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Key Sessions

Paolo Montrone

Forwarder Keynote| The convergence of business and sustainability

Kuehne + Nagel

Lars Funding

Blockchain’s relevance within shipping

Marine Performance Systems / Orbital Systems

08:30 - 09:00 30 mins
Arrival Coffee Break
09:00 - 09:05 5 mins
Chairman’s opening remarks
  • Chairman Lars Jensen - CEO, SeaIntelligence Consulting
09:05 - 09:25 20 mins
Keynote| A working model for Industry Standardisation

For several years work has been done to define a data pipeline for supply chain visibility, transport and cross-border regulatory agencies. The MMT project will contribute a standardised reference data model as a base pillar for a globally defined data pipeline. The MMT reference data model will be based on the BRS document (Business Requirements Specifications) for International Forwarding and Transport developed according to the UMM modelling methodology, and derived from the UN/CEFACT International Supply Chain Reference Model version 0.8. This project will be the culmination of many years of previous work and will not be starting from scratch.


  • Sue Probert - Chair, UN/CEFACT
09:25 - 09:45 20 mins
Do we even need standardization: how technology can help to overcome data challenges?

Recently, the maritime industry has been engaging in several data standardization projects. While creating standards is important and may help the industry to improve stakeholder communication, the implementation of new standards is challenging. Also, legacy technologies that the majority of maritime stakeholders use still today won't be able to easily adopt the new standards. However, modern technologies can help to bridge the gap between any standards and systems. This session will elaborate on how different data formats and standards can be harmonized in a way that it simplifies communication between all parties.

  • Karri Lehtonen - Chief Operating Officer, Youredi
09:45 - 10:30 45 mins
Leading the way to end-to-end services with seamless customer experience: Digital Container Shipping Association

Five of the major container shipping companies intend to create an association with the purpose of paving the way for digitalisation, standardisation and interoperability in the container shipping industry. The timing is right, as emerging technologies create new customer friendly opportunities. Is the promise of digitisation starting to bear fruit?

Digital Container Shipping Association is a neutral, non-profit association that has been founded with the mission to drive standardization and digitalization across the container shipping industry. We believe, that better technological changes can be delivered to the customers of ocean carriers through collaboration and more quickly compared to working on this agenda individually

We support the industry by developing information technology and security standards and processes that address common challenges related to transmitting, receiving and exchanging data.

The Digital Container Shipping Association is founded and supported by A.P. Moller – Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd, MSC and ONE

  • Moderator Lars Jensen - CEO, SeaIntelligence Consulting
  • Andre Simha - Global Chief Information Officer, MSC Group
  • Noriaki Yamaga - Managing Director for Corporate & Innovation, Ocean Network Express (ONE)
  • Adam Banks - Chief Technology & Information Officer, A.P. Moller – Maersk
  • Martin Gnass - Managing Director Information Technology, Hapag Lloyd
  • Rajesh Krishnamurthy - Executive Vice President, CMA-CGM
10:30 - 10:50 20 mins
Forwarder Keynote| The convergence of business and sustainability

This operator will present a truly innovative approach which among many other things enables customers to finally make the right choices when selecting services based on sustainability performance indices. They believe that commercial success for the future is at the meeting place between doing business and sustainability.

  • Paolo Montrone - Senior Vice President, Head of Global Trade, Kuehne + Nagel
10:50 - 11:30 40 mins
Morning Coffee and Networking Break
11:30 - 11:45 15 mins
Ocean Freight Station of the Future
  • Sandeep Shahi - CIO, DHL Global Forwarding Europe
11:45 - 12:35 50 mins
Tech Panel| The business of Digital Shipping

Some of the biggest players in the industry have invested heavily in digital initiatives over the past year and a half.  Now, we are moving away from asking is there a case for digital, since these investments tell us there is. Instead, we ask:

  • Are there any tangible benefits or results of digital strategies?
  • If the question comes too soon, when can we expect results?
  • Most importantly, what are the crucial aspects of change management that operators must consider?
  • What opportunities for smart solutions are ripe for digital innovation?
  • Moderator Lars Jensen - CEO, SeaIntelligence Consulting
  • Michael Nielsen - Senior Vice President, Carrier Account Management, INTTRA by E2open
  • Thor Thorup - Chief Commercial Officer, Portchain
  • Alexander Varvarenko - CEO, SHIPNEXT
  • Sandeep Shahi - CIO, DHL Global Forwarding Europe
  • Karina Boudjema - Vice President of Global Carrier Strategy and Digitization, WiseTech Global
12:35 - 12:55 20 mins
Contract Management| eBill of Lading
  • Evolution of Electronic Bills of Lading (eBLs) /impact on trade digitisation
  • Benefits to all parties and service differentiation for providers
  • Financing opportunities
  • Jacco de Jong - Head of Global Sales, Bolero International
12:55 - 13:20 25 mins
Experience from ongoing pilots for issuing and distribution of eBLs using Blockchain technology and P&I approval of Blockchain powered eBLs

Filip Koscielecki, member of the IG eBills Working Group will join and give a status update on the approval process of Digital Bill of Lading based on the Blockchain technology and Leif will share some experience and challenges with the ongoing process.

