In 2018, we explored, debated and developed the theme The Perfect Customer Journey where every stage in the process of ownership was discussed and analysed in order to optimize and improve the journey. In 2019, we examined the subject matter Building for the Next Generation.

The Superyacht Forum 2019 promised to shake up the current event sphere, taking inspiration and direction from the ever-influential next generation of leaders within and external to the superyacht industry. Our workshop sessions were streamlined to four at one time, and our thorough approach to the programme ensured all sectors of the superyacht industry were tended to.

Over the course of three days, we addressed what the next generation of what business models will look like, how they will transform, improve and grow the industry: The Superyacht Forum 2019, kicked off with 'The Business Day' (Monday 18th November), followed by 'The Owner Day' (Tuesday 19th November), and culminating with ‘The Technology Day’ (20th November).

Day one, ‘The Business Day’, delivered a programme of future thinking keynotes and workshops devoted to the business of superyachts.

Day two, 'The Owner Day', delivered multi-generational perspectives on business ownership, while outlining how industry leaders and their relatives are planning their succession, and fortifying their businesses for the future. We had a star-studded panel, including the young and older generations of the de Vries family from Feadship, Dr Mohammed Al Barwani and his Son Usama Al Barwani from Oceanco.

And day three, ‘The Technology Day’, comprised the symbiosis of leaders in technology at the forefront of their fields and how the developments within these peer industries could realistically be applied to yachts of the future.

The 26th edition was our most captivating event yet, scroll down to see the programme.

If you have an idea for the 2020 programme, email Programme Manager, Emma Burton at emmab@thesuperyahctgroup.com


Monday

09:00-11:00

Break

Registration and Networking

 

Registration and Networking

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11:00-11:30

Next Gen

The Chairman's Welcome Address

 

Martin Redmayne, Chairman of The Superyacht Group will set the scene for three days of candid debate, open discussion and thought-provoking conversations, all focused on what we need to build for the Next Generation.

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11:30-12:00

Next Gen

Starting the Journey - The Next Generation

 

An exclusive video conversation with a Next-Generation Owner – William Mathieson, Editorial Director sets the scene for the three days, with a pre-recorded exclusive video interview with a 32-year-old first time Superyacht owner, discussing his journey, motivations and experiences, plus a look over the horizon to the plans and expectations of a truly Next Generation owner, for bigger and more exciting projects.

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12:00-13:00

Next Gen

The Opening Keynote - The Art of Business

The Forum

The opening keynote conversation will bring Jasper Smith, venture capitalist, investor, tech entrepreneur and advocate of doing things differently with The Arksen Foundation, to the stage to open the Forum. He will share in a candid armchair conversation, his motivations to build a new business in the yacht space with sustainability, adventure and discovery as the project’s DNA, with plenty of experiential and personal accounts of his life in business, lessons learnt and what he thinks the next generation will want in terms of the sea, yachting and a new type of journey.

Jasper Smith
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13:00-14:30

Break

Lunch

 

Lunch

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14:30-15:45

Business

The Business of Data

The Bridge

Fleet

Next Generation Infrastructure

The Shipyard

Operations

The Next Generation

The Red Room

Flags and Class

A Class Balancing Act

The Engine Room

What intelligence and data is required in order to build a stable and strong industry for the next generation?

Joseph Adir
Giovanni Alessi Anghini
Udo Kleinitz
Tomasso Nastasi
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This workshop will look closely at ownership cycles, lifecycle modelling and how the industry supports the client and the fleet.

Kai Dittmar
Remy Millott
Rob Papworth
Pier Posthuma de Boer
Dean Smith
Adrian Tinkler
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Who will drive, operate, maintain and manage the everchanging and growing fleet in the future, this workshop will explore how we build the team of the future, looking at working conditions, employment, quality and safety. The idea of delivering a clear career path that gives stability and longevity, with rest and mental health being a key aspect of the discussion, is designed to build a happier and healthier workforce for the fleet.

Gunther Alvarado
Jo Assael
Julie Carlton
Yves Demette
Laurence Lewis
Karen Passman
Jorg Wendt
John Wyborn
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A candid debate will take place between a group of advisors, owners reps and surveyors who are concerned about conflicts of interest when it comes to type approval and class approval of products and projects. The objective is to challenge the status quo and present a more transparent approach.

Terry Allen
Engel de Boer
Derek Munro
Peter Southgate
Stefan Strehl
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15:45-16:30

Break

Coffee & Wine Break

 

Coffee & Wine Break

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16:30-17:30

New thinking

Keynote - Next Generation Thinking

 

An innovator in the world of technology will explore his experience in developing new ideas and creativity, in order to inspire and appeal to the next generation.

