Accelerating Digitalisation & Decarbonisation Conference

16th to 17th April 2024

9.00am - 4.00pm

Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre Hall 406

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In the face of unprecedented challenges posed by climate change and the urgent need for sustainable practices, the maritime industry is at the forefront of transformative change. This 2-day conference brings together visionaries, thought leaders, innovators, policy makers, researchers, and industry experts to explore the intersection of digitalisation and decarbonisation and chart a course towards a sustainable and efficient maritime future.

With a sharp focus on the convergence of digitalisation, cybersecurity, and decarbonisation technologies, this conference aims to offer profound insights for navigating the dynamic changes ahead.

  • Learn how digital technologies, data analytics, smart shipping solutions are impacting how maritime industry operates.
  • Explore alternative fuels, electrification and new innovative propulsion systems that will create a more sustainable maritime industry.
  • Understand how the above trends can optimise shipping operations and energy efficiency, how regulatory measures can further drive decarbonisation, how collaboration between government/industry players/startups and research institutes can accelerate the adoption of digitalisation and decarbonisation strategies.

Together, participants will expedite decarbonisation efforts, establish effective Net-Zero Fuel Pathways, and collectively steer towards a maritime industry that excels in both digital innovation and environmental stewardship. Join us on this transformative journey at the forefront of maritime excellence and sustainability.

9.00AMOpening Address
Dr. Amy Khor
Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment, Singapore
9.10AMMOUs Signing Ceremony
Maritime Autonomy and AI

Keynote on Maritime Big Data

The keynote will examine how Big Data could accelerate digitalisation and decarbonisation of the maritime ecosystem, and transform shipping to meet IMO 2050 goals.

Greg Wilson
Worldwide Public Sector's Chief Technology Officer for Governments


Tea Break and Launch of Expo@SMW at Hall 406


Presentations on Maritime AI

Introductory Remarks
Roberto Cazzulo
IACS Council Chair


Empower Maritime Digital Transformation with Artificial Intelligence
Dr. Su Yi
Executive Director
Institute of High Performance Computing, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)

Remote Pilotage
Noh Kyongsoo
Chief Operating Officer
Seadronix. Corp

Sensors & Autonomous Ships
Erik Dyrkoren
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder


Keynote Presentation

The presentation will look at data monetisation, regulations and collaborations across governments and the industry in the context of the maritime sector.

Sandra Sarav
Deputy Secretary General for Economy and Innovation
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia


Panel Discussion: Maritime Drones

Future developments and experiences in adopting drones in deliveries and inspection for ships in Singapore's Port Waters, from the perspective of Operators, Ship Owners and Regulators.


Dennis Khoo
Director (Maritime Systems and Technology) & Chief Technology Officer
Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore


Sanjay Suresh
General Manager (Asia Pacific)
Skyports Drone Services

Ryan Lee
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
Heron Airbridge Pte. Ltd.

Tan Kah Han
Senior Director (Unmanned Systems Group) / Chief Technology Officer
Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore

Haakon Ellekjaer
Chief Commercial Officer
Pelagus 3D

Amel Rigneau


Panel Discussion: Investment and Venture Opportunities

  • Discussion on the latest marinetech startups which have achieved adoption of their robotic and AI solutions
  • How VCs have played a role in their growth through investments, partnerships and mentorships.


Chakib Abi Saab
Chief Technology and Innovation Officer
Lloyd's Register


Chye Poh Chua
Chief Executive Officer & Founder

Marc Dragon
Managing Director
Reefknot Investments

Shaun Hon
Founder and General Partner
Motion Ventures

Haymon Sinapius
Investment Director

1.30PMNetworking Lunch
Digital Transformation

Panel Discussion: Digital Bunkering

  • Objectives and opportunities for digital bunkering
  • Importance of standards and interoperability
  • Barriers and enablers to industry adoption


Thomas Ting
Director (Technology & Innovation) / Chief Digital Officer
Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore


