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Commercial shipping of the new generation will see the introduction of innovations and inventions that will go beyond the decarbonisation of propulsion, although in many cases they will be preparatory to enabling it efficiently. A precise development trend is that of on-board automation, with the aim of further reducing the need for personnel on long stretches of ocean navigation, not only in navigation (autonomous or remotely piloted ships) but also in on-board management, through the IoT, high-density dedicated wireless networks capable of covering the entire load of a large container ship (or cruise passengers), edge computing for data consolidation, blockchain for their integrity, new low-altitude satellite internet connections augmented reality and teleoperators for maintenance… A second, more low-profile trend is emerging. The growing level of geopolitical and economic competition, the spread of piracy near choke-points or transit areas, the greater technological sophistication of criminal groups: all these factors suggest that even commercial shipping will have to move in a non-secure environment, guaranteed, for example in positioning and navigation, for more than thirty years taken for granted with GNSS. Abbreviations such as Assured Positioning, Navigation and Timing will become familiar, just like inertial systems, robotic self-defence systems …


  • evolution in communication and navigation systems
  • blockchain and Distributed Ledgers
  • augmented reality
  • cloud platforms, edge computing, internet of things (IoT), 5G
  • maritime autonomous systems and marine drones
  • cybersecurity
  • self-defence and anti-drone systems for ships and port infrastructures
  • the protection of resources and submerged infrastructures: technological solutions


Chairman: Fabio Capocaccia, IIC- International Institute of Communications

Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS)
Amm. Isp. (CP) Luigi Giardino, Head of the VI Navigation and Maritime Safety Department – General Commander, Port Authorities – Coast Guard

Disruptive technologies in the maritime world
Daniele Guarnaccia, Business Development, Cetena

Digital fleets
Stefano Di Santo, CEO, Ecospray

Introducing the Smart Container ISO, the first container that combines adv impressions and logistics, and can also work as a clean source of energy
Lorenzo Zeppa, CEO, Evidens

The encrise of cyber attack and vulnerabilities in ports and shipping, risks and best practices to be adopted
Katia Redini, Corporate Sales Manager, CY4Gate

The future of the digital transition in logistics: virtual community and sector excellence
Davide Falteri, Presidente, Consorzio Global

Use of new SatCom technologies in the ships of the future
Andrea Visentin, Principal, Arthur D. Little

Drones and shipping
Enrico Molisani, MRILawyers – Wegal

Enabling security and efficiency for maritime ecosystem through cloud computing
Michele Zunino, CEO, NETALIA

CUBE. Perspectives of digitalization for resilient shipping operations
Marta Galletti, Italy Marine Digital Business Development Manager, RINA

Application of artificial intelligence to on-board healthcare and boarding planning
Gian Enzo Duci, Managing Director, Esa Group

Maritime Cybersecurity. What are we missing?
Roberto San Martin, Senior Project Officer for Maritime Security, EMSA

The autonomous Underwater Vehicles Universe
Stefano Brizzolara, Professor Virginia Tech, Aerospace and Ocean Engineering Department