CIRM Annual Conference 2022

17-20 October 2022, Malta

The 2022 CIRM Annual Conference will take place in Malta from Monday 17 October to Thursday 20 October.

The event will be located at the fabulous Hilton Hotel in Malta. Located in St Julian’s, the hotel has everything to offer for a great meeting; plus, if you wish to extend your stay, a happy break for you and your families.

Situated in the Portomaso Yacht Marina, just 15 minutes away from UNESCO World Heritage Capital City Valletta, the hotel features three restaurants, four bars, four outdoor pools, two children's pools and a heated indoor pool area. There is free WiFi in all areas, a great Spa with a large selection of wellness and relaxation treatments - and of course the conference centre where the meeting room will be configured to suit us, with break out rooms for our working groups.

Venue Information


Special room rates have been negotiated with the Hilton Hotel.

  • Rate per night €203.00 (double €228.00) inc. buffet breakfast & 7% VAT but excluding ECO tax of €0.50 per day - payable on check out
  • Three nights before and three nights after the event can also be booked at this rate (subject to availability!)
  • All delegates will pre-pay their first night of stay with credit card as a guarantee in case of cancellation. Should any delegate cancel their reservation prior to 30th August 2022 the pre-paid night will be refunded in full
  • Should the delegate cancel their reservation between the 30th August 2022 and the day of arrival, or there be a no-show, then the hotel shall charge the full stay to the credit card used for the one-night pre-payment

CIRM's special room rates at the Hilton are no longer available using the hotel's booking link.
If you wish to book a room at the Hilton at CIRM's rate (subject to availabilty), then please email, copying in Colleen Wyatt of CIRM


On 21 December 2007 Malta joined the Schengen system at the end of a gradual process of adjusting to the common visa regime provided by the Convention Implementing the Schengen Agreement. You should contact the authorities if you think you may need a VISA.

Address: Central Visa Unit, Pjazza San Kalcidonju, Floriana FRN 1530, Malta
Telephone: +356 25904550


Luqa International Airport is only 20 minutes away from the Hilton.

Taxi services from the Malta International Airport to all localities in Malta are based on a fixed tariff... but remember: It's always better to enquire and agree on a fare before you enter a taxi. The rate is approx EUR 25.00 per vehicle basis. The white taxi service can pick up passengers from anywhere, except bus-stops. A regular taxi normally accommodates four persons, however the number of suitcases being carried must also be taken into consideration with regard to the space required in the vehicle.

Airport transport options:


In October the high is usually 25 degrees Celsius and the low 19 degrees, with an average of nine days of rainfall in the month.

Dress code

Dress code is as always smart casual; ties are not necessary. The programme will be published once it is mature – most likely in the summer of 2022.

About Malta

Malta is an archipelago in the central Mediterranean between Sicily and the North African coast. It's a nation known for historic sites related to a succession of rulers including the Romans, Moors, Knights of Saint John, French and British. It has numerous fortresses, megalithic temples and the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum, a subterranean complex of halls and burial chambers dating to circa 4000 B.C.

On the largest island, also called Malta, is the capital Valletta, a medieval fortress city and site of high baroque St John’s Co-Cathedral containing 2 Caravaggio paintings; Mdina, a walled medieval city; and beaches both lively (Golden Bay, Mellieha Bay) and quiet (Paradise Bay). On the island of Gozo, Dwejra Bay features natural coastal formations, dive sites including the Blue Hole–an underwater chimney–and a lagoon nicknamed the Inland Sea. Between Malta and Gozo, tiny Comino offers the Blue Lagoon, popular for snorkelling.


The full programme is available here: CIRM Annual Conference 2022 programme

Monday 17 October
13:00 - 14:30 Lite Lunch
14:30 - 15:50 Conference opening session
- Welcome & introduction (Richard Doherty, CIRM)
- CIRM President’s overview – ensuring CIRM has a bright future (James Collett, Sperry Marine)
- CIRM Membership report (Frances Baskerville, CIRM)
- CIRM Secretariat’s report; 2022 Membership Survey (Richard Doherty, CIRM)
- Shipowner's perspective (Bob Ball, BP Shipping)
16:10 - 17:30 Shipping industry perspectives
- An update from IALA (Francis Zachariae IALA-AISM)
- Pertinent items on the BIMCO agenda (Aron Frank Sorensen, BIMCO)
- RTCM update (Ed Wendlandt, RTCM)
- Pilotage: a public service for the future (Matthew Williams, IMPA)
Evening Opening Reception at the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry
Featuring Keynote Address by Hon. Minister Aaron Farrugia (Minister responsible for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects)
Coaches depart from Hilton entrance at 18:05 (no later)

