The biennial Singapore Maritime Technology Conference (SMTC), to be held on 27-28 April during Singapore Maritime Week, is set to explore some of the key influences redefining the maritime industries, including digitalisation, green shipping and cybersecurity.

The event, which takes place at the Marine Bay Sands, kicks off with an overview of the topics, with a keynote address by Pierre Sames, group technology and research director, DNV GL, followed by a panel sessions on ‘enabling transformation through technology’. The morning will then proceed with a focus on digitalisation including a look at the use of artificial intelligence in shipping by Hideyuki Ogamae, general manager, IT strategy department, Mitsui OK. Lines (MOL) Information Systems and a case study presented by Joern Springer, senior director, head of Fleet Support Center, Hapag-Lloyd.

In the afternoon, an industry panel featuring representatives from Wallem Singapore, Torvald Klaveness, Maersk Tankers, CMA CGM and Synergy Group will explore the potential of connected ships. The first day will conclude with a look at green shipping and clean fuels, with BW Fleet Management to outline its approach to new IMO regulations.

On the second morning the conference turns its attention to ports, returning to the wider shipping industry for an afternoon session on cybersecurity in which Anglo-Eastern Ship Management, BIMCO and Maersk will present. The conference concludes with an examination of autonomous systems by James Fanshawe, chairman, Maritime Autonomous Systems Regulatory Working Group, which is drafting best practice guidelines for submission to the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

Site tours will include a visit to some of Singapore’s port terminals and a tour of the Maritime and Port Authority’s integrated simulation centre.

For more details visit the event website.