  • Leif Arne Strømmen - Vice President Innovation, G2 Ocean
  • Filip Koscielecki - Claims Executive/ Member of the IG eBills Working Group, Thomas Miller P&I (Europe) Ltd.
13:20 - 13:40 20 mins
Is Liner shipping ready for guaranteed services and prices ?

Carriers and digital platforms are promoting and selling contract with guaranteed price and space, priority shipment guarantees with financial compensation...

  • What are the initiatives ?
  • What are the limitations and problems?
  • What are the impacts on the business ?
  • Is technology the main enabler of these services
  • Philippe Salles - Head of e-Business, Transport and Supply Chain, Drewry Supply Chain Advisors
13:40 - 14:40 60 mins
Networking lunch in the Exhibition
14:40 - 15:00 20 mins
Integrated Supply Chain: Prepare for an eco-system-future

In the past, many companies have tried to unearth efficiency gains through value chain integration. Is this the right game plan for a digitized future? No doubt, integration makes it easier to communicate and optimize potentials within a company. Communicating with external partners can cause unnecessary delays, costs and is a source for mistakes. Integration means fewer frictions when communicating within an organization compared to the outside, less confidentiality issues and better visibility of risks. The risk of hold-ups is better manageable if you can observe the entire value chain compared to just a small fraction of it. 

Today, technologies and digital platforms reduce these transaction costs and remove risks. This makes the traditional company borders obsolete. „Integrated supply chain – Prepare for an ecosystem future“ will provide example and strategies of how companies can benefit from platforms in the future to stay ahead of the competition. 

  • Christian Roeloffs - Founder and Managing Director, Container xChange
15:00 - 15:45 45 mins
Blockchain’s relevance within shipping

Welcome and introduction to the panel – Lars Funding

What is blockchain and why is it an enabler of a new supply chain paradigm: Connect once share with everyone - Henrik Hvid Jensen, Senior Advisor - Blockchain in global trade, Trustworks

The World Economic Forum has launched a systematic, multi-stakeholder project focusing on blockchain within supply chains. This presentation will mainly focus on WEF’s recommendation for realizing a common digital Global Trade Identity for all governments and business involved in global trade - Nadia Hewett, Project Lead of Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology, World Economic Forum.

Shared situational awareness among port call actors will facilitate just-in-time arrivals, increase predictability, berth productivity, punctuality, reduce waiting and anchoring times and boost resource utilization. How can blockchain strengthen this value proposition - Mikael Lind, Associate Professor and Senior Strategic Research Advisor with Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE)

Debate among the panel and the audience – Facilitated by Lars Funding

Closing remarks from Lars Funding on Blockchains role within global trade

  • Moderator Lars Funding - Board member / Advisor / Transformation, Marine Performance Systems / Orbital Systems
  • Nadia Hewett - Project Lead of Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology, World Economic Forum
  • Henrik Hvid Jensen - Advisor, TrustWorks A/S
  • Mikael Lind - Associate Professor and Senior Strategic Research Advisor, Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE)
15:45 - 16:05 20 mins
Digitization of the Supply Chain - Update on the TradeLens Project

In 2017 the "TradeLens" solution ( former GTD ) has been announced to the market, an open industry blockchain platform based on a cooperation of IBM & Maersk. After more than twelve months of development and a six months Early Adopter Phase with more than 90 companies joining this platform now is in production since autumn 2018. We'd like to provide an update on where we are, concerning lessons learned and our roadmap 2020.

  • Christian Schultze-Wolters - Director of Blockchain Solutions DACH, IBM
16:05 - 16:35 30 mins
Enhancing Safety at Sea: An opportunity for digitisation and collaboration

This session will look at a developing a collaborative industry solution for the prevention of incidents and enhancing safety at sea.

  • Dangerous goods incidents
  • Consequences
  • Key statistics
  • Regulations, recommendations and restrictions
  • Charterer’s/shipper’s obligations
  • Craig Neame - Partner, Holman Fenwick Willan LLP.
  • Peregrine Storrs-Fox - Risk Management Director , TT Club
16:35 - 16:40 5 mins
Chairman’s closing remarks
  • Lars Jensen - CEO, SeaIntelligence Consulting
16:40 - 16:45 5 mins
Close of Conference