7th SMART4SEA Virtual Forum

The 2022 SMART4SEA Virtual Forum is scheduled as a 2-day event from Wednesday 23rd to Thursday 24th of February!

This is a PRO BONO/ NON PROFIT event aiming at a target group of more than 500 Delegates / 250 Organizations (Mainly Safety, Technical, Operations, marine departments of Shipping Operators and relevant associated Industry Organizations).

For more information about the 2022 SMART4SEA Virtual Awards, please click here.


Attendance is FREE, subject to Registration



DAY 01 – WEDNESDAY 23rd of February

Panel #1 Shipping 4.0
Moderated by Mr. Apostolos Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA
11:00 GMT / 13:00 EET / 19:00 SGT

The 4th Industrial Revolution is taking place, bringing exponential changes to the way we live, work and relate to one another. It is marked by emerging technology breakthroughs in many fields. Contrary to common belief that shipping operates in a traditional model, the COVID-19 pandemic seems to have forced even this ‘old-fashioned’ industry to embrace innovation and show no resist to this revolution.

    • Drivers and barriers of the 4th Industrial Revolution in maritime industry
    • Emerging technology breakthroughs
    • Digitalization amid the pandemic
    • Smart ships and key smart applications
    • Ensuring connectivity for enhanced welfare
    • Smart technology in 2050; what the future holds
    • Updates in global digitalisation trends and technologies
  1. Jillian Carson-Jackson, President , Nautical Institute
  2. Capt. Ahmed Khan, Director of Fleet Management, ShipIn Systems
  3. Dominic Ng, Head of Solutions Advisory, Wärtsilä Voyage
  4. Manish Singh, CEO, Ocean Technologies Group
  5. Dimitris Theodossiou, Managing Director, Danaos Management S.A

Presentation: C.O.M.E. Platform
12:00 GMT / 14:00 EET / 20:00 SGT

Vassilios Demetriades, Shipping Deputy Minister to the President, Republic of Cyprus – C.O.M.E. Platform

Presentation: How Visual Fleet Management Improves Fleet Safety and Security
12:15 GMT / 14:15 EET / 20:15 SGT

Osher Perry, CEO, ShipIn Systems – How Visual Fleet Management Improves Fleet Safety and Security

Presentation: The IMO Reference Data Model: Full away on the maritime digitalization passage
12:30 GMT / 14:30 EET / 20:30 SGT

Ornulf Jan Rodseth, Senior Scientist, SINTEF Ocean – The IMO Reference Data Model: Full away on the maritime digitalization passage

Presentation: Technology: Shipping’s perpetual gamechanger
12:45 GMT / 14:45 EET / 20:45 SGT

Andreas Chrysostomou, Chief Strategy Officer, Tototheo Maritime – Technology: Shipping’s perpetual gamechanger


Panel #2 Gamechanger Technologies
Moderated by Mr. Apostolos Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA
13:00 GMT / 15:00 EET / 21:00 SGT

Shipping has shown an increased interest in blockchain, AI, VR, IoT and other revolutionary technologies over the last years. However, these remain unfamiliar for the shipping industry. It is about time for the industry to consider their potential efficiencies and benefits in order such gamechanger technologies to become more pervasive and help shipping’s digital transformation.

    • Transforming shipping with new technologies; key drivers & barriers
    • Impact of VR, AI technology & applications
    • Potential issues & challenges
    • Shipping transformation during the pandemic
    • Meeting the needs of seafarers in a digital age
    • Key emerging trends and advancements: blockchain and 5G technologies
  1. Andreas Chrysostomou, Chief Strategy Officer, Tototheo Maritime
  2. Sanjeev Namath, Chief Business Officer, Alpha Ori Technologies Pte
  3. Markus Wenig, Team Leader, Autonomous Systems, WinGD
  4. Iason Zaharioudakis, Operational Technology & Energy Manager, Latsco Marine Management Inc.

Presentation: Energy Efficiency/Hybrid Technology
14:00 GMT / 16:00 EET / 22:00 SGT

Stefan Goranov, Program Portfolio Manager – Digital & Hybrid, WinGD – Energy Efficiency/Hybrid Technology

Presentation: Bridge Mate: Take Me Home Solution
14:15 GMT / 16:15 EET / 22:15 SGT

Vladimir Kolyada, Fleet Operations Solution Manager, Wärtsilä Voyage – BridgeMate: Take Me Home Solution

Presentation: Information sharing: A matter of life & breath
14:30 GMT / 16:30 EET / 22:30 SGT

Ulf Siwe, Communications Officer of Sea Traffic Management, Swedish Maritime Administration – Information sharing: A matter of life & breath

Presentation: Cyber Security
14:45 GMT / 16:45 EET / 22:45 SGT

Ross Millar, Master Mariner and Loss Prevention Associate, Steamship Insurance Management Services Limited – Cyber Security


Panel #3 Cyber security
Moderated by Mr. Apostolos Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA
15:00 GMT / 17:00 EET / 23:00 SGT

Every business and every individual can be subject to cyber threats. Cyber-crime is a massive business; hackers are very well-organized, and they put a lot of time and effort before launching a cyber-attack. The last couple years, cyber security has become a significant challenge for the maritime industry as well. From January 1st of January 2021, a new era has begun for ship operators as SMS now feature cyber security.

    • One year cyber security into SMS; operators’ feedback & challenges
    • Latest cyber attacks within shipping & lessons learned
    • Increase of cyber attacks within the pandemic: best practices to move forward
    • New cyber threats; how shipping to raise awareness
    • Overview of the regulatory framework
  1. Jakob P. Larsen, Head of Maritime Safety & Security, BIMCO
  2. Jim McKee, CEO, Red Sky Alliance
  3. Fotis Tsitsirigkos, Fleet IT Manager, Euronav
  4. Michael Vrettos, Cyber Security Expert, RINA

DAY 01 – WEDNESDAY 23rd of February

SMART4SEA Award Ceremony
16:00 GMT / 18:00 EET / 24:00 SGT

DAY 02 – THURSDAY 24th of February

Panel #4 E-Navigation & Future of Maritime Safety
Moderated by Mr. Apostolos Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA
11:00 GMT / 13:00 EET / 19:00 SGT

In today’s smart environment, e-navigation remains a controversial subject of discussion, with some supporting that its aim is to assist operations, while others believe that seafarers may find it difficult to trust an autonomous system. ECDIS is one example to this; although it considered as a key milestone that helped the industry to move forward with navigational safety, it comes with challenges while many agree that it transformed ship bridges into cockpits.

    • IMO’s e-navigation Strategy Implementation Plan & MASS
    • Autonomous shipping; how to make it a reality
    • E-navigation training for seafarers
    • ECDIS alarming trends
    • The role of Human Factor in e-navigation
    • Regulatory overview for enhanced maritime safety
    • Fully autonomous ports of the future
  1. Marvin Bielek, Nautical Author, Mintra
  2. Capt. John Dolan, Deputy Director, Loss Prevention, Standard Club
  3. Bjørn Åge Hjøllo, Chief Sustainability Officer, NAVTOR
  4. Capt. Dimitrios Melas, Master, Angelicoussis Group
  5. Capt. Pantelis Patsoulis, Vetting and Nautical Manager, Euronav

Presentation: How to simplify sustainable shipping
12:00 GMT / 14:00 EET / 20:00 SGT

Bjørn Åge Hjøllo, Chief Sustainability Officer, NAVTOR – How to simplify sustainable shipping

Presentation: Maritime Automation Terminology
12:15 GMT / 14:15 EET / 20:15 SGT

Päivi Haikkola, Leadership and innovation professional in maritime industries, Head of Programs and Sales, Leading One Sea Alliance, ONE SEA – Autonomous Maritime Ecosystem – Maritime Automation Terminology

Presentation: Transforming Shipping with new technologies
12:30 GMT / 14:30 EET / 20:30 SGT

Pia Meling, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Massterly AS – Transforming Shipping with new technologies

Presentation: Realistic and relevant navigation training is the key to safer shipping
12:45 GMT /14:45 EET / 20:45 SGT

Marvin Bielek, Nautical Author, Mintra – Realistic and relevant navigation training is the key to safer shipping


Panel #5 Human Factors in the Smart Shipping Era
Moderated by Mr. Apostolos Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA
13:00 GMT / 15:00 EET / 21:00 SGT

IACS has recognized the importance of the human element in terms of training for new technologies mariners will be using onboard. The fundamental aspects are usability of systems and the competence of people. Certainly, there needs to be a balance between the two across the whole ship and systems lifecycle. To make the ship usable in terms of safety and efficiency, industry must take a human-centred approach to user needs and involve them in the design of systems.

