Port Technology Conference

Terminal Automation & Training Conference

Beyond Moves Per Hour & The Future of Containerization

19 - 20 April 2017 - London, UK

Delegate Standard - £2,300 (Incl. VAT)



Terminal Automation & Training Conference

Beyond Moves Per Hour & The Future of Containerization

 19 - 20 April 2017     London, UK

The Terminal Automation & Training Conference 2017 will bring thought leaders in the automation and training sectors of the port industry to discuss best practices with regards to cutting-edge automation solutions.

This year the event looks at the need for terminal automation to remain efficient, safe and productive. Just like last year, the format is ‘Question Time’ inspired, so you can directly ask questions and steer the sessions in a direction that best suits you.

The key themes include; Simulation, E-Learning, Gamification, Process Automation, Automated Decision Making and Robotisation.

To find out more about other sessions and our speakers, request a detailed agenda.



The Industry Today: A Macro Perspective

Processes & Performance

Fully Automated Terminals & Handling Equipment

Supply-Chain Collaboration & Automation

The Importance of Training

Power of Automation & Big Data

Expectations of Automation

Automated Decision Making

Beyond Moves Per Hour & Terminals of the Future

Speakers & Moderators

Dr. Yvo Saanen

Dr. Yvo Saanen is Commercial Director and Founder (1996) of TBA, a leading terminal design, simulation and software company in The Netherlands. He is currently in charge of business development and all commercial activities within the company.

Dr. Saanen holds an MSc in Systems Engineering and a PhD on the design and simulation of robotized container terminals, both from Delft University of Technology. He is a professor at the Rotterdam School of Management teaching Maritime Economics and Logistics and, in various bodies, lectures about terminal design by means of simulation, and publishes regularly about his work in scientific magazines as well as business magazines.

Neil Davidson

Neil Davidson has over 25 years’ experience in the port sector. He joined Drewry Maritime Research in 1997 and founded the company’s ports practice. Neil has spoken at over 80 industry conferences, seminars and private briefing sessions worldwide and regularly contributes expert insight and analysis to the trade press and British national newspapers, as well as TV and radio.

Nick Earle

Nick Earle leads Hyperloop One’s Global Field Operations. In this role, he is responsible for all customer and partner activities for the company around the world and runs Hyperloop One’s worldwide sales, consulting and business development organization. Hyperloop One is based in Los Angeles, and is the leading company designing and building the first new mode of transportation since the airplane in 1903.

Nick is a highly respected operations leader with over 30 years of Global IT industry experience in large corporates and start-ups. He has held Senior Executive roles at Hewlett Packard in California, where he was responsible for the company’s early Internet strategy and ran the Worldwide Enterprise Marketing function, and at Cisco where he led the Worldwide Services Field organization, growing the business from $3bn to over $10bn in revenue. For the last 2 years at Cisco, Nick was responsible for the company’s global Cloud go-to market strategy. He has been a CEO of StreamServe, a privately held software company that was sold to OpenText, and ran EMEA Operations for Ariba Inc which was subsequently sold to IBM.

Nick is authority on emerging business models having co-authored two books; Mesh Collaboration: Creating New Business Value in the Network of Everything (2008) and From Dot.com to Dot.profit (2000). He was voted #2 in Computer Reseller News list of the “25 most Disruptive Channel Executives in IT globally” and was recognized in 2016 as one of the top 4 Global Cloud Executives who "have shaped Cloud’s present and will likely have a major impact on its future" by CIODive.

Nick holds a First-Class Honors Degree and an Honorary Doctorate in Computing from Liverpool University and is an Associate fellow of the University of Bradford MBA program. He is a board member of Eseye, an IOT company, and Fly Victor, the world’s leading platform for Private Jet Charter.

Dr. Oscar Pernia

During his time with Navis, Dr. Oscar Pernia has had an intense focus on analysing industry-driving forces regarding operational efficiency. He then developed innovative and effective operational input to the Navis and XVELA Roadmap. Prior to this, Dr. Pernia focused primarily on terminal automation, being part of the core team that designed, tested and deployed the new N4 3.0 platform. Dr. Pernia is now responsible for ATOM, an operational innovation laboratory.

Thomas Gylling

Thomas Gylling (MsC Tech) is Head of Global Automation Sales and Port Solutions Marketing of Konecranes. His preceding 13 years at the company saw him embrace a variety of positions with primary concentration on the container-handling industry. Lately, his areas of focus in different managerial roles have covered automation business, automation R&D, productizing and launching, project delivery as well as sales and marketing. Furthermore, he has displayed a strong level of commitment to the company’s first automated RTG (ARTG) delivery project, which has recently been offered for commercial operations. Mr. Gylling continues to bring energy, insight and vision to the drive for automation in the container handling industry.

