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Smart Tug Operations Conference, Asia

13 October 2020
09:00 - 18:00

Optimising operations and enhancing safety and efficiency in port


Following the success of the inaugural Smart Tug Operations conference in 2019, we are delighted to announce the 2020 event will take place in Singapore on 13 October alongside the annual OSJ Asia conference. Smart Tug Operations is a must attend event for all players in the tug’s arena, whether new to the sector or those already active in driving smart tugs and remote operations.

Smart tug technology is seen as the gateway to gaining competitive edge whilst improving safety, efficiency and environmental performance in ports and harbours across the globe. This year’s programme will provide a detailed insight into smart tug technology from a technical, operations, commercial, regulatory and environmental perspective.

The Smart Tug Operations conference will bring together tug owner/operators, port/harbour authorities, shipowners, engine manufacturers, equipment suppliers and technology experts to discuss challenges that port operators and tug owners are facing and how innovation in smart technology can enable improved operations and optimised efficiencies and performance.

1 day - Smart Tug Operations Conference, Asia

Early bird discount fee until 1st September - S$1350
Standard delegate fee: S$1450

To attend all 3 days - Smart Tug Operations Conference AND Offshore Support Journal Conference, Asia
Early bird discount fee until 1st September - $3200
Standard delegate fee: $3400

(For details of our COVID-19 policy click here)



Key highlights:

  • The path to becoming the smart port of the future
  • Smart tug market outlook, trends and drivers
  • How ready is the sector to adopt smart technologies?
  • Understanding the business case for smart tugs and remote operations
  • Trends and drivers for the emergence of smart ports
  • Technology to deliver enhanced safety and security
  • Project updates on intelligent and autonomous tugs
  • New tug design concepts to enable remote monitoring
  • Advances in smart technologies and the potential impact on crews of the future
  • How smart technologies are transforming the industry
  • Developments in e-navigation
  • Review of alternative power options to meet zero-emissions objectives
  • The role of class in development smart tugs
  • How data can improve operations, environment performance and capabilities
  • A futuristic view of smart tugs
Kym Tan - Head of Sales, Asia
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Optimising operations and enhancing safety and efficiency in port



08:00 Registration, coffee and networking

09:00 Welcome address from Riviera Maritime Media
Edwin Lampert, Head of Content, Riviera Maritime Media


09:10 Spotlight interview: The path to becoming the smart port of the future



This session will provide a detailed review of the tug market, both locally and internationally, share the latest on smart port developments in the region and analyse the business case for smart tugs and remote operations


09:25 Market outlook for tugs

  • Market trends and drivers.
  • How buoyant is the harbour tug sector?
  • What does the near, short and long term look like for the tug market?
  • Regional opportunities for tugs.

09:45 Understanding the business case for smart tugs and remote operations

  • How ready is the sector to adopt smart technologies?
  • Obtaining management buy-in.
  • Do the benefits warrant the investment?
  • Understanding the true benefits of smart tugs – commercial, operational efficiencies and safety.

10:05 Trends and drivers for the emergence of smart ports

  • Are smart ports driving the development of smart tugs, or are smart tugs driving the need for port transformations - who is driving the change?
  • What upgrades need to be carried out, and why?
  • Upgrading to smart ports to support safe and efficient operations of smart tugs.

10:25 Q&A session


10:35 Networking coffee break



A comprehensive insight into how smart technologies are changing the dynamics of the maritime sector, an update on the ground-breaking smart tug projects and review of what impact these new technologies will have on crews and future training requirements


11:15 How smart technologies are transforming the industry

  • Technologies that are changing the dynamics of shipping and tugs.
  • Assessing the various technologies and their role in smart tug/port operations.
  • Understanding the benefits of digitalisation, IoT, AI, automation, machine learning etc on safety, security, efficiency and environmental protection.
  • Long-term business and strategic impact of digitalisation.

11:35 Case study An update on IntelliTug – pushing the boundaries

  • Where is the project now?
  • Review of the smart technologies utilised.
  • Class and technology certification.
  • Results from the latest sea trials.

11:55 Case study Smart maritime autonomous vessel (SMAV) project update

  • Assessment of the project to date.
  • The role of artificial intelligence algorithms in collision prevention and autonomous navigation.
  • Results of the latest trials of autonomous navigation, remote control and other technologies on the vessel.

12:15 How will crews be impacted by the emergence of smart tugs – a challenge or an opportunity?

