SEA the Future 2020
SEA the Future – In South-East Asia’s Maritime Industries
The “Future of Maritime Technology & Use of the Sea” was the theme of the 1st SEA the Future Conference, www.sea-future.com. Advanced thinkers from research laboratories, maritime authorities and industry met in Pattaya, Thailand, February 12-14, to look into the crystal ball of how humankind will use the seas, and the increasing role South-East Asia will play in this future.
While the conference’s intent was being a catalyst for joined maritime research and business activities in South-East Asia, participants came from all over the world, including Europe and the Americas, to share expertise and visions for a better way of using the seas.
Looking at the Sea the Future 2020 program three key areas to contribute to this intent stand out:
AIMS AND SCOPES
- Safe(r shipping) – The weakest link in terms of maritime safety is the human factor. The rapid development of autonomous technology also for ships will affect shipping and its safety record profoundly. Various presentations addressed the technology, but also the effect it will have on stakeholders, not least the maritime workforce. In his keynote, Albert Nazarov (Albatross Marine Design) addressed small passenger and recreational craft, which form the backbone of the Thai maritime business ecosystem. He stressed that safety should start at the design stage, reflecting the working reality and human factors.
- Smart(er shipping) – Green is the new smart. Shipping is using advanced technologies, not just IT, to reduce its environmental footprint. The keynote lecture of Prof. Dr. Volker Bertram (DNV GL) gave a survey of assorted technology trends for ships and shipping of tomorrow, addressing low-carbon technologies, biocide-free antifouling and future materials.
- Sustainable (use of the oceans) – The sea is much more than just a “highway made of water” to transport goods and people. The keynote lecture of Prof. Dr. Omar bin Yaakob (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia) highlighted this, addressing specifically ocean energy as the New Frontier in South East Asia.
Prediction is difficult, especially for the future, said already Nobel prize winner Niels Bohr. However, looking at the response to the conference, it is a safe prediction that we will see a second SEA the Future. Preparations started to have the next SEA the Future conference in 2022 or 2023 (depending on the COVID19 pandemic situation) in, of course, South East Asia.
Contact for more information: Asst.Prof. Surasak Phoemsapthawee, PhD, firstname.lastname@example.org
Invitation speech from Dean
Honorable Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen:
SEA the Future 2020 is the first international conference aiming at sharing and exchanging of knowledge, experience and technology for sustainable development of maritime in South-East Asia.
It is our intention to organize this conference for the most benefit for all participants to have opportunities to directly discuss with mainstream researchers regarding relevant industries and organizations whose efforts and dedication will greatly contribute to the development of SEA maritime, especially during the year of 2020, the beginning of forthcoming decade.
To successfully suit the conference purposes, Pattaya has been selected. Not only it is one of the most popular sea beaches in Thailand, but notably, it also represents an abundance of culture, fruits and seafoods. If time available, participants may enjoy themselves either by playing watersports or joining a near-by island travel.
On behalf of the Faculty of International Maritime, Kasetsart University, we look forward to welcoming each and every delegate at the Conference. We hope that you will enjoy during spend time in Pattaya, especially, you will find the conference as a profound, profession interesting, and unforgettable experiences.
Vice-Admiral Professor Emeritus Nirut Hongprasit
Dean of the Faculty of International Maritime Studies
April 16th, 2019
Host: Faculty of International Maritime Studies, Kasetsart University
Contact name: Asst.Prof. Surasak Phoemsapthawee, PhD
Tel: +66 (0) 3835 2606
Fax: +66 (0) 3835 2608
Address: 199, Moo 6, Sukhumvit Road, Sriracha, Chonburi, 20230, Thailand