Tuesday 18 October
09:30 - 11:00 Maritime Connectivity Platform: the future of maritime data exchange
- Maritime Connectivity Platform: the future of maritime information exchange (Thomas Christensen, MCP Consortium)
- Fintraffic VTS vision on operational MCP usage (Olli Soininen, Fintraffic VTS Ltd)
- MCP for AtoN authentication (Gareth Wimpenny, GLA UK & Ireland)
- SMART Navigation (Jin Park)
11:30 - 13:00 Improving ship safety through proactive use of data
- Marine Safety through investigation and cooperation (Lianne van der Veen, MAIIF)
- Use of VDR data in a proactive safety context (Claus Borum, Danelec Marine)
- Using VDR as a pre-emptive maintenance tool (Paul Smulders, Seas of Solutions)
- VDRs - only as good as the last APT… or are they? (Richard North, UK MAIB)
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 15:30 Cyber security: requirements and initiatives
- Maritime Cyber resilience of on-board systems and equipment on MASS (Jeoungkyu Lim, Korean Register)
- Maritime Cybersecurity – hacked at sea (Matt O’Driscoll, Northrop Grumman Maritime Systems)
- EU Cyber Security Regulation (EU 2022/30) for non-SOLAS equipment (Phil Evans, TUV SUD)
15:30 - 16:00 Panel discussion: doing business in Malta
16:30 - 18:30 CIRM Board Meeting (no conference)
Evening Free evening

Wednesday 19 October
09:30 - 11:00 Next generation navigation data and systems
- S-100 ECDIS implementation (Jonathan Pritchard, IIC Technologies)
- S-100 - from concept to reality (Thomas Mellor, UK Hydrographic Office)
- Map the gaps (Anders Bergström, Teledyne Tech., Raymarine)
- NOAA’s Precision Marine Navigation Program (Samuel De Bow, NOAA Office of Coast Survey)
11:30 - 13:00 Developments in space-based technology and applications
- Standardisation process status for SBAS L1 maritime receivers (Guillermo Fernandez, ESSP SAS)
- EGNOS L1 maritime service (Manuel Lopez Martinez, EUSPA)
- PASSport - Extending situational awareness to improve safety and security in port areas (Michael Bergmann, Bergmann Marine)
- Developments in space technology (Peter Broadhurst, Inmarsat)
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 16:00 CIRM Service Seminar
- Maritime business in Africa (Andile Dhlomo, SMD)
- The data revolution for new service models (Speaker TBC, SIRM)
- CIRM - Service Code of Practice (Dimitrios Maschas, Otesat-Maritel)
- CIRM Code of Practice for Service Companies (James Newman, Sperry Marine)
16:30 - 18:00 Industry hot topics
- How sustainability and digitalisation are shaping the maritime industry (Dana Jongens, Intellian)
- Counterfeit batteries (Jan Erik Saeter & Morten Gjersoe, Jotron AS)
- Maritime Security Risk Intelligence - a perspective from CIRM’s newest member (Frank Fenner, Dryad Global)
- AIS Elevated (Mark Johnson, Shine Micro)
- OpenBridge Design System (Kjetil Nordby, OpenBridge)
Evening Gala Dinner at the Malta Maritime Museum, sponsored by Malta Enterprise
Coaches depart from Hilton entrance at 18:45 (no later)

Thursday 20 October
09:30 - 11:00 Technical reports
- CIRM technical report (Richard Doherty & Mike Richards, CIRM)
- IEC and ISO report (Kim Fisher, IEC TC 80)
- Cospas-Sarsat latest developments (Chris Hoffman, ACR Electronics Inc.)
- Introduction to Working Groups (Richard Doherty, CIRM)
11:30 - 13:00 Working Groups session 1
- ECDIS Working Group
- Radiocommunications Working Group
- Service Working Group
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 16:00 Working Groups session 2
- ECDIS Working Group
- Radiocommunications Working Group
- Service Working Group
16:30 - 18:00 Working Groups session 3
- ECDIS Working Group
- Radiocommunications Working Group
- Service Working Group
Evening Closing dinner at Saffron Restaurant, sponsored by Sperry Marine
Groups walking to venue (approx. 10 minutes)
Arrive from 19:15

Health & Safety

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Registration & Hotel booking

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