  • Reducing onboard crew requirements.
  • Training requirements for smart tug operators.
  • Retraining existing crews in maintenance and operations roles.
  • Opportunity to provide a safer working environment – empowering tug masters by actively assisting the crew in different situations allowing more focus on critical tug operations.

12:35 Q&A


12:50 Networking lunch



This session will showcase the latest in smart navigation systems and consider the benefits, review flexible power options to enhance efficiencies and reduce operational costs, and explore class societies’ role in smart tug development

14:00 Developments in e-navigation technology on tugs

  • Integration of surveillance systems and artificial intelligence to guide the tug movement.
  • Enhancing situational awareness and improving visibility in challenging conditions through smart navigational technologies.
  • Navigational technologies to provide safer operations.
  • Benefits to the tug master of smart navigation.

14:20 Flexible power for smart tugs

  • Review of the alternative power options to meet zero-emissions objectives.
  • The move towards hybrid and all-electric tugs.
  • Driving down fuel and maintenance costs.
  • What does a ‘smart’ propulsion system look like?

14:40 The role of class in the developing smart tugs

  • Using digitalisation for classification purposes.
  • Assisting owners in smart technology investment.
  • Addressing cyber security and preventing cyber attacks.

15:00 Q&A


15:10 Networking coffee break



Get the latest on approaches to enhanced remote operations, new design drivers and considerations, and a comprehensive insight into how data can improve smart tug performance.


15:50 The next step - remote operations

  • Trends in remote operation.
  • Challenges in remotely controlling tugs from shore.
  • Improving tug operations and reducing operational time.
  • How remote operations can improve safety in port.

16:10 Remote monitoring on newbuild tugs

  • Designing for remote operations.
  • Smart technology deployed on newbuild tugs.
  • Improving operations, maximising tug performance.
  • Experiences to date of newbuild connected tugs.

16:30 Using data to understand tug performance

  • How data can improve operations, environmental performance and capabilities.
  • Operational data collation.
  • Remote monitoring.
  • Moving towards predictive maintenance, and managing fuel and power consumption more effectively.

16:50 Q&A session



A panel of leading experts representing all stakeholders in the sector will discuss and debate what the smart tug of the future will look like, how ports will evolve to enable smart tug operations, future developments in smart technologies and ensuring safe and secure operations.


17:00 Panel discussion A futuristic view of smart tugs

  • What new technologies are on the horizon?
  • The future smart tug design.
  • Delivering enhanced safety and security through innovative technologies.
  • How will ports evolve and what impact will this have on smart tugs?
  • What does the future look like?

17:40 Chairman’s closing remarks


17:45 End of conference


*Programme subject to change/amendments

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Who’s attending:

  • Harbour/port operators
  • Tug owners
  • Shipyards
  • Designers
  • Equipment, technology and service providers
  • Communications and satellite developers
  • Class societies


2019 attendees:

A.T. Kearney
ABB Marine
Amsbach Marine
ASL Marine Holdings
Bureau Veritas Marine (Singapore)
Caterpillar Asset Intelligence
Damen Shipyards Singapore
DNV GL Singapore
Fortescue Metals Group
Harbor Star Shipping Services Inc
IHI Power Systems
Indonesia Port Corp II
International Maritime Services
JonRie InterTech
Keppel Smit Towage
Kongsberg Marine Singapore
Kongsberg Maritime
Lloyd’s Register Asia
Lloyd’s Register EMEA
Marina Offshore
Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)
MMA Offshore Asia
MTU Asia Nam Cheong Dockyard

Nam Cheong Offshore
Ngee Ann Polytechnic
POSH Semco
PSA Marine
Robert Allan
Schottel Far East
Sinor Marine Technologies
ST Engineering Electronics
Svitzer Australia
Technology Centre for Offshore and Marine
Twin Disc (Far East)
Wartsila Singapore
Yanmar Asia (Singapore)


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Your exhibitor package includes the following:

  • 3 x 2m stand space
  • Table and chairs
  • Access to electricity
  • Entry on the delegate handbook floorplan
  • 1 x free delegate for each day you are exhibiting
  • Free upload of technical white paper on Riviera’s Maritime Knowledge Bank
  • A minimum of 3 networking sessions in the exhibition area

If you are interested in exhibiting at the conference, please contact:

Kym Tan - Head of Sales, Asia on kym.tan@rivieramm.com or call +65 9456 3165.

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Asian Civilisations Museum
Singapore Flyer
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