Edgar B. WendlandtEdgar B. Wendlandt

Ed is the President of RTCM, a non-profit standards organization to enable radio communications, navigational, and electronic systems to help make oceans and waterways safe, secure, and pollution free.  Prior to RTCM, Ed provided consulting services on a broad range of maritime domain awareness projects including the design, acquisition, and implementation of systems, shipboard systems, including satellite and HF communications systems.  The projects included establishing coastal surveillance stations and command centers with HF, VHF and satellite communications, radar, AIS, drones and camera systems in over 40 worldwide locations.  He also served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 20 years with command experience afloat and ashore including field and headquarters experience with Vessel Traffic Services.  Ed holds Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics, respectively.


Vice Admiral AbelVice Admiral Daniel B. Abel, Deputy Commandant for Operations (DCO), U.S. Coast Guard

Vice Admiral Dan Abel assumed the duties of the Coast Guard Deputy Commandant for Operations in June 2018. In this capacity, he is responsible for the development of operational strategy, policy, guidance, and resources that address national priorities. This oversight of Coast Guard missions, programs, and services includes: intelligence; international affairs; cyber; the maritime transportation system; commercial regulations and inspections; search and rescue; maritime security; law enforcement; defense operations; environmental response; contingency planning; and the operational capabilities of cutter, boat, aviation, shore, and deployable specialized forces.

Previously he served as the U.S. Southern Command’s Director of Operations leading the U.S. military in the Caribbean, Central and South America including recovery operations after Hurricanes Matthew, Irma, and Maria. He also served as the Commander of 17th Coast Guard District, headquartered in Juneau, Alaska, that confronted an evolving Arctic and was responsible for multi-missioned Coast Guard operations in Alaska, the North Pacific Ocean, Arctic Ocean and Bering Sea.

Additional flag assignments include Command of the 1st Coast Guard District, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, where he directed Coast Guard operations in the Northeast and led responses to Superstorm Sandy and the Boston Marathon Bombings. His first flag assignment was as Deputy Director of Operations for United States Northern Command.

Other senior-level assignments include Commanding Officer of Air Station Cape Cod and Project Manager for “Rescue 21” that recapitalized the nation’s maritime distress alerting and Coast Guard command and control network. He also served as the Coast Guard’s Chief of Aviation Safety.

Prior operational tours include command of Air Station San Francisco, Operations Officer for Air Station Houston, Aviation Training Center standardization/instructor pilot for the H-65 Dolphin helicopter and his initial aviation tour as a search and rescue/law enforcement helicopter pilot in Miami. His initial officer tour was as a deck watch officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Dauntless homeported in Miami Beach.

His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, with High Honors, from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1983. He also served as valedictorian of the College of William and Mary’s Master of Business Administration class of 1994. In 2005, he was a distinguished graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) earning a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy. While at ICAF, Vice Admiral Abel completed the Department of Defense Senior Acquisition Corps syllabus, and subsequently earned his Department of Homeland Security Acquisition Program Manager Designation. He has earned qualifications in both the H-65 helicopter and the HU-25 jet.

Vice Admiral Abel’s personal awards include two Defense Superior Service Medals, four Legions of Merit, and two Meritorious Service Medals. Admiral Abel is also an Eagle Scout.


Vice Admiral Abel

Mr. Francis Zachariae

Mr. Zachariae began the work as Secretary-General of the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) in February 2015.

After leaving high school Francis Zachariae joined the Danish Naval Academy, followed in 1982 by service aboard several naval ships. From 1988 to 1990 he was Aide-de-Camp to the Minister of Defence, where he was in charge of relations with the media, the armed forces and the public. Francis Zachariae went back to sea in 1990 on the patrol vessel HAVKATTEN which was one of the new project “STANDFLEX” vessels. Two years later he became responsible for the procurement of such vessels as Project Manager at the Naval Material Command. At the same time as he was working with the Danish Ministry of Defence, Francis Zachariae completed a Master of Science, Public Administration, following which he was promoted to Captain (N) and appointed to Brussels to become Branch Chief and Advisor to the EU Council Secretariat. This was his second appointment abroad. From 1993-1994 he had attended the College Interarmées de Defense in Paris, France. In 2006 he was back at the Naval Academy, this time as Commandant when the Academy was undergoing a comprehensive modernization programme. Appointed Deputy Director General of the Danish Maritime Safety Administration (DaMSA) in 2007 he was responsible for navigational information, aids to navigation, coastal rescue, pilotage and regulatory tasks, until the merging of DaMSA and the Danish Maritime Authority. The merger was completed in 2011, when he became Deputy Director General. His main tasks were related to maritime regulation, safety of navigation and pilotage in the Danish, Greenland and Faroese waters.


