Speakers

Speakers Line-up

Keynote speeches

Opening Address

Dr Lam Pin Min
Senior Minister of State,
Ministry of Transport & Ministry of Health, Singapore

1st Keynote Address 2nd Keynote Address

Dr Heike Deggim
Director, Maritime Safety Division
International Maritime Organisation (IMO)

CDR Hideki Noguchi
Chairman, E-Navigation Committee
International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA)

Plenary on Safety of Navigation in Port and in the Traffic Separation Scheme

Mr Wing-hung Wong,
General Manager/Vessel Traffic Services,
Hong Kong Marine Department

Capt Kevin Wong,
Acting Director (Operations)/Port Master,
Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

Capt Tommy Haugsnes,
Senior Advisor,
Norwegian Coastal Administration

Plenary on use of Technology for Maritime Safety

Prof Dr Ing Dennis Goege
Executive Board representative Defence and Security Research,
Programme Coordination Defence and Security Research,
German Aerospace Center

Capt Satinder Singh Virdi,
Senior Lecturer, Course Manager,
Singapore Maritime Academy, Singapore Polytechnic

Goh Yong Han,
Senior Principal Engineer,
Defence Science and Technology Agency

Bay Zi Jing,
Senior Defence Engineer,
DSO National Laboratories

3rd Keynote Address 4th Keynote Address

Mr Sobantu Tilayi,
Chief Operations Officer,
South African Maritime Safety Authority

Prof Lee Yeon-seung,
President & CEO,
Korea Ship Safety & Technology Authority

Plenary on Safety Systems and Processes for Safe Navigation

Capt Kevin C. Kiefer,
Deputy Director, Marine Transportation Systems (CG-5PW),
United States Coast Guard

Capt Kunal Nakra,
Deputy Director,
Transport Safety Investigation Bureau, Ministry of Transport, Singapore

Mr Toby Forrest,
General Manager, Freight Portfolio,
Rio Tinto

Mr Manit Chander,
Management team,
HiLo Maritime Risk Management

Dr Roberta Weisbrod,
Executive Director,
Worldwide Ferry Safety Association

Closing Remarks

Mr David Foo,
Director, Port Systems,
Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

 

 

Speakers Profile & Organisation

Bay Zi Jing
Senior Defence Engineer,
DSO National Laboratories


Biography:
Bay Zi Jing obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Nanyang Technological University and Master’s degree in Computer Science (MSc) from Imperial College, London. He started his career in DSO National Laboratories since 2007. With over 10 years of experience in designing algorithms for unmanned systems, he has delivered several unmanned systems to MINDEF including the first Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) that is able to detect and avoid collision autonomously in Singapore waters. He is currently a Senior Defence Engineer and Technical Lead for USV autonomy research areas in DSO National Laboratories.




Goh Yong Han,
Senior Principal Engineer,
Defence Science and Technology Agency


Biography:
Goh Yong Han is Senior Principal Engineer at the Defence Science and Technology Agency’s Naval Systems Programme Centre, focusing on underwater and unmanned systems. He has undertaken research and development at the DSO National Laboratories, managed research and technology projects at the Ministry of Defence, Singapore, and led the Republic of Singapore Navy’s Mine Countermeasure Vessel upgrade programme. He graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1997 with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering (1st Class Honours) under the Public Service Commission scholarship, and obtained his Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from NUS in 1998. He also obtained a Master of Science Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, San Diego, in 2007, under the DSTA Postgraduate Scholarship.




Dr Heike Deggim
Director, Maritime Safety Division
International Maritime Organisation (IMO)

Biography:
Dr. Heike Deggim joined the International Maritime Organization in September 1993, having worked in the naval shipbuilding industry and later in various positions in the German Maritime Administration after graduating from Rostock University in 1983 with a Masters degree in marine engineering, followed by a PhD. Having been in charge of IMO’s Sub-Committee on Flag State Implementation for several years, she later took over the Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Equipment, dealing with matters related to ship structure and design, hull construction, machinery and electrical installations of all types of ships, vessels and craft covered by IMO instruments, as well as life-saving appliances and survey and certification. In 2010 she was promoted to Head of IMO’s Marine Technology Section, with overall responsibility for the technical sub-committees dealing with ship design and equipment; stability, load lines and fishing vessels safety; and fire protection; as well as the implementation of the goal-based ship construction standards for bulk carriers and oil tankers and the associated verification scheme. In 2013 she was appointed as Senior Deputy Director in IMO’s Marine Environment Division, dealing with matters related to MARPOL, air pollution and energy efficiency of ships, reduction of GHG emissions, ballast water management, ship recycling, anti-fouling and biofouling, evaluation of chemicals; as well as being majorly involved with the running of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) and the Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR). In 2018 she took over the post of Director of the Maritime Safety Division (MSD) and Secretary of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) with overall responsibility for the management of the Committee as well as the three Subdivisions of MSD, dealing with operational safety and the human element; marine technology and cargoes; and maritime security and facilitation.