Uno Bryfors

Uno Bryfors, Senior Vice President of ABB Ports, is one of the most experienced professionals in the ports industry today. During his more-than-three-decades-long career at ABB and in the industry, he has been a key person in driving the development of automation solutions for cargo-handling, starting from automatic grab ship unloader and fully automated yard operations to automatic and remotely operated STS cranes. Uno Bryfors joined ABB as a Development Engineer after graduating with a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Since then, he has headed the R&D department, led the Crane Systems unit in Sweden, and is now responsible for ABB Ports business - from ship to gate.

Inna Kuznetsova

Inna Kuznetsova is the President and COO at INTTRA - the world’s ocean shipping SaaS B2B e-commerce portal, information and service provider. In this role, Inna provides the strategic direction and holds the full P&L responsibility for the business growth. She also serves on board of Sage PLC, as an Independent Non-Executive Director. Prior to joining INTTRA, Inna was the Chief Commercial Officer and member of the Executive Board of CEVA Logistics, where she led the global sales, marketing and solution design organization in 2012-2014. Before CEVA, Inna spent 19 years at IBM, where she held a number of different Executive positions primarily in growth areas of business or turnarounds.

Lars Jensen

Lars Jensen is CEO and Partner of SeaIntelligence Consulting, which is focused on providing expert assistance in strategic decision making, analysis, process improvement and revenue management in the container shipping sector. He has 16 years of experience from inside the container shipping industry, including eight years as Director of driving and developing market intelligence & analysis for Maersk Line, Maersk Logistics and The Containership Company.

Additionally, he has spent two years as the CEO of the purely online container carrier Youship, founded the publishing house Vespucci Maritime Publishing and is the author of the books “Liner Shipping 2025” and “Culture Shock in Maersk Line”. He co-founded LinerGrid in 2016, providing advanced tools to optimise network design for container carriers, and joined the board of the New York Shipping Exchange.

Furthermore, Lars is the CEO and founder of CyberKeel, focusing on cybersecurity in the maritime industry, and co-founder of LinerGame, providing innovative training and teambuilding in the liner shipping industry.

Eduardo Bustamante

Eduardo Bustamante is the Director of IT and Operations at Port of Cartagena, running two container terminals, (CONTECAR and SPRC) managing over 2 million containers per year. He is responsible for a 500-people team and all software, computer and telecommunication infrastructure, including design and development of the Terminal Operating System at both terminals and The Cartagena Port Community System. Mr. Bustamante is a Civil Engineer, with an MSc in IT at The London School of Economics. Currently, he is also an IBM IoT Board of Advisors Member.

Francisco J.Grau Cavanillas Orbita

Francisco J.Grau Cavanillas is the Managing Director in charge of the Ports & Terminals division at Orbita Ingenieria.

He is an Industrial Engineer specialised in electronics and industrial automation. Over the years, he has held various positions in engineering companies, yet always oriented to process automation and industrial communications. His experience and skillset has developed over more than 12 years of projects and business development in the automotive and maritime sectors. In his current role, he is in charge of developing Orbita’s global business in ports and terminals.

Douglas Watson

Douglas Watson has successfully built a career spanning all major continents with postings in Europe, North America and Asia. Over the past three decades, Douglas has held various Senior Executive positions at Inmarsat, Motorola and at Ericsson, where he is now a Director of their Global Business unit focusing on the Maritime Market sector.

Douglas has extensive experience in the application of new technologies in the maritime sector. He has participated in numerous maritime-focused research projects funded by industry, regional and national research councils, the European Space Agency and the European Commission.

He holds an Undergraduate degree from the University of East Anglia and Post-Graduate degrees from University of Plymouth, University of London, University of Nottingham and Queen Mary College, London.

Olaf Merk

Olaf Merk has extensive experience in directing studies into ports, port-cities and port regulation and governance. He is the author of a number of OECD books, most notably ‘The Impact of Mega-Ships’ and ‘The Competitiveness of Global Port-Cities’. He is a lecturer at the Institute for Political Science in Paris.

Michael Geiger

Michael Geiger, Director Sales and Marketing at Hans Kuenz GmbH, has a 20 years’ experience in the sector of Materials Handling Equipment.

During his employment at Kuenz as a Sales Director, he has been essentially involved in the optimization of the international distribution channel and after sales services. Major projects, such as automated stacking cranes for customers like APM Terminals (Maasvlakte II and Tangier, Morocco), and Container Terminal Burchardkai, Hamburg, as well as numerous crane installations for CSX, one of the leading transportation suppliers in North America, were realized. Moreover, other Automated Process Equipment in the Raw Material sector and in the Hydro Power Industry has been implemented.

Dr. Eva Savelsberg

Speeding-up and optimizing the decision-making processes in terminal operations is the focus of Dr. Eva Savelsberg. As Senior Vice President of INFORM’s Logistics Division, she specialises in Agile Optimization Software which renders a wide range of business processes more productive, agile and reliable, including processes for maritime and inland ports as well as distribution centers.  