Mr. Mario Pelletier

Mr. Mario Pelletier, Deputy Commissioner, Operations, Canadian Coast Guard

Deputy Commissioner Mario Pelletier began working for CCG in 1989.He started his career as an engineer officer in the Quebec Region. In 1998 he joined headquarters, where he held positions with increasing responsibilities.

In 2011, D/Commr. Pelletier was appointed Director General, Fleet. He held that position until the new organizational structure of the Canadian Coast Guard took effect on October 1, 2012 when he became the Assistant Commissioner, Central and Arctic Region.

On June 1, 2015, he was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Operations. Deputy Commissioner Pelletier came to his new role with vast operational experience and a well-established reputation for meeting challenges and obtaining desired results.



Mr. Mario Pelletier

Captain Michael H. Trent, USN (Ret.) Managing Director, Maritime Technology Associates

Our moderator, Captain Trent, is the founder and managing director of Maritime Technology Associates or MARITECH.  His company provides technical, management and consulting services specializing in Maritime Security, Port and Waterway Management, e-Navigation and SAR.

Captain Trent has worked extensively with maritime administrators, coast guards, port authorities, marine pilots and seafarers to design and implement a variety of VTS systems, AIS applications, SAR systems, cargo tracking and maritime security systems.

He led development of a new generation of Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) for Lockheed Martin that in now installed in 22 countries including the USCG’s Port and Waterway Safety System (PAWSS). He led the design of major VTS projects for the Turkish Straits and Egypt’s Gulf of Suez.


Mr. Javier Yasnikouski

Mr. Javier Yasnikouski, Head Operational Safety, Maritime Safety Division, IMO

Javier Yasnikouski is the Head of Operational Safety in IMO, dealing with matters related to maritime radiocommunications, navigation and search and rescue. He is the Secretary of the Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR) and is also responsible for IMO matters related to the ICAO/IMO Joint Working Group on Harmonization of Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue and the Joint IMO/ITU Experts Group on Maritime radiocommunication matters.

Since joining IMO in 2008, Mr. Yasnikouski played different roles, dealing in particular with
the implementation of the long-range identification and tracking of ships (LRIT) system, e-navigation, maritime security, maritime cyber risk management, the regulatory scoping exercise on Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS), and other issues.

Mr. Yasnikouski is a former officer of the Argentine Coast Guard, specialized in maritime radiocommunications. He also holds degrees as Systems Engineering and University Professor.

Mr. Sun Bae Hong

Mr. Sun Bae Hong, SMART Navigation Project

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Mr. Sun Bae Hong

Mr. Thomas Christensen, Executive Director, MCP Consortium

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Mr. Frank August

Mr. Frank August, Maritime Director of OneWeb & Secretary, Mobile Satellite Users Association

For Frank, connectivity has always been ‘a thing’. Frank – and his reluctant family, most likely had more unregistered telephones connected to old Ma Bell within one two-bedroom household than anywhere else in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Since those early days, Frank has
worked for the biggest names in mobile satellite communications, including Comsat Mobile Communications, Inmarsat, Iridium and now OneWeb, striving to raise the levels of connectivity for enhanced efficiency, safety and passenger & crew welfare across all maritime market sectors globally.

While at Inmarsat working in London, Frank positioned Inmarsat-C as the preferred solution to support the developing fisheries Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) infrastructures. He worked side-by-side with colleagues supporting the GMDSS and development of early ‘internet’ services.