Konrad Bergstrom
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17:30-19:00

Break

Welcome Drinks Reception

 

Welcome Drinks Reception

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Tuesday

09:00-10:30

Break

Registration and Networking

 

Registration and Networking

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10:30-11:45

Sustainability

The Future of Planet Superyacht

 

A passionate panel will explore the needs, expectations and demands of future clients related to the impact our industry has on the earth and the oceans and the attitude our peer group has towards sustainability

Florestan Fillon
Angus Johnston
Jeremie Lagarrigue
Richard Orme
Mark Theissen
Robert Van Tol
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11:45-12:15

Break

Coffee and Networking

 

Coffee and Networking

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12:15-13:30

Operations

Is there a viable alternative to Teak?

The Bridge

Owner

The Next Gen Model

The Red Room

Innovation

Can we really clean up our Act?

The Engine Room

Insurance

State of the Insurance Market

The Shipyard

Following the sustainability focus, this session will present and explore key findings into the next generation of deck materials and explore what is the reality of the teak supply chain and what alternatives could meet the market's demands.

Alan Brosilow
Kevin Eick
Martin Rückert
Mikkel Svendsen
Robert Van Aarle
Marcel van der Spek
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Is there a better way to own, operate and use a superyacht? This workshop will explore a variety of models that could inspire the next generation of buyers and users...

Giovanni Alessi Anghini
Gunther Alvarado
Yves Demette
Brendan O'shannassay
Andrea Pezzini
Rob Tobin
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A diverse panel of experts from the field of green tech, propulsion and energy efficiency will discuss and debate the topic of whether we can drive our existing fleet and future product to deliver zero emissions or to focus on reducing waste at all levels of the yacht's operation and essentially deliver a more future-focused product that may appeal better to the Next-generation.

Marcus Hogblum
Romain Jallon
Borge Nogva
Marzio Rucconi
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With a variety of incidents, losses, accidents, shipyard and marina fires and other high profile reports linked to the London Markets, a panel of underwriters and brokers will discuss what the of insurance looks like and what we need to do to stabilise and protect the assets for the future.

Simon Ballard
Mark Feltham
Matt Halpin
Paul Miller
Mike Wimbridge
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13:30-15:00

Break

Lunch

 

Lunch

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15:00-16:15

Technology

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Superyachts

The Bridge

Innovation

The Impact of Ceramic Coatings - Solution or Problem?

The Engine Room

Shipyard

How do we become more solution focused for the next generation?

The Shipyard

Flags and Class

Industry Developments - A Regulatory Debate

The Red Room

Four individuals who are working within the sector will host an interactive discussion session on the application of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning into the Next Generation of our Industry.

The session will share their experiences and discuss their perspectives on how AI can change the way we do things and what impact it has or will make today and tomorrow.

Designing, building and operating superyachts can be optimised, improved or change by learning constantly how things work or should work better by learning via algorithms and machines that will think ahead and create a better way, faster than we ever can, it should be an eye-opening discussion.

Joseph Adir
Mike Blake
Bill Edwards
Justin Olesinski
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The extension of the paint systems life has often been a key debate, with the arrival of various protective coatings entering the sector. A panel of coatings experts will explore the impact of these cosmetic solutions in order to understand if they are good or bad for the overall paint system.

Peter Bergsma
Paul Bournas
Rory Marshall
Rupert Savage
Kay - Johannes Wrede
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Rather than saying something can’t be done, or there is a barrier to the solution, a group of innovators and fresh thinkers will present a new way of approaching projects, ideas and innovations, in order to tell our next generation of clients, yes, we can do that, but we need to re-think this part of the project or operations.

Dirk de Jong
James Roy
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A panel of experts from the Red Ensign Group will share a series of snapshot updates on key regulations that are in progress or the industry need to be fully aware of and prepped for, this will be followed by an open surgery style discussion where delegates can ask specific flag experts, their individual questions.

Taran Card
Adam Jackson
Ajit Jacob
Julian Smith
Carlo Vinelli
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16:15-16:45

Break

Coffee and Wine Break

 

Coffee and Wine Break

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16:45-18:00

Next Gen

Leaders of the Future

 

A unique group of industry leaders and their siblings, who are embarking on their Superyacht journey will discuss what they have discovered, what they expected and what they want for the future.

Dr. Mohammed Ali Al Barwani
Usama Al Barwani
Catrien de Vries
Hendrik de Vries
Henk de Vries
Tom de Vries
Roos Groeneveld
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18:00-19:00

Break

Transfers to The Red Party

 

Transfers to TSF Party!

