International Symposium on Integrated Ship’s Information Systems  & Marine Traffic Engineering Conference

Conference Report

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Carlos JAHN
 Conference Chairman

The following futuristic vision drew attention to this year's DGON maritime conference:

Scope: Navigating the Oceans

It is Tuesday, 28th May 2030, north of the Canary Islands. After a relaxing night, the first officer enters the idle bridge. A translucent projection on the windows highlights a swarm of unmanned trawlers fishing four nautical miles on port side, while their unmanned sister ship is still following them with two miles distance. Furthermore, a computer voice informs him about two ship encounters that took place during the night, while those are replayed on a tablet next to the captain‘s seat. The officer checks the vessel‘s position and route, which has slightly shifted to South.
A short video chat with the shore officer in Flensburg, who supervised the vessel during the night, and he has been informed that due to the latest weather forecast the course has been adjusted to avoid an upcoming low pressure system and that the weekly security update for the ECDIS is overdue. Furthermore, he got briefed that the shore office has cross-analysed fuel injection sensor with the voyage data and detected a decreasing performance. The analyses expects a degrading hull performance, hence a cleaning has been ordered in the next port.
Shortly after this hand-over, he cross checks the event log of the lookout system, before he goes down to the galley. Each Tuesday morning, he there meets the chief on-board administrator for a coffee, before they do the routine security checks on the bridge.

The 13th “International Symposium on Integrated Ship's Information Systems & Marine Traffic Engineering Conference”, ISIS-MTE 2018 for short, took place for the first time on September 27-28 at the MARITIM proArte Hotel in Berlin.
Around 50 participants from seven nations attended 20 lectures and four poster presentations on the following topics:

  • Maritime Cyber Security
  • Autonomous Ship Technologies
  • Data Exchange and Positioning und
  • Data Analytics

The participants had the opportunity to share their impressions over dinner on the evening of the first day.