WISTA International AGM and Conference 2017, Rotterdam

WISTA the Netherlands is hosting this years' WISTA International AGM & Conference in Rotterdam, October 3-6, 2017.

The headline for the WISTA International Conference this year is "Future-proof Maritime Solutions" and once again, the #WomeninShipping is delivering.

We will be listening to interesting keynote speakers, both male and female, from various parts of the maritime world, sharing their knowledge with women in shipping from all over the world. 


Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President  of the World Maritime University, WMU, will be addressing the audience with her wisdom on how to prepare the new generation for the future, and other the headline of Maritime solutions throughout the years, past, present & future, we will be listening to both Dr. Bas Buchner from the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands and Mrs Rose Damen, Non-Executive Director and shareholder at the family-owned Damen Shipyards Group.


Continuing, the next topic chosen by the organisations committee, led by Mrs Michon-Jolân Bullen is "The clean world of the future" and here the line-up of speakers is equally impressing; Award winning Mr Ramon Knoester Founder and Board member of the Recycled Islands Foundation and Mrs. Marjolein van Noort, Board member of the Our Oceans Challenge, who will be speaking under the headline "Below the surface: where ocean and technology meet".


The following afternoon the focuse is on ports, "Staying ahead in ports", and the Innovation Manager from the Port of Rotterdam, Ms Marjolein Boer, is kicking off after lunch on October 5th at the WISTA International Conference, followed by Mrs Pauline van Schouwenburg of the Maritime Court in Rotterdam, who heads her speak: "The Port and the Court".

On Friday October 6th, we move into the world of BIG DATA where Mrs Marije Ruysch, Partner at Aviso Instruments B.V. and Pino Spadafora, Rina Services S.p.A., will show us the opportunities of data science.

"New technologies facing the industry"

Aljosja Beije MSc, BeSCOPE Solutions, will share his knowledge about block chain, the latest buzz word in the maritime industry and Henrik Källsson, Deputy Managing Director of Thun Group, will give the insights of being a shipowner in the times of new regulations and how innovation is sparked in a family owned ship owning company.

Leendert Muller is joint managing director of Multraship Towage and Salvage based at Terneuzen on the River Scheldt in the Netherlands and comes from a family with a long and proud tradition in towage and salvage. He will equally be sharing his views, from a shipowner's perspective, on all modern technology the industry is facing. We are looking forward to a great discussion!

When we return home, we will have made new friends, gain some knowledge, shared some and had a lot of fun! That is how WISTA International AGMs & Conferences always are remembered and this one will not be any exception especially since it will be the "farewell party" for Karin Orsel, MF Shipping Group, who is now stepping down as the President of WISTA International after 6 years in office. Tears of joy.

Have you registered yet? If not, please visit http://www.wista2017international.com/ and come join us!