Besides her role at INFORM, Eva is also lecturer at the University of Aachen (RWTH), where she received her PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 2002. Eva has published four books and over 30 papers on innovation in freight transportation.

Prof. Dr. Eng. Evangelos Markopoulos

Prof. Dr. Eng. Evangelos Markopoulos is serial entrepreneur, expert and scholar on Project, Program and Process Management and Engineering, Enterprise Engineering, and on Gamified Business Transformation, Knowledge and Innovation Management and Digital Strategy. He holds a BA, Sc and PhD in Computer Science. He worked in the US mainly at IBM, Siemens, and Bell Laboratories, and as an Entrepreneur in Europe and the MENA region. He has also taught in several universities in the US and Europe and has more than 80 publications in international academic journals and conferences. 

He is the Managing Director of Sparthink Technologies, a US firm specialized on the design, execution and management of gamified-oriented innovation strategy and technologies. With Sparthink, he designs and develops solutions and applications for serious games, enterprise games and gamified corporate operations by integrating goal-driven gaming concepts in organizational activities. He also develops enterprise digital strategies based on gamification approaches under the Internet of Things, the Big Data, the Business and Knowledge Intelligence, and analytics concepts towards the identification and utilization of the cooperate knowledge and capacity, and its transformation into new products development, marketing, dissemination, production and innovation. Besides Sparthink, he is a Research & Development Advisor on Port Management Technologies (Port Operating and Port Community Systems) at dbh Logistics IT AG in Bremen, Germany.

Michael Bouari

Michael Bouari, a B2B process automation expert and CEO of 1-Stop Connections — an Information Communications Technology (ICT) solution-provider connecting and automating the Port Community.

He has over 19 years’ experience in B2B technology solutions for the supply chain, freight and logistics industry.

His career has included innovation giant 3M, Sun Microsystems and collaborations with organisations such as Samsung, Sony and Fedex for automation and streamlining of the supply of products to the end consumer.

Bouari worked for P&O Nedloyd on port-related technology projects in the Asia Pacific region before joining 1-Stop. He was instrumental addressing supply chain complexities through developing 1-Stop’s Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions for the port community.

Julian Johanson-Brown

Julian Johanson-Brown is the Founder and CEO of Johanson Brown Ltd (JB), Independent Port and Maritime Consultancy, dividing his time between Panama and the UK.

Julian founded Johanson Brown in 2016 after a successful 28-year career in the Corporate Maritime sector, where he was the Chairman of the UK Society of Maritime Industries, Ports Division, and a member of the UK Government Special Advisory Committee on Maritime Affairs and Business Opportunities. Until September 2016, Julian was the Global Head of the Container Terminal Sector at the international consultant CH2M Hill. He left CH2 to pursue his passion as an Independent Consultant.

He brings a career of experience to the leadership and technical delivery of services of the company, as well as strong trusted relationships with all the major operators, contractors, design consultancies and banks operating in the maritime sector.

Johanson Brown works closely with a global network of hand-picked, like-minded, sector specialists to support and complement its work in areas such as simulation, emulation, structural detail design and asset management. The company structure is lean and agile, with delivery and attention to detail at the heart of their business, values and DNA.

Ralf Konnerth

After finishing a degree in software engineering, Ralf Konnerth worked as Commission Engineer of Industrial Robots for GMFanuc and ABB in the automotive industry. Automation of painting & assembly processes were his core competence in his first eight business years before he became a certified PMI Project Manager at ABB. In 2003, he joined Gottwald Port Technology – later Terex Port Solutions- to build up a professional project management culture. In 2015, the Contract Management was integrated into Project Management, being responsible for the entire Port Solutions portfolio. Since beginning of January 2017, Terex Port Solutions is part of Konecranes.

Richard Hepworth

Richard Hepworth is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, having studied for his degree at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. Since 2012, he has held the position of Business Unit President for Trelleborg Marine Systems, based in Dubai. Richard has over 20 years’ experience working in the offshore and marine construction industry and has held a number of roles both within Trelleborg and other large engineering companies in this sector, covering engineering, project management, sales, business development and general management for organisations such as CRP Group, Dresser-Rand and Weir Pumps.

Jarno Kuipers

Jarno Kuipers of Senior Manager of Terminal Development, Kalmar

Oscar Rivella

Joining Eaton in 2011, Oscar Rivella has more than 30 years of experience in the industry, being an entrepreneur for 10 years while owning a commercial agent company for the electric and automation markets.

In 1997 he joined Rockwell Automation holding the local, national and European position as Marine & Offshore Business Development Manager.

