Digital Ship Maritime Big Data & Vessel Performance Optimisation @SeaJapan, Tokyo, 11 April 2018

The Maritime Big Data & Vessel Performance Optimisation Forum


Shipping is waking up to a new digital age, the data-based 4th industrial revolution, where developments are flourishing at a rapid pace, and companies must innovate to compete. The advent of increased data availability and transparency has led companies to review their approaches to operational efficiency and performance analysis – and investigate ways to integrate data measurement into their operations and make it valuable.

The increased pressure on industry to both reduce costs and evaluate performance has resulted in greater focus on improving the technical and operational efficiency of vessels. Rising bunker fuel costs and environmental concerns have elevated this drive towards efficient fleet optimisation even further.

Ship owners need to analyse and explore necessary vessel adjustments and evaluate performance implications. There is an ever-growing list of actors with a stake in a vessel’s performance management; ship owners, manufacturers, cargo owners, cargo operators, pool operators, charter companies, technical and fleet managers, banks, investors and insurance companies are all looking for transparency and evidence of commitment to efficiency measures.

Confirmed Speakers include:

Dr. Ando HideyukiDr. Ando Hideyuki
Senior General Manager
Monohakobi Technology Institute, NYK Line
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Ando Hideyuki is senior general manager of MTI, R&D company of NYK Line in Tokyo, Japan. 

After he joined MTI in 2005, he leads many R&D projects regarding ship energy efficiency and safety operations. His team has contributed to development of NYK’s IoT platform SIMS (Ship Information Management System) and utilization of IoT and Big data for ship operations in NYK. 

Dr Hideyuki was honored with Best Youth Award JASNAOE (Japan Society of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering) in 2003. Prior to his current job, he was associate professor of the University of Tokyo. He holds a Doctor of Engineering.

Akihiro TamuraAkihiro Tamura
Director, Technical and Planning Office, Maritime Department, Marine & Environmental Strategy Division
MLIT Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
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In 2008, he was assigned to Assistant Vice-Minister for International Affairs, Minister’s Secretariat. Since then, he has contributed to strengthening the cooperative relationships in railway fields between Japan and foreign countries including India, ASEAN countries, and the U.S. for over 3 years.

His career started in 1980 at the Ministry of Transport, which was integrated into Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism. He worked for various transport fields including maritime, civil aviation, and rail. He was involved in the reformation of ocean shipping industries, Civil Aviation Negotiations with foreign governments, and other governmental tasks to improve the presence of Japanese transportation fields.

Since August, 2010, he has concentrated on railway fields, and been actively working for the improvement of Japanese Shinkansen network through the construction of new Shinkansen line as well as the international cooperation through the promotion of Japanese railway systems to foreign countries.

August, 2011 - Senior Deputy Director-General, Railway Bureau
August, 2010 - Deputy Director-General, Railway Bureau
July, 2008 - Assistant Vice-Minister for International Affairs, Minister’s Secretariat
July, 2006 - Director of General Affairs Division, Administration Department, Civil Aviation Bureau
July, 2005 - Director of Port Management and Operation Division, Ports and Harbors Bureau
July, 2004 - Director of Port Transport Division, Maritime Bureau
June, 2000 - Director of Travel Promotion Division, Tourism Department, Transport Policy Bureau
May, 1995 - Counselor, Embassy of Japan, U.S.A
April, 1995 - Director for International Affairs, Minister’s Secretariat
April, 1980 - Entered Ministry of Transport

Ryo KakutaRyo Kakuta
Branch Manager
MTI Co. Ltd. Singapore Branch
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Dr. Ryo KAKUTA is currently manager of MTI SINGAPORE BRANCH. He completed his Ph.D. in Environmental Studies at University of Tokyo in 2008. Soon afterwards he started to work for MTI, NYK group R&D company. In MTI, he has conducted various R&D project including fleet monitoring system development, voyage performance analysis and utilization of big data from vessels. His recent projects include developing digital-twin of vessel for estimating vessel performance in service.

Takanori HisajimaTakanori Hisajima
General Manager
Smart Ship Strategy Group, Smart Shipping Division
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.
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Mr. Takanori Hisajima is General Manager, Smart Ship Strategy Group, Smart Shipping Division, Technology Innovation Unit, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.. He has engaged in research and development for more than 8 years.

Pradeep ChawlaPradeep Chawla
Chairman, GlobalMET
Managing Director, QHSE
and Training (Quality, Health, safety and Environment)
Anglo-Eastern Ship Management Ltd
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Capt. Pradeep Chawla joined Sea, 1974 as Deck Cadet. He sailed on various ship types and attained the rank of Master in 1986. He started in a shore job in 1992 in Anglo-Eastern Ship Management.

