NAVIGATOR Forum 2017 speech







17th “NAVIGATOR 2017 – The Shipping Decision Makers Forum”
Friday,3 November 2017

“Sustainable Innovation: Challenging Tradition toCreate New Opportunities” was moderated by Helena Athoussaki, Head of Maritime Sustainability Centre -PwC and consisted of Jeff Horst, Commercial Director- FOSS MARITIME, Yoong Hui Chia,CEO–ASCENZ SOLUTIONS, Michael Lund, Deputy Secretary General–BIMCO, Dimitrios Mattheou, Managing Director -ARCADIA SHIPMANAGEMENT & Chairman– Green Award Foundation and Hugo Du Mez, Advisor Business Intelligence- Dry Bulk– Port of Rotterdam. The technical panel started with a survey of Norwegian and Greek shipping companies on the digital transformation, revealing its key role for the industry’s future. The panellists presented innovative projects responding to the environmental challenges such as the Carbon Free Project 2050 of the port of Rotterdam and theTote’s LNG project. All panellists highlighted the importance of digital innovation to operational efficiency, environmental performance, safety and logistics as well as the value creation from data analytics. They also emphasised the significance of supporting innovation and collaboration to create an innovative ecosystem. Finally, audience and panel recognised that shipping companies need to be more open to innovation, better equipped with resources and infrastructure and ready to fundamentally change the way they do business.