Since November 2016, Frank has been Director, Maritime at OneWeb – business case owner for the OneWeb maritime product portfolio with responsibilities including definition of market requirements, validation of demand, development of services, creation of the business case, and recommendations for go-to-market plans. Frank was elected to the board of the Mobile Satellite Users Association (MSUA) from 2005 to 2012 and since 2012 has been serving as Secretary to the Board.

Frank is a marine engineering graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York.

Mr. Fred Pot

Mr. Fred Pot, Principal, Marine Management & Consulting

Mr. Pot has over 20 years’ management experience with ship owning companies including Matson Navigation Company, Holland America Line and Princess Cruises. Early in his career he was Managing Director of a ship weather routing company in the UK. Later he started a company that developed and introduced AIS receivers for pleasure boats.

Mr. Pot specializes in managing ITC projects turning general user requirements into detailed system specifications (including data modeling), managing systems development, operational testing, user training and implementation.

Mr. Pot has over 15 years’ experience with developing standards for the maritime industry. He was a Member of the Technical Advisory Group to USCG during development of AIS, INS and Secure LAN standards participating in several IEC Working Groups. Early in the development of e-Navigation, he rendered high-level system design services to the Chair of IMO’s Correspondence Group on e-Navigation and, as an Industrial Member of IALA, is currently involved in development of Guidelines for a Common Shore-based System Architecture for VTS authorities and is leading a group that is developing a Guideline that will streamline vessel shore reporting (e-Navigation Service MSP8 “Vessel Shore Reporting”). He has attended many IALA’s ENAV Committee meetings and workshops. He presented papers at two plenary sessions.

Mr. Pot has attended the annual e-Navigation Underway International Conference in Copenhagen/Oslo since 2012 and presented papers at three of the conferences. He has been responsible for the Conference Program for AIS and e-Navigation Conferences for over 10 years. He currently acts as Secretary of the Steering Group for the e- Navigation Underway (North America) series of conferences.

Mr. Pot has written several articles for CompuShip and the Digital Ship and presented papers at two Digital Ship Conferences (Cyprus and Rotterdam). He also attended two CIRM Conferences (Cyprus and Annapolis) and several RTCM conferences and presented a paper at one of them.

Mr. Pot holds Master’s Degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Stanford University in California, USA.

Specialties: Represent industry at international standards organizations, develop and evaluate ITC architecture and (cyber) security plans, lead international project teams, analyze general user requirements that adhere to IMO/IEC Standards and IALA Guidelines, data modeling and system design, manage system development, operational testing and implementation.

Mr. Fred Pot

Professor Craig H. Allen, University of Washington

Professor Allen joined the University of Washington faculty in 1994, following his retirement from the United States Coast Guard. During his Coast Guard career, he served on four patrol cutters and in maritime safety, security, and stewardship and legal adviser roles. He earned his 1,600 ton oceangoing master mariner’s license in 1988 (presently inactive). He is a Fellow in the Nautical Institute and the Royal Institute of Navigation. He is also a member of the U.S. Maritime Law Association. Professor Allen served on the U.S. Coast Guard’s Navigation Safety Advisory Council (NAVSAC) from 2006-2011. He was appointed to the DHS/U.S. Coast Guard National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC) in 2016.

Professor Allen is the author of Farwell’s Rules of the Nautical Road and International Law for Seagoing Officers (both published by the Naval Institute Press). He is also a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Navigation, Ocean Development and International Law, the Journal of Ocean Technology, and the U.S. Naval War College’s International Law Studies

For the 2006-2007 academic year Professor Allen served as the Rear Admiral Charles H. Stockton Professor of International Law at the U.S. Naval War College. For the 2011-2012 academic year he was the Distinguished Visiting Professor Maritime Studies at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

Professor Allen’s teaching and research focus on maritime and international law. As a Nautical Institute Fellow, he participated in the IMO’s Correspondence Group for the Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) regulatory scoping exercise beginning in 2018. He also served on the Naval War College’s 2017 Law of Unmanned Maritime Systems Workshop.


