Kicking off the conference as the first speaker, Sea Machines stepped into the spotlight to discuss the topic of “Autonomous and Advanced Steering Technology” during last week’s Seadevcon Maritime Startup Night 2019, in Hamburg, Germany. Sea Machines’ Frank Relou, European business development manager (shown below), led the discussion by describing the progress the company has made in the development of its autonomous command and advanced perception systems for commercial vessels. While the event featured a series of speakers representing a variety of maritime startups, Sea Machines stood out because its autonomous-command and remote-helm control systems are already on the market and in use by commercial vessel operators. Following his presentation, Relou networked with representatives from fellow startups and those in the commercial marine industry.

About Seadevcon Maritime Startup Night

Seadevcon Maritime Startup Night was created by Carsten Bullemer, founder of,, with the goal of bringing “maritime tech world people together, to develop ideas, concepts and find new solutions.” The non-profit conference also aims to address and solve real world problems related to sustainability, waste and pollution reduction. This year’s event was held aboard the MS Stubnitz, an East German fishing vessel that was transformed in 1992 into a moving platform for cultural research and exchange. Learn more about the annual event here here.