A dedicated team of alumni, led by the USMMA Class Of ’69 and known as the "Group of 69”, has initiated an opportunity for all alumni and industry thought leaders to positively impact the Academy and the entire US Merchant Marine community by proactively developing maritime digital technology education for dissemination within the Kings Point curriculum in preparation for the 4th Industrial Revolution. This is a call-to-action for every Kings Point alumnus and maritime professional who plays a role in the evolving digitalization of shipping or is involved within an operating maritime organization which has digital competencies, to participate in this initiative. The group has enlisted and are working with the USMMA Academic Dean and faculty to implement this program.
To launch this effort, the group is working with Maritime TV to produce live virtual DIGIMARINER ‘mini-conferences’, three of which have been produced. The first DIGIMARINER conference was dedicated to Maritime Transportation and took place on November 18, 2020 and the DIGIMARINER II conference was dedicated to Marine Engineering and took place February 26, 2021. The most recent live virtual DIGIMARINER III conference took place on April 20,2021 and can be viewed here.
The initial goal is to create an accessible video repository database of educational knowledge regarding the many facets of the digitalization of the shipping for USMMA midshipmen, and eventually all maritime educational institutions and industry professionals.
Please note that sponsorship and presenter positions are still available for the archive of all three DigiMariner Conferences.
Sponsors will be pre-recorded in a video interview for later archiving on the DigiMariner conference webcast site(s) and provided a copy of the video interview for their own unlimited use. For more information on becoming a sponsor or a presenter for the series, please contact us at [email protected] or call (703) 961-9250 Ext. 221
10:30 AM Welcome, DigiMariner IV. Dave Gardy, KP ’80, CEO Maritime TV, TV Worldwide and Dan Turissini KP ‘81 Chief Technology Officer, SPYRUS Solutions, Inc.
10:35 AM Opening Keynote Kathy J. Metcalf, President and CEO, Chamber of Shipping of America
10:45 AM Intro to morning sessions on Cybersecurity: Dan Turissini KP ‘81 Chief Technology Officer, SPYRUS Solutions, Inc.
10:45 AM Presenter: Glenn Rittereiser Cyber Security Officer Americas, Europe & Africa Regions, Maersk Cyber Security
Presentation: Cybersecurity protocols throughout Maersk’s operations.
11:15 AM Presenter: Tim Buxton KP ‘13, Principal Surveyor American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)
Presentation: Digitalization and remote surveying and how the role of the surveyor has been evolving with the advances in technology.
11:45 AM Presenter: Capt. Robert Sheen KP ‘77, Vice President-Operations Ocean Shipholdings, Inc.
Presentation: Physical security and cyber security requirements in the context of non-commercial public vessels including MSC ships
12:15 PM Presenter: Kevin Humphreys KP ’91, President-Marine & Offshore, Lloyds Register Americas
Presentation: Lloyd’s Register digital solutions for enrolled member companies relative to cybersecurity
12:45 PM Break for Lunch and Networking in Virtual Breakout Room with Presenters
1:15 PM Intro to afternoon sessions on the Pandemic-driven Container Crisis and Port Congestion: Dave Gardy, KP ’80, CEO Maritime TV, TV Worldwide
1:15 PM Presenter: Dennis Lombardi KP ’80, President Institute of International Container Lessors (IICL)
Presentation: An Overview of the Container Market, the Current Shortage and Related Port Congestion
1:45 PM Presenter: Kevin Bell, VP of Sales, Container Discounts
Presentation: A Digital Solution to the Buying and Selling of Containers in the Shipping Industry
2:15 PM Presenter: Bethann Rooney, NYMC ‘91 Deputy Director of the Port Department of The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
Presentation: The Port of New York and New Jersey’s Response to the Pandemic-Driven Container Shortage and Port Congestion
2:45 PM Presenter: Cary S. Davis, Senior Director of Government Relations & General Counsel, American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)
Presentation: A Holistic View of the Container Crisis and Digitalization, with an Emphasis on the Supply Chain from the Perspective of the AAPA
3:15 PM Closing Remarks: Dave Gardy, KP ’80, CEO Maritime TV, TV Worldwide and Dan Turissini KP ‘81 Chief Technology Officer, SPYRUS Solutions, Inc.