooperation we enjoy with our training partners, whom we always serve in the best possible way. We would also like to grasp this opportunity to sincerely thank our trainers, both internal and external, for the excellent work, the utmost commitment to our vision to be “The most trusted partner for our clients on training” , the immediate response and flexibility, the quality of services and level of knowledge that all together are the key for our success! The numbers speak on themselves.  In the last 10 years we have conducted 1150 training courses attended by about 13000 participants from over 400 companies. Our new DNV GL Values, as announced a few days ago by our CEO, could not have a better fit from the Academy: We Care, We Dare, We Share!

SMART4SEA Technology Award

METIS Cyberspace Technology SA
For specializing in the development of innovative solutions based on Artificial Intelligence that empower shipping companies towards digital transformation. One of the most prominent examples is the optimization of Hull & Propeller performance through the application of AI and Machine Learning models.

Mr. Stavros Meidanis, DPA/CSO/S&Q Manager, Capital Ship Management Corp:

MIT Professor Konstantinos Daskalakis has stated that artificial Intelligence is a combination of many examples, simple assumptions, probabilities, statistics and specialized knowledge. One of the biggest challenges for the future is how we can assure the existing fields and perceptions will change to realize augmented and artificial intelligence. In 2016, METIS was established to introduce Internet of Things, Machine Learning and AI. Since then, the company has always been in the front line, providing innovative and pioneering solutions which assist shipping in keeping pace with digitalization.

Mr. Mike Konstantinidis, CEO, METIS Cyberspace Technology SA:

METIS has been established with the vision to empower shipping companies on their digital transformation journey towards a new shipping era. We strongly believe that by applying SMART technologies and investing in Digitalization, shipping companies can achieve all of the above and even more will be able to safeguard the future of their business. Utilizing the Power of A.I. and M.L. METIS converts raw data into valuable and actionable intelligence that enables multiple levels of management within a shipping company to effectively understand the environment on which they operate.

SMART4SEA Personality Award

Mr. Dimitris Theodossiou, Managing Director, DANAOS Management Consultants S.A.
For his valuable contribution to the industry, introducing the IT Management Systems and integrating technology into a more structured approach to decision making as the Managing Director of Danaos Management Consultants which is a worldwide leader in maritime software solutions.

Mrs. Aggeliki Theodosiou, Client Service Manager, SQE MARINE:

The digital evolution is shaping the maritime future in multiple aspects. Although at first, as it goes with every change, digitalization was met with skepticism, now the industry acknowledges that new technological developments are key to improving efficiency in every front. In this challenging path, having inspirational personalities who make the difference with their strategic decisions and daily contribution are our industry’s strength.

Mr. Dimitris Theodossiou, Managing Director, DANAOS Management Consultants S.A.:

This award is actually dedicated to my colleagues, the DANAOS team who share common dreams and ambitions and for these 34 years of existence, we have managed to become a leading company in our field, succeeding also in embracing Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence in the smart shipping era with innovative solutions. The future is totally open for us, the 4th Revolution is calling to change the whole scenery!

SMART4SEA Leadership Award

Mr. Tor A. Svanes, Managing Director, NAVTOR AS
For his valuable contribution to the industry, acting as a leader in the e-navigation field as the Managing Director of NAVTOR which drives shipping towards a digital and smarter future.

Mrs. Aggeliki Theodosiou, Client Service Manager, SQE MARINE:

Mr. Tor A. Svanes, Managing Director at NAVTOR AS, is a leading figure whose name goes in hand with the concept of ‘e-navigation’. In fact, Mr. Svanes has generated a unique business model that has enabled the industry to embrace the shift towards a more digitalized approach. His dedication to the ECDIS and the electronic chart development, has contributed greatly to building the required trust between the international hydrographic community and the maritime industry as a whole.

Mr. Tor A. Svanes, Managing Director, NAVTOR AS:

I am so lucky to work in a field that I care so deeply about; something I devoted the last 35 years to and with technologies and services that I believe have had and will have a truly transformational, in our maritime industry. I’ve said it before and I say it now; E-Navigation is the key to unlocking the full potential of smart shipping; a true enabler for greater efficiency; enhanced safety; reduced costs; diminished environmental impact and more sustainable shipping; all benefits we need for maritime to not just survive, but to prosper; evolve and maintain its position in the center of our global society and economy.

About SMART4SEA Awards

SMART4SEA Awards are part of the SMART4SEA Athens Forum within the scope of fostering Smart & Sustainable Shipping. The process to be employed is a combination of open nomination and vote. The award categories are:

SMART4SEA E-Navigation Award
To be awarded to any organization that provided a significant achievement, breakthrough or contribution in any aspect of e-navigation in shipping.

SMART4SEA Connectivity Award
To be awarded to any organization that provided a significant achievement, breakthrough or contribution with respect to ship connectivity.

SMART4SEA Energy Efficiency Award
To be awarded to any organization that provided a significant achievement, breakthrough or contribution in any aspect of energy efficiency in shipping.

SMART4SEA Cyber Security Award
To be awarded to any organization that provided a significant achievement, breakthrough or contribution in any aspect of Cyber Security in shipping.

SMART4SEA Training Award
To be awarded to any organization that provided a significant achievement, breakthrough or contribution in any aspect of Training with respect to smart shipping.

SMART4SEA Technology Award
To be awarded to any organization that provided a milestone technological achievement or breakthrough or significant contribution in any aspect of smart maritime activity.

SMART4SEA Personality Award
To be awarded to an individual that provided industry influence and contributed towards smarter shipping.

SMART4SEA Leadership Award
To be awarded to an individual that has provided industry leadership and contributed towards smarter shipping throughout his/her career.

Notification procedure is initiated few months ahead of the event with an open invitation to the industry stakeholders to propose nominations online via relevant form at dedicated awards page. Shortlisted nominees are announced within a week after nomination submission is concluded and open vote to declare the winner of each category is available for a period of three months through relevant application at dedicated awards page. Winners are announced during the welcome reception & award ceremony, the evening ahead of the SMART4SEA Forum, in Athens.