Neel Ratti

Neel Ratti began his career in Tuscor Lloyds as a bookings clerk on the LCL desk. He has since played a vital role in managing the team, and has assisted the company’s 2011 increase of sales turnover by 25%, followed by an impressive 40% in 2012. Moreover, his strategies have significantly solidified the company’s grip of its core markets in Mexico and Canada, and his excellent development of growth products ensured a threefold increase in the company’s project cargo team over the past 2 years.

Despite his late coming to the industry, his experience in large scale international construction projects and management proved rewarding in a project logistics career. He successfully applied the recent expansion into China, where the new business achieved rapid growth since its launch in September 2012. 

Determined to cultivate the company’s growth whilst maintaining its values, Neel believes there is still a place for smaller firms in the industry despite recent mergers and company closures. Tuscor Lloyd’s excellent staff training and retention is also a reflection of his conviction that shipping remains a ‘people industry’ in which success thrives on relationships.

Dr. Stefan Wiech

Dr. Stefan Wiech is Partner and IT Strategy Consultant at HPC Hamburg Port Consulting GmbH, an independent subsidiary of HHLA Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (Hamburg Port and Logistics Corporation), the largest and most diversified port operating company in Hamburg.

He was part of the project management team of the Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB) conversion and automation project in Hamburg and has been involved in many other automation projects all over the world. Besides the project management, he worked in the fields of quality assurance, requirements engineering and business process management. He is specialised in complex integration and change management challenges.

Dr. Wiech is responsible for IT consulting at HPC and develops IT strategies for port and container terminals including TOS audits and evaluations.

Ralston MacDonnell

Ralston E. MacDonnell, M.ENG, P.ENG, FEIC, Fellow Engineers Canada is the President of MacDonnell Group, a Canadian company with interests in engineering, management, and innovative technologies. A recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, he has been a relentless proponent of technology transfer and innovation as instruments of economic growth, and has been involved in cutting edge infrastructure design and management since the early 1980s. Over the last decade, Mr MacDonnell has become increasingly committed to helping industry improve competitiveness and prepare for a transformation in the workforce by creating MacDonnell programs like the CPE Certified Port Executive Program, online PORTSTAR training, and the creation of the Port Management Network. Mr MacDonnell is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Banff Centre, a past Governor of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and a past Chairman of the Board of Governors of the NSCAD University, among others. Mr MacDonnell holds a Bachelor of Science from St. Mary’s University and Bachelor and Masters of Engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia.

Pre-conference Insight

INTTRA's President and COO Inna Kuznetsova, shares what she hopes to get from the conference.

Partners & Sponsors

The Terminal Automation & Training Conference offers a selection of high-impact, dynamic commercial opportunities, tailored to meet your company’s specific needs.

Customised partner and sponsorship packages are available to meet your business objectives and budgets - including pre-conference marketing and onsite branding - ensuring you command greater attention and visibility.

To find out more, please contact James AA Khan on +44 (0) 20 7871 0123 or email jkhan@porttechnology.org.


1-Stop Connections
ABB Ports
Camco Technologies
Conductix Wampfler
Container Terminal 1 DP World - UAE Region
DP World
Drewry Maritime Research
Hans Kuenz
HHLA Hamburger Hafen und Logistik
HPC Hamburg Consulting
Hyperloop One
IHS Maritime & Trade
International Transport Forum at the OECD
ILWU Canada
Japan Association of Cargo-handling Machinery Systems
Johanson Brown
Kalmar Global
Koum Maurice
Luka Koper
MacDonnell Group
Orbita Ingenieria
Peel Ports
Port Alberni Port Authority
Port Authority of Valencia
Port of Cartagena
SeaIntelligence Consulting
Ship Technology Global
Sparthink Technologies
SSA International - SSA Mexico
Stein IAS
Trelleborg Marine Systems
Tuscor Lloyds
West Ports Malaysia
Yilport-SOTAGUS Container Terminal

Terminal Automation & Training Conference

Beyond Moves Per Hour & The Future of Containerization

19 - 20 April 2017 - London, UK



Ask your questions and walk away with the knowledge, road map and sustainable transformation to a competitive future

All C-Level delegates are able to submit two questions at the time of registration. The most pertinent of these questions will be selected to be put to our dynamic speakers during the expert panel sessions

Finally you will network with industry ‘gurus’ who have been successful in all port and terminal environments. Find the best solutions and get introduced to our expert guest speakers and solution providers

Media Partners

Thank you to our Media Partners

Interested in becoming a Media Partner? Contact Bee Cansick on +44 (0)20 7871 0123 or email bee@porttechnology.org.

Plan Your Visit


Grange City Hotel*****

8-14 Cooper's Row
London EC3N 2BQ UK

Grange City Hotel*****


Delegates are encouraged to make their own accommodation arrangements with the recommended hotels as soon as possible, as the discounted room rates are limited and subject to availability.

Venue Hotel - Grange City Hