Sustainable Maritime Industry Conference

Innovating For a Greener Future

Sustainable Maritime Industry Conference

Innovating For a Greener Future

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Sustainable development is at the forefront of global discussions, and the
maritime industry has a significant role to play in this context. The maritime
industry is said to be responsible for a considerable amount of pollution
and as such needs to explore new and innovative ways to reduce its
environmental impact while still maintaining its economic viability.


Conference Main Topics




Innovation and Digitization


New Technologies


Capacity building

Conference Agenda

Day 1

Time Activity Participation/Responsibility
08:30 – 09:30 Welcoming & registration
9:45 VIP Tour of the exhibition
10:00 Opening Ceremony
  • The Saudi National Anthem
  • Holy Quran Recitation
  • Welcoming Speech by his Excellency the Acting President of the Transport General Authority – Dr. Rumaih bin Mohammed Al-Rumaih
  • SMIC Video
  • Remark by the Secretary General of the International
  • Maritime Organization – Mr. Kitack Lim
  • Live Show
  • Remark by his Excellency the Minister of the Transport and
  • Logistic Services – Eng. Saleh Bin Nasser Al-Jasser
  • MoU’s signing and Honoring Ceremony
  • Closing
11:00 – 11:15 Keynote Address:
Regenerating the Red Sea: A Vision for the Future

Raed Albasseet
Group Chief Environment & Sustainability Officer Red Sea Global “RSG”

11:15 – 12:15 PANNEL: Saudi & Middle east green initiatives contribution to Maritime Decarbonization , Readiness & RoadMap Panelist 

  • Eng. Sulaiman Almazroua
  • Omar Hariri
    (Saudi Port Authority – MAWANI, President)
  • Eng. Ali Al Ghamdi
    (National Center for Environmental Compliance CEO)
  • Mohammed Al-Asiri
    (Saudi Red Sea Authority – Acting CEO)


Dr. Omaimah Bamasag
Deputy of Transport Enabelment at Transport General Authority, Saudi Arabia

12:15- 13:15 Lunch and Prayer
13:15 – 13:30 Keynote Address:
Towards a Sustainable Maritime Future

Dr.Jose Matheickal​
Department of Partnerships and Projects, International Maritime Organization (IMO), Director.

13:30 – 14:30 PANNEL: New technologies & alternative fuels Panelist 

  • Eng.Khaled Alhammad
    (Bahri Ship Management, President)
  • Eng. Khaled Alrashed
    (SIRC Group COO)
  • Prof. James Turner
    (Professor of Mechanical Engineering, KAUST Head of Advanced Vehicle Propulsion Laboratory, Clean Combustion Research Center)
  • Gareth Burton
    (ABS Tech. VP)
    (Technology and Logistics at P&O Maritime Logistics, Head)


Dr. Hussain Bassi
Energy Consultant

14:30 – 15:30 PANNEL: Maritime Circular Economy Panelist 

  • Mr. Paul Holthus
    (President and CEO, WORLD OCEAN COUNCIL: ​The Global Blue Economy ​Business and Investment Organization)
  • Dr. Peterside Dakuku
    (Former DG/CEO at Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA)
  • Amb. Nancy Karigithu
    (Specialist Advisor on Blue Economy​, Executive Office of the President, Kenya.)
  • Henning Gramnn
    (Managing Owner GSR Services GmbH, Germany​)


Eng.Ali Shehab DNV
DNV Global Director for Special Projects & Services

15:30 – 19:00 Break
19:00 – 21:00 GALA Dinner


Time Activity Participation/Responsibility
13:00 – 14:00 Workshop 1:

Hybrid Tech. in Maritime Transport


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Vivek Balagopal
(Technical Expert – Hybrid Technology)
13:00 – 14:00 Workshop 2:

Saudi Smart Ports


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Mr.Raed Almaziad
(Digital Transformation Executive Director)
13:00 – 14:00 Workshop 3:

Sustainable fuel


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Sandeep Padhi
(Technical Expert – Sustainable Fuels)
14:00 – 15:00 Workshop 5:

Next Generation for Smart and Sustainable Logistics

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Naïk Londono
(Co Founder and Co CEO at AELER Technologies)

