Taking place at Seatrade Offshore Marine & Workboats Middle East, the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) UAE branch, will be examining the viability of harnessing overall savings in offshore operations and future proofing the future of the industry sector via two interactive panel discussions.

This innovative forum is set to deliver unrivaled insight throughout a series of unbiased discussions that will challenge the way you view the future of the maritime industry. As with previous IMarEST events, this is set to be an opportunity not to be missed.

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About the event



The three day event gives you the opportunity to listen and learn from some of the industry’s leading personalities. The conference programme will include top-level discussions on the important trends within the industry, as well as technical and practical discussion forums. 

This highly regarded and well attended event will continue to serve as a meeting point for international industry professionals to come together and do business. We look forward to welcoming you.

Register your free conference ticket today!

Technical Forums
in association with IMarEST

Panel 1: Optimising operations using existing technology
26 September - 11:15 - 12:15 - Knowledge Theatre

Panel 2: Future-proofing the offshore industry
26 September - 12:30 - 13:30 - Knowledge Theatre


Conference passes are free - register your place today to secure your seat in this must-attend forum.


Optimising operations using existing technology

Discussions during this highly stimulating opening session held under the theme of ‘Optimizing operations using existing technology’, will focus on maintenance strategies, OSV designs, optimizing use of assets, disruption to safe operations when cold stacking vessels and other ad hoc topics raised by the audience. 

The experienced diverse panel will contribute with knowledge transfer and exchange of pragmatic visions giving participants an opportunity to understand more fully, current technology trends commensurate with operational efficiency opportunities. 

Those lateral thinkers have been invited as panellists who are known to up the ante of discussions. Come witness first-hand the esteemed speakers who promise to inform, advise and educate, in a relaxed yet professional environment – specifically created to enable delegates leverage the experience of peers about the best ideas and innovations in the industry. 

MODERATOR: Nikeel Idnani, Honorary Secretary, Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) UAE Branch

- Technical Forum Panel 1: 11:15 - 12:15 - Knowledge Theatre

This session will look at how the maritime landscape is changing tack to adjust to an altering business environment. With fierce competition, only vessels which are commercially viable will be absorbed in the market. Relevant stakeholders need to understand how ship designs must adapt by being fit for purpose and safe. 

Concurrently, technology is deemed to play a bigger part in shipping. The panel will discuss how the maritime industry needs to evolve from being traditionally data-poor to harnessing the power of Big Data enabling better decision-making. Will digitization inevitably drive the industry in a new direction? If so, when can we expect tangible changes? Will regulations be adapted quick enough in the face of disruptive change?

The panellists who are recognized industry leaders representing progressive ship owners, contemporary yards, innovative classification societies, world-class energy field operators and cutting-edge equipment manufacturers will forecast the acceptance of new technologies. In this not-to-be-missed opportunity, the audience will keep abreast of the most pressing industry matters and encouraged to ask pertinent questions about how an efficient and innovative approach will solve tomorrow’s known and unknown maritime challenges. 

MODERATOR: Nikeel Idnani, Honorary Secretary, Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) UAE Branch

Future-proofing the offshore industry

- Technical Forum Panel 2: 12:30 - 13:30 - Knowledge Theatre