Ms. Helen Brohl

Ms. Helen A. Brohl, Executive Director of the US Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS)

Helen A. Brohl was appointed as the first Executive Director of the US Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) in July 2006 by US DOT Secretary Norman Mineta. Maritime transportation oversight and interest within the US Federal government is spread throughout many authorities, departments and budget line items. As a career Senior Executive, Ms. Brohl manages the CMTS partnership, established under Presidential Directive in 2004 and authorized in 2012, that joins over 25 Federal agencies to address our Nation’s waterways, ports and intermodal connections. Working with senior political, military, and civilian leaders in the Federal government, Ms. Brohl directed the development and Cabinet-level approval of the first-ever National Strategy for the Marine Transportation System to improve the MTS for capacity, safety and security, environmental stewardship, resiliency, and financing.

During her tenure, the CMTS has engaged in a number of dynamic issues, including Federal infrastructure financing and investment, system performance measures, navigation technology integration and coordination, and integration of marine transportation issues into the President’s Ocean Policy and National Export Initiatives. Ms. Brohl was directly instrumental in the development of the CMTS Strategic Action Plan for Research and Development in the MTS, the CMTS response to the National Ocean Policy, the CMTS National Strategy for e Navigation, and a marine transportation policy for the U.S. Arctic

From March to September 2012, Ms. Brohl was detailed by USDOT Secretary Ray LaHood to the US Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) in Kings Point, NY, to facilitate the development of the USMMA Strategic Plan 2012-2017, which was issued August 1, 2012.

For the previous ten years, Ms. Brohl was the Executive Director of the U.S. Great Lakes Shipping Association, where she worked with NOAA and Congress to build the Great Lakes Water Level Observation Network, a lakes-wide system of real-time water and atmospheric observations provided directly to the mariner. This quality-controlled system of measurements assists “boat drivers” in monitoring the conditions in which they must operate the vessel safely and efficiently.

She also previously served for six years as the President of the National Association of Maritime Organizations, directing the collaboration with US Customs and Border Protection (and legacy INS) and the US Coast Guard to develop the maritime operational regulations under the Marine Transportation Security Action of 2002 and related post-9/11 legislation. The outcome was the development of a joint “notice of arrivals” system between the two Federal agencies, which significantly eased the burden of increased reporting requirements in a post 9/11 environment.

Additionally, Ms. Brohl served four years as the national coordinator for the Marine Navigation Safety Coalition, which encompassed over 60 maritime-related companies. The Coalition successfully improved the 300-year backlog of charts and surveys for our navigable waterways, which resulted in a multimillion-dollar increase in funding to the National Ocean Service and reduction in backlog by 100 years. Ms. Brohl also served as the Director of Marketing and Government Affairs for the Illinois International Port of Chicago, where she developed a competitive new barge terminal to successfully address that growth niche market. In addition, she served as a key team member of the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, USDOT in the implementation of first-ever trade development missions to Europe, Scandinavia, and North Africa. Ms. Brohl was awarded a John Knauss Sea Grant Fellowship in 1983, where she served with Congress as professional staff with the House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee.

Ms. Brohl was appointed in 2010 and reappointed in 2014 by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works as a Commissioner of the US Section of the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure, received the Secretary of Transportation Safety Award in November 2015, and was named Woman of the Year in Maritime for Policy by the Organization of American States in April 2016.

Ms. Brohl has a coastal geology degree from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, and a Masters in Science from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, in Great Lakes Land and Water Use Policy. She is currently an alumni mentor with the John Glenn School of Public Affairs and sits on the board of the Women’s Aquatic Network, which she co-founded 30 years ago. She is married and has two grown children.


Mr. David LeeewaldMr. R. D. Lewald, U.S. Coast Guard

David Lewald is a navigation systems and aids to navigation specialist for the U.S. Coast Guard. He served for 30 years on active duty in the USCG with 25 of those years spent afloat aboard numerous cutters in all positions including command.

He has been a USCG civilian employee since his retirement in 2014. David’s responsibilities include advisory and consultative services to USCG programs and managers on a broad range of navigation matters that involve legacy and future state technology.