    • Harmonizing the Human Factor: key challenges
    • Impact of smart shipping on seafarers
    • Future skills and training for future smart applications
    • Digital applications bring many distractions to seafarers: Enhancing situational awareness
    • Over reliance to technology: Minimizing human error in the smart shipping era
  1. Dmitry Gladkov, General Manager & Sales Director, OneLearn Global
  2. Capt. Soma Sunder Gollakota, Co-Founder, Bigyellowfish
  3. Capt. Konstantinos G. Karavasilis, Senior Loss Prevention Executive, UK P&I Club
  4. Johanna Kull, Loss Prevention Executive, Alandia
  5. Mads Ragnvald Nielsen, Co-Founder & CEO, Scoutbase


Attendance is FREE, subject to Registration


Apostolos Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA [Panel Moderator]

Apostolos is the Founder & Managing Director of the SQE Group, including SQE MARINE, SQE ACADEMY, SAFETY4SEA and RISK4SEA. He is a veteran Maritime Safety, Quality & Environmental Expert, Consultant, Trainer and Project Manager with a 30 year background in shipping as Technical, Marine, Safety & Training Superintendent, Consultant and Project Manager. He entered shipping as Engineering Superintendent with a leading ship manager operating a mixed fleet of bulk and oil/chemical tankers and later shifted to regulatory compliance and QHSE specialization  as superintendent and later as a Consultant, Trainer and Project Manager. Apostolos has successfully completed a wide range of QHSE projects including 250+ management system projects (ISM/ISPS/ISO 9001-14001-18001/TMSA/MLC/DBMS), 500 vessel and office audits to various standards and he has trained more than 10,000 people in a wide variety of QHSE and Shipping related subjects. He is holding Mechanical Engineering Bachelor and Master’s specialising in Energy & Environment and Master’s Degrees in Maritime Business and Business Administration (MBA). Apostolos is the founder and Managing Editor of SAFETY4SEA that produces a wide range of paper magazines, the globally leading portal in Safety & Environmental protection for shipping (www.safety4sea.com) and numerous large scale events and he is a frequent speaker in many events across the globe, while he has chaired more than 70 large scale forums so far. You may explore more about the activities of the group at (www.sqegroup.com)


Marvin Bielek, Nautical Author, Mintra

A nautical officer with a passion for navigational safety, Marvin Bielek joined Mintra in 2014 as a nautical author, elearning developer and trainer. Starting as a licenced ECDIS trainer, he has a strong interest in how modern bridge infrastructure and technology can serve the navigation officers and the overall safety of the vessel. As a member of Young Ship Cyprus, a member of the Learning and Performance Institute and an MBA in Shipping student, Marvin is constantly looking for new ways to increase training efficiency and knowledge retention.


Jillian Carson-Jackson, President, Nautical Institute

Jillian Carson-Jackson, FNI, FRIN commenced her career in the Canadian Coast Guard, graduating from the Canadian Coast Guard College as a navigation officer. With over three decades in the industry, Jillian has worked both afloat and ashore in the CCG, including 10 years as an instructor at the CCGC. Following an active role at IALA in the development of VTS Training, she moved to France to work with IALA as Technical Coordination Manager. She then moved to Australia to work with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) as Manager of Vessel Traffic and Pilotage Services. In 2016 Jillian left AMSA to set up her own consultancy, focusing on maritime technical advice and education. In May 2020 Jillian was appointed a Director of GlobalMET. Jillian represents The Nautical Institute at IALA as chair of the Emerging Digital Technologies Working Group (ENAV Committee) and the Personnel and Training Working Group (VTS Committee).


Andreas Chrysostomou, Chief Strategy Officer, Tototheo Maritime 

Mr. Chrysostomou is a seasoned professional in the shipping industry. He holds an MBA (Master’s in Business Administration) and he graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, with a Bachelor of Engineering in Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding. Mr. Chrysostomou, in his long-standing career, before joining Tototheo Maritime as CSO and Marine Fields Holdings as CEO, was the Director of the Department of Merchant Shipping, (the Maritime Authority of Cyprus), CEO of Transmed shipping Co. Ltd. And Act. Secretary General of CLIA Europe. He also held senior management roles in fields such as safety and security, protection of the marine environment and administration. He also served as the elected Chairman of the Design and Equipment Subcommittee of the IMO and of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), one of the main Committees at IMO. He was twice elected and re-elected Chairman of the International Mobile Satellite Organization and served as member of the Board of Governors of the World Maritime University (WMU). He also served as President of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMAREST). Mr. Chrysostomou’s skills and integrity have been acknowledged by peers, by awarding him the 2011 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Shipping. In November 2011 he has also been presented with the Distinguished Public Service Award by the United States Department of Homeland Security, United States Coast Guard, for his invaluable service to International Shipping and in 2013 the GST Award – Leading Shipping Personality of the Decade 2003 – 2013. Furthermore Mr. Andreas Chrysostomou was awarded The Lloyd’s List Greek Shipping Award – “International Personality of the Year” 2015. In 2019 was awarded the Honorary award of Young Ship Cyprus and the Leadership award 2020 by GREEN4SEA.


Vassilios Demetriades, Shipping Deputy Minister to the President, Republic of Cyprus

Vassilios Demetriades is the Shipping Deputy Minister to the President since 10 July 2020. Prior to his appointment he served as a Policy Officer in the Directorate General of Mobility and Transport of the European Commission dealing with the coordination of the EU maritime transport strategy and EU’s external maritime transport relations for 5 years. He was previously involved in the formulation of EU sustainable shipping initiatives. He has formerly served the Cyprus Public Administration as a Head of EU Affairs Unit at the Cypriot Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works dealing with the formulation of Cyprus’ national position to the EU transport, telecommunications, shipping and integrated maritime policies as well as with the overall coordination of the Cyprus Presidency to the EU pertaining to these areas. He holds a BSc degree in Business Economics from Surrey University and an MSc degree in Management Science from the same university.


Capt. John Dolan, Deputy Director, Loss Prevention, Standard Club

John Dolan is a Deputy Director, Loss Prevention at the Standard Club. He has a ten-year extensive technical and commercial ship management experience as a General Manager/Director. He provided marine and technical due diligence/asset protection consultancy services to major shipping finance institutions for four years, and he was a board member of the International Chamber of Shipping, as an Ireland representative for six years. Mr Dolan has been a member of the Standard Club Safety & Loss Advisory Committee for nine years, and joined Charles Taylor in April 2015 as Deputy Director of Loss Prevention.


Dmitry Gladkov, General Manager & Sales Director, OneLearn Global

Having today amassed a total of 30 years in the maritime industry, Dmitry graduated at the Admiral Makarov State Maritime Academy in Saint-Petersburg, following which he began his seagoing career as a Marine engineer officer, serving on various types of merchant ships. He later came ashore as a crewing officer with Interorient Navigation Company. Having worked in leading ship management companies, Dmitry gained extensive experience in Maritime HR, rising to the position of Fleet Crewing Manager. In 2012, Dmitry became Business Development Manager for a leading maritime e-Learning company, having responsibilities for not only business development, but also customer service, as well as expanding its customer base in 17 countries. In 2021, Dmitry was appointed General Manager & Sales Director at OneLearn Global Limited – a member of the Fameline Holding Group. At the core of Dmitry‘s vision is his eagerness to promote new technologies and innovative solutions in the maritime eLearning training space.


Capt. Soma Sunder Gollakota, Co-founder, Bigyellowfish

25+ years of experience in maritime shipping operations with key specializations in petroleum product transportation, QHSE Risk management, Accident Investigation and Root Cause analysis, Human Element & Behavioral risk.

Master Mariner, Exec MBA at UCLA.

Soma brings the industry insider perspective and has carved the BYF platform to meet the most pressing business needs and challenges of the maritime industry Soma’s decades of experience and particularly his work in the organizational behaviour and human element at work in this industry has provided the foundational framework for ByF’s verticals to drive data centric outcomes.


Stefan Goranov, Program Portfolio Manager – Digital & Hybrid, WINGD

Stefan’s career in the Maritime Industry started 17 years ago, after graduating with an MSc in Engineering, with emphasis on Marine and Offshore Electrical Engineering. He then sailed for a number of years on various vessel types. His last position on board a 5-star cruise ship was Chief Electrical Engineering Officer. In 2009 he joined Wärtsilä Switzerland as an Automation & Control Expert. When Wärtsilä’s Two-stroke Product Development Unit was acquired by CSSC and WinGD was established, Stefan led an R&D team of engineers, responsible for the development of systems for machinery control and system integration. Presently, his focus is on efficiency optimisation of propulsion systems with Two-stroke main engines through electrification and digitalization. In 2014 he attained a Master’s degree in Management, Technology, and Economics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich.


