Reflections on Singapore’s First Virtual Maritime Tech Conference (VMTC)

March through June each year brings conference season to Singapore and with it a wealth of valuable new information is injected into the maritime industry. In 2020, however, maritime professionals were resigned to seek other ways of networking and exploring solutions to the commercial challenges they are looking to solve.

Recognizing this void and the impact it could have on the industry that relies principally on human interaction and networking for the exchange of ideas, Klaveness Digital reached out to the Singaporean Government and industry partners to host a Virtual Maritime Tech Conference (VMTC). Quite possibly the first of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region.

With many companies now elevating the importance of digitization when it comes to maritime logistics, the theme of the conference was how to collaborate via digital ecosystems and provide end users with seamless commercial solutions. The theme was reflected consistently throughout the conference and presenters demonstrated examples of how their respective platforms and services can integrate with others to provide a cumulative solution.

The VMTC set out to breathe life into the maritime tech sector and fuel collaboration. Local tech start-ups were given a platform to generate new business opportunities and the 400+ participants took away inspiration and tools to help accelerate their own journey of digital transformation. In addition, the conference proudly raised over $3,000 (SGD) for Mission to Seafarers.

Klaveness Digital wishes to extend a big thank you to all sponsors, co-organizers, exhibitors, public sector supporters and of course to all participants that made an up a energetic ‘digital’ audience throughout the presentations and during the networking session


For convenience time stamps are available for each presentation given during the conference:

08:40 Opening Address
Mr. Kenneth Lim
Chief Technology Officer, Singapore Maritime Port Authority

25:17 Collaborative Advantages from Digital Ecosystems and Standardisation
Mr. Magnus Lande
Veracity Head of APAC and Commercial Director, DNV GL

47:55 Best-of-breed products enabling ecosystem collaboration
Mr. Aleksander Stensby
Managing Director, Klaveness Digital

01:11:05 Innovation - The Confluence Of Culture, Capacity And Competence
Mr. Nakul Malhotra
Vice President Open Innovation (Marine Products)
Wilhelmsen Group

01:38:25 Panel Debate - Ecosystems, standardization and open innovation moderated
Moderator: Mr. Ronny Waage
Founder and Managing Partner
Heron Advisory

Startup Showcase:

02:07:13 Volteo Maritime
02:15:53 OCEANOPS
02:20:23 ChordX
02:25:39 CyberOwl
02:32:18 Quantship
03:08:40 Enermo Technology

02:36:28 Effective digital collaboration from a legal perspective. Identifying and avoiding risks
Ms. Helene Sironneau (Associate) & Ms. Ina Lutchmiah (Specialist Counsel)
Wikborg Rein Singapore

02:52:45 Connecting with customers, bringing it all together to execute shipments digitally
Rasmus Nigel
Customer Service and Business Systems
Swire Shipping

03:12:10 Panel Debate - Connecting maritime supply chain partners, and managing legal implications.
Moderator: Mr. Ronny Waage
Founder and Managing Partner
Heron Advisory

03:33:40 Closing remarks by Co-Chairs
Mr. Tim Polson (Business Development Manager, Klaveness Digital)
Mr. Ronny Waage (Founder and Managing Partner, Heron Advisory)

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