World-famous innovators, charismatic expert keynotes and compelling panels will offer high level insight and knowledge on business evolution and how to create gain from the sustainable ocean opportunities.

Please note, timing and titles of key-notes and panel sessions are tentative, and will be adjusted in the coming months prior to the conference.


Day 1


Keynote: Heading for the Century of the Oceans
Sturla Henriksen, Special Advisor on Oceans to the UN Global Compact

Panel Session: The commercial reality of the new ocean economies
From blue sky thinking to an ocean of reality: The commercial value of the oceans and the frame within this growth must work.

What do we mean by the ocean industries and what are the near-term developments that commercial actors can be involved in?
Where are the opportunities for different parts of the existing maritime industry to add value?
What’s the financial model for opening the oceans to sustainable commercial growth?

Keynote: A True Explorer of Our Times – Going to the Deep
Oliver Steeds, Founder of Nekton Oxford Deep Ocean Research Institute (Nekton).

Panel Session: Entering the Ocean Space

How can shipowners prepare for new opportunities opening up towards the wider ocean space?

Shipowners may need to revitalize their value proposition and diversify their income models in order to create more than marginal growth for the next decade. New alliances involving a wider set of the transport value chain are seeing the light of day, creating a more connected and customer-oriented business.

At the same time, emerging ocean industries struggle to scale. In a future scenario, we might see new needs for ocean transport and trade.

When will the first deep-sea ore carrier leave the yards? How will offshore supply services transform the industry of aquaculture and marine ingredients? What if wave power hubs could support ship electric propulsion? How will ocean logistics for the next century evolve?

As a shipowner, how do you prepare for a maritime industry opening up towards the wider ocean space?

12.00 – 13.30
Lunch break and opening of Danish Maritime Technology conference.

Panel Session: Corporate Evolution vs. Corporate Diversification
When does an evolution become a diversification? Leadership strategies to mitigate risk.

Corporations must evolve as industry and demand evolves. In some cases, simple strategic planning suffices, in others it can require diversification. Corporate diversification can be a divisive strategy however history shows that it is a solid growth strategy when it enhances the value proposition of the current business.

This session looks at the opportunities and pitfalls of diversification, evolution and tools for the high- level risk assessment strategic decision making.

Collaborative Business models
Successful business models to create new cross sector business models in the ocean space.

The development of new businesses models is often dependent on the collaboration of multiple actors such as suppliers, customers, universities and government – namely cross-sector collaboration.

Business models for successful collaboration can take a number of forms such as ‘The Conductor” with a single company which co-operates with a number of not-for-profit partners to solve a specific challenge to “The Alliance” in which a group of firms come together to tackle a specific industry issue.

Why are these business models best for sustainable development? How can they be successfully implemented? What are the necessary considerations? How can they secure the long-term future of organisations?

End of First Day

Day 2


Keynote: TBD
Ocean Industry Synergies
How can sustainable ocean-based value creation be better supported by the maritime industry?

The OECD report from 2016 has made the world aware of something incredibly important. That the oceans are the most important source for securing food, energy, and minerals for a growing and wealthier world population, but that they are also under increased environmental pressure.

To ensure a sustainable and thriving ocean economy, it is crucial that as business expands ever further into our oceans, this is done in a restorative, collaborative model that responsibly harnesses, not exploits, the power and resources of our oceans.

What are the near-term developments that commercial actors can be involved in? Where are the opportunities for different parts of the existing maritime industry to add value?

Panel Session: The Commitment to the SDGs – the Quest for Prioritization and Value Creation

Taking care of the health of our oceans is of growing priority for many, and the maritime industry is increasingly committed to doing their part. Yet it serves few to settle with meeting minimum compliance requirements, as more brave initiatives are needed to ensure sustainable oceans for the future.

Are there ways for the maritime and ocean industries to better prioritize how to support the SDGs, and is there pathway to follow, to unlock business potential in doing so? How can the ocean industries jointly engage to unlock sustainable value creation?

12.30 – 13.45
Lunch Break

Panel Session: Practical Ocean Space Investment
This session draws in the experiences of entrepreneurial and corporate investment in the ocean space, looking at success stories and strategies.

Panel Session: Ocean Data
Creating a Commercial Trading Platform for Shipping Data that Support Scientific Endeavor

Under 5% of the world oceans are comprehensively monitored. We need more data.
More data will help speed the placement of offshore wind and tide farms, improve vessel telematics, develop smart aquaculture, protect urban coastal zones, and enhance coastal tourism.

A new public-private partnership is needed to stimulate market demand for much more Ocean Data that is open, well governed, and widely utilized. Why is the maritime sector crucial in enabling data collection? Where are the economic benefits to maritime? What players are required? What are the models that prove will be successful?

Closing deep talk

End of Second Day

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