Smart Maintenance Business Lunch 2016 : a recap

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  • 19/09/2016
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On September 7th the Smart Maintenance Business Lunch was held in the Radisson Blu Hotel next to the SMM venue in Hamburg. The three course theme lunch, welcomed over 100 executives from the international maritime industry. It offered opportunities for networking as well as learning from the sector´s frontrunners on the subject operational excellence and cost reductions through smart maintenance.

The event was opened by Mrs. Monique van Daalen, the Dutch ambassador to Germany, who also held a key-note speech on opportunities the German market has to offer to the Dutch Maritime industry. The ambassador was followed by the inspiring launch of Drecht Cities Maritime Delta, presented by ´founding father´ Mayor Richard Korteland. For the business lunch, two expert panels comprising of leaders from industry’s value chain, were drawn up. Marstat’s Meindert van Genderen proved to be a skilful moderator of the panels that discussed challenges, opportunities and latest developments connected with smart maintenance.

The first panel included AIDA Cruises´ Dr. Monika Griefahn, Commodore Peter Knipping of the Royal Dutch Navy, Martin Gunnarsson of enterprise software solution provider IFS and Pieter Boersma of the applied scientific research organization TNO. The panel discussed feasibility and challenges that come with improving operational excellence and cost reductions through smart maintenance. The overall consensus is the technology is available and ready to be implemented. Willingness to implement and rely on technology is the limiting factor.

The second panel included Fred van Beers of Blohm + Voss, Wouter Kruijt of Royal IHC, Timothy Nichols of Siemens, Patrick van Eerten of Royal Boskalis Westminster and Hans Voorneveld of maritime network organization Netherlands Maritime Technology. These industry leaders shared their views on feasibility and opportunities. The outcome was that the current situation urges the industry to approach maintenance in a holistic way. Today, maintenance is all about connecting and interpreting information in a clever way, resulting in more efficient maintenance and lower operational costs. Innovating in this area with the complete value chain, including research and knowledge parties, creates opportunities that could lead to a strong competitive edge when executed properly.

The Smart Maintenance Business Lunch was organized by IFS and Marstrat BV. It proved to be particularly interesting to the participating guests as various leading maritime organizations openly shared insights on their respective businesses and their perspective on the distinguishing factor of smart maintenance. This enables other organizations in the value chain to learn and benefit, resulting in increased operational efficiency in the challenging maritime environment.