UK-Belgium Maritime Innovation Day: Smart Shipping & Autonomous Vessels 4 March 2024
4th March 2024 | 13.00-19.30

The British Embassy Brussels, the Port of Antwerp-Bruges and MCA Labs wishes to invite you for the UK-Belgium Maritime Innovation Day: Smart Shipping & Autonomous Vessels, at the Port Authority Building in Antwerp on the 4th of March 2024.
Date: 4th of March 2024
Time: 13h00-19h30, doors open at 12h30
Location: Port Authority Building, Zaha Hadidplein 1, 2030 Antwerpen, Belgium, accessible by tram, car, or bycicle.
12:30     Light Walking Lunch
13:00     Welcome and Opening Keynote
13:15     Maritime Autonomous systems: How to go forward in UK and BE
14:00     Networking Break
14:30     Innovations in Smart shipping and Maritime Industry: Business presentations
15:45     Networking Break
16:15     Ecosystem and Financing of Smart shipping industry
17:15     Closing words & Networking Reception
In an era marked by digital dominance and a scarcity of skilled labour, automation emerges as a compelling remedy. While the automation of port activities is both crucial and compelling, the prospect of an 800-ton ship embarking on its voyage without a human presence takes the spotlight.
This event will convene experts in smart shipping, autonomous vessels, trade policy and investment from both the UK and Belgian side. It will look to foster collaboration for enabling and emerging technology, and encourage trade and investment. This collaboration reflects a paradigm shift that demands the entire maritime industry to adapt and transform its operations. Our focal point revolves around the solutions that drive this transformative evolution.
Get Involved
The afternoon event will include a pitching session for six UK companies. We are looking for UK companies that have innovative solutions in maritime autonomous systems for the Belgian market.
This event will give you the opportunity to present your solution in front of the Belgian maritime industry (ports, logistics companies, telecom operators, etc) and potentially create business leads.
Interested to apply? Please do it via this link: .
Companies interested will need to submit their interest to us by 22 December and we will then  - together with local experts – select six out of them. Selection outcomes will be communicated at the end of January. Companies applying will need to be sure to be able to come to Antwerp on 4 March. 
For any questions, feel free to reach out to [email protected] or [email protected]

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