Max van Someren leads the team developing MARINELINK-Smart, Perth-based shipbuilder Austal’s revolutionary digital system for improving high-speed ship efficiency and comfort.

Max is a naval architect by background who has spent his career working on the application of new technologies to the maritime industry.

His diverse range of experiences have included the development of novel designs for commercial and naval vessels; advising shipbuilders internationally on the development of ship design and construction technology; developing future underwater warfare concepts for the UK ministry of defence and (most recently) leading the establishment of Austal’s digital technology initiative.

In 2016 Max re-joined Austal as Technology Development Manager. Today Max has specific responsibility for identifying how emerging digital technologies can help Austal’s customers transform their own operations – reducing costs and increasing revenue for ship operators. Max is passionate about bringing new technology to the maritime industry to deliver more efficient, sustainable and comfortable ships.