Capt. Chawla is presently working as Managing Director, QHSE and Training for Anglo-Eastern Univan Group. Anglo-Eastern Group manages over 600 ships and employs 27,000 staff at sea and over 1,700 people ashore.

In 1992 he authored and published a book on’Safety at Sea’ in Hindi and Tagalog.

He is serving as an invited member in the Hong Kong Fleet Operations Advisory Committee (HKFOAC) and works as a “Competent Person” for IMO. He is the present Chairman of Global MET Association.

He is a member of the Intertanko Human Element, The Standard Club Safety and Loss Advisory Committee – Asia and The Manning and Training Committee of Hong Kong Ship Owner’s Association. He contributes to various other industry forums and committees and is a frequent speaker in various international conferences.

He is an Ex-Vice-President and Council member of Nautical Institute, UK.

Eric Jan BakkerEric Jan Bakker
VP Sales Asia Pacific
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Eric Jan Bakker is Head of Sales responsible for the development of business in the Asia-Pacific region for Marlink, the global innovative provider of satellite enabled solutions.

Eric Jan has over 16 years’ experience in the satellite sector, starting his career with Station 12, the former mobile satellite operator based in The Hague, The Netherlands. During his time there, Eric Jan was responsible for sales of mobile satellite systems to the maritime industry in most of EMEA & Asia. Based out of The Hague and Singapore, Eric Jan helped introduce data communications technologies to the maritime industry, particularly the merchant shipping sector.

Eric Jan joined the company to head sales efforts with non-governmental organizations and United Nations accounts before moving on to become government sales director, a position he held for over two years. He accepted a role as Vice President, Sales for the Asia-Pacific region and where he has helped further establish Marlink’s reputation in this core market.

Eric Jan has a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics, and integrated several commercial topics into his technical studies at the University of Eindhoven (The Netherlands).

Peter KellerPeter Keller
Executive Vice President
Chairman, SEA\LNG
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Keller joined TOTE in February of 2012 as President of Sea Star Line (now TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico) and has been leading the conversion of the company’s fleet to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). He has also been accountable for the fuel acquisition and logistics activities associated with the conversion to LNG. Mr. Keller also serves as Chairman of SEA/LNG, an International organization committed to accelerating the adaption of LNG as a maritime fuel.

Keller has extensive experience in Port and Terminal development, Liner Industry activities, Labor relations, Intermodal operations and Supply Chain economics and strategies.

From 2000 until 2010, Mr. Keller was EVP and Chief Operating Officer of NYK Group Americas, Inc. and a member of the Governing Board of NYK in Tokyo. He started his transportation career at SEA-Land and later went on to lead the CAST Group.

Mr. Keller was a member of the Board of Directors of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), the Pacific Maritime Shipping Association and the United States Maritime Exchange (USMX). He served for many years as Chairman of OCEMA, the Ocean Carriers Equipment and Maintenance Association.

He was a founder of the Coalition for Responsible Transportation (CRT), now an Industry wide organization committed to environmentally responsible practices across the supply chain.

Mr. Keller was inducted into the International Maritime Hall of Fame in 2006.

Michiel HendrikxMichiel Hendrikx
Regional Sales Director Asia Pacific
Damen Shipyards
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Michiel Hendrikx has a background in mechanical engineering and started working with Damen Shipyards in 2007. Starting at engineering and through different positions within the organization now responsible as regional sales director for new building sales in Asia Pacific and in particular for Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Damen Shipyards is a family owned Dutch shipbuilding group currently operating 32 shipyards worldwide with activities in new building, conversion and repair. Damen’s unique shipbuilding concept is based on building ships with the best quality, proven designs, short delivery times, low maintenance and excellent resale value.

Stein OroeStein Oroe
VP Sales - Applications
Inmarsat Maritime
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Stein A. Orø is the VP Sales – Applications in the Maritime business unit, with a sales responsibility for developing the application business and the Certified Application Program.

Stein has a background from the mobile industry as well as IT consultancy, and for the last 15 years in various positions in the Maritime Satellite sector. Most of these have been management roles in commercial and business development in sectors like fishing, offshore, shipping and now the application market.

Stein has extensive international experience in the Maritime industry, and he also spent 3 years in Houston, Texas.

