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Digitization and Automation in the Maritime Supply Chain

  • Copenhagen Business School 14 Kilevej Frederiksberg, 2000 Denmark (map)

Digitization and automation has recently become a hot topic among companies and organizations in the global maritime supply chain. Discussions center around such different notions as autonomous ships, fully automated ports, digitized shipping information and documentation, automatic monitoring of vessels and equipment, and more. The fully autonomous ship can be considered a possible and realistic solution for the international transportation of goods in the near future, which raises questions about time horizon and transition, as well as the business models and management systems needed to accommodate the changes, and the risk and reward distribution, allocation of responsibility, cyber security, and laws and regulation.

This conference aims to shed light on the transition period from manned to autonomous ships. The speakers are maritime researchers and industry participants from various nodes in the global maritime supply chain.


Session 1
Automation is a hot topic in the maritime industry. This session examines the extent and directions of automation of ships and ports: How far are we? What areas and functions will be digitalized? What challenges may arise? And what implications will the development have for the business models of the future?

Session 2
Digitization of the Maritime Supply Chain
This session looks at the implications for voyage planning and ship management, claims and realities of digitization in relation to documentary paperwork, and the legal challenges.

Session 3
Panel Debate A discussion of the challenges and issues in relation to digitizing and automating the maritime supply chain, including a realistic time horizon, allocation of responsibility, risk and reward distribution, management innovation, cyber security, law and regulation, and other relevant issues.

The conference is held in collaboration with CBS Maritime and TINV
The conference is free of charge.
Please note that a no-show fee of 450 DKK will be added if you do not cancel at least 24 hours before the conference.