'The Quest for Autonomy in Future Sea Transport' Seminar during the 2018 International Business Festival in Liverpool

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Tuesday 19 June 2018 at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool, L3 4PF



The International Business Festival is the world’s biggest business festival. Hosted every two years in its home city of Liverpool, the festival captures the dynamism and diversity of the global marketplace. The goal is to give businesses the space, support and expertise they need to make connections, do deals and realise their potential.

In 2016 the festival welcomed over 25,000 attendees from across the UK and around the world, putting on a schedule of inspiring events and facilitating an estimated £250 million worth of business deals.

Held across three weeks in June 2018, the third edition of the International Business Festival will have a different programme each day focused across nine key industry sectors from manufacturing to health & life sciences to sport and travel.

Autonomy is one of the fastest growing technologies in the maritime industry and on the day dedicated to Future Transport in the festival programme, the Society of Maritime Industries will hold a seminar on maritime autonomy in future sea transport.


The seminar will be centred on presentations from six experts in their fields, with panel discussions and Q&A sessions with the audience.

0800-1000 - Registration and networking refreshments.

1030 - Conference opens with chairman-Mr Dan Hook, MASG Council Chairman at Society of Maritime Industries

Putting digital technology to work in a harsh commercial climate: Dr Martin Stopford, President, Clarkson Research

The role of satellite communications as an enabler of digitalisation and autonomy in shipping: Mr Ronald Spithout, President Maritime, Inmarsat

1130 - Panel discussion.

1200–1330 - Luncheon with networking fork buffet.

The evolving regulatory landscape for autonomy: Ms Katy Ware, Director of Maritime Safety & Standards/UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency

Safety standards for Autonomous Ship Operation: Mr Edward Fort, Global Head of Engineering & Electro-technical Systems, Lloyd's Register

1430–1500 - Mid-afternoon break with networking refreshments.

Fourth industrial revolution powers momentum in smart shipping and ports: Mr Philip Lawson, General Manager, Marine & Ports UK & Ireland/ABB

The ship-owner’s perspective on autonomy in shipping operations: Mr Stephen Brown, Manager Innovation and Technology Implementation/Shell Shipping 


The price per delegate, which includes attendance at the  presentations at this seminar, refreshments, buffet luncheon and drinks reception and free daily access to the festival centre during 3 weeks from 12-28 June 2018 is: £125 + UK 20% VAT (Total £150)


Cut-off date for receipt of applications is Thursday 7 June 2018.


Full details of the programme will be dispatched with acknowledgement of applications.


Clementina Upton - Events Manager, Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) 
0207 448 7023

Upcoming Dates for this event

  • Tue 19 Jun 2018 (Deadline for booking is Thu 07 Jun 2018)
  • The Liverpool Exhibition Centre, , Liverpool


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