Brent BruunBrent Bruun
Chief Operating Officer
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Brent Bruun, KVH’s chief operating officer, is a satellite industry leader who was instrumental in helping to grow KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband network into the leading maritime VSAT service today. His extensive experience in the satellite industry includes top management roles with SES AMERICOM before joining KVH in 2008. Mr. Bruun is devoted to ensuring that maritime customers experience the full benefits of connectivity and digitalization with KVH’s advanced technology and complete end-to-end solution.

Kenshi DateKenshi Date
Deputy Chief of Sales Headquarter
Chugoku Marine Paints Ltd
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- Deputy Chief of Sales Headquarter, Chugoku Marine Paints Ltd
- Managing Director, Chugoku Marine Paints Europe
- Various international management positions at CMP

Philip ChaabanePhilip Chaabane
I-Tech AB
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- CEO, I-Tech AB, a venture cap funded bio-tech company based in Gothenburg
- Various senior management positions at PowerCell Sweden AB, a fuel cell tech company listed at Nasdaq First North
- Various management positions in engineering and production at Volvo Aero Corporation (now GKN Aerospace)

Thomas WeberThomas Weber
Head Development Vessel Performance
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Thomas Weber holds a deck officer license, a PhD in optimum routing and voyage planning as well as a degree in business management. He worked several years with ‘Oceanroutes’ before he joined StormGeo, formerly Applied Weather Technology in 2005. Thomas contributed to the growth of StormGeo Shipping in Europe and to the development of products and services such as BVS and FleetDSS. Thomas now leads the development team for StormGeo on Vessel Performance tools.

Dr. Eng. Yasuhiko InukaiDr. Eng. Yasuhiko Inukai
Manager Hydrodynamics Design Group, Planning & Development Department, Ship & Offshore Division
Japan Marine United Corporation
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in 2000 master degree from University of Tokyo Faculty of Engineering
in 2000 entered to the research center of JMU (former IHI)
in 2001-now work for the basic design department of JMU
in 2017 doctor degree from Kyushu University

Masaru TsujimotoMasaru Tsujimoto
Fluids Engineering & Hull Design Department, National Maritime Research Institute
National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology
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Dr. Masaru TSUJIMOTO is Director, Fluids Engineering & Hull Design Department, NMRI, MPAT.

He got a PhD from Osaka University, Japan in 1998 and entered in SRI, former name of NMRI.

He is engaged in R&D on ship performance in actual seas.

Rob was also previously Editor of Port Finance International.

Rob O'DwyerRob O'Dwyer
Digital Ship
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Rob O'Dwyer, Editor of Digital Ship, has been a maritime IT journalist since 2005. He has a Master's degree in business and law from University College Dublin and was previously a commercial writing consultant in Seoul, South Korea.

Rob was also previously Editor of Port Finance International.

Jens EwerlingJens Ewerling
Director, Maritime Broadband
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Jens Ewerling joined Cobham SATCOM in May 2002 looking after the company’s maritime business in certain areas overseas. Educated and trained as a Master Mariner in Germany, he has since gained over 20 years’ experience in the marine electronics business, starting out working with performance monitoring systems, GPS and DPGS and Inmarsat-C involvement in the early 1990s.

As the Director, Maritime Broadband, Jens is currently a vital link between sales and engineering at Cobham SATCOM, and uses his vast experience and insight into the maritime market and satcoms to ensure that development focus is directed towards the needs of the user and service providers. He is a key member of Cobham SATCOM’s data-centric maritime satellite communications Project Management Teams and as such is heavily involved in the company’s continuing business development of maritime broadband products in Ku and Ka bands.

Dr. Lars GreitschDr. Lars Greitsch
Managing Director, Head of Research and Innovation
MMG - Mecklenburger Metallguss GmbH
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Dr. Lars Greitsch started his professional career after the A-level with an apprenticeship as a car technician. After that he studied mechanical engineering and naval architecture at the University of Rostock finishing with the degree ‘Diplom Ingenieur’ in 2005. Up to 2009 he worked at the Institute of Ship Design and Ship Safety as a researcher and wrote his dissertation on the topic ‘Development of a design tool for ship rudders based on statistical operational data’.

Following his academic career he moved do MMG in the first place as propeller designer, later as Head of Research & Innovation and since the beginning of 2017 as Managing Director. His main topic in his work was the development of the MMG-redesign program, where up to now 270 retrofit propellers were designed and produced based on the evaluation of operational data.