Päivi Haikkola, Leadership and innovation professional in maritime industries – Head of Programs and Sales – Leading One Sea alliance, ONE SEA – Autonomous Maritime Ecosystem

Päivi Haikkola is heading One Sea – Autonomous Maritime Ecosystem. One Sea is an alliance of (currently) twelve companies and five organizations striving to create an autonomous maritime ecosystem by 2025. Päivi has a long history of working with marine related companies. She started her career in the nineties consulting and meeting hundreds of marine customers around the world. Since then she has worked with various strategic development projects in the pulp & paper and telecommunications industries apart from her many assignments in the marine industries. She has spoken at numerous conferences and seminars on various topics and has participated as a judge in international maritime awards panels. Päivi has held several administrative positions in the past and worked both at shipyards and suppliers to the marine industry. Among other positions, she has previously worked as Head of R&D, Marketing Director and Administrative Manager, she has also acted as a Board Member. Päivi received a Master’s Degree in Economics (Business Administration) at Åbo Akademi University and a Master’s degree in Naval Architecture at Helsinki University of Technology.


Bjørn Åge Hjøllo, Chief Sustainability Officer, NAVTOR

Bjørn Åge Hjøllo has a Master in Meteorology, and started his carrier in Norwegian Meteorological Institute’s R&D division in 1992, worked later as a Marine Forecaster and for the three years heading the Marine Forecasting Centre in Norway. In 2004, he joined C-MAP Norway as General Manager for C-MAP Marine Forecasting Centre. He became Product Manager in C-MAP, later Jeppesen Marine. In 2011 he joined a group of managers leaving Jeppesen Marine, establishing NAVTOR AS to focus on e-Navigation. He is today Chief Sustainability Officer and a minority owner in NAVTOR. In this position he guides NAVTOR’s internal, national and international R&D projects focusing on Sustainable solutions supporting Safe and Efficient Navigation with the basis in NAVTOR e-Navigation platform.


Capt. Konstantinos G. Karavasilis, Senior Loss Prevention Executive, UK P&I Club

Kostas is a Greek Master Mariner with significant seagoing experience on-board Bulk Carriers and Cruise Ships. Prior to joining Thomas Miller’s Hellas office in December, 2019 he worked as Claims Manager for a local hull insurer, garnering more than 10 years of experience within the marine insurance industry. Kostas is certified by Lloyds Register of Shipping as an ISM and ISPS Internal Auditor. He deals with Loss Prevention related matters and operational enquiries for local Members, and he also conducts crew seminars.



Capt. Ahmed Khan, Director of Fleet Management, ShipIn Systems

Captain Ahmed Khan is the Director of Fleet Management at Shipln, the leading Visual Fleet Management Platform. He is a maritime executive and industry expert with over 20 years of operational and technical experience both at sea and ashore. Previously, he led the technical management of a renowned Chemical Tanker Owner and served as head of the Marine Department at a leading ship management company. Ahmed is a Master Mariner and served on various oil and chemical tankers trading worldwide. In addition, he holds an M.Sc. degree in maritime studies from Singapore. Ahmed is a Maritime Technology enthusiast and prodigious advocate of Maritime digitalization. He loves learning about the latest technology and traveling to different places with his family.


Vladimir Kolyada, Fleet Operations Solution Manager, Wärtsilä Voyage

Vladimir Kolyada, former Product Manager for Voyage Planning Tools within Wärtsilä Voyage is currently taking up the position of Fleet Operations Solution Manager. With his many years experience in different spheres of maritime industry, many of which were related to shaping our new solutions for the navigational safety and performance management, Vladimir has also been deeply involved in development of emergency and decision support mobile applications, and BridgeMate in particular, which he will introduce today.



Johanna Kull, Loss Prevention Executive, Alandia

Johanna Kull holds a MSc in Psychology and BSc in Social and Behavioural Science. She joined Alandia in 2019 as Loss Prevention Executive with specialty in Human Factors. Alandia is a Nordic marine insurance company, which is expanding internationally. Johanna’s work experience is broad; she has had her own company in health business and worked as a counsellor and project manager for youth groups. She is also a member of the Alandica Shipping Academy (ASA) reference group. Recently Johanna has been part of a team developing a Mental Health package for Crew.


Jakob P. Larsen, Head of Maritime Safety & Security, BIMCO

Jakob P. Larsen is the Head of Maritime Safety & Security at BIMCO – the World’s largest association of shipowners with more than 2,100 members globally. Within the scope of his team are all matters related to maritime safety and security, including cyber security. Jakob’s career began in 1990 in the Danish Navy, where he pursued a seagoing career as navigator and surface warfare officer. Having served in the fleet and subsequently ashore in the Ministry of Defence, Jakob left the Danish Navy in 2010 with the rank Commander to become Maritime Security Officer in BIMCO. After three successful years in BIMCO, he changed over to Nordic Tankers where he expanded his responsibilities over time to become Head of HSSEQ. In 2015 Jakob went to Maersk Line to become Global Security & Marine QA Manager. In parallel with his tenure at Maersk Line Jakob was elected and served two full terms as Chairman of the Security Working Group of the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA). In 2018, Jakob returned to BIMCO, this time to head the Maritime Safety & Security department. Jakob holds a number of formal qualifications including as Master Mariner, Principal Warfare Officer, Joint Command & Staff Course graduate, Company Security Officer/Ship Security Officer, and ISO 9001 lead auditor.


Jim McKee, CEO, Red Sky Alliance

Wapack Labs Corp. and Red Sky Alliance, founded in 2011 is a privately held USA owned cyber threat intelligence firm that delivers proprietary intelligence data, analysis and in-depth strategic reporting. The company is based in New Boston, NH. Jim McKee has a background in information security consulting and has been an active member in Infragard since it started.  He was the co-founder of two companies which developed multi-factor authentication, encryption and voice signature technologies for the use in the payment processing industries.  He was the founder of PaylinX Corporation, the world leader in enterprise-wide payment software in 1996, grew this enterprise from a small business maintaining a staff of five people to a successful International operation with over 175 employees. In 2000, PaylinX was sold to CyberSource Corporation for $142 million which was then acquired by Visa for $2.4 billion in 2010.   Jim then went on to co-found the lead companies that became Payment Systems Group, Inc. a Saint Louis, MO based payment technology company. His early career was with AT&T. He holds a BA in English, a BS in Management and an MBA in Marketing. He also studied Advanced Data Processing at MIT. He is married, has two adult children and resides in Steamboat Springs, CO.


Capt. Dimitrios Melas, Master, Angelicoussis Group

A 41-year-old Greek Master and a former undergraduate student in the University of Piraeus (organization and administration of enterprises). Recently resigned (2013) from Coast Guard Service as a lieutenant, formerly a commander on various types of high-speed patrol ships, performing Port State & Flag state inspections as a Paris MoU & Flag State Inspector. Εmployed in Shipping Company “Maran Gas Maritime Inc.’’ as a Master. 10 years in total of Hellenic Coast Guard service and additionally 8 years experience on Bulk carriers and LNG Carriers. Speaks fluent Greek and English. Part time maritime consultant / surveyor conducting pre-vetting inspections and real time navigational / cargo / mooring audits (Prevention at Sea & Versus Seminars).


Pia Meling, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Massterly AS

Massterly is the world’s first company set up to operate zero emission, autonomous vessels. Their aim is to enable a shift in transport from road to sea; through cost-effective, safe and environmentally friendly logistics. Massterly is a joint venture between Kongsberg Maritime and Wilhelmsen; a unique partnership between a leading technology provider and an innovative shipping and logistics group. Pia Meling has broad management experience from shipping and the maritime industry; both within chartering and commercial management of vessels at the leading dry bulk operator Klaveness, as the General Manager of Nav/Com service provider Radio Holland, the Marketing & Communications Manager for scrubber manufacturer Clean Marine and as Area Sales Director for Marine Products in Wilhelmsen Ships Service. Pia serves on various boards: TECO 2030 ASA (a maritime engineering company with focus on a cleaner environment), logistics provider Westport AS, software company Dolittle AS and she is also a member of the Ocean portfolio board in The Research Council of Norway. Meling holds an MBA from the Norwegian School of Economics.


Ross Millar, Master Mariner and Loss Prevention Associate, Steamship Insurance Management Services Limited
Ross is a Master Mariner having over 16 years industry experience and held senior positions as a Master and Marine Pilot. He has served on Ro-Pax, Offshore and Cruise vessels. Prior to joining the Club, he was employed by a leading city law firm dealing with marine casualty investigation and contentious litigation. He also holds an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering with Aeronautics from the University of Glasgow.