Day 2

Time Activity Participation/Responsibility
09:00 – 09:15 Keynote
Maritime Digital Transformation, Innovation

Peter Hanstén

Head of Global Decarbonisation Services

09:15 – 10:15 PANNEL: Ships to Shore Connectivity Panelist

  • Saud Alonainy
    (Saudi Port Authority – MAWANI, VP Operation)
  • Laurent Parenté
    (Director General​ at International Mobile Satellite Organization
  • Dr. Eng. Hanan Kaffoura
    (Business Development Manager M.E.N.A. Area​ at Nat Power, Milan – Italy, Ambassador at ONTM, Consultant at IMO)
  • Lydia Ngugi
    (Head of the Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre for Africa MTCC Africa)
  • James Collett
    (Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine,Managing Director)


Dr. Majed Almas
Head of the Marine Engineering Department – Faculty of Maritime Studies – KAU

10:15 – 11:15 PANNEL: Digitalization and Cybersecurity Panelist

  • Capt Abhay Nimbalkar
    (CEO , Greenfield Marine Technologies​)
  • GIna Panayiotou
    (Founder & CEO, Oceans Arena UK)
  • Dr. Alaa U. Khawaja
    (Deputy Director at IMTC, Assistant Professor at FMS)
  • Alessio Garofalo
    (Chief Technology Officer at Oxagon)


Eng. Kamal Aljunaidi
General Manger of Maritime Transport Policies & International Organization Affairs

11:15- 12:15 PANNEL: Autonomous Ships Trends (AI) Panelist

  • Nasser F. Al Hazzani
    (Chief Operating Officer at Zamil Offshore Services Company)
  • Adel Kalantar
    (Director of Maritime Business Development Department at Dubai Maritime Authority of the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation)
  • Gareth Burton
    (Vice President, Technology​ American Bureau of Shipping)
  • Kaimu Abdi Abdullah
    (Director General and Registrar of Seafarers and Ships – Tanzania Shipping Agencies Corporation (TASAC)


Capt. Shabbir Hashmi
Manging Director Nautica offshore LTD

12:15- 13:15 Lunch and Prayer
13:15 – 13:30 Speakers
Smart-Tech for Safer & Secure Maritime Transport
Ian Edward(Director of Middle East & Africa Maritime​)
13:30 – 12:30 PANNEL: New Ways for Maritime Security Panelist

  • Naji Aljohani
    (Commander of Jeddah Academy for Maritime Science and Security Studies)
  • Commodore Yasser Al-Thumali
    ( planning and organization department manager at west fleet )
  • Chris Trelawny
    (Deputy Secretary General​ International Organization of Airport and Seaport Police INTERPORTPOLICE)
  • Kiruja Micheni
    (Project Manager at International Maritime Organizaion IMO)


Eng.Essam  Alammari
VP Advisor – Regulation Sector at TGA

10:00 – 14:00 Sites visit
20:00 – 21:00 City Tour


Time Activity Participation/Responsibility
09:00 – 10:00 Workshop 6:
Autonomous Ships
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Dipali Dilip Kuchekar
(Product Manager: Autonomous Systems and Novel Technologies:
Marine and Offshore in Lloyd’s Register, Singapore)
09:00 – 10:00 Workshop 7:
Digitalization Journey
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Jaideep Vohra
(Director of Fleet Performance & Drydocking Department)
10:00 – 11:00 Workshop 8:
Smart ship solutions
(Rawabi Vallianz)
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Eng. Anish Asokan
(Dry Docking & Projects Technical Manager at Rawabi Vallianz Offshore Services Co., Saudi Arabia)
10:00 – 11:00 Workshop 9:
Initiatives to Respond to Marine Oil Spills and Protect the Marine Environment
(National Center for Environmental Compliance)
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Eng. Rayan Mohammed Altowairqi

(Environmental Emergency Specialist)

10:00 – 11:00 Workshop 10:
The role of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in promoting maritime security through exective
implementation of the DCoC/JA
(General Directorate of Border Guard)
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Rear Admiral Naji Aljohani
(Commander of Jeddah Academy for Maritime Science and Security Studies)