Douwe VellingaDouwe Vellinga
Marketing and Sales Director
VAF Instruments
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Douwe Vellinga has a background in mechanical engineering as well as business administration, and joined VAF Instruments in 2003. He joined the VAF Management Team in 2008, being responsible for the design, engineering, quality, CNC manufacturing and service departments. After nearly 10 years he switched in 2017 to a role as Marketing and Sales Director.VAF Instruments is a Dutch company that develops and manufactures instrumentation and solutions for fuel efficiency, propulsion performance monitoring and environmental compliance.

Vikrant SharmaCapt. Vikrant Sharma
Lead Business Strategist and Lead in Business Development, Innovation Development Division
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Vikrant Sharma has background in shipping as well as business administration. He joined ClassNK Innovation Development Division in 2016. Being core team member of the Digitalization Strategy of ClassNK he is responsible for the building new business based on big data analysis. He is also closely involved in the EU MRV regulation as a MRV expert and the task force team member of ClassNK at the Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG CLIMA) European Commission's responsible for making best practices for the EU MRV regulation. Prior joining ClassNK he was working in the head office of a major Japanese ship management company where one of his responsibility was vessel performance management.

Morning Session:
Maritime Big Data Forum
Big Data – Big Value

Digital ShipAcross 2 sessions, Digital Ship’s Maritime Big Data and Vessel Performance Optimisation Forum will delve into how big data is being applied in the sector, and how these drives can be used to measure, and ultimately elevate, vessel performance, productivity and, crucially, safety.

Session 1:
An Overview of New Integrated Data Sharing Platforms

Much has been made of new and improved integrated platforms, and we have seen various stakeholders launching platforms designed to improve integration, and thus drive both efficiency and safety, between the various systems on-board, from ship to shore, as well as between different onshore devices.

The Maritime Big Data session will investigate how these ecosystems have developed and how they are changing the way shipping companies operate, now and into the future of maritime digitalisation.

  • How have these ecosystems and platforms arisen and why does the maritime sector need these now?
  • What are the drivers for developing these?
  • What are the opportunities for new and existing stakeholders to offer innovative services?

Session 2:
Protection in the Big Data Era

Efficiency and safety are at the heart of these initiatives. What role does/should regulation play in the future of open data exchange? How should a market of limited size like maritime incentivise open data exchange and ensure these platforms really do improve the flow of data between different stakeholders in the industry. What are the legal and commercial conditions for increased information collaboration between maritime stakeholders?

  • How is safety and security driving new platform developments?
  • What role does/should regulation play in the future of open data exchange?
  • How is the industry addressing the increased cyber threat Big Data initiatives represent?

Session 3:
Big Data – Big Value

Shipping companies already generate large amounts of data, with equipment like the VDR a prime example. However, they rarely have processes and procedures in place to turn this sea of data into valuable, actionable information. Is connecting to a data platform merely a small step in a more extensive process that shipping companies will have to become involved with to optimise their operations in a data-rich future?

  • Where does the revenue come from in future open data sharing models, and what would the implications be for companies sharing data through a platform that is later discontinued? What is really driving data driven efficiency?
  • How can shipping companies use these platforms to optimise their operations in a data-rich future?
  • Where does the revenue come from in a future of open data exchange?
  • How can the industry leverage this technology to build a more efficient future?
  • How can data owners be incentivised to share information that has previously been considered a competitive advantage?

Afternoon Session:
Vessel Performance Optimisation
How to tactically ensure your fleets’ optimum efficiency

Vessel Performance OptimisationOptimising vessel performance has always been on our agenda. Increasing regulation, fluctuations in bunker prices and a growing concern for the global environmental impact of shipping has led to even greater focus on the way vessels operate. This increased pressure forces shipping companies to improve vessels’ technical and operational efficiency even further.

The design of a ship, the shape of its hull, its propulsion systems, onboard communications, route optimisation and navigation software, maintenance, fuel type, environmental technology and dry-docking procedures are just some of the variables that will have a significant impact on a vessel’s energy efficiency, fuel consumption and overall cost of operation. Even marginal improvements in these areas can combine to create a material difference to a company’s bottom line.

Session 1:
Ship Planning and Design for Optimal Efficiency

A vessel should be designed optimally for the operations that it will encounter over its lifetime. There has been much change in the industry over the last five to seven years and focus on efficient designs has increased significantly. Experts in ship operations and ship design will use this session to discuss how design methods have improved and how technical innovation enhance vessel performance.

Session 2:
Fleet Performance Management

Companies are slowly learning how to manage new anti-fouling coatings, quality of dry-dockings, how and when to conduct hull cleanings, and propeller polishing. Route optimisation and operational performance add up to the efficiency of the typical merchant fleet. We will study new developments with an impact to fleet performance optimisation.

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