Sanjeev Namath, Chief Business Officer, Alpha Ori Technologies Pte

Sanjeev is a Business and Marine Technical executive with 28+ years in maritime ranging from serving as Chief Engineer on Merchant Marine fleet to heading the New Projects and R&D team for a leading Ship management company. Sanjeev has undergone Postgraduate program from IIT Kharagpur in Marine Operations & Management and comes with vast experience in Classification Society and in innovative projects such as construction of membrane LNG Carriers, Performance Analysis of vessels, studies on improving operational efficiency of vessels. In the recent past, he was involved in design & construction of 3 gas carriers in Korean yards which were equipped with cutting edge technology in energy efficiency and were the test beds for SMARTShip systems developed & installed by Alpha Ori.


Mads Ragnvald Nielsen, Co-Founder & CEO, Scoutbase

Mads is a former seafarer, and ship surveyor and accident investigator with the Danish government. He holds a MSc degree in Human Factors & System Safety from Lund University, and registration as Chartered Marine Technologist with IMarEST.




Dominic Ng, Head of Solutions Advisory, Wärtsilä Voyage

Dominic Ng has connected requirements from the shipping industry with the software and modern technologies for over 20 years. He spent 10 years with DNV GL leading a business unit responsible for digital transformation initiatives, delivering fleet performance management projects to global customers to help save fuel, cut emissions, and lower operational costs for shipping companies. Currently, as the Head of Solution Advisory, he is involved in developing Wärtsilä’s smart marine ecosystem to drive forward data enabled applications and help customers’ meet their digital and decarbonisation goals.



Pantelis Patsoulis, Vetting and Nautical Manager, Euronav

Capt. Pantelis Patsoulis is the Vetting and Nautical Manager, CySO/OT at EURONAV. An accomplished marine professional with more than 25 years of progressive experience in the maritime industry and proven track record of significant contributions. He is a Captain, having sailed in the EURONAV fleet for the majority of his career and for the past 10 years he has been working with the shore management team. He holds a Master of Laws in Maritime Law from the City University of London and is actively involved with INTERTANKO. Presently the Chairman of INTERTANKO’S Nautical Sub-Committee and vice-Chairman of INTERTANKO’S ISTEC Committee; he has participated in the production of an extensive range of nautical publications and guidelines. He is a curriculum lecturer of HELMEPA and is a highly motivated individual with a passion for safety and quality.


Osher Perry, Founder & CEO, ShipIn Systems

Osher Perry is Founder and CEO of ShipIn Systems. ShipIn is an early stage startup company developing AI in computer vision and data analytics to provide shipowners with real-time visual feedback from vessel operations and improve fleet performance. Osher is a former naval officer who led teams through complex and novel missions around the world. An experienced entrepreneur, he brings significant experience in establishing strategic partnerships to tackle multifaceted challenges and fostering innovation to deliver value creation in operations.  He holds an MBA from Tel Aviv University, and a Harvard Business School Executive Education cert. He is a Commercial Ocean Yachtmaster who has sailed around the world.


Ornulf Jan Rodseth, Senior Scientist, SINTEF Ocean

Mr. Ørnulf Jan Rødseth has an MSc in cybernetics and electronic engineering from 1983. He is a well-known researcher for more than 25 years in maritime information and communication technology. In the last ten years, he has worked mainly with autonomous ship technology and maritime digitalization. He is a senior scientist at SINTEF Ocean and is the general manager in Norwegian Forum for Autonomous Ships. He is a member of ISO TC8 and IEC TC80 and regularly meets at IMO as observer for ISO.



Manish Singh, CEO, Ocean Technologies Group

Manish Singh is the Chief Executive Officer of Ocean Technologies Group. Following seagoing experience on various wet and dry tonnage types, Manish held senior management responsibilities in marine services and ship management businesses. In that time, he has helped refine the operating models involving crew management, ship management and technical support services and has an established track record for forging strategic partnerships and mergers with complementary marine services businesses.As a 3rd generation seafarer himself, Manish has placed the seafarer at the heart of Ocean Technologies Group’s product evolution and brings an extensive industry network across all maritime regions and cultures.


Ulf Siwe, Communications Officer of Sea Traffic Management, Swedish Maritime Administration

Ulf has a M.Sc. and a long experience from the IT industry. He joined the maritime world at the Swedish Maritime Administration in 2013 and has had leading roles within the Sea Traffic Management (STM) initiative since. He is currently project manager of STM BALT SAFE. Ulf is the author on several scientific papers on e-Navigation and IT-infrastructures, as well as an appreciated presenter at conferences.



Dimitris Theodossiou, Managing Director, DANAOS Management S.A

As a Co- Founder and Managing Director of DANAOS MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS S.A.- a worldwide leader in maritime software solutions since 1986, Mr. Theodossiou has architected and developed several maritime software solutions in Financial/Ship Management and Commercial domains. Mr. Theodossiou has managed a plethora of maritime composite systems and has leaded scientific teams for several European Research programs. Namely, some of the programs that Mr. Theodossiou has leaded, include ORISMA Franz Edelman finalist Program and WAVES Fleet Management. He is also member of The Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE-TCG). Mr. Theodossiou holds a MEng. Diploma in Naval Architecture and Marine/Mechanical Engineering from National Technical University of Athens as well as a MSc in Information Technology and a MSc. in Industrial Marketing from UCL, University of London.


Fotis Tsitsirigkos, Fleet IT Manager, Euronav

Fotis Tsitsirigkos is Fleet IT Manager at Euronav. He manages a globally distributed IT team of skilled Fleet IT engineers, supporting 50+ vessels in their IT network, IT infrastructure, IT communications and Cyber Security. He also leads all fleet IT operations, installations and optimization projects to ensure a stable, secured and high performing network on board of vessels. Prior to Euronav he held the position of IT Manager at Energy and Telecommunication Sector companies. Fotis also co-founded and ran Kids Coding Labs from 2014 to 2018. His areas of interest are Cyber Security, Integration Projects, System consolidation, CRM, ERP, Telemetry, IoT.Fotis holds Executive MBA degree from University of Piraeus and Engineer’s degree from Polytechnion Kritis.


Michael Vrettos , Cyber Security Expert, RINA

Michael Vrettos works as Marine Cyber Security Expert for RINA Classification Society in Piraeus. He is responsible for RINA Marine Cyber Security Services and his work experience includes employment for 2 international Orgs (EU and NATO) and the Defense sector. Among other things, he has been involved, in international projects related to Cyber Technologies for EU, NATO and the European Space Agency. He holds 2 master’s degrees (1 in the field of Cyber Security and Digital Forensics) and professional certifications related to Information Securi


Markus Wenig, Team Leader, Autonomous Systems, Digital Transformation and Technology department, WinGD

Markus Wenig holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Stuttgart and a Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) from ETH Zurich in the area of Management, Economics and Technology. Markus joined WinGD in 2017 as a simulation expert before transferring as team leader Autonomous Systems into WinGD’s newly founded Digital Transformation and Technology department in 2020. He and his team support the development of digital products and services such as digital twins, AI/ML based models, and hybridised powertrain solutions. In 2019 Markus joined the CIMAC association as secretary of CIMAC WG20 ‘System Integration’.


Iason Zaharioudakis, Operational Technology & Energy Manager, Latsco Marine Management Inc

Iasonas Zacharioudakis joined Latsco Marine Management in 2018 and is currently the Operational Technology & Energy Manager. His career began in 2004,  in shore industry and Power Plant construction sector while working at  Public Power Corporation and METKA, Mytilineos SA. Iasonas joined Marine Management Services MC (Callimanopoulos group) in 2009 initially as shipbuilding Electrical Supervisor and next as Fleet Electrical Manager.  He holds an MBA in Techno-Economic Systems and a Master’s degree in Maritime Science & Sea Technology on top of his Electrical and Computer Engineering degree from National Technical University of Athens (NTUA).



MacGregor is a family of innovators. By offering engineering solutions and services for handling marine cargoes and offshore loads we make the sea more accessible, safe and reliable for those whose livelihood depends on the changing conditions of the sea. To enable that we have a variety of strong product brands and committed experts with a passion for solving challenges – and the power of the sea is sure to provide those.




SQE Marine is a leading provider of Safety, Quality and Environmental Solutions providing Consulting, Training and Information products in these areas. We have been successfully providing a product and service range to more than 1,200 clients (based in 75+ countries) over the last 20 years, operating a DNVGL Certified Training Center and a LR ISO 9001 certified management system. Strong enough to provide immediate response and feedback to all client queries and needs, we provide a range of competitively priced services and timeliness for product / service delivery; we provide foolproof products and services to ensure full after sales support for as long as necessary. Last but not least, technical competence is the core of our management system & operations. Our vision is to be a leading world class corporation that provides reliable maritime solutions in the areas of Quality, Health, Safety, Environmental, Crisis, Security, and Risk Management. Our mission, therefore, is to provide real life, effective and efficient maritime solutions range including Consulting, Training and Information provision in order to maximize client benefit and minimize risk.





