Outline Agenda

*Please note topics/timings may be subject to alteration. Draft only.

0830 – Registration and Coffee

0900 – Chairman’s Welcome and Opening Remarks

0915-0945 – Keynote Address

Session 1

Ship Design and Building for Energy Efficiency

0945-1010 Designing low energy and carbon neutral ships

1010-1035 Integrating the human element into ship design – can we reduce risk and improve safety by considering the operational factors early in the design and building stage?

1035- 1100 – Coffee Break

Session 2

Power and Propulsion

1100-1145 Panel discussion on propulsion strategies. To cover topics such as investment in propulsion for 2020 compliance, the growth of alternative fuels and their safety, and the low-sulphur fuel versus scrubber debate.

1145-1210 Ship propulsion performance

1210-1235 Future fuels and powering sustainable ships

1235-1400 – Lunch

Session 3

Operational and Technical Challenges

1400-1425 An operational approach to obtaining accurate fuel consumption

1425-1450 Maintaining fuel efficient ships

1450-1520 – Coffee Break

Roundtable Discussions

1520-1645 – These roundtables are open to all participants (end users, suppliers, sponsors etc) and will take place simultaneously – all hosted by key partners and sponsors. Each table can host up to 10 participants, and delegates will be invited to sign up throughout the morning to the roundtable they wish to attend, via our interactive WebApp.

The content in these interactive Roundtable sessions will be focused on solutions and business strategy and they will last for 1.15 hours in total, with the discussion itself lasting 40 minutes, followed by 35 minutes, for a short 5-minute summary from each table to the whole room. Between 4 and 6 tables will be hosted.

1. The human element of ship design - how can we design ships to integrate smart technologies and systems that make operation as simple and safe as possible for operators and crew. This roundtable will discuss the role of shipowners, operators, and managers at the design stage and how the human operator and technical elements of ship design and operation can be harmonised.
2. Can we design and build carbon neutral ships? – could the IMO’s 2050 GHG emissions reduction target be met by designing and building carbon neutral ships? This roundtable will look at the challenges of designing and carbon neutral ships and discuss what simulation tools and analytics are available for designing low carbon ships.
3. Alternative fuels and technologies – how is the market of alternative fuels developing? This roundtable will give the opportunity for delegates to discuss the real use of alternative fuels such as methanol and hydrogen in commercial shipping and how the increasing scalability of batteries and fuel cells mean that zero-emissions shipping could be a reality.
4. Challenges of future ship propulsion - what are the major challenges associated with propelling fuel-efficient ships? Do wind and solar power have a place in the future of commercial shipping?
5. Financing ship efficiency – what financial options are available to the Cyprian shipping community to design, build, and retrofit energy saving technologies to new and old ships.

1645-1705 – Conclusions, followed by Networking Drinks


Venue address:

Carob Mill Restaurants Ltd
Vasilissis Street (By the Limassol Castle)
3042 postcode

Tel: +357 25 820 430
Fax: +357 25 820 474

Conference room location: Richard and Berengaria Ballroom

Maritime CIO Forum Cyprus will take place at the Carob Mill Congress Venue in the Richard and Berengaria Ballroom. A unique indoor hall located next to the Carob Mill museum and between the Medieval Castle and the New Limassol Marina.


Crowne Plaza Limassol 
Crowne Plaza Limassol
2 Promachon Eleftherias
4103 Limassol
0035725851515 | 0035725851324 (DIRECT) 

Available from 11.March to 15th

Bed and Breakfast included.

Room types | Rates:

  • Single or Double Select City View Room  - €145 per night, per room

  • Single or Double Deluxe Sea View Room - €165 per night, per room

NB. Guests will enjoy free Wi-Fi, free parking, a welcome fruit plate, complimentary bottled water and tea | coffee making facilities replenished daily.

Please contact the hotel directly to book quoting the reference above.

Booking Code: DS3 - Digital Ship CIO FORUM 2019

Contact Email : reservations@cplimassol.com

Key Contact Person: Konstantinos Drousiotis | 0035725851321

**The above rates are valid only for bookings between the 11th and 15th of March 2019.

A non-refundable 1 night deposit is required at time of booking.

Credit card guarantee required at the time of booking.

Booking may be cancelled up to 72 hours prior to arrival without any penalties.
Cancellation within 72 hours of arrival and no-show will incur a cancellation fee equivalent to one night’s accommodation.

Check-in is any time after 14.00 hrs. and check-out is any time before 12.00 hrs.    

Digital Ship cannot book rooms on your behalf.  Please arrange your own accommodation for yourself and colleagues.

Missed the deadline for accommodation, we have put together a unique HotelMap that shows hotel offers in Cyprus nearby the venue: https://www.HotelMap.com/pro/MWNKQ

Alternatively, if you would like assistance with your hotel booking you can contact Jessica Heili, our dedicated concierge. If you email Jessica with your requirements, phone number and quoting Special Reference MWNKQ to Jessica_Heili@HotelMap.com she will get back to you to discuss your hotel options.    

 How to reach the Carob Mill Congress Venue
The Carob Mill Congress Venue can be easily reached by the public bus number 30 or by taxi.

From the Airport
The distance from Larnaca International airport to the Limassol seafront area is 70 Kilometers and it is approximately a 40-45 minute drive.

