ETA will hold its 2nd Autumn conference in the morning of the 7th of November in Rotterdam, within the context of the Europort 2019 Exhibition and Conference. The event´s venue will be Rotterdam Ahoy (Ahoyweg 10 3084 BA Rotterdam). We recommend ETA members to book a room as soon as possible at the Mainport Hotel, where the Secretariat has blocked a number of rooms with a discount.  These rooms are available only for a short period.

The event will bring together ETA members to discuss smart business. The scope will be to look into what the thriving business models for the future will be. The panellists will take a look at other business models in parallel sectors that have proven to be successful, in order to learn lessons from these scenarios. You can find here the agenda.

Confirmed speakers:

Alec Laing, Managing Director of ACL Shipbrokers will give an overview of the current situation of the European towage market and an introduction on how EU companies are coping with the new challenges posed by the digitalization of the sector, megaships or higher environmental constraints. 

Marten van den Bossche, Senior Partner and Director Global Practice Transport Infrastructure and Mobility at Ecorys Netherlands. He is an expert in transport and international trade policies and has advised several governments on these areas. Mr. van den Bossche shall describe the way the future looks from a maritime business management perspective.

Ewout Mante,  Digital Transformation Consultant, specialized in technical, commercial, and strategic thinking, specifically in the area of data and AI. Mr. Mante has 20 years experience with data, AI & machine learning,  working with disruptive startups, public companies who face digital disruption, or investors. Mr. Mante will analyse  how new technologies are currently causing disruption in the maritime sector.

Arnstein Eknes is segment Director for Special Ships – DNV GL and Board Member of the Shipping & Offshore Network. He is an expert on the adoption of new technologies in the maritime sector, especially artificial intelligence or the internet of things. Mr. Eknes will explain how maritime business models will need to change in the future to adapt to disruptive changes.

During the conference Ecorys will present its recent study on the economic impact of the maritime towage sector in the European economy in general and also what the current trends indicate.

The conference will be followed by a stand-up meal at the venue.

The event is open to non members and free of charge.

Interested participants are required to register by sending an email to registration@eurotugowners.com.

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