At Alandia, our mission is to make a difference by managing risk, protecting value and creating opportunity. As an insurance company with focus on Marine, Cargo and Leisure boat insurance and with over 80 years of experience, Alandia provides superior marine insurance expertise and claims service to its customers by creating long-term relationships in a committed and accountable way. Headquartered in Aland islands and with offices in Helsinki, Stockholm and Gothenburg Alandia employs approximately 115 professionals. In 2019, Alandia had a total insured hull value of €11,9 billion. Alandia is a public limited insurance company with the rating A-.




Arcadia Shipmanagement Co. LTD was established in Athens in 1998 with a clear strategic goal – “the safe transportation of cargoes worldwide with respect to the environment”. Initially the Company assumed the management of two different types of vessels (dry and wet) but at a later stage ARCADIA, realizing the increased demands and responsibilities of the current times, focused its activities on tanker management. Following the Company’s establishment in 1998, an ambitious investment program began with the construction of high specification aframax and suezmax tankers, in South Korean Yards, on behalf of Companies that had entrusted the management of their vessels to ARCADIA.



Blue Planet Shipping Ltd

Blue Planet Shipping Ltd (BPS) was established and based at Piraeus since 1996, to manage 8 Dry Bulk Carriers. In 1998, BPS split into two separate companies.  BPS retained its root name and Third Millenium Shipping Ltd (TMS) was set up to manage vessels for different owners. BPS managed 7 out of the 8 vessels; (AKMI – ARIS – EVMAR – COSMAR – ALMAVITA – AFROS & ALKIMOS) and the management of the ASTROMAR was undertaken by TMS. In 2002, clients of the company placed an order for 6 New Building Supramax vessels in China, of which 5 were delivered in 2003 and 1 in 2004. The new vessels (APOLLON – APEX – AKMI – EVNIA – NICOLAOS A and AVRA) were registered under Cyprus and Greek Flags. With the company by then managing a total of 14 vessels, it began recruiting different nationalities to man the ships, focusing mainly on Greek, Ukrainian, Burmese and Moroccan crews.



Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp.

Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp. (‘Capital-Executive’) currently operates a fleet of 23 vessels including 5 modern bulk carriers and 18 container carriers with a total dwt of  tons approx. The fleet under management includes vessels of Nasdaq-listed Capital Product Partners L.P. The Capital-Executive team has extensive experience in managing various vessel types and sizes. The Company offers comprehensive services in every aspect of ship management including: safety and technical management, claims & insurance, bunkering, risk assessment, newbuilding design and supervision, IT services, accounting, financial management and other administrative functions, as well as in-house human resources management, such as crewing and personnel training with state-of-the-art technology.



Capital Gas Ship Management Corp.

Capital Gas Ship Management Corp. is a ship management service provider, currently operating a fleet of 7 modern LNG Carriers with a total carrying capacity of approximately 1.2 million cubic meters. Our team consists of highly skilled personnel with extensive experience in the LNG Sector with experience, Mariners / Naval Architects (50 years cumulative experience in LNG) from initial design and newbuilding supervision to LNGCs operations and technical management. The Company offers comprehensive services in every aspect of ship management including: safety and technical management, claims & insurance, bunkering, vetting preparation and attendance, risk assessment, newbuilding design and supervision, IT services, accounting, financial management and other administrative functions, as well as in-house human resources management, such as crewing and personnel training with state-of-the-art technology.



Capital Shipmanagement

Capital Ship Management Corp. (‘Capital’) is a distinguished oceangoing vessel operator, offering comprehensive services in every aspect of ship management, currently operating a fleet of 55 vessels including 41 tankers (6 VLCCs, 5 Suezmaxes, 2 Aframax, 27 MR/Handy product tankers and 1 small tanker), 4 modern Capesize bulk carriers and 10 container carriers with a total dwt of 5.70 million tons approx. Capital is a a subsidiary of Capital Maritime & Trading Corp. The fleet under management includes the vessels of Nasdaq-listed Capital Product Partners L.P.



Columbia Ship Management 

With over 40 years of tradition, commitment and professionalism, Columbia has established its position as a world-class ship manager and maritime service provider. Since our founding in Cyprus, we have developed a global reputation by continuously exceeding our clients´ expectations when providing the highest quality and professional management services. Our success is based on the tremendous added-value granted to our clients by leveraging a strong global network and the will of being a leading force in the maritime industry.



Diaplous Group

Diaplous has built a world-wide reputation as one of the most compliant, widely approved and certified PMSCs in the world. With a security force of over 700, Diaplous is active in all high-risk areas: the Indian Ocean, the West African seas and other piracy areas. Meanwhile, we maintain a presence in regions that are valuable for business entrepreneurship, but still under political or social unrest. The skills of our operatives are not the sole driving force behind our security services: we have a deep site-specific knowledge on each region, as well as local contacts (agents, armories and government officials) that can deliver upon any situation.



Dorian LPG

Dorian LPG is a pure-play LPG shipping company and a leading owner and operator of modern VLGCs. Dorian LPG currently has four modern VLGCs and one pressurized LPG vessel on the water. Dorian LPG has 18 ECO VLGC newbuildings due for delivery in 2014, 2015 and 2016 from HHI and Daewoo Shipping and Marine Engineering Ltd., including the 13 that it acquired from Scorpio Tankers. Dorian LPG has offices in Connecticut, London, and Piraeus.Dorian LPG is incorporated in the Republic of The Marshall Islands.



Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Limited (EASTMED) 

EASTMED is a ships management company with head offices in Glyfada (Athens), Greece. Presently the company has under management 78 vessels, employs 200 shore based personnel and a further 3000 seagoing staff. The fleet comprises of 29 tankers, 39 dry bulk carriers and 10 container ships, adding up to a total DWT capacity of 7.2 million tons. Principally both the tankers and the dry cargo vessels are employed on the spot market and occasionally will enter into short period charter agreements on a number of ships of the fleet.

The following overseas companies are employed as exclusive agents of EASTMED:

  • Intermar Chartering (UK) Ltd. in London, U.K.: Covers the London chartering market.
  • Eastern Mediterranean Manning Agency in Manila, Philippines: Directly selects, trains, and employs Filipino Masters, Officers, and Crew exclusively for the vessels under EASTMED’s management.

EASTMED was granted by Lloyd’s the ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification in December 2010 and is in the process of being certified with ISO 50001 within 2016. EASTMED is presently a member of BIMCO, INTERTANKO and INTERCARGO, thus joining forces for improved standards in the industry. EASTMED voluntarily participates to AMVER reporting system, operated by the US Coast Guard for promoting safety of life and property at sea. Managed vessels are honored with AMVER awards on an annual basis.




Euronav is an independent tanker company engaged in the ocean transportation and storage of crude oil. The Company is headquartered in Antwerp, Belgium, and has offices throughout Europe and Asia. Euronav is listed on Euronext Brussels and on the NYSE under the symbol EURN. Euronav employs its fleet both on the spot and period market. Sustainability is a core value at Euronav as it ensures the long-term health and success of our people, our business, and the environment we work in. It involves a commitment to safety and environmental practices, as well as an innovative approach to the use of technology and information.



Latsco Marine Management Inc.

Latsco Marine Management Inc. a subsidiary company of Latsco Shipping Ltd.,  has been established 1st January 2019 and is currently located at Kifisia.  Latsco’s history begins over half a century ago as part of Latsis Companies’ Group. Latsco provides operational, technical, financial and ship building services, focusing on fundamental principles of quality, integrity, safety, health, environmental protection and energy efficiency, with established programmes for performance excellence, profitability and growth of management of clean energy transportation vessels. Latsco pursues all entrepreneurial ventures with ethics, integrity, consistency to incident-free operations and ultimate aspiration of providing excellent services through long-lasting customer relationships. Currently, LMM Inc. manages a fleet of  27 vessels (MRs, LR2, VLGCs), while another 2 vessels shall be delivered up to 2020.




Mintra (Multimedia INteractive TRAining) was founded in Oslo Norway, in 1997 by Research Engineer Ivar Viktil to develop interactive safety training for the energy and maritime industries. With our headquarters now in Bergen and offices in Oslo, Stavanger, Aberdeen, Limassol and Singapore we provide services to over 4,000 companies, including 4 out of the top 5 largest energy companies in the world. The Mintra team consists of over 140 designers, developers, industry consultants, and supporting functions working to the highest standards.

Mintra’s learning and competence management system, Trainingportal, delivers our portfolio of over 2,300 courses to more than 1.5 million workers worldwide. Trainingportal Offline ensures that training and competency activities can continue onboard vessels in areas of poor connectivity.

