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HKPortBoard  InvestHK  HIPG  anglo eastern  LISCR  Pacific Basin


One of shipping’s most pressing bottom-line battles – regulatory compliance – is being waged by an army of innovators.


Meeting the 2020 sulphur cap mandate, for example, requires sound management but, ultimately, it will be innovators that lead the charge towards the 2050 decarbonisation target for which the IMO’s mandate is just a stepping stone.


Fuel technology, from LNG to hydrogen, will require R&D budgets to meet an ambitious generational goal, but innovation will focus less on the vessel and more on the efficiency of an increasingly integrated global supply chain.


For some, it is about technology (digital ships, AI, autonomy). For others, digitalisation offers a new way of engaging with customers (trading platforms, blockchain, trade finance security). For others, it represents an entirely new way of doing business (digital operation, ship-as-a-service, value beyond the vessel).


Much of the innovation already underway is not so much a single device or tool, but new ways of processing information and/or activities.


While data offers many opportunities, it is already revealing vulnerabilities in existing systems (cyber risk and the inherent fragmentation of data in seaborne supply chains). Ensuring each new system is interoperable with both existing and new models requires collaboration along the whole chain and a level of data governance that has so far proven unattainable.


The Hong Kong Forum, sponsored by the Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board during HK Maritime Week, will bring together frontline innovators already collaborating on projects in shipping and trailblazers outside maritime who are pursuing more efficient ways of connecting the supply chain.


 Panel 1: Innovators & Outsiders    Panel 2: The Decarbonisers 

  • How far shipping is away from its digital transformation tipping point?
  • What the future will hold for blockchain applications in shipping?
  • How to have the right innovation teams in place?
  • How can shipping better prepare for cyber-attacks and data theft?
  • How reasonable and defendable is it to use LNG as a transition fuel ahead of the IMO's 2050 decarbonisation targets?
  • Should the burden of decarbonisation be placed squarely on the fuel supply side of the equation, or are there other ways we can get to the goal?
  • The use of future fuels and renewables seems to be a question of chicken and the egg in terms of financing new technologies. How can we overcome this?
  • How will the new fuels affect the future asset values and how will that play into market conditions going forward?




William Fairclough, Managing Director, Wah Kwong
Shah Irani, Chief Technology Officer, Fleet Management
Christophe Letelier, Head of Business Development, International Supply Chain, Asia Pacific, Kuehne+Nagel
Steve Sui, Chief Executive Officer, CargoSmart




Arthur Bowring, former MD of HKOSA
Bjorn Hojgaard, Chief Executive Officer, Anglo Eastern
Joseph Law, Senior Director, Planning and Development, CLP Power
Guy Platten, Secretary General, International Chamber of Shipping



Meet the panelists




3.00pm Registration
3.30pm Panel discussions
5.30pm Drinks reception
6.30pm Event closes

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