Taking place on 29th October as part of Posidonia Web Forums Week, the hour-long webinar will include a presentation by well-known shipping economist Dr Martin Stopford, non-executive president of Clarksons Research, who will address the business case for investing in advanced technology newbuildings and retrofits. Fellow panellist Mark O’Neil, President and CEO of Columbia Ship Management, will talk about vessel performance monitoring and how a ship operator takes advantage of such systems, whilst Kash Mahmood, ABS Senior Vice President for Digital Solution will also talk about class’s use of remote surveys, 3-D modelling, amongst others.
Despina, also wearing her hat as chief executive of satellite and radio communications service provider Tototheo Maritime, said: “I will be delighted and pleased to join the panel. Satcoms facilitate the use and transfer of data and it will be an important angle to the conversation. From the WISTA perspective, we formed the WISTA futures and technology committee who are tasked to examining the different angles of this topic as we firmly believe that there is a connection between diversity, technology and sustainability in the maritime industry.”
The panel will be moderated by the Editor of Seatrade Maritime News, Bob Jaques, who added: “Shipping needs to follow the examples of other industries and embrace the use of advanced digital systems in the design and operation of ships, as well as in the interface of ports with land-based logistics networks, especially if it is to meet the IMO’s ambitious CO2 reduction targets. This discussion should lead to some lively debate and conversation.”
The webinar is free to attend and will take place at 11:00 AM GMT ; 13:00 PM EET on 29th October 2020.