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Maritime Industry Australia Ltd (MIAL) Modern Maritime Conference

Wednesday 9 October and Thursday 10 October
Wednesday 9 October 0900 – 1530 (with the Gala dinner to be held that evening), Thursday 10 October 0900 - 1500

This event is open to all MIAL Members, PACIFIC 2019 trade visitors, exhibitors and conference delegates however, registration fees apply. Register here.

E3.3 Meeting Room, Level 3 Exhibition, ICC Sydney


(The following conference program is correct as of September 24, 2019 but is frequently updated.)
Wednesday October 9, DAY 1  
0900-0905 Welcome
David Parmeter Meeting Room E3.3
0905-0925 Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister
Hon Andrew Gee MP
  An Uncertain World
Chair: Stephen Thompson, CBP
0925-0945 GPS Spoofing on the High Seas - Even low skilled threat actors are now able to interfere with GPS data. As we see greater automation of maritime vessels, the threats to the industry from malicious cyber actors – both sophisticated and those with less audacious objectives are increasing. How can the industry educate and protect itself from these modern day marauders? Andrew Aston, Senior Intelligence Analyst – FireEye
0945-1005 - A better understanding of how modern systems and technology impact the life of a seafarer. Ross Nicholls, Chair of Mission to Seafarers Brisbane Inc and Chair of the Port of Brisbane Port Welfare Committee
1005-1015 Q&A  
1015-1045 Morning Tea E3.4
  SeaSafe 2019 – the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB)
Chair: Gavin Vallely, HFW
  Meeting Room E3.3
1045-1100 A brief overview about the role of the ATSB as the independent ‘no-blame’ national marine investigator. Greg Hood, Chief Commissioner ATSB
1100-1115 Where the ATSB has been, where it is now, and where it will be in the future Noel Hart, Commissioner ATSB
1115-1135 Highlight the use of electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS) – a key outcome from the Bureau’s investigation into the grounding of ABFC Roebuck Bay, which occurred on Henry Reef, Queensland, on 30 September 2017. Tristan Shandy, Transport Safety Investigator
1135-1200 As a panel, discuss aspects of marine accident investigation and the importance of reporting incidents and accidents. Tristan Shandy, Stuart Macleod, Vik Chaudhri & Nat Nagy
1200-1230 Q&A    
1230-1400 Australia’s Energy Future Lunch
Chair: Angela Gillham, MIAL Deputy CEO
  Meeting Room E3.4
  Star of the South, Australia’s first windfarm Andy Evans, Founder/Director/CEO Star of the South  
  Uncertain World – Part II
Chair: Teresa Lloyd, MIAL CEO
1400-1420 Deputy Leader of the Opposition – Australian Labor Party Hon Richard Marles MP Meeting Room E3.3
1420-1530 Operating in the new geopolitical paradigm Air Vice Marshal John Blackburn AO (RTD) MDEFSTUD, MSTRATSTUD  
1530-1830 Pacific 2019 Exhibition Visits
Delegates are encouraged to visit the exhibition floor of Pacific 2019 and view the exhibits from over 500 companies including a splicing demonstration at 3pm from LE Australia at the MIAL Stand
1830-2230 Australia 2050 Banquet
The intimate Australian 2050 Banquet will launch the MIAL Leadership Program to the Australian and international audience for an evening of relaxed enjoyment. Dress to impress.
Pyrmont Theatre Atrium
Thursday October 10, 2019 Day 2
  Brave New World   Meeting Room E3.3
0830-0900 Gamification Paul Van Empel – Managing Director, Uniteam
0900-0905 Q&A  
0905-0920 Technology, vision and extended reality for the Australia Oil & Gas Sector Capt Mark Pointon, General Manager - Offshore Simulation Centre
0920-0925 Q&A  
0925-0945 Why a commercial port is a great home for defence business Craig Carmody, CEO - Port of Newcastle
0945-0950 Q&A  
0950-1010 Planning for the future with a digital mindset: The CMA CGM Group Experience Xavier Eiglier, CEO - ANL Container Line
1010-1015 Q&A  
1015-1030 Reducing bunker costs and emissions: Business led sustainability David Lucido, Managing Director - Sentient Hubs
1030-1100 Morning Tea E3.4
  Digitisation & Planning for 2050
Chair: TBA
  Meeting Room E3.3
1100-1120 Virtual twins at the heart of the transformation in the maritime industry and the Workforce of the Future Francois Mathieu, Marine & Offshore Industry Consulting and Services Director Asia - Dassault Systemes
1120-1130 A case study: NT Ship Lifty Hayley Richards, NT Govt
1130-1140 The SMART Shipyard Damien Bloor
First Marine International, Royal HaskoningDHV
1145-1210 Panel Q&A  
1210-1300 Lunch E3.4
  Fireside Chat: A candid conversation with former leaders
Chair: Catherine McGrath, former ABC Journalist
Meeting Room E3.3
  • Kim Gillis – former Deputy Secretary Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group – Australian Defence Force
  • VADM Tim Barrett, AO, CSC (Rtd) – Former Chief of Navy
  • Christopher Pyne – Former Defence Minister
1400-1500 Fireside Chat – A candid conversation with future leaders
  • Banu Kannu, GM Marketing – Wartsila Corporation
  • Harry Hubbert, Robotic and Autonomous Systems and Artificial Intelligence Project Manager - Royal Australian Navy
  • Katherine Langworthy, Marine Assurance Specialist – Woodside Energy
1430-1450 Panel Discussion/Q&A
1450-1500 MIAL Modern Maritime Conference Close
1500 Onwards Delegates are encouraged to visit the exhibition floor of Pacific 2019 and view the exhibits from over 500 companies

Modern Maritime Conference: Australia’s Energy Future

The urgent need to address climate change and at the same time continue to supply the economy with the affordable energy it needs to grow and help to maintain our standard of living is a conundrum facing many nations all over the world. The pain of transition is being felt particularly acutely here in Australia.

In the shipping world, the challenge of meeting the low sulphur fuel regulations, the resulting shift in fuel demand, and the ongoing need to power maritime trade, while meeting the IMO GHG emissions reduction targets, has created a significant time of change for the global shipping industry.

It is a time of great disruption, with new challenges faced and new opportunities being offered.

With abundant supplies of LNG in close proximity to Australia’s largest export port, the adoption of LNG to power Australia’s dry bulk export market in the short term, and begin the transition to zero carbon shipping, makes a lot of sense.

Recognising where there is a natural convergence of new energy sources and maritime activity will accelerate this transition, and it is important for industry to have a broad understanding of developments in the Australian energy sector. We are only limited by our imagination and ingenuity.

Other key themes to be discussed at the Modern Maritime Conference are:

  • Global outlook; local impact
  • Busting the Myths: Doing business in Australia
  • The Offshore Renaissance
  • Australia’s Maritime Training Capability
  • Future Maritime Leaders
  • Australia’s maritime sustainment
  • Australia’s Maritime Skills Shortage
  • Digitisation: the challenges and opportunities of technology
  • Sea Safe 2019 presented by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau
  • Working with Australian Ports.

MIAL has various sponsorship opportunities available. For further information including Sponsorship opportunities, see here.

Further enquiries: 
Maritime Industry Australia Ltd
03 9647 6000