Over the last 20 years, Mintra has developed one of the largest and most comprehensive portfolios of energy sector compliance-based courses. Every 30 seconds a course is completed with Mintra.




NAVTOR has established itself as a world leader in e-Navigation since launching in 2011, providing innovative e-Navigation and performance solutions, and as a total supplier of navigational products and services for the maritime sector. Through the application of cutting-edge digital technology, NAVTOR’s team makes life easier for navigators, while enhancing safety, transparency and efficiency for shipowners, ship managers and operators. In 2012 the firm released the world’s first type approved Pay As You Sail ENC service, and followed in 2014 with the launch of NavStation, the world’s first digital chart table. Headquartered in Egersund, Norway, the company has grown quickly and established a network of subsidiaries and distributors worldwide, spanning Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Japan, India, the United States, and the United Kingdom.



North of England P&I Club

North is a leading global marine insurer with over 160 years of history in the industry. Our purpose today remains as it was on our inception in 1860; to enable our Members to trade with confidence. Over the years our service offering and our global office network has grown but our business has remained grounded where it all began; the North East of England. With a global service built around you and your business, expect a warm and friendly welcome whenever or wherever you deal with us, from people who genuinely care about your business. Founded and headquartered in in Newcastle, our reach stretches around the world. We have regional offices in Greece, China (Shanghai and Hong Kong), Japan, Singapore, Ireland and the USA. You’ll also see us playing a leading role in the International Group; an association of 13 principal underwriting clubs insuring around 90% of the world’s ocean-going tonnage. The experience of our staff is unrivalled in the industry. From our global team of 90+ claims specialists to the largest team of specialist in-house FD&D lawyers within the International Group, your needs can be dealt with by us and not a third party. Our loss prevention team put themselves in your shoes, providing you with the information, support and guidance to help you avoid having to make a claim. Focussing on safety culture, we provide technical and operational expertise from our master mariners and engineers with many years of seagoing experience.




With 160 years of experience across a wide range of industries, RINA is a multinational company that helps clients build strong, successful businesses. Through a global network of 4.000 talented professionals operating out of 200 offices in 70 countries, we support market operators across the entire lifecycle of their projects, whilst assisting them in renewing their products, technologies and services. Entrusting a project to us means being sure that everything will be taken care of, and our mindset allows us to apply a simple approach to complex situations. Ship classification has been at the core of our business since its inception and today it makes us one of the top-ranking marine classification societies in the world. Over time, we’ve progressively extended our services and expanded our range of operational sectors. The experience offered, combined with a policy of continuous development and training of our team, mean we work with the utmost professionalism and competence. We promote a green approach to the Marine industry with a strong commitment to energy saving, emissions reductions and optimisation of fuel consumption. We help support the sustainable growth of Energy operators throughout the world to meet growing market demands in oil and gas, power generation (conventional, renewables and power grids) including environmental protection. Our third-party Certification services provide an independent guarantee of compliance with associated regulatory standards, in order to support enterprises across all aspects of projects, operations, logistics and legislation.




RISK4SEA is an online platform to provide PSC performance transparency to the market by analysing PSC Data providing KPI, Demographics, Detentions Analytics, reports, Benchmarks and Insights for 23 fleet segments in an advanced analysis of the last 5 years to assist stakeholders to:

-PREPARE for forthcoming PSC inspections
-ANALYSE PSC performance to identify strengths & weaknesses
-BENCHMARK fleets against competition and the industry



ShipIn Systems

ShipIn Systems is the world’s first Visual Fleet Management Platform, enabling seamless ship-to-shore collaboration for maritime fleets. By deploying AI-powered cameras and real-time visual analytics, ShipIn’s platform proactively alerts Shipowners, Managers, and Seafarers to onboard anomalies, reducing incidents onboard by 40% and increasing cargo operations efficiency by 8%.



Standard Club

The Standard Club is a mutual insurance association and member of the International Group of P&I clubs, owned by its shipowner members and controlled by a board of directors drawn from the membership. The club has been insuring shipowners, operators and charterers for their liabilities to third parties for over 100 years and insures about 10% of the world fleet. The Standard Club prides itself on quality of service to members, and sets great store in responsiveness and support at all times, especially in times of crisis. Claims are managed from one of our 6 international offices, and our global reach is expanded by our correspondent network. We also put an emphasis on financial strength and stability, which has resulted in an S&P A rating and no unbudgeted supplementary calls for over 20 years. The Loss Prevention department works to minimise losses through ship surveys, member risk reviews and a programme of educational events and publications. The loss prevention team is continuously developing its tools and training its personnel to enable it to provide expert technical and loss prevention advice to members round the clock. The Safety and Loss Advisory Committees are key to the club’s loss prevention initiatives and meet twice yearly to discuss claim trends and industry issues. Various initiatives have come as a result of the committee meetings, such as the member risk review programme, introduced in 1993 and unique to all International Group clubs



Steamship Mutual

Steamship Mutual’s aim is to provide a comprehensive high quality P&I service backed by sound underwriting and strong reserves. The Managers, led by Stephen Martin, are determined to ensure that these objectives continue to be met. Steamship Mutual is one of the largest and most diverse P&I Clubs in the world, and a member of the International Group of P&I Clubs participating in the International Group Pool. Our Members remain the centre of our business and we strive to offer them the best advice and support wherever they are around the world. We firmly believe the service we provide our Members will help define our future success.




SUN ENTERPRISES LTD. serves as the consolidated operating company for a modern fleet of tankers and dry bulk carriers totaling 20 in number with deadweight capacity of just under 2.0 million tons. Since its inception, SUN has negotiated newbuilding contracts with major Japanese (including Hakodate, MHI and Namura), Korean (HHI, STX) and European (Kockums, Odense) shipyards and was the first concern to place VLCC shipbuilding orders with Hyundai Heavy Industries. The tanker fleet under the Company’s purview is readily and widely accepted for chartering by major independent oil companies as well as state-owned oil companies in Saudi Arabia, Europe, Latin America, Japan and Korea.




Your Fully Integrated Maritime Partner: Safety | Compliance | Efficiency | Innovation

With its roots in the Scandinavian shipping tradition, the Thome Group of Companies (Thome Group) prides itself upon offering innovative ship management services globally from its headquarters in Singapore. For over 50 years the company has been at the forefront of the ship management industry and today offers clients all over the world integrated services; from ship management, crewing and training to offshore structure management, Thome offers a complete range of products and services essential in managing a wide range of marine assets worldwide. The Thome Group also provides a number of ancillary services to its clients including newbuilding and conversion project management; marine consultancy and marine services. Building on Singapore’s dynamic growth as an international maritime center, the Thome Group is now recognized as one of the world’s leading independent ship managers with more than 300 vessels under its management, serviced by over 800 shore staff and more than 12,000 crew members operating worldwide.



Tototheo Maritime

Tototheo Maritime specializes in maritime technology, focusing on optimizing vessel and fleet performance. Our range of services includes innovative, efficient, and functional solutions in the fields of satellite communication, navigation systems, digitalization and end-to-end cyber security services. Our offices in Cyprus and Greece offer complete solutions starting from pre-sales consultancy all through onboard installation and maintenance and after sales support. Through our teams and partners located in Europe, USA, Middle East and Far East we provide a global reach with a local touch. Our vast experience in the maritime sector provides us with the unique advantage of in depth understanding of our customers’ needs. Combined with our dynamic approach towards innovative technologies, this enables us to provide our clients with the ability to generate more value out of their daily operations. Tototheo Maritime operates in a connected dynamic and sustainable maritime sector, supported by reliable and efficient connectivity and innovative technologies – all underpinned by the Tototheo values. We conduct our business with honesty and transparency, offering equal terms of treatment without prejudice. Our team’s foremost goal is to listen and confidently trek into the future while keeping a firm link to the present. We are driven by our passion and expertise to provide the solutions our customers need for a sustainable future.



UK Club

The UK P&I Club is one of the oldest P&I clubs in the world. It provides Protection and Indemnity insurance in respect of third party liabilities and expenses arising from owning ships or operating ships as principals. One of the largest mutual marine protection and indemnity organisations it insures over 200 million tonnes of owned and chartered ships from more than fifty countries across the globe.




Wärtsilä is a global leader in innovative technologies and lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. We emphasise innovation in sustainable technology and services to help our customers continuously improve their environmental and economic performance. Our dedicated and passionate team of 17,000 professionals in more than 200 locations in 68 countries shape the decarbonisation transformation of our industries across the globe. In 2021, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 4.8 billion. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.