He serves as an advisor and subject matter expert to the Director of Marine Transportation Systems on digital and electronic navigation matters and systems, including electronic chart systems (ECDIS\ECS), automatic identification system (AIS), integrated navigation systems (INS), integrated bridge systems (IBS), navigation sensors (e.g. Radar, GPS, etc.), and electronic aids to navigation.

David serves as a navigation systems technical expert to standards development organizations such as International Maritime Organization (IMO), International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA)(Vice Chair of the IALA-ARM Committee), Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA), and Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services (RTCM).

Ms. Natasha McMahon

Ms. Natasha McMahon, National Manager of Aids to navigation & waterways, Canadian Coast Guard

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Mr. Brian Tetreault

Mr. Brian Tetreault, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research & Development Center

Brian Tetreault is the e-Navigation team leader for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Research and Development Center, Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory. His projects include developing navigation systems to improve safety, efficiency and reliability of inland and coastal waterways. He is a US representative to national and international e-Navigation-related bodies, including the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC), International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services (RTCM), and the US Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS). He is a graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy, served in the Coast Guard for 22 years at sea and ashore, and holds an Unlimited 2nd Mate and a 1600 Ton Master license.

Dr. Neil Weston

Dr. Neil Weston, Office of Coast Survey, NOAA

Dr. Neil Weston has worked for NOAA for 28 years and is currently Technical Director for the Office of Coast Survey within the NOAA, He is responsible for overseeing the scientific research and technological operations of the agency and is managing a science portfolio that focuses on hydrographic surveying technologies, remote sensing, Earth observing systems, and global integration. He enjoys working on significant challenges, enhancing technology communities and collaborating with colleagues on Federal, national and international levels.  Dr. Weston also serves as an Affiliate Research Professor at the University of New Hampshire and holds positions as a Science/Technical Advisor for the U.S. State Department and the United Nations.


Capt. James CashCaptain James Cash, Managing Director, Cyber Logistics Integration LLC

Mr. Jim Cash is a senior cybersecurity leader with over 30 years of experience in the United States Coast Guard (USCG) acquisition, logistics, information, intelligence, cyberspace and shipboard operations. He led strategic organizational transformation, established its Cyber Command and certified its Network Operations and Security Center to US Cyber Command Readiness standards. Initiatives under his management have merged aircraft, ship, and shore unit logistics systems and organizations, leading to improved operational availability at a reduced cost, achieved CFO audit compliance, served as the CIO for the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill Response and significantly disrupted Transnational Criminal activities through intelligence driven operations.  He currently serves in the private industry as a CIO and advisor to government and industry in their move to cloud services and securing control systems on maritime mobile assets and shore infrastructure.



Mr. William Merlin

Rear Admiral William F. Merlin, USCG (RET)

Admiral Merlin is a native of Tampa, Florida, where he now resides after completing a thirty-four year career in the U. S. Coast Guard. During Admiral Merlin’s Coast Guard career, he was assigned on Coast Guard Cutters in the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf, and Caribbean, and served in several shore engineering and RDT&E billets, notably the National Data Buoy Project, before serving as the Twelfth District Chief of Operations and Chief of Staff in San Francisco. Assignments at Coast Guard Headquarters as Budget Officer, Comptroller (Chief Finance Officer) and Chief of Command, Communications and Control preceded his final assignment on active duty as Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District, with headquarters in New Orleans.

Following active duty, Admiral Merlin established the Gulf Region of Marine Spill Response Corporation, the largest oil spill response organization in the nation. Bill taught a course in oil spill response management for the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office 1996-2012.

Admiral Merlin is a graduate of the U. S. Coast Guard Academy; U. S. Naval Postgraduate School; Defense Weapons Systems Management College; and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.


Mr. Duncan Mcsporran

Mr. Duncan McSporran, Co-Founder, COO, and VP, Aerospace & Defense, Kognitiv Spark

A former military officer, Duncan has a background in applied remote sensing, cartography and GIS. He is a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and Oxford Brookes University.