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19:00-22:30

Break

The Red Party with Red Ensign Group

 

The Red Party!

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Wednesday

09:30-10:30

Break

Registration and Networking

 

Registration and Networking

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10:30-11:45

Technology

Opening Keynote - Future Threats to the Next Generation

 

Advanced technology, hyper-connectivity, geo-political issues, cyber and piracy, social media and the way in which people think, live, work and travel have changed dramatically over the past decade and in many cases, it has happened so fast we have just accepted the norm.

A panel of experts will discuss and share their opinions on what are the core risks and threats that will impact our businesses, our clients and the projects/yachts they build or own. The conversation will explore how we need to rethink our approach to technology and connectivity in order to protect and reassure the next generation, that owning a superyacht is a future safe haven and a place to escape and enjoy privacy and freedom.

Hany Bakr
Mike Blake
Brendan O'shannassay
Eric Stride
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11:45-12:15

Break

Coffee and Networking Break

 

Coffee and Networking Break

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12:15-13:30

Operations

How Much Stability Do We Really Need?

The Engine Room

Sustainability

Taking an Important Measure

The Red Room

Surfaces

Coatings for the Next Generation

The Shipyard

Security

The Business of Cyber Risks

The Bridge

A group of naval architects, stability experts and researchers will explore and discuss the approach of our industry when it comes to specifying stability systems. The objective is to explore the balance between comfort and operational usage, in order to deliver the right system or solution depending on the expectations of the client. The panel will discuss the development of a stability white paper that can assist owners reps, captains, architects and shipyards to prioritize the selection criteria and fundamental parameters.

Enrico Della Valentina
Alessandro Gallifuoco
Alex Meredith Hardy
Steven Vidakovic
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There is a huge wave of activity in the world of sustainability in superyachts. In this workshop, Water Revolution Foundation will present its scientific superyacht-tailored assessment tool. This tool is specifically developed to assess the unique ships that superyachts are. Knowing this footprint is the crucial starting point for identifying and driving innovations to make superyachts not only more sustainable but also letting them lead the way for the wider maritime industry.

Alessio Bonfietti
Vienna Eleuteri
Rita Morisi
Robert Van Tol
Elisabetta Zerazion
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A team of technical coatings and paint experts will share with the delegates their future vision and explore innovations in the world of coatings and paint in the large yacht sector, looking at new systems, application methods and material and process innovations that will change the way the market thinks about and applies coatings in the future.

Rene Bremer
Jeroen de Vries
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Following on from the Opening Keynote, members of the expert panel will host a private focus group to explore the topic of cybersecurity and future threats, with those delegates who need to have a better understanding of the subject. The question we need to answer is “How vulnerable is our industry not just onboard the assets, but for those companies who are managing the assets and communications on land, for the principal and their family or guests?” What can we do to prevent, protect and avoid the potential threat that seems to be growing across the world?

Eric Stride
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13:30-15:00

Break

Lunch

 

Lunch

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15:00-16:00

Innovation

Lessons from Aerospace

The Forum

Dr Frank Rattey – Head of Quality at Airbus Industries will deliver an interesting keynote that demonstrates the processes and systems that Airbus apply in the aerospace industry and specifically the business jet sector. This inspiring presentation will deliver some unique insights and lessons that should be considered for the manufacturing and planning of next generation superyachts, with a key focus on planning, process. product, partnerships and profit.

 

Dr Frank Rattey
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16:00-17:00

Business

Closing Argument - Business Leader Debate

 

Following on from the Airbus Quality Keynote, a panel of CEO’s, Business Leaders and Innovators from key subcontractors, shipyards, members of the supply chain and technology providers will discuss and explore what the future of our industry looks like from their perspective and what key elements need to evolve and change in order to deliver a better product, better experience and better solution for the next generation of clients. The debate will be driven by members of the supply chain and service industry, with a key focus on planning, process, product, partnership and profitability – taking inspiration from Dr Frank Rattey’s presentation.

 

Mike Blake
Rene Bremer
Kristina Hebert
Maurizio Minossi
Marzio Rucconi
Jeroen van den Hurk
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17:00-17:10

Inspirations

Chairman's Closing Address

 

Chairman's Closing Address

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17:10-18:00

Break

Closing Drinks

 

Closing Drinks

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Thursday

09:00-18:00

Social

Invitation to METSTRADE

METSTRADE, RAI Amsterdam

Delegates of The Superyacht Forum are invited to explore METSTRADE - the world’s largest trade exhibition of marine equipment, materials and systems...

Further information can be found here

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