Charting a new course: Navigation, people and technology

1–3 May 2018, Gold Coast, Queensland

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About the symposium

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority invites you to attend its navigation safety symposium—NAV18.

NAV18 explores the future of safe navigation as emerging technologies gain momentum across the maritime sector.

Participants will consider how technology will affect modern aids to navigation, vessel systems and people working in the industry.

NAV18 will be held at the Sofitel Broadbeach on the Gold Coast, Australia from 1 to 3 May 2018.

Dress code for the conference is casual business attire (no ties required for men).


Message from AMSA's Chief Executive Officer

Mick Kinley

Technology is driving changes to the way people and businesses operate in the maritime sector.

Advances such as e-navigation and real time vessel tracking systems are streamlining the way maritime authorities and shipboard teams gather and exchange information—presenting both opportunities and challenges for safety and performance outcomes.

The search for productivity gains by industry will test the boundaries of established practices and challenge both the regulator and business to assess and manage safety and environmental risks.

Greater automation of bridges, an increasing presence of autonomous vessels and advances in propulsion systems and fuels are just some of the factors which will test our ability to identify and manage new safety risks presented by emerging technology.

In the broader context, more digitisation brings with it greater exposure to cyber threats and the need for industry to consider security measures alongside technological development. For AMSA this means we need to embed Australian Government guidance and practices on information and cyber security in our approach to regulation of navigation systems and standards development.

Change is inevitable, and it is critical for us to work closely with the maritime industry and key stakeholders to ensure our approach to regulation remains relevant and sustainable.

At the NAV18 symposium we will provide participants with an opportunity to engage and share information and to hear from experts across the sector on advances in navigation systems and aids to navigation.

The program we have put together offers sessions for people working in operations of all sizes and will include discussion of the latest insights into the human element as a key factor in safe navigation.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Mick Kinley
Chief Executive Officer, AMSA

Mick Kinley

Register for NAV18

You can register for NAV18 through our event partner, Conference Online. Register early as places are limited.

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Registration typeA$  Inclusions
Full registration $650 
  • Entry to all symposium sessions
  • Welcome function at 5.30 pm on day one
  • Breakfast session to open day two
  • Delegate symposium satchel and inclusions
  • Access to industry exhibitors
  • Complimentary wi-fi
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea each day
  • Two-day package - days one and two $500 
  • Entry to all symposium sessions on day one and two
  • Welcome function at 5.30 pm on day one
  • Breakfast session to open day two
  • Delegate symposium satchel and inclusions
  • Access to industry exhibitors
  • Complimentary wi-fi
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on day one and two
  • Two-day package - days two and three $500 
  • Entry to all symposium sessions on day two and three
  • Welcome function at 5.30 pm on day one
  • Breakfast session to open day two
  • Delegate symposium satchel and inclusions
  • Access to industry exhibitors
  • Complimentary wi-fi
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on day two and three

    Welcome function guest registration

    NAV18 delegates can invite a guest to attend the welcome function on Tuesday 1 May at a cost of A$80 per person.

    To register a guest for this function please click here.



    AMSA has negotiated a reduced rate of A$240 per night including breakfast with the Sofitel Broadbeach.

    A limited number of rooms are available at this rate on a first come first served basis.

    To book your accommodation call the Sofitel direct on 1800 074 465.

    Provisional program

    Day one - Tuesday 1 May 2018

    9.00am–9.55amSession 1: Symposium opening and keynote address
    10.30am–12.00pmSession 2: The future of navigation
    1.00pm–2.30pmSession 3: Marine navigation systems
    3.00pm–4.30pmSession 4: Aids to navigation and navigation services
    5.30pm–7.30pmWelcome reception

    Day two - Wednesday 2 May 2018 (Concurrent streams)

    7.30am–8.30amBreakfast session: Ms Kate D Adamson and Mr Francis Zachariae
    Stream A: Aids to navigation services

    Stream B: Shipboard navigation
    9.30am–11.00am Session 5A: The operation and management of aids to navigation Session 5B: Operational safety
    11.30am–1.00pm Session 6A: Asset management Session 6B: Risk management
    2.00pm–3.15pm Session 7A: Technology and innovations Session 7B: Navigational services
    3.45pm–4.30pm Session 8A: Safety, environmental and heritage matters Session 8B: Training future navigators

    Day three - Thursday 3 May 2018

    9.00am–10.30amSession 9: Panel discussion—What makes a modern safety regulator?
    11.00am–12.30pmSession 10: The future role of vessel traffic services and Automatic Identification Systems
    1.30pm–3.00pmSession 11: Autonomous navigation—ensuring safety
    3.35pm–3.45pmSession 12: Symposium closing

    Presenting at NAV18

    If you are interested in making a presentation at the NAV18 symposium please complete the contact form below with the appropriate information.

