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Regulatory Deadlines, Disruptive Technologies, Digitalization and Survival Strategies for Shipping Lead Agenda at SHIPPINGInsight 2018

7th International Fleet Optimization and Innovation Conference Convenes in Stamford Next Week

STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 8, 2018 – The 7th Annual SHIPPINGInsight Fleet Optimization and Innovation Conference & Exhibition is now just a week away, and excitement is building.

Widely acclaimed as the premier American technology symposium for the shipping industry, the annual event will take place Oct. 16-18, at the Hilton Hotel in Stamford, Connecticut. Online registration is still open at Register Now

The conference organizers have put together a transformative program with industry-leading speakers that will address the pressing issues that are rocking the shipping industry worldwide. 

“This year, there is a sense of urgency in our industry as regulatory deadlines are rapidly approaching, and shipping companies are facing profound choices that will have a tremendous impact on their operations and profitability,” said Carleen Lyden Walker, Chief Evolution Officer of SHIPPINGInsight. “We’re facing a regulatory tsunami with ECA, Sulphur 2020, GHG reduction and ballast water, all with looming deadlines that demand decisions now. In addition, new and disruptive technologies and transactional tools are invading the maritime world, bringing exciting opportunities for optimizing operations but also risks that could be life-threatening for shipping companies. And if this weren’t enough, we’re facing an uncertain global economy and an unstable geopolitical picture.”

“SHIPPINGInsight gives us a rare opportunity to hit the ‘pause’ button briefly, while we collectively examine the challenges and solutions for these pressing problems in a collaborative atmosphere,” Walker added.

SHIPPINGInsight 2018 by the numbers:

  • 200+ delegates from over 12 countries
  • 85+ speakers, panelists and moderators
  • 50+ executives from shipowners and ship managers
  • 2 pre-conference educational seminars
  • 2 breakfast briefing sessions
  • 4 plenary sessions
  • 5 themed roundtables
  • 10 breakout sessions
  • 1 SHIPPINGInsight Award presented
  • 1 shipowner “Shark Tank” for innovation pitches
  • 1 shipowner open Q&A panel
  • 8 ½ hours of scheduled networking events


About SHIPPINGInsight

Originally established in 2012, SHIPPINGInsight has grown steadily each year. Focusing on fleet optimization and innovation, the event provides a forum for shipowners and solution providers to exchange ideas and discuss challenges in facing the transformation of the industry.  More than 240 delegates from 15 countries attended the 2017 event, including 43 shipping company executives. For more information, please visit

Media Contacts: 
Carleen Lyden Walker