WinGD (Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd.) is a leading developer of two-stroke low-speed gas and diesel engines used for propulsion power in merchant shipping. WinGD sets the industry standard for reliability, safety, efficiency and environmental sustainability. WinGD provides designs, training and technical support to engine manufacturers, shipbuilders, ship operators and owners worldwide. Headquartered in Winterthur, Switzerland, since its inception as the Sulzer Diesel Engine business in 1893, it carries on the legacy of innovation in design.


The 2022 SMART4SEA Forum took place virtually from 23 to 24 of February 2022, focusing on key smart shipping issues and latest updates of industry’s digital transformation and technological trends.

The event was organized by SAFETY4SEA having as lead sponsors the following organizations: MacGregor and SQEMARINE. Other sponsors were: Alandia, ARCADIA SHIPMANAGEMENT CO. LTD, Blue Planet Shipping Ltd, Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp., Capital Gas Ship Management Corp., Capital Shipmanagement, Columbia Ship Management, Diaplous Group, Dorian LPG, Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Limited (EASTMED), EURONAV, Latsco Marine Management Inc., MINTRA, NAVTOR, North of England P&I Club, RINA, RISK4SEA, ShipIn Systems, Standard Club, Steamship Mutual, SUN ENTERPRISES LTD, THOME GROUP, Tototheo Maritime, UK Club, Wärtsilä, WinGD.

Panel #1 – Shipping 4.0

The 4th Industrial Revolution is taking place, bringing exponential changes to the way we live, work and relate to one another. It is marked by emerging technology breakthroughs in many fields. Contrary to common belief that shipping operates in a traditional model, the COVID-19 pandemic seems to have forced even this ‘old-fashioned’ industry to embrace innovation and show no resist to this revolution.

Speaker of Panel 1: Jillian Carson-Jackson, President , Nautical Institute; Capt. Ahmed Khan, Director of Fleet Management, ShipIn Systems; Dominic Ng, Head of Solutions Advisory, Wärtsilä Voyage; Manish Singh, CEO, Ocean Technologies Group; Dimitris Theodossiou, Managing Director, Danaos Management S.A provided their insights on the COVID impact and referred to key barriers and drivers for industry’s digitalization.

As noted, when the pandemic broke out, the industry was already heading towards digitalization. In essence, the pandemic accelerated the process, providing additional opportunities for collaboration and making stakeholders to feel more comfortable with new technologies and share ideas. Although, crew changes created major disruption in ship operations and associated problems, the pandemic helped us to learn to work remotely, manage remote business and propelled connectivity in shipping. Along with challenges, this situation also brought remote surveys, new installations, uptake in telemedicine and many other positive outcomes. Overall, the pandemic didn’t bring revolution but evolution of technologies, as well as more capabilities for seafarers.

Now the industry is accustomed to this new digitalized environment. In the coming years, speakers expect decarbonization efforts to top the agenda. With or without the pandemic, the digital journey will move across many stages, industry‘s traditional model is falling behind; now there is different terminology, the overall thinking has changed, there is uptake of autonomous, digital training, AI – this is where industry is now moving on. Thus, we need to address the regulatory, technological and operational aspects of the new autonomous vessels. Also, it is vital to focus on skills and training and think how to help all maritime professionals to adapt. However, at the same time, considering that shipping does not acknowledge the pioneers of the sector, it is time to change that mindset and celebrate the innovations. There are many emerging technologies, we have an opportunity to see what these are doing in other industries such as autonomous systems and stay up-to-date with the developments. Shipping 4.0 brings autonomous systems which also bring complex systems; so we have to reconsider the whole infrastructure and shed focus on automation and machine learning. In that regard, we need to realize the importance of human capital and upskilling to the new systems and equipment and help people onboard and ashore to cultivate critical thinking, situational awareness and other soft skills.

Vassilios Demetriades, Shipping Deputy Minister to the President, Republic of Cyprus, introduced the C.O.M.E. Platform, a key initiative that considers the key issues of industry’s green and digital transformation, safety and security, seafarers and coastal navigation, training and certification and provides opportunity to users for open dialogue and feedback, sharing ideas and communicating proposals.

Osher Perry, CEO, ShipIn Systems, explained how visual Fleet Management improves fleet Safety and Security, highlighting the importance to equip seafarers with advanced tools. Representing a digital bridge between sea and shore, he mentioned the benefits in reducing incidents by 42%, increasing asset utilization and throughput by 8% and delivering unprecedented ship-shore visibility.

Ornulf Jan Rodseth, Senior Scientist, SINTEF Ocean, talked about ‘The IMO Reference Data Model’ which emerged as a necessity to coordinate successfully the many different initiatives and standards, considering the heavy drive towards maritime digitalization. This model is being picked by the industry and may be used to leverage cooperation.

Andreas Chrysostomou, Chief Strategy Officer, Tototheo Maritime,  presented how technology is shipping’s perpetual gamechanger. In the past, ships being on the oceans needed the technologies to work properly and fully to be repairable. However, today, ships are more than that; they are fully connected having the latest technologies onboard. Shipping ‘s deep-rooted dependance on technology is set to become mission critical, thus adopting the right tools is vital for success across future integrated communication and supply chains.


Panel #2 Gamechanger Technologies

Shipping has shown an increased interest in blockchain, AI, VR, IoT and other revolutionary technologies over the last years. However, these remain unfamiliar for the shipping industry. It is about time for the industry to consider their potential efficiencies and benefits in order such gamechanger technologies to become more pervasive and help shipping’s digital transformation.

Speakers of Panel 2: Sanjeev Namath, Chief Business Officer, Alpha Ori Technologies Pte; Andreas Chrysostomou, Chief Strategy Officer, Tototheo Maritime; Markus Wenig, Team Leader, Autonomous Systems, WinGD; Iason Zaharioudakis, Operational Technology & Energy Manager, Latsco Marine Management Inc.focused on best practices in order new technologies to assist industry, highlighting the need for standardization.

At first, experts said that industry sees significant progress with regards to emerging technologies which are driven by regulation and the need for decarbonization. Data is a big changer for the industry as it provides the big picture of shore ship connection. The need to adopt greener design and fuels and gain vessel performance and energy efficiency are also drivers which embrace data sharing and green investments. On top of that, we have to consider that the new generation now prefer companies of good reputation, those which adopt sustainable practices and strive for green footprint, thus, ESG tops the agenda. However, the adoption of gamechanger technology for shipping comes with barriers as well. A key barrier concerns data integrity. Although we have succeeded in gathering and transferring data, the main point is the accuracy and data reliability. Furthermore, the hard logistics of green fuels also pose barriers while we have no clarity for the new fuels and their technologies yet. Considering that all new technologies are digital, the security of data is another concern. Experts noted that digital transformation comes with cultural and organizational transformation. As such, the mindset to adopt digitalization is another barrier and there is need for change management and be open to new applications.

Highlighting that lack of standardization is a key concern, experts suggested ways to improve considering that we need accurate measurements and communication. This is an issue for discussion in IMO along other stakeholders while makers should join the discussion as well and provide comments, speakers suggested. A hybrid knowledge of how shipping works and how technology can assist towards can bring value to the industry and it is positive that several international bodies drive the dialogue for data standardization and there is collaboration towards. Concluding the panel, experts expect by 2030 a combination of technologies that will maximize value, for example combining Blockchain with IoT, big data and machine learning. With regards to autonomous vessels, experts expect great progress even crew-less ships; nonetheless there are several social aspects to consider since it is a matter of trust, regulation and insurance.

Stefan Goranov, Program Portfolio Manager, Digital & Hybrid, WinGD, presented an energy efficiency/hybrid technology that enables a system to maximize efficiency and explained his company’s process when developing such solutions, highlighting the key areas which are examined in order to ensure optimal system control, system decomposition and other important factors.

Vladimir Kolyada, Fleet Operations Solution Manager, Wärtsilä Voyage, presented the ‘BridgeMate’ solution which brings change in navigation as it has been developed considering users’ needs who require extra back up in case of emergency, user friendly and native interface and en effective smart decision support tool on the whole bridge, including wings.

Ulf Siwe, Communications Officer of Sea Traffic Management, Swedish Maritime Administration, talked about the importance of information sharing, providing examples of what ships do in real life to highlight that data should be handled differently to avoid risks. For successful information sharing, global standards for ships and ports, global reliable infrastructure and software are vital.

Ross Millar, Master Mariner and Loss Prevention Associate, Steamship Insurance Management Services Limited, highlighted the importance of raising awareness on Cyber Security. Cyber security can significantly affect business operations and as ships are becoming more connected, potential vulnerabilities pose threats that can result to major costs for the operators. Human end users are considered as the weakest link but with proper training, they can gain knowledge and identify any potential threats.