    Keynote speakers

    Kate D Adamson

    Futurenautics founder, futurist Kate D Adamson is an expert in the impact of new digital paradigms, the exponential growth of technologies, global megatrends and new generational mindsets on business and society.

    Working with individuals and organisations of all types and all sizes, across every industry, Futurenautics drives a better understanding of what the future is likely to look like, and why, helping to create the digital vision and transformations that will benefit businesses, consumers and society around the world.

    From the future of work, healthcare, education and regulation to resource scarcity, privacy, prediction, cyber security, connectivity and transparency she identifies how the combinatorial effects of a range of technologies will transform our lives radically in the coming decades and offers a visionary perspective on the threats and the opportunities we face.

    The CEO of Futurenautics Group, member of The Futures Agency, author, presenter and keynote speaker, she has advised a diverse range of major companies and organisations from fast moving consumer goods, Pharma, high-tech manufacturing and shipping and maritime, to consumer electronics, feature film, publishing, advertising, big brands, TV and media companies and the European Union (EU).

    Kate D. Adamson

    Francis Zachariae

    Francis Zachariae became IALA Secretary General in February 2015.

    He started his career in the Danish Navy on board several ships, ending as Commandant at the Naval Academy.

    In 2007 he became Deputy Director General of the Danish Maritime Safety Administration, which then merged with the Danish Maritime Authority, where he was responsible for maritime regulation, safety of navigation and pilotage in Danish, Greenlandic and Faroese waters.

    Francis Zachariae also spent some years abroad, first in the early 1990s with the Collège Interarmées de Défense à Paris, then in the early 2000s with the EU Council Secretariat in Brussels.

    He will outline his views on the many challenges that IALA will contend with in transforming into an inter-governmental organisation, including the digitalisation and harmonisation for navigational services. These services fall under the umbrella of e-navigation designed to support autonomous vessels, bigger and faster ships, and next generation vessel traffic services.

    Francis Zachariae

    Exhibitor opportunities

    NAV18 gives related businesses an opportunity to showcase their latest products and services to over 150 domestic and international delegates from the maritime industry.

    A dedicated exhibitor area adjacent to the main auditorium will be in place for the duration of the symposium—Tuesday 1 to Thursday 3 May 2018.

    Ten booths are available at a cost of A$3500 each.

    What’s included:

    • one 2 x 2 metre exhibitor shell
    • one business profile in the symposium booklet (25 words plus logo)
    • one logo on the exhibitors page.

    If you would like to register your interest in exhibiting at NAV18, please fill in your details on the exhibitor request form below.

    Register as an exhibitor now

    Sponsorship opportunities

    NAV18 provides interested businesses with a number of sponsorship opportunities to directly engage with domestic and international delegates.

    Branding and promotional opportunities include:

    Each symposium delegate will receive a registration pack on arrival. Together with AMSA, the sponsor will have exclusive branding on the following:

    • satchel / bag branding
    • lanyard branding
    • option to include a promotional item / handout in the satchel.

    Every delegate will receive a copy of the symposium booklet as part of their registration pack. It contains information about session topics, schedule of activities, speaker bios, synopsis of presentations as well as sponsor and exhibitor information. The booklet sponsor will receive one full page editorial and one full page advertisement in the booklet.

    Together with AMSA, the welcome function sponsor will have rights to provide any of the following:

    • company signage in function area (pool deck)
    • a three-minute address to function guests
    • promotional item / hand-out for guests
    • product demonstration / display during the function
    • opportunity to conduct a competition (for a prize).


    • verbal recognition of sponsor as part of the lead in to morning tea
    • company signage in breakout area
    • company logo on the coffee cart.


    • verbal recognition of sponsor as part of the lead in to lunch
    • company signage in breakout area
    • company logo on the coffee cart
    • product display and demonstration in exhibition / breakout area during lunch break.


    • verbal recognition of sponsor as part of the lead in to afternoon tea
    • company signage in breakout area
    • company logo on the coffee cart.

    An exclusive 10-minute opportunity to address delegates with an innovative or thought provoking concept, case-study, service or product immediately following afternoon tea on day one.


    • 10-minute timeslot
    • verbal recognition of sponsor
    • company signage in breakout area
    • company signage on the coffee cart.


    • company logo included on the NAV18 sponsor web page
    • company logo included in the symposium booklet (sponsors page)
    • display of one banner in the symposium foyer
    • display of one banner in the symposium plenary room(s).

    Company branding alongside AMSA on the presentation slide containing the wi-fi password on each day of the symposium. All delegates seeking to access the hotel's free wi-fi will obtain the password from this slide.

    To register your interest in sponsorship opportunities for NAV18, please complete the sponsorship request form below. Sponsorship opportunities are limited, so get in early.

    Register as a sponsor now

    Contact us

    NAV18 is proudly organised by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

    To contact the NAV18 Secretariat please email, phone or mail us at:

    NAV18 Secretariat
    GPO Box 2181
    Canberra ACT 2601

    Tel:   61 2 6279 5000