Smart Tug Operations Conference

September 16, 2019

<br>Smart Tug Operations Conference


Enhanced competitiveness and safety in port

08:00 Registration and networking coffee 

09:10 Welcome address from Riviera Maritime Media
Edwin Lampert, Head of Content, Riviera Maritime Media 


This session presents Singapore Maritime’s perspective, plans and programme on digitalisation. It highlights one of its first project on smart tugs, The IntelliTug Project.

09:20 Keynote: Future-ready our port ecosystem-digitalization journey of Maritime Singapore 
Kenneth Lim, Chief Technology Officer, MPA
09:35  The IntelliTug Project: A PSA Marine and Wärtsilä Perspective 

  • Overview, milestones and salient features.
  • Engaging key stakeholders to create trust and a sense of partnership.
  • Adopt an eco-system approach to guide the project.
  • Summary – It is not about “technology for technology sake”; it is about people and processes.

Bernard Wong, Head (Fleet Management), PSA Marine
Luke Morsillo, Strategic Innovation Manager, Wärtsilä

10:15  Q&A

10:30 Networking coffee break sponsored by MTU


This session provides an analysis of the current trends and drivers of digital applications specific to the tugs sector.  Speakers will discuss challenges and the need that smart technologies are trying to address.

11:10 Next Generation Tugs: How smart technologies are transforming the industry 

  • Macro and micro economic trends affecting the tugs industry.
  • Assessing the drivers and enablers towards the new digital age.
  • Technologies that will change the dynamics of shipping.
  • Long-term business and strategic impact of digitalisation.

Arnstein Eknes, Segment Director, Offshore Service Vessels, DNV GL

11:30 Leveraging the emerging technologies to tackle challenges in tug industry

  • Determining the real cost of adopting new technologies.
  • Strategies to align sustainability targets with business goals.
  • Future-orientated developments on new equipments.
  • Enhancing tug safety and efficiency through innovation.

Mark Willett, Australia Representative, Novatug

11:50 Thinking like a disrupter

  • What can the maritime sector learn from sectors that digitized earlier?
  • How to overcome the resistance to change?
  • What are typical responses from incumbents?
  • What are typical approaches from disrupters?
  • How should a workforce prepare?
  • Will business models change?

Ewout Mante, AI & Digital Transformation Consultant

12:10  Q&A

12:30 Networking lunch sponsored by ABB


This session will discuss how smart technologies are able to meet the need of tug owners to optimise efficiency, safety and minimise costs.

13:40 Implementation of smart functions to achieve safer and more sustainable operations

  • Evolving smart technologies offer new solutions for your fleet.
  • Implementation of smart functions to enable more informed decisions.
  • Achieve safer and more sustainable operations through smart technology.

Dr Christina Wang, Vice President, Global Marine, ABS

13:55 Remote operation technologies
Oskar Levander, Senior Vice President, Concepts and Innovation, Kongsberg Maritime

14:15 Engine health monitoring system

  • Monitoring of engine health and running conditions.
  • How it collects and analyses data from the engine, transmission system and other components on a vessel.
  • How it keeps fuel consumption and CO2 emissions to a minimum.
  • How this system ensure the fleet operates efficiently and environmentally friendly.

Tommy Ruan, Senior Manager, Commercial Marine, MTU Asia

14:30 Electric, digital and connected tugs for safe and sustainable operations

  • Emission reduction and fault tolerance with energy storage and fuel cells.
  • Safety and efficiency with improved situational awareness and controllability.
  • Increased safety and transparency with autonomous and remote control.

Captain Eero Lehtovaara, AFNI, Head of Regulatory & Public Affairs, ABB

14.45 Q&A


This session presents an analysis of the costs and benefits of using smart technologies for various functions and processes. It will also discuss development on the standards for smart technologies.

15:00 Panel Discussion: Case studies and user experiences on smart technologies

  • How is shift on smart technologies and digital shipping affecting the business?
  • How are smart technologies integrated on current processes?
  • Can they see ROI already and what are the challenges that came up?
  • Is the industry going in the right direction for digital adoptation, or is it already behind?

Panellists include:
Romi Kaushal, Managing Director, Keppel Smit Towage
David Yeo, CEO, Innovez One

15:40 Panel Discussion: How can players all come together to agree on a specific standard for smart technologies?

  • Do we want the maritime industry to be one where there are various standards because of different technologies?
  • To what extent supply side will allow information sharing with other platforms whilst remaining competitive?
  • Addressing the short to long term issues on industry standards and collaboration.  

Panellists include:

Dr Christina Wang, Vice President, Global Marine, ABS
Arnstein Eknes, Segment Director, Offshore Service Vessels, DNV GL
Bernard Wong, Head (Fleet Management), PSA Marine

Ewout Mante, AI & Digital Transformation Consultant

16:20 Networking coffee break sponsored by MTU


Although autonomous vessels are further in the future, this session would provide an update on the developments on autonomous tugs and an update on current projects on it.

17:00 Assuring autonomy - thinking outside the 'box'

  • Establishing the concept of use and finding purpose.
  • Remembering seafarers and integrating sustainably.
  • Finding equivalence and establishing what is 'safe'.
  • Validation and verification, where to start, when to stop, and what to do in the middle.

Dipali Kuchekar, Electrotechnical Specialist, Marine & Offshore, Lloyd's Register Singapore

17:15 R&D update on autonomous tugs

  • Current studies and initiatives on autonomous tugs.
  • Collaborations to date between all stakeholders.
  • Mapping the timescale towards an autonomous future .

Kie Hian Chua, Scientist, Technology Centre for Offshore and Marine, Singapore (TCOMS)

17:30 Spiral development approach for autonomous tugs

  • Technological challenges of autonomous tugs
  • Spiral development approach
  • Systems integration and process implementation
  • Current autonomous tug project development

Chee Wai Chan, System Engineering Director, Unmanned Maritime Systems, ST Engineering Electronics

17:45 Q&A

17:55 Chairman’s closing remarks

18:00 End of conference

* Programme subject to change/amendments

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