CDR Hideki Noguchi
Chairman, E-Navigation Committee
International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA)

Biography:
Cdr. NOGUCHI is the Deputy Director, Administration and Planning Division, Maritime Traffic Department, Japan Coast Guard. He has been appointed as the Chair of IALA e-Naviation Committee since December 2016. Before this, He was the Vice-chair of the Committee from 2014 to 2016 and was the Coordinator of IMO NAV Sub-Committee Correspondence Group on Development of IMO Policy and New Symbols for AIS Aids to Navigation (AIS AtoN) from 2011 to 2013. He is the representative of Japanese delegation to IMO MSC, NCSR and the member of various IALA Committees.

He graduated the Aids to Navigation Course of the Japan Coast Guard School in1980. He was chosen to the Japanese Government Short-term Fellowship Program Student in 1994 and sent to the United States Coast Guard for 6 months to study floating aids management. In 2005, he was dispatched to Philippine Coast Guard as the expert on SAR and AtoN of the Human Resource Development Project by Japan International Cooperation Agency for 2 years.




Prof Dr Ing Dennis Goege,
Executive Board representative Defence and Security Research,
Programme Coordination Defence and Security Research,
German Aerospace Center


Biography:
Dr.-Ing. Dennis Göge started his career at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in 2000 as Research Scientist. In 2005 he became Deputy Department Head and Head of a Research Group at DLR in Göttingen, Germany. After having worked from 2005 to 2007 in this position he then joined the Science and Technology Organisation (STO) of NATO in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, as Executive Officer. In 2010, Dr. Göge has been appointed Executive Board Representative and Program Coordinator Defence and Security Research at DLR in Cologne, Germany. Since December 2016, he is also the Founding Director of the DLR-Institute for the Protection of Maritime Infrastructures at DLR Bremerhaven, Germany.

Actually, Dr. Göge is representing DLR in various national and international supervisory bodies, advisory councils and committees. He is Member of the Science and Technology Board (STB) and former Chairman of the AVT Panel of NATO’s Science and Technology Organization (STO). In addition, he is an advisor to the Federal Ministry of Defence and to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany. Since January 2018 he is also an advisor to the Munich Security Conference (MSC). He has published more than 40 scientific articles, holds two patents in the field of aerospace engineering and received several national, e.g. the Reinhard-Furrer-Award 2005 from the Wernher-von-Braun Foundation, and international, e.g. NATO Excellence Award 2015 of Applied Vehicle Technology (AVT) Panel, prizes for outstanding research as well as management performance.

Dr. Göge holds a Diploma in Civil Engineering, a Diploma in Structural Mechanics and a Doctoral Degree in Aerospace Engineering, all from the University of Kassel, Germany. He also attended Business Executive Education courses at e.g. INSEAD (France and Singapore), St. Galler Business School (Switzerland) as well as NATO School Oberammergau (Germany) and is the first German research and technology manager who has been certified as “Qualified Board Representative” by the Deutsche Börse Group.




Capt Kevin Wong,
Acting Director (Operations)/Port Master,
Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore


Biography:
Capt Kevin Wong is the Acting Director (Operations) of the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and concurrently holds the legislative post as the Port Master. He holds a Master (Foreign-going) Certificate of Competency and a Master of Science (Shipping) from the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore.

He spent the first 15 years of his career on board merchant vessels, where he gained valuable operational experience and in-sight for his subsequent career ashore.

Capt Wong joined the Port Division of MPA in 2003, where he held a wide range of responsibilities in marine traffic movements and handled projects relating to marine operations, salvage, search and rescue, infrastructure development and technology.

In 2006, as Manager (Training Development) at the Training Division, he spearheaded strategic plans and policies to develop maritime-ready manpower for Singapore’s maritime industry.

In 2008, he was appointed as Assistant Director (Vessel Traffic Management Department), with the responsibility of overseeing the design and development of MPA’s state-of-the-art next generation Vessel Traffic Information System. He led the development of a new MPA VTS competency/training framework, career progression plan and specialist job designations, which enhanced the profiling of VTS officers.

Capt Wong was appointed Deputy Port Master in July 2013 and concurrently Deputy Director (Port Systems) in July 2014, overseeing the Emergency Preparedness, Security, and Safety Inspectorate Departments.