Kenneth Juhls
Managing Director
ZeroNorth Bunker

Richard Ho
Deputy General Manager (Fuel Department)
Ocean Network Express

Dennis Ho
Working Group on Electronic Documentation for Bunkering

Apostolos Boutos
Marine Fuels Committee Chairman
Singapore Shipping Association

3.30PMPanel Discussion: Cybersecurity

Cyber Threat Information Driven Action
With more digital connectivity, the risk of cyber-attacks has increased. How will the use of artificial intelligence help to gain insights from analysing threat data to inform and enhance cybersecurity measures, allowing proactive responses to potential cyber threats and assist organisations to better understand risks and adapt their defences accordingly.

Ong Chin Beng
Chief Information Security Officer
Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore


Tony Zhong
Chief Information Security Officer
Port of Los Angeles

Capt. Naoki Saito
Head of Cyber Security and General Manager of Management System and Maritime Training Department

Ron Jimerson
Chief Information Security Officer
Port of Seattle

Xavier Rebour
France Cyber Maritime

Igors Garis Koni
Head of Public Sector & Strategic Sales (Asia Pacific and Japan)
Google Cloud Security

4.15PMEnd of programme


9.00AMOpening Remarks 
Arsenio Dominguez
International Maritime Organization (IMO)
Eng Dih Teo
Chief Executive
Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Tim Gould
Chief Economist
International Energy Agency (IEA)
10.15AMAnnouncements and Launch
10.45AMPresentation of LowCarbon50 Awards
11.00AMTea Break
Decarbonising International Shipping

Panel Discussion: Digitalise to Decarbonise

With IMO’s revised GHG emission strategy, there is an increasing need to find ways to spur the industry to realise the path of zero emissions from international shipping by 2050. In addition to alternative fuels, GHG emission savings can be achieved through various pathways including digitalisation, data collection and energy efficiency. This panel explores some promising digital and data technology and energy efficiency solutions and the business case for the adoption of these solutions for decarbonisation of the maritime sector.

Introductory Remarks:

Francis Zachariae
International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA)


Koh Yong Ping
Chief Executive
Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore Singapore


Peter Schellenberger
Director and Founder
Novamaxis Pte Ltd

Yue Meng Qiang
China Classification Society

Gavin Allwright
International Windship Association (IWSA)

Prof. Chan Eng Soon
Chief Executive Officer
Technology Centre for Offshore and Marine, Singapore (TCOMS)

Susana Germino
Chief Sustainability & Energy Transition Officer
Swire Shipping & Swire Bulk


Panel Discussion: Net-Zero Fuel Pathways

International shipping is expected to undergo a multi-fuel transition in order to decarbonise and achieve net-zero by 2050. Fuels such as biofuels, methanol, ammonia and hydrogen have been identified as fuels with high potential to decarbonise international shipping, but each of these fuels has various production pathways, risks and associated costs. This panel explores how different stakeholders across the fuel supply chain can work together to produce, transport, bunker and use net-zero fuels safely as well as discuss how the maritime industry can accelerate the pace of decarbonisation.


Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen
Chief Executive Officer Maritime


Nicolas Brabeck
Managing Director
MAN Energy Solutions Singapore

Kenneth Widell
Senior Project Manager Smart Technology Hub

Hiroki Kobayashi
Chief Executive Officer
IHI Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

Robert van Nielen
Vice President Growth

Leonardo Sonzio
Head of Fleet Management and Technology


Panel Discussion: Green and Digital Shipping Corridors

Following the adoption of the IMO's revised GHG emissions targets in July 2023, this panel will discuss the critical role of green shipping corridors as first mover initiatives that can facilitate the development and uptake of various net-zero fuels for marine bunkering through pilot trials, regulatory support and policy incentives. This panel will allow the exchange best practices from various green shipping corridors have been developed globally and seed opportunities for collaboration.