Day 3

Time Activity Participation/Responsibility
09:00– 09:15 Keynote
Shaping the future of seafarers in the maritime industry
Milhar Fuazudeen(Director, FinMar Consultants Limited, ​United Kingdom​ Independent Consultant and Expert in implementation of the STCW and STCW-F Conventions)
09:15 – 10:15 Panel : Harmonization Between Maritime Industry & Educational Institutions Panelist 

  • William Azuh
    (​Former Deputy Director​ Subdivision for Maritime Development​ Technical Cooperation Division​ at IMO)
  • Capt. Turki Alshehri​
    (Managing Director​ at National Maritime Academy, Saudi Arabia)
  • Dr. Khanssa Lagdami
    (ITF Seafarers Trust Assistant Professor of Maritime Labour Law & Policy at WMU)
  • Dr.Shadi Alghaffari
    (Vice Dean, Faculty of Maritime Studies at Kaing Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia)
  • Prof.Norman Martinez(Director of International Maritime Law Institution)


Dr. Capt. Ahmed Youssef
Director of Maritime & Offshore Training Centre at the Sharjah Maritime Academy in the United Arab Emirates

10:15 – 11:15 Panel : Women in Maritime Panelist 

  • Dheeraj Sharma
    (Regional Director – Business Development​ Marine & Offshore​ Middle East and Africa at ABS)
  • Katie Lea
    (Director Culture and Engagement at V.)
  • Sanjam Gupta
    (Director at Sitara Shipping Ltd ​and Founder Maritime SheEO)
  • Dr. Lina Eyouni
    (Manager Marine Planning and Monitoring at Red Sea Zone Authority, Red Sea Global, Saudi Arabia)


Dr. Samar Khan

Head, Strategic Partnership – Royal Commission for Makkah City and Holy Cites

11:15 – 12:15 Panel :Executive Leaders Insights (Reflecting Maritime Transformation)
  • Panelist 
    Capt. Abdulrahman Althonayan
    (Transport General Authority, Deputy for Maritime Transport)
  • Rayan Albakri
    (Saudi Port Authority – MAWANI, Advisor to President)
  • Mr. Taher AlDabbagh
    (International Maritime Industries, SVP Operations)
  • Mr. Fahad Bin Nujaifan
    (Deputy, KAP Affairs)
  • Mr. Chakib Abi Saab
    (LR-Chief Technology and Innovation Officer)


Eng. Yousef Aldossary

General Manager Maritime Environment & Safety at Transport General Authority, Saudi Arabia

12:15 – 12:30 Announcing SMIC2023 Recommendations
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch and Prayer
17:00 – 21:00 Umrah (Optional)


Time Activity Participation/Responsibility
09:00 –
Workshop 11:
Evolution in maritime education
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Dr. Johan Bolmsten & Dr. Aref Fakhry
09:00 –
Workshop 12:
Revolutionizing Ports – Exploring the YEP MED Project’s Impact on Redefining Port Roles
(Escola Europea)
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Eduard Rodes
(Founder and CEO of the Escola Europea – Intermodal Transport)
10:00 –
Workshop 13:
Green curriculum
(National Maritime Academy)
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Matthew Stewart
(Vice Principal Learner Experience (NMA), KSA)
10:00 –
Workshop 14:
Seafarers welfare in a changing world
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Chirag Bahri
(International Operations Manager)
11:00 –
Workshop 15:
The future of maritime work
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Dr. Aref Fakhry & Dr. Khanssa Ladami

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Under the patronage of H.E
Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser

Minister of Transport and Logistic Services of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Exhibition & Workshops


In conjunction with the main Sessions of SMIC, an exhibition will be held within the conference venue. The exhibition is intended to provide an opportunity for companies, consulting firms, researcher/academic organizations, and government office to display and demonstrate their activities, services and products.

Booth 30+
Workshops 10+


The Workshops covers all aspects of SMIC production, transportation and distribution and brings together industry professionals, manufacturers, suppliers, contractors giving them direct access to utilities and decision makers involved in the maritime sector.

Saudi Arabia, Jeddah, Ritz Carlton.

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    Sustainable Maritime Industry

    Innovating for a Greener Future

    Sustainable development is at the forefront of global discussions, and the maritime industry has a significant role to play in this context.


    Saudi Arabia, Jeddah, Ritz Carlton