In Apr 2017, Capt Wong was appointed the Port Master, and concurrently the Acting Director (Operations). His responsibilities include regulatory control and efficient management of the port, and overseeing security, planning and preparedness efforts to ensure sectoral continuity.

Besides his primary functions, Capt Wong also represents MPA at speaking engagements/plenaries, and chairs/participates at various committees/working groups. He was conferred the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) at the National Day Awards 2016.




Prof Lee Yeon-seung,
President & CEO,
Korea Ship Safety & Technology Authority


Biography:
Prof. Lee has dedicated her whole career of more than 20 years to R&D and education of ship safety starting from researcher of Hyundai Heavy Industry.

She has experienced various positions within ship building industries working as senior researcher with Hyundai Heavy Industry and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering. And as a professor of KIST (Korea Institute of Science and Technology) and Hong-ik university, she taught university students ship safety and ship building.

In December 2017, she was appointed as president & CEO of KST which is a semi-governmental body responsible for statutory inspection of about 90,000 Korean flagged ships, and safety operations of 170 passenger liners in Korea.

The fourth industrial revolution will fundamentally affect our life and industries. During the keynote speech, Prof. Lee will introduce the marine technology which developed and developing by the fourth industrial revolution and analyze the trend by the revolution in terms of securing maritime safety.

At last, she will explain how to adopt the trend and technologies to the safety for small and medium sized ships considering reduction of marine accidents.




Mr Manit Chander,
Management team,
HiLo Maritime Risk Management

Biography:
After nearly two decades of sailing aboard Tankers, with the last years as a Master Mariner, Manit Chander worked as a Business Development manager for a consulting firm, before moving to the UK in 2010. Manit worked as a freelance consultant with different companies ranging from quality standards to mass media, before moving into Shell Shipping & Maritime as a Strategy Manager in 2012. He has led many strategic projects for Shell Shipping before leading HiLo, and has now been seconded into HiLo as full-time. Manit holds an MBA from the London Business School, in Strategy & Finance and is currently pursuing his PHD in Organizational Behaviour. Outside of work, he loves reading, playing golf and spending time with family & friends.




Capt Kevin C. Kiefer,
Deputy Director, Marine Transportation Systems (CG-5PW),
United States Coast Guard


Biography:
Captain Kevin C. Kiefer serves as Deputy Director of the Coast Guard’s Marine Transportation Systems Directorate at Coast Guard Headquarters. He is responsible for a wide variety of navigation safety and security functions including Waterways Management, Aids to Navigation, Domestic and Polar Ice Operations, Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning, Permitting for Bridges, and Arctic Programs.

Prior to assuming his current position, he was Chief of Staff for the First District in Boston, Massachusetts where he directed more than 11,000 Coast Guard and Auxiliary personnel, along with 30 cutters, 200 boats, and 7 aircraft, responsible for executing Coast Guard missions across eight Northeast states from the US/Canadian border to New Jersey.

He previously served as the Coast Guard Sector Commander of Baltimore, Maryland where his area of responsibility included all Coast Guard missions throughout the state and the National Capitol Region (NCR). In this role, he served as Captain of the Port, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, Officer in Charge of Marine Inspection, and the region’s Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator. He was also the maritime lead for the Joint Force Headquarters NCR Executive Team, a single-point central office of the five military branches and NORAD for planning, coordination and execution of operational military service missions in the NCR.

Prior to his time in Baltimore, Captain Kiefer held the position of Chief, Office of Port and Facility Compliance at Coast Guard Headquarters. He was also a delegate to the International Maritime Organization where he worked on port and global supply chain security and maritime trade recovery. During the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Spill of National Significance oil spill response, Captain Kiefer served as Staff Director/Current Plans at the National Incident Command.

Captain Kiefer also served as Commanding Officer of Marine Safety Unit Huntington, WV and Executive Officer of Marine Safety Office (MSO) Corpus Christi, TX, during which time he was the lead planner for the nation’s largest military outload operation in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Other field tours included MSO Tampa, FL and the Coast Guard Cutter VALIANT.

Captain Kiefer graduated from the US Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering in 1989. He earned a Master of Science degree in Engineering (Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering) and a Master of Engineering degree (Manufacturing) from the University of Michigan.

Personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, five Meritorious Service Medals, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Department of Transportation 9-11 Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and Army Achievement Medal.