Panel #3 Cyber security

Every business and every individual can be subject to cyber threats. Cyber-crime is a massive business; hackers are very well-organized, and they put a lot of time and effort before launching a cyber-attack. The last couple years, cyber security has become a significant challenge for the maritime industry as well. From January 1st of January 2021, a new era has begun for ship operators as SMS now feature cyber security.

Speakers of Panel 3: Jim McKee, CEO, Red Sky Alliance; Jakob P. Larsen, Head of Maritime Safety & Security, BIMCO; Fotis Tsitsirigkos, Fleet IT Manager, Euronav; Michael Vrettos, Cyber Security Expert, RINA, talked about latest cyber security challenges and suggested best practices to ensure cyber resilience onboard and ashore.

At first, all panelists agreed that the pandemic made companies across all business sectors to rethink and re-assess their cyber security policies. Remote working made corporate systems more vulnerable to threats. In particular, during the pandemic, people defences went down due to the fear of COVID-19, giving ground to phishing. Ensuring cyber security awareness became a big challenge and only if people are more educated and aware, they can be more protected. Also, it depends on the IT infrastructure that there is in place; bigger organizations are more equipped. This is why cyber resiliency has become the new norm and a key area of focus in order companies to be able to bounce back after a cyber attack.

Even though shipping was not ready for remote working, it quickly adjusted to the situation and realized that planning for cyber hygiene is vital. There are many aspects to consider for planning and invest in proper training. For example, people now post everything at social media and have become vulnerable targets to hackers; as such, companies need to consider human factor and provide filters and tools. In other words, the development of cyber security culture is vital. People should be aware of the treats and feel comfortable with the procedures. In that regard, the social engineering is very important and thus it is vital to educate people with real examples inside the company to be able to realize the threats. Considering that we now witness increased connectivity and bandwidth onboard, ships may become a highway open to attacks. To prevent this, as best practices, shipping companies should make sure they have compliance from an accredited body; to focus on education, training, awareness; to develop tools that provide functionality to third parties and ensure security and evaluation; to ensure complete back up of the data; to consider lessons learned and share experience and; most importantly, to focus on access management as part of cyber resilience. Finally, shipping companies may also consider cyber insurance.


Panel #4 E-Navigation & Future of Maritime Safety

In today’s smart environment, e-navigation remains a controversial subject of discussion, with some supporting that its aim is to assist operations, while others believe that seafarers may find it difficult to trust an autonomous system. ECDIS is one example to this; although it considered as a key milestone that helped the industry to move forward with navigational safety, it comes with challenges while many agree that it transformed ship bridges into cockpits.

Speakers of Panel 4: Marvin Bielek, Nautical Author, Mintra; Capt. John Dolan, Deputy Director, Loss Prevention, Standard Club; Bjørn Åge Hjøllo, Chief Sustainability Officer, NAVTOR; Capt. Dimitrios Melas, Master, Angelicoussis Group; Capt. Pantelis Patsoulis, Vetting and Nautical Manager, Euronav, examined the main challenges that top the e-navigation agenda and discussed key issues to consider in the coming years.

E-navigation increases the complexities on the bridge which make it challenging for the human element. All panelists agreed that e-navigation was not affected by the pandemic, only as far as it concerns the human element and their wellbeing. E-navigation is a complex area, the technology is available and economically is feasible; however, the broad adoption depends on the will and understanding of autonomous shipping. Nowadays, there are many providers and systems onboard for monitoring and decision making, for preparing passing plans by providing many layers of information. Also automated reporting is in place, but standardization remains a key issue. At the same time, effective training and practical expertise are vital, as well as uniformity in order for seafarers to use equipment effectively. Experts highlighted that there are still many barriers to overcome, such as legislation and harmonization.

Nonetheless, it is important to look at the bigger picture and consider why we aim for autonomous vessels. As we are not in a hurry, we should think as an industry all safety issues and move closer to a bridge centered design. Also, considering the ergonomics of autonomous ships, it is important to become more realistic and embrace a human centered design while the current IMO requirements should be updated in order to have a better and efficient bridge team onboard. The development of technology is faster than legislation concerning these systems; as such, e-navigation training needs to be constantly revised. Vessels have moved away from the conventional training where STCW is sufficient. Now, they have moved to a complex area where systems onboard are complex and sophisticated, therefore expertise is needed. Technology is leading the industry, but without doubt, traditional skills are still useful. Overall, experts agreed that e-navigation is quite mature now and it needs industry’s feedback to move forward. Technological advancements are developed to enhance safety but at the same time create vulnerabilities. In this context, we need a balance; not only to search for new technology but also how to consider the human behaviour and tend for a more sustainable e-navigation for the future.

Bjørn Åge Hjøllo, Chief Sustainability Officer, NAVTOR, gave a presentation on how to simplify sustainable shipping. He presented tools that can provide all information needed to plan optimal vessel voyages in one place, ensuring safe and efficient passage planning with one planning station for optimum fuel efficient route which meets ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival).

Päivi Haikkola, Leadership and innovation professional in maritime industries, Head of Programs and Sales, Leading One Sea Alliance, ONE SEA, referred to Maritime Automation Terminology. Mrs Haikkola clarified that automation/level definitions are referring to the ship and its parts and have nothing to do with manning principles while she clarified that the automation level should refer to ‘level of human attention’ required for safe operation.

Pia Meling, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Massterly AS, explained how new technologies transform shipping. Autonomy is the means not the target, she said, highlighting as key benefits the following: lower operational cost, improved safety and efficiency, zero/ low emission vessels. Explaining that autonomous does not mean unmanned, she referred to the degree of autonomy.

Marvin Bielek, Nautical Author, Mintra, highlighted that realistic and relevant navigation training is the key to safer shipping since many factors can influence performance of people onboard, such as inattention and poor judgement, stress and fatigue, the complexity of equipment, scheduling pressures, inadequate processes and aids.


Panel #5 Human Factors in the Smart Shipping Era

IACS has recognized the importance of the human element in terms of training for new technologies mariners will be using onboard. The fundamental aspects are usability of systems and the competence of people. Certainly, there needs to be a balance between the two across the whole ship and systems lifecycle. To make the ship usable in terms of safety and efficiency, industry must take a human-centred approach to user needs and involve them in the design of systems.

Speakers of Panel 5: Dmitry Gladkov, General Manager & Sales Director, OneLearn Global; Capt. Soma Sunder Gollakota, Co-Founder, Bigyellowfish; Capt. Konstantinos G. Karavasilis, Senior Loss Prevention Executive, UK P&I Club; Johanna Kull, Loss Prevention Executive, Alandia; Mads Ragnvald Nielsen, Co-Founder & CEO, Scoutbase, mentioned key challenges imposed by smart shipping to the human factor and discussed about new trends to considered for people onboard.

Starting the discussion, experts highlighted that the pandemic raised awareness around the human factor issues. It the brought more tools and engagement between ships and shore. The challenges concerning human factor were not new; the pandemic just brought these into the surface and opened discussion. Now, we need to take the next step and raise awareness by considering how human factor is affected by the smart shipping. A key focus area is their training; nowadays, technology is advancing much and we do not have enough time to train our people to be able to catch up with technology. However, considering that the future ships will be smart, people onboard need to be able to operate complex systems

Other challenges is the shortage of crew members onboard. It has been noticed that the safe manning number onboard is low while the ships are getting bigger in size. What is more, multitasking is needed in order to use the multiple digital tools but seafarers need to have enhanced situational awareness, support decision making and performance. As technology is advancing, older generations may find difficult to cope with updates. In that regard, it is important to give them incentives and make them understand the new technology. Technology understanding and acceptance will not happen if seafarers are not engaged. As such, it is important to join discussions and provide feedback and the industry needs to take into consideration the seafarer community to bridge any gaps. Furthermore, research will help to understand how tehnology is being implemented and is useful for the end users. Furthermore experts discussed about the advantages and disadvantages of greater connectivity onboard, highlighting that connectivity is very important, but challenges arise with regards to cyber security and security in general as there is emotional distraction. In that regard, best practices will help. Nonetheless, if we want to bring more technology on vessels, more connectivity, it is a must and any associated disadvantages can be controlled. Finally, experts mentioned the need to get over the fear of change, focus on soft skills and education and also revisit STCW considering all latest developments.

Who Should Attend

This is a must attend event for all companies and individuals interested in Ship Technology and Sustainable Shipping, including:

  • Shipowners
  • Ship Manager Company Staff (Technical, Marine, Operations, Safety & Quality)
  • Maritime professionals
  • Regulatory & government authorities
  • Flag state representatives
  • Classification societies representatives
  • Marine Insurers & P&I Executives
  • Experts on information technologies (IT) onboard
  • Other relevant with smart technologies Industry Organizations/ Executives/ Experts

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