Main Conference Day 1 - 28th March, Wednesday

8:15 - 8:50 Registration & Refreshments

8:50 - 9:00 Welcome note by Chairperson

9:00 - 9:45 MARINA’S Multi-Stakeholder Approach to Strengthening the Philippines’ Maritime Industry

Dr Marcial Quirico C. Amaro III, Chief Executive, Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA)
With over 7100 islands, and a population of over 100 million, the Philippines is in the global spotlight for its surging demand for inter-island connectivity. Across this archipelagic nation, city mayors are yearning for better transport options for their citizens via fast-ferries and Ro-Ro vessels. Yet concurrently, of major concern is operational safety, with domestic operators utilizing progressively ageing vessels. In 2016, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) promoted re-fleeting initiatives in a bid to modernize existing vessels and reduce the average vessel age, currently over 30. In this opening keynote, learn policy updates driving the advancement of safety, resilience and environmental friendliness of maritime operations in the Philippines’ – and discover MARINA’s strategies to strengthen public-private dialogue and support for the ferry sector, taking critical steps to creating a maritime transport industry that is even more vibrant, progressive and globally competitive.

Dr Marcial Quirico C. Amaro III

Chief Executive
Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA)

9:45 - 10:20 How Will Inland Waterway Development Drive the Next Wave of Ferry Market Growth in Asia?

Mr Kemal Heryandri, Head of Research & Development, , Indonesian RO-RO Owners Association
  • What is the potential for inland waterway connectivity to solve Indonesia’s urban traffic congestion woes?
  • Developing archipelago inter-island naval highways to boost strategic maritime economic development
  • Exploring the potential for RORO vessel expansion in Indonesia: Current plans for waterway expansion and dredging and quantifying the population need
  • How can public-private partnerships expedite ferry terminal improvement and service delivery?

Mr Kemal Heryandri

Head of Research & Development,
Indonesian RO-RO Owners Association

10:30 - 11:00 Morning coffee & Networking break

11:00 - 11:45 Driving Maritime Growth & Capacity Expansion in the Maldives

Mr Ibrahim Latheef, General Manager, Maldives Transport and Contracting Company
Overseeing comprehensive aspects of maritime development, the MTCC plays a cornerstone role in the future of the Maldives. This state-linked entity oversees harbor construction, dredging and waterway management, on top of delivering public transport solutions via high-speed ferries. In this session, discover the growth potential in the Maldives, and hear how the nation's largest provider is meeting this need by implementing stringent quality control systems, adopting the latest technological innovations and relentless efforts to recruit and retain qualifi ed employees.

Mr Ibrahim Latheef

General Manager
Maldives Transport and Contracting Company

11:45 - 12:30 Session reserved for ABB

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch & Networking

8:00 - Modernizing ROROs in the Philippines: Why, How, & The Case Study of Starlite Ferries

Mr Francis Cusi, CEO, Starlite Ferries
Since beginning operations in 1995 Starlite Ferries has grown to one of the most trusted vessel operators based in Batangas. Today Starlite is one of the fastest-expanding operators, with new routes opening between Batangas, Mindoro, Luzon and Mindanao. Beginning a complete refl eeting process in 2015, Starlite has by late 2016 commissioned 7 new custom-built vessels, with 8 more to come. In this session, hear directly from the CEO on his thoughts on improving vessel quality in the Philippines.

  • Why is there an urgent need to modernize? Facts, figures and the hard and soft evidence
  • The Starlite case and key considerations in design and shipyard selection
  • Weighing CAPEX against long-term ROI: Costs and benefits of owning a brand new RoRo vessel
  • Moving forward: What could be done to make refleeting viable for the average operator?

Mr Francis Cusi

CEO
Starlite Ferries

14:15 - 15:00 Which are the Most Effective Strategies to Enhance Ferry Safety?

Mr Russell Wilson, Owner & CEO, Scoot Fast Cruises , , , ,
  • To what extent does vessel age affect safety of ferry operations?
  • Best practices in equipment operations and maintenance to retain long-term vessel performance and durability
  • Overloading, regulation non-conformance and negligence: Debating the human element in accident occurrence and prevention
  • What are the most effective strategies to instill safety-first ethics in the captain and crew?

Mr Russell Wilson

Owner & CEO
Scoot Fast Cruises

15:00 - 15:30 Afternoon Tea & Networking Break

15:30 - 17:00 C-Level Technology Tank

Don’t blink! In this session, discover new technologies enabling maritime shipping and ferry businesses to improve efficiency, responsiveness and handle larger volumes – and critically evaluate whether they can help you grow your business!

4 technology leaders are given the chance to speed-pitch their solution to a judging panel of C-level decision-makers open to procurement. Each vendor is allocated a total of 25 mins in the following format:

5 mins Product speed-pitch
10 mins Question & Answer from the judging
panel
10 mins Question & Answer from the fl oor
Total time per solution provider: 25 mins

15-min break between each 2 solution providers

Don’t miss this chance to get updated on the best solutions available worldwide, and speak directly with solution providers on the feasibility of implementation!

10:20 - 10:30 Speed networking