Capt Kunal Nakra,
Deputy Director,
Transport Safety Investigation Bureau, Ministry of Transport, Singapore


Biography:
As the head of the Marine Safety Investigation Branch of the Transport Safety Investigation Bureau (TSIB), Capt Kunal Nakra, oversees the conduct of marine safety investigations (no blame investigations) on behalf of Singapore, into marine casualties that involve Singapore registered ships and foreign flagged ships that are involved in a marine casualty within Singapore’s waters. TSIB is the air and marine accidents and incidents investigation authority in Singapore.

He is an experienced Marine Casualty investigator having conducted investigations into marine casualties such as Collisions, Groundings, Fire Incidents, fatalities due to work related jobs onboard and serious injuries.

Capt Kunal is the Chairman of the Casualty Analysis Working Group of the IMO’s Sub-committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments, where casualty related matters are deliberated by member states. He is also a marine casualty analyst with the IMO and as a Flag Sate investigator leads Singapore delegation at the Marine Accident Investigators’ International Forum. He is well versed with IMO instruments as well as the IMO Instruments Implementation Code.

He is a trained ISO, ISM & ISPS Lead Auditor and has conducted shipboard and shore-based audits of shipping companies during his tenure with MPA as a Flag State Inspector.




Dr Roberta Weisbrod,
Executive Director,
Worldwide Ferry Safety Association


Biography:
Dr. Roberta Weisbrod is the Executive Director of the Worldwide Ferry Safety Association, s not-for-profit organization which is dedicated to preventing ferry fatalities and to expanding safe ferry operations worldwide. Worldwide Ferry Safety Association commissions research, publishes papers in peer-reviewed journals, sponsors an international student design competition for safe affordable ferries now in its sixth round, and convenes an international Ferry Safety and Technology Conference, the 5th Annual to be held in Bangkok February 20-22, 2018.

Dr. Weisbrod obtained a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Cornell University, did post-doctoral research at Rockefeller University, and taught at the college level. Subsequently she worked with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for twelve years as Special Assistant to the Commissioner for New York Harbor. Following that she worked with New York City Economic Development Corporation for Port and Intermodal Planning, and for an environmental organization on sustainable transportation.

In 2000 she formed, and still operates, Sustainable Ports, a consulting firm engaged in assisting planning and implementation of waterborne transport of people and freight as well as for planning waterfront development. In 2012 she and colleagues activated Worldwide Ferry Safety Association.

Dr. Weisbrod has chaired the Environmental Science Committee of the New York Academy of Science. The Ferry Committee of the Transportation Research Board, the Ferry and Marine Highway Panel of Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, as well as chair of a civic group, the Working Harbor Committee. Dr. Weisbrod has published numerous articles on maritime issues. In 2010 she was honored by Interferry with lifetime membership for her work on the Interferry-IMO-Bangladesh Ferry Safety Project.

Roberta Weisbrod has three children and three grandchildren with her late husband U.S. Federal Judge David G. Trager.




Capt Satinder Singh Virdi,
Senior Lecturer, Course Manager,
Singapore Maritime Academy, Singapore Polytechnic


Biography:
Capt Satinder has been teaching in Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA), Singapore Polytechnic for more than 14 years. He sailed for more than 15 years in various shipping companies, primarily onboard different types of Tankers before starting this exciting journey in Singapore Polytechnic.

Capt Satinder obtained his degree in Mechanical Engineering (with Honours) from the prestigious ‘Punjab Engineering College’ before joining his sea career. His areas of work include the training of shipboard Deck Officers and Marine Engineers as well as training Shore-based personnel managing ships like Terminal operators, Vetting Inspectors, Ship Superintendent, etc.
He completed his Masters in Science programme at ‘National University of Singapore’ (NUS) in the area of ‘Safety, Health and Environment Technology’ (SHE), with specialization in Process Safety.

Currently, he is pursuing his Doctorate programme in the area of air pollution by oil transfer operations on board tankers.

Capt Satinder is involved in the management of ‘Certificate of Competency Courses’ for Deck Officers as well as various STCW courses at ‘Singapore Maritime Academy’ for International students as well as Special Limit Deck officers for local students. His primary areas of teaching involve training related to Electronic Navigation System, ECDIS, Navigation for Mates and Masters and Oil and Gas tankers for operational and management level officers, LNG Bunkering and training as per IGF Code under STCW convention.

He is currently member of Technical Committee under Enterprise Singapore for LNG Bunkering, and also member of review group for developing training under IGF Code at IMO.




Mr Sobantu Tilayi,
Chief Operations Officer,
South African Maritime Safety Authority

Biography:
Sobantu Tilayi is the Chief Operations Officer (COO) of the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA).

As COO, Sobantu was responsible for the overall operations of the organisation which included overseeing the development and repositioning of maritime clusters. He is also responsible for the reviewing of policies and programmes that address poverty and skills development, areas that have also become a national priority.

