03 JUNE 2019 | 08:30 - 16:30





Ships are transporting
90% of world trade: as the planet’s lifeblood, it is vital for the provision of sustainable living conditions

New demands for cleaner and even more environmentally friendly ships re quire dramatic changes in the industry. Autonomy is part of the solution.

Ships and ports represent very promising applications of autonomy. It can create new, safe and clean jobs and boost commerce.


This summit will give you the full overview of how senior commercial, governmental and international decision makers view the future of autonomous and smart shipping and how it will contribute to a sustainable future for our planet. What are the possibilities and obstacles, where will smart and autonomous ships be used and how will the industry adapt? How effective will they be at meeting our environmental challenges, and how will these challenges impact upon the development of our new ships?

Speaker / contribitors


Lise Kingo is the CEO and Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact, which is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative with more than 13,500 signatories from 170 countries that have committed to aligning strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and taking actions that advance societal goals.


Director for Waterborne Transport inDirectorate-General for Mobility and Transport within the European Commission, since 16/10/2016.
Her Directorate is responsible for the development and follow-up of the implementation of policies in support of logistics, maritime transport, ports, and inland navigation.After joining the European Commission in 2006, to work in the Directorate-General for Internal Market and Services, she was appointed as the Head of Unit for Clean Transport, Urban Transport and Intelligent Transport Systems - between May 2009 and June 2011. In July 2011 she became Head of Unit dealing with Maritime Transport policy and Logistics, until taking up the post of Director for Sustainable and Innovative Mobility in DG MOVE on 1 May 2014 to 15 October 2016.


Harmen van Dorsser is a true innovator and entrepreneur in the Port of Rotterdam organization. He advises the Harbourmaster on nautical innovations and is involved as a coach and trainer in various innovation projects, such as the startup program Port XL. Within the Port of Rotterdam, he is program managers Habour Master Next Generation and has to prepare the Port Authority to welcome captains and ships of the future. Smart Shipping, Make it Happen!

Magne Nilsen

Magne Nilsen is Chief Underwriting Officer, Specialty with Gard AS, which is the largest P&I Club in the world and also a notable insurer within marine and energy. Gard is actively involved in finding insurance solutions for autonomous vessels. Magne is a Master of Science in Petroleum Economics and has been with Gard for 18 years joining from Norsk Hydro.


VP Special Projects, Wilh. Wilhelmsen Holding ASA.
Since his graduation as naval architect at the Norwegian Technical University in Trondheim in 1978, Per has held a number of leading positions in the Norwegian maritime supplier, service and ship-owning industry. For the past 16 years he has been employed by the Wilhelmsen group, most of his time as head of the technical department. Per has in all his career been engaged in technology development within maritime safety, environment and efficiency. Per is now heading Wilhelmsen activities within renewables and autonomy technology. He is chairing the BoD of Massterly AS, the Kongsberg Wilhelmsen joint venture for autonomous vessel operations.


Lars Alvestad is the acting Director General of Shipping and Navigation at the Norwegian. Maritime Authority (NMA) His role at the NMA involves vessel politics, newbuild approval and certification, technical rules and regulations, risk and analyses and seafarers certification and education. Alvestad also leads the NMA’s focus within green shipping technology and is an active participant in several major industry and governmental projects and initiatives. Prior to joining the NMA in 2008, Alvestads background includes many years as master mariner on a variety of vessels, and also extensive experience within project management for new build and vessel design and in international shipping in Africa and Asia.


Director Blue Line Logistics
Antoon Van Coillie is an entrepreneur who started an inland shipping company, Blue Line Logistics, in 2011 with novel inland barges, so called Pallet Shuttle Barges (aka ZULU’s) which are specifically designed for moving goods on pallet, in bigbags or in roll containers. This realises a real modal shift from road to waterway in areas with road congestion and emission issues. It started its activities in Belgium and is now expanding in other European countries. Since then he has founded ZULU Associates, a platform to initiate, develop and invest in marine component of logistic chains. The main areas of development pursued to achieve modal shift are autonomous inland barges, autonomous short sea shipping vessels as well as alternative propulsion modes in order to achieve zero or near to zero emission propulsion in both cases.

Tom Eystø

CEO of  Massterly
The new established joint venture between Kongsberg Maritime and Wilhelmsen. Tom has a background from the Norwegian Navy and a bachelor in Robotics. He has been in Kongsberg Maritime the last 20 years and started out as a software engineer in dynamic positioning and has been in several manager positions for the last 15 years. In addition to his positions in Norway, Tom has had an expat period in Singapore as Regional Support Manager for Fare East Asia, and before moving to Massterly was Vice president in Products and Services in Kongsberg Maritime AS, and is responsible for Bridge Systems. Tom recognizes the benefit and the potential new technology has had for different industries. He believes that the shipping industry is now standing on the edge of a new era, but technology by itself will not drive a transformation in the industry, it is only when we link new technology with new incentives, or business models that we will see a success in an emerging market. Electrification and autonomy will be key drivers in transforming the shipping industry.

Dr Henrik Ringbom

Professor II (part-time) at the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law at the University of Oslo and the University of Turku in Finland. He is a member of the Norwegian Forum for Autonomous Shipping and the Comité Maritime International's international working group on autonomous ships and has participated in numerous research projects on autonomous ships, including Finnish research projects AAWA and D4V. Dr Ringbom’s previous work experience includes being Head of Unit for Marine Environment, Training and Statistics at the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in Lisbon (2007-2012), Research Fellow at the University of Oslo (2003-2007) and Administrator at the Maritime Safety Unit of the European Commission in Brussels (1997-2003). He has published widely in the field of European and international shipping law and is the past president of the Finnish Maritime Law Association.

More speakers to be announced...

WHY attend?

Experience the latest in ship autonomy around the globe.
Meet C-level executives and Key Stakeholders to discover insights into customer demands and the future of auton- omous shipping.
Gain key insights from the leading voices in the industry. Discuss legislative issues in the industry.


0830 – 0930
Registration, networking, coffee and snacks

0930 – 0940Opening and welcome0940 – 1000
Challenges for our world and our transport systems

1000 – 1100Sustainable and efficient ship transport – an imperative need for the world

1100 - 1130
Coffee and light snacks
1130 – 1230
Autonomous and smart ships as enablers for sustainable transport
1230 – 1330
Deliberation lunch
1330 – 1430
Allowing the autonomous ship to sail
1430 – 1500
Networking coffee
1500 – 1600
Creating the jobs of the future
The new role of the cargo owner in ship transport systems
Buses to Town Hall for VIP Reception
VIP Reception at Town Hall with Prime Minister


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