Duncan served in various leadership roles as an infantry officer in the British Army, including seconded service with both the U.S. Army and Canadian Armed Forces, where he was responsible for initial leadership training for officers. He was also responsible for the development and deployment of individual and collective training plans for a force of 25000 troops, in preparation for routine and operational employment.

Following his military service, Duncan settled in New Brunswick and took on the responsibility of managing the High-speed Impact Research and Technology in Fredericton. This included the management of critical-path test projects for numerous prime contractors and Tier 1 suppliers in aerospace and space systems.

Duncan is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management and received numerous awards over the course of his military career, including the US Army Meritorious Service Medal. He is a coach for the Loyalist Rugby Club Youth Program and director of communications for the Fredericton Amateur Speed Skating Club.

Keiji Sato

Dr. Eng. Keiji Sato, Chief Researcher, National Marine Research Institute in Japan

Keiji Sato is a chief researcher at National Maritime Research Institute (NMRI), Japan. He has been working at NMRI since 2014. NMRI was integrated into National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology(MPAT) in 2016. In 2013, he received his Doctor of Engineering from the University of Electro-Communications. His research field include the following areas, information technology, navigation support system, machine learning, logistics, system-centered design, and so on.

He is a member of Japan Institute of Navigation (JIN), Japan Society of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers (JASNAOE), The Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence (JSAI), The Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE).

Mr. Paul Welling

Mr. Paul Welling, Senior Expert Navigation and Fleet Management Systems, Wartsila Marine Solutions

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Tor Svanes

Mr. Tor Svanes, Managing Director, NAVTOR AV

Few people have been as instrumental in the paradigm shift that has taken place in the nautical chart industry as Mr. Tor Andreas Svanes. Back in the late 1980’s he participated in projects which largely defined the further development of the ECDIS industry and the international standardization. He was actively involved in the work in the early 1990’s that led to the adoption by IMO of the Performance Standard (PS) for ECDIS in 1995, a milestone in the implementation of the ECDIS concept.

Mr. Svanes has been active in developing the relationship between the industry and the international hydrographic community. He started to develop a close relationship with both NHOs and the IHO in the early 1990s. His dedication to the ECDIS industry and the electronic chart development, has contributed greatly to building the required trust between the international hydrographic community and the private industry.

resently Mr. Svanes is appointed CEO of NAVTOR, a market leader in the provision of innovative e-navigation solutions, services and technology for the maritime sector. The company that he has managed the last six years has grown from a local national organization to a global enterprise with presence and supply in 47 countries.

Ulf Siwe

Mr. Ulf Siwe, STM Validation Communications Officer

STM Validation is an EU-project more than 50 partners in 13 countries and budget of 43M euro. Mr. Ulf Siwe M.Sc. is the Communications Officer of the project. The project is validating the Sea Traffic Management concept on 300 ships and in 13 ports, testing real-time information sharing to authorized relevant parties in the maritime transport chain. Ulf is the author of scientific papers in the field and an appreciated presenter at conferences.



Mr. Michael Bergmann

Mr. Michael Bergmann, Advisor, Marine Fields

With an engineering background and 14 years’ experience in managing large international software engineering teams and projects, Mr. Bergmann worked for the last 12 years at Jeppesen as Director, Maritime Industry. He was responsible to collaborate with governmental organizations and industry to change the market in support of advanced navigation and efficiency.

He holds an Observer status at IHO and the IMO and contributes to committees and working groups. He actively participates in IALA, especially the e-Navigation Committee. Mr. Bergmann is on the Board of Directors, CIRM and was that organization’s President from 2013 to 2018. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation and an Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute and serves on the Board of the German Institute of Navigation (DGON).

He is author of various articles and publications as well as a frequent speaker at conferences and guest lecturer at various universities and academies.

Mr. Bergmann holds a Master’s degree of Business Administration from the University of Liverpool, as well as a Master’s degree of educational theory, theology, psychology, Sociology and others from the Cath. University of Applied Science, Mainz (Germany). His specialties are managing international groups, analyzing and managing corporate culture, transforming business strategy, government coordination, industry relationship building and managing, maritime electronic navigation strategies, maritime and aviation electronic standards and more.