New Wei Siang
Director (Decarbonisation and Net Zero Pathways)
Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore


Saskia Mureau
Director Customer Digital
Port of Rotterdam

Heather Tomley
Managing Director of Planning and Environmental Affairs
Port of Long Beach

François-Xavier Accard
Managing Director 
CMA CGM International Shipping Company 

Alisa Kreynes
Head, Ports & Shipping, Climate Solutions & Networks
C40 Cities

David Stephens
Director, Maritime Environment and Emissions
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts (DITRDCA) Australia

1.45PMNetworking Lunch
Decarbonising the Domestic Sea Transport Sector

Presentation on Industry Consultation for Electric Harbour Craft Charging System Standard
Kester Kiong
Sustainability Manager (Maritime Decarbonisation)
Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

Together with Enterprise Singapore, industry stakeholders and academia, MPA has developed a Technical Reference (TR) for electric harbour craft charging and battery swap systems. Kester will provide an overview of the TR, highlighting the requirements and guidelines for onshore electrical installations and battery swap operations that will ensure safety, operational efficiency, and interoperability.


Panel Discussion: Technological Pathways for Harbour Craft

  • Technology readiness levels and roadmaps for Tugs and Bunker Tankers (e.g. electrification, fuel cell technology, methanol and ammonia engines for Tugs and Bunker Tankers)
  • Challenges and opportunities in building up the supporting ecosystem for clean tugs and bunker ships
  • Making net-zero harbour craft more economically accessible and viable through better financing and insurance (including underwriting) mechanisms. 

This panel will focus on the net-zero pathways / designs for different harbour craft types, with a particular focus on tugboats and bunker tankers. 

The panel will explore the feasibility of engines running on the future fuels of methanol or ammonia, determine how fuel cell technologies can be used to power harbour craft. The panel will discuss the respective progress of technology development and runway to technology commercialisation, such that we can develop functional, safe, affordable, and clean harbour craft powered by green fuels and fuel cell technology. 


Ng Bingrong
Director (Decarbonisation, Planning & Infrastructure)
Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore


Tan Thai Yong
Managing Director, Strategic Projects and Technology
Kuok Maritime Group Pte Ltd

Nikhil Garg
Managing Director, APAC
TECO 2030

Koh Shu Yong
Director, Global Sustainability
American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)

Alex Mier
Director for Marine O&G Segment APAC

Svein Erik Oeiestad
Head of Business Development and Sales
Amogy Singapore


Panel Discussion: Decarbonising and Optimising the Sea Transport of Crew and Goods in Port Waters

  • How can the harbour craft sector transform business operations to heighten efficiency?
  • How business transformation can be done in line with decarbonisation / fleet replacement efforts.

  The panel will discuss how to make clean harbour craft more economically viable, through competitive insurance and financing mechanisms, as well as funding tools. There will be discussion on the regulator's role in providing a robust and reliable regulatory framework to oversee the manufacturing process of new green builds and hence help to provide assurance to insurers. 

  The panel will explore how the harbour craft sector can transform its operations by improving the efficiency and productivity in delivering essential marine services. Current business operations are not efficient, and the harbour craft sector can transform its business by integrating passenger and cargo logistic services such that the fleet of harbour craft more optimally matches the commercial capacity demanded. There will be discussion on right-routing and smart routing, as well as right-sizing of both vessel size and fleet size. 

  The panel will also discuss how such business transformation of harbour craft operations ties in with our emissions reduction plans. With the replacement of the current harbour craft fleet with new net-zero craft, Maritime Singapore can consolidate and right-size the new harbour craft fleet size to optimise operations.


Michael Phoon
Executive Director
Singapore Shipping Association (SSA)


Danny Lien
Singapore Association of Shipsuppliers & Services (SASS)

Tommy Phun

Nakul Malhotra
Vice President (Emerging Opportunities Portfolio)
Wilhelmsen Group

Desmond Ong
Chief Digital Officer
Jurong Port (JP)

Huang Sipei
Vice President, Sustainability, Institutional Banking Group
DBS Bank Ltd

4.30PMEnd of programme


Updated as of 11th April 2024.