The distance from Paphos International Airport to the Limassol seafront area is 60 Kilometers and it is approximately a 35-40 minute drive. A taxi ride from Larnaca International Airport to Limassol sea front area will take approximately 40-45 minutes and costs about €55.00, whereas from Paphos International airport it will take approximately 35-40 minutes and costs about €55.00.

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Gold sponsor

 VAF Instruments is the most preferred supplier of the top 100 shipyards and market leader in maritime measurement systems. Since 1938, VAF Instruments has gained a worldwide reputation as a specialist in developing and manufacturing measurement and control systems for the maritime and process industry. With more than 70 agents around the globe, VAF Instruments has a worldwide network.  Our mission is to develop innovative and accurate measurement systems to maximize efficiency, improve operational excellence and reduce the environmental impact of these operations.

Innovations such asIVY®, VAF Instruments' software solution for Propulsion Performance Management, will provide you the fleet at your fingertips. From ship to shore, IVY® enriches big data, for powerful analysis, fleet and ship performance visualisation and insight into the relevant data and KPIs. All this information is displayed on an easily-accessible dashboard either on an office desktop, mobile laptop, tablet or any other device. IVY® can be combined with various sensors on board, including TT-Sense® for thrust and torquemeasurement, ViscoSense®3D for viscosity, density and mass flow measurement and the highly accurate PT2 Flowmeters. VAF Instruments' Propulsion Performance Management system IVY®, brings Big Data back to the essence.

Gold sponsor

RINA provides a wide range of services across the Energy, Marine, Certification, Transport & Infrastructure and Industry sectors.
With a turnover in 2017 of 437 million Euros, about 3,700 employees and 170 offices in 65 countries worldwide, RINA is a member of key international organizations and an important contributor to the development of new legislative standards.


The Vessel Performance & Optimisation Forum Cyprus will provide an opportunity for some of the industry’s leading technology experts and business heads to explore, discuss and debate the on-going role of IT and communications in the shipping industry and help to solve the technology, leadership and business challenges ahead.

In addition to the plenary sessions, open forum Q&A and panel sessions, Vessel Performance & Optimisation Forum Cyprus will offer exciting networking opportunities which will allow you to continue your valuable discussions with fellow delegates and speakers, reconnect with peers and meet new players in the industry.

Interactive Web-App:

Our interactive Web-App will be available to all participants at the conference facilitating direct interaction with speakers and the audience during the course of the event. The Web-App also features the Agenda, all Speaker and Panellist photographs and biographies, the floorplan for the exhibition, sponsor and exhibitor contact information and the facility to partake in Q&A sessions anonymously, as well as leave feedback for the organisers. Bring your own device on the day and the log-in instructions will be shared on site.

Refreshment breaks (welcome, morning and afternoon):

a chance to share ideas and connect with colleagues and friends over a cup of tea or coffee.


an opportunity to mingle with our exhibitors and learn more about their technologies, or continue discussions with our speakers

Drinks reception:

a relaxed gathering at the end of the day, a chance to reflect on the day’s proceedings.


Frequently Asked Questions


How do I register?
Please click here to register online, or contact David Jeffries on +44 208 150 5293.

How do I pay?
You can pay by bank transfer, cheque or credit card upon receipt of your invoice.  Details are provided on the invoice.  Please note that payment will be required before the start of the event.  Invoicing enquiries can be sent to margarita@thedigitalship.com

What is included?

Your delegate ticket entitles you to access to the conference, all refreshment breaks, lunches and the evening reception at the event venue. Accommodation and travel are not included.

Dietary requirements
If you have any special dietary requirements please contact jo@thedigitalship.com and we will happily arrange appropriate food for you.

Cancellation Refund & Substitutions

  • 4 weeks plus = 100%

  • 3 weeks plus = 75%

  • 2 weeks plus = 50%

  • Less than 2 weeks = no refund

Cancellations must be received in writing only. Substitutions are welcome at any time free of charge.

Please contact us in advance to make the change, or inform us upon arrival at the venue.

Event updates
For reasons beyond the control of Digital Ship, it may be necessary to alter the content, the speakers and/or the timing of the sessions.  Please check the website regularly for the latest information.

Any major changes such as change of date or venue will be communicated to all registered delegates.


Venue Information
Please click here for information on how to find the venue.

Badge collection
When you arrive at the venue please collect your badge from the registration desk.  Your badge must be worn at all times.

There will be welcome beverages served in the exhibition area.

There will be no printed handouts at this event, please Bring Your Own Device in order to access the agenda and other event information via this website.

The  presentations will be made available to the event attendees via a link sent to your email address.

Dress code
Business attire is required at all times.


Leaving feedback
We’re always glad to receive feedback about our events.  You can either speak to staff onsite or email lyndell@thedigitalship.com

Accessing presentations
The  presentations will be made available to the event attendees via a link sent to your email address.


Conference Producer
Fiona Macdonald

E: fiona@vpoglobal.com
M: +44 (0) 77 1210 7476

Sponsorship Manager
David Jeffries
E: djeffries@vpoglobal.com
T: +44 (0) 20 8150 5293

Media & Marketing
Lyndell Cooks
E: lyndell@thedigitalship.com
T:  +44 (0) 20 7017 3409