Before joining SAMSA, Sobantu worked for Transnet where he was appointed Technical Manager and later promoted to National Operations Manager for Marine Services.

His success there include achieving impressive business turnaround results and introducing to the world the first all-female crew to sail a ship, a move that earned him international recognition and positioned him as a champion for women emancipation in the sector.

Prior to participation full time into the maritime sector, Sobantu dedicated the first eight years of his career to the engineering field and project management. His highlights include becoming the first black project manager at Cadbury to successfully put together and manage the R220-million chocolate factory at the age of 25.

Sobantu holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering obtained at the University of Natal.

He leads the SA delegation on the Development of the Integrated African Maritime Strategy whose priority is to make the maritime agenda a priority in the African continent.

His vision is to position SAMSA as a leader in pushing the maritime agenda to be at the centre of the economic discussion for the country.




Mr Toby Forrest,
General Manager, Freight Portfolio,
Rio Tinto


Biography:
Toby Forrest is the General Manager, Freight Portfolio for Rio Tinto.

He was appointed to the role in January 2018 and is based in Singapore.

Previously, Toby worked in the refining, oil trading, and banking sectors in a variety of shipping positions in locations globally.

Toby came ashore to work for BP in Melbourne, London and Chicago in both the assurance and commercial space.

He went to sea at 17 years old for 11 years, and is a qualified Master Mariner.




Capt Tommy Haugsnes,
Senior Advisor,
Norwegian Coastal Administration


Biography:
Tommy Haugsnes had his education as a master in Haugesund between 1992 and 1996. He started his career at sea working as a mate on bulk carriers sailing worldwide and from 1999 to 2004 as a Chief Officer and Captain on various dive support vessels.

In 2004, he shifted to work ashore and started as a teacher at the Haugesund Maritime University before he in 2006 started to work for the Norwegian Coastal Administration where he is working today. He has responsibility for recruitment and training of pilots, investigation of accidents involving vessels having pilot onboard and control and supervision of vessels sailing on Pilot Exception Certificate. He holds a nautical degree as Master Mariner.

The Norwegian Coastal Administration is an agency of the Norwegian Ministry of Transport, and The Norwegian Coastal Administration's most important tasks are:

  • Development and maintenance of fairways and fishing ports
  • Aids to navigation services
  • Vessel Traffic Services
  • Pilot services
  • Reporting services and navigational warnings and services
  • National preparedness against acute pollution
  • Exercising maritime legislation
  • Transport planning
  • Port Facility Security (ISPS)

The main objective of the NCA is to ensure safe and efficient navigation in the fairways along the coast and into ports, as well as national preparedness for acute pollution.

The Norwegian Coastal Administration participates in coastal planning and exercises authority pursuant to the Harbour and Fairway Act and Pilotage Act, as well as parts of the Pollution Act, Svalbard Environmental Act, and Planning and Building Act.

In order to solve these national tasks, the Norwegian Coastal Administration cooperates widely with other public agencies that are responsible for safety, transport and preparedness in related areas. The Norwegian Coastal Administration also participates actively in international work in our areas of specialization.

The Norwegian Coastal Administration participates in a number of international forums and projects through the tasks and responsibilities that lie with the agency as the national authority in its specialized areas.

The regulatory framework for safety at sea, maritime transport and emergency preparedness is largely formulated internationally, and binding international collaboration and the international development of regulations are of great importance to safety at sea in Norwegian waters. Much of the work that takes place internationally, especially in the EU and IMO, has a direct impact on the services that the Norwegian Coastal Administration provides. The Norwegian Coastal Administration therefore attaches a great deal of importance to active participation in international forums, with a view to ensuring future developments are in line with Norwegian wishes and needs and a harmonized regulatory framework.




Mr Wing-hung Wong,
General Manager/Vessel Traffic Services,
Hong Kong Marine Department


Biography:
Mr. Jacky Wong ended his seaman life and joined the Hong Kong Marine Department in 1988, after accumulated sufficient sea services for a Marine Officer job in his home port – Hong Kong. He was recruited for launching the Hong Kong Vessel Traffic Centre as one of the first batch Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) operators. Over the last 30 years, Mr. Wong worked through different posts of VTS from a front line operator; a watch supervisor; a support and development officer; a training manager; a VTS Centre manager; to his present post of a General Manager responsible for the Hong Kong VTS and maritime search and rescue. Today, Mr. Wong will share with us the experiences of Hong Kong VTS on safety of navigation in this busy port as well as in Traffic Separation Schemes.