Saudi Maritime Congress 2022 will discuss ways to digitize the sector

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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The Saudi Maritime Congress (SMC) 2022 edition, the Kingdom’s leading maritime and logistics event, which will be held in Dammam on September 28-29, 2022, aims to bring together some of the leading tech companies in the region’s maritime sector to showcase their latest products and services.

Increased digitalization, as well as greater reliance on autonomous applications and big data, are on top of SMC’s agenda for this edition. The conference brings in thought leaders who will play a vital role in educating the industry about new and improved technologies that can help in the accelerated growth of the sector.

The event will see several top maritime organizations discussing the importance of digitization in the sector and will emphasize how cutting-edge technologies can affect the operational effectiveness of the industry during the event.

The maritime industry is focusing on the significant changes made within the energy sector in order to be a successful player within the transportation business. At SMC, both policymakers and industry leaders will come together to discuss the opportunities within the value chain including the latest technologies that would drive maritime further.

The conference is organized during a time when the industry is undergoing several changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in response to the decarbonization targets set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the much-awaited event is gearing up to catalyze the digital shift of the sector.

The IMO has set targets for the shipping industry to reduce its carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2030, and by 70 percent by 2050. It is clear that this reduction would demand a lot more than a shift to alternate fuels, and would rely heavily on the utilization of data and digital solutions.

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