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6th Tanker Operator Hamburg conference - October 19, 2017
People, performance and technology

Maintaining staff passion in shipping - continuing our improvement in safety
A sensible approach to new technology - cybersecurity - ensuring the extra complexity does not make things worse
Approaches to rope - business benefits of catering investment

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Supported by


Karl Jeffery, publisher, Tanker Operator magazine
44-208 150 5292 

Mel Skinner, sponsorship manager
Tel +44 208 950 3323




Hamburg Hafen Hotel 
Seewartenstraße 9
Hamburg 20459

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Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM CEST
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This year we looked at two topics in particular which have strong relevance to the interests of senior management of tanker companies.

We will look at maintaining staff passion about shipping, and ways to get better at seeing staff as an asset rather than a cost - as a pathway to continuing the improvement in safety. 

We'll look at how to make sure new technology is adopted sensibly, so companies can make more with it, but without it overcomplicating operations.

We will look in more depth at making better choices about rope, cybersecurity, and the business benefits of investing in improved shipboard catering.


8.30 - Welcome coffee

Dimitris Lyras, Director of Ulysses Systems
9.15 Chairman's introduction

9.20 Martin Shaw, Managing Director, Marine Operations and Assurance Management Solutions

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Putting people at the centre of ship operation
-Improvement in marine safety has slowed down - has the current paradigm reached its limits?
-Do our unruly, poorly integrated and complex technologies, combined with rigid, complex management systems, contribute to the problem?
-The human element focus has been on the human as an "error prone component" rather than looking at the contribution people can make, to safety, environmental performance, and efficient and reliable operation. Can this be improved?
- What ideas can we learn from other industries, and the study of resilience engineering?

9.50 Stephan Polomsky, SP Hamburg Tankers GmbH

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Where is shipping steering to? Consolidation and Remote Controlled?

10.20 Capt. Matthias Imrecke, Managing Partner, Imrecke Consulting (former managing director, OSM Ship Management Hamburg)
Reflective learning, mentoring, safety leadership!
- Is the shore organization ready to bring passion back into shipping?

10.50 Break

11.20 Jose Milhazes, Global Manager - Business Application Manager & Ship Owner Business Process Manager at Stolt-Nielsen Limited

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-Keeping staff (onboard and onshore) passionate about shipping
- Improving the approach to cybersecurity and autonomous ships, what problem are we trying to solve?
– Lack of cybersecurity from marine approved systems by class society.

11.50 Christian Ioannou, managing director,  MCTC Marine Ltd

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Business case of improved catering - experience with German tanker company
- achieving cost savings onboard while improving quality and hygiene
-  real catering management scenarios
- impact on crew moral, retention rate and reduced number of "food-related diseases"
- experience working with tanker operator Essberger

12.20 Discussion

12.40 Lunch

1.40 Constantin Kontargyris, managing director, Factor01 GmbH, former group CIO, TUV Rheinland Group

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how the shipping industry might have something to learn from the way that other industries handle classification and certification, particularly in their use of technology

2.10 Patrick Rossi, Maritime Cyber Security service manager & ISDS Approval Engineer, Maritime Advisory - DNV GL Hamburg

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Cybersecurity and shipping
-       The human element
-        Nuts & Bolts behind the Cyber Security Risks & Threats
-        Incidents and cyber findings observed by DNV GL
-        The TMSA3 Cyber KPIs


2.40 Robin Collett, Regional Sales Manager, Samson

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Rope:a new perspective on risk management through line maintenance and selection

3.10 Discussion

3.30 Close

Past Hamburg events:

Hamburg Oct 2016 - see event agenda    view the list of attendees

Hamburg Oct 2015 - see event agenda view the list of attendees

Hamburg Oct 2014 - see event agenda    view the list of attendees 

Hamburg Hafen Hotel, Sept 2013 - see event agenda,   view the list of attendees

Hamburg Radisson Blu Hotel September 19 2012