26 February 2020

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SMI Annual Conference 2020


26 February 2020
The Army and Navy Club
36-39 Pall Mall | St James' | London | SW1Y 5JN


This conference is the 14th in the series and follows on from the highly acclaimed events that have been held around the country in Newcastle, Glasgow, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Edinburgh, Bath, London, Liverpool, Southampton, Bristol, Hull, Dartmouth and, last year, again in Portsmouth. They are very well attended and attract prestigious speakers.

The conference title – Addressing the challenges & business opportunities in implementing Maritime 2050 – has been chosen to reflect the renewed focus of the government on the maritime industries and the business opportunities this brings.  Speakers from the highest echelons of the industry, the public services and the Royal Navy are being assembled to discuss and promote debate. The programme is based on two themes, each one addressed with five presentations from different speakers and followed by panel discussions orchestrated by the conference chairman, Rear Admiral Rob Stevens. The two themes of the programme – Looking at the challenges – and  – Creating the business opportunities from the Maritime 2050 Challenge - aim to reflect the various strands of work that are underway to herald the vision of Maritime 2050.

The Department for Transport has been leading for the government in implementing Maritime 2050 and we are delighted that the Maritime Minister, Nusrat Ghani MP, has agreed to open the conference by setting out the vision and the work which has been achieved in the first year of the Strategy. As well as a Keynote Address from Business and Industry Minister, Nadim Zahawi MP.

Other confirmed speakers come from The Royal Navy, BAE Systems, Carnival Corporation, Clarksons Research, MarRI-UK, Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute, Sea-Kit International and the UK Hydrographic Office to provide a compelling programme of thought-provoking presentations designed to map out the routes which the UK maritime industries can chart over the next decade.

Integral to the event on the evening before the conference is a networking reception and dinner at the Army & Navy Club which not only acts as an icebreaker but also provides delegates with the opportunity to meet industry peers in convivial surroundings. 

Themes and Speakers

Theme 1 - Looking at the Challenges of Implementing Maritime 2050

  • Delivering Security and Resilience
  • The Future Technology Challenges
  • Protecting the Environment: Being a responsible shipowner
  • The Role of Technology: The Digitialisation of Shipping
  • MarRI-UK and Meeting the Innovation Challenge

Theme 2 - Creating the Business Opportunities from Maritime 2050

  • Realising the Benefits of Digitalisation
  • Go Faster: Delivering Digital Transformation
  • Meeting the Environmental Challenge
  • Bringing Autonomous Coastal Shipping to Reality
  • Maritime Vulnerability to Cyber Attack

Theme 3 

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Conference Reception and Dinner

The Opening of the Conference along with the reception and dinner will be held on 25th February in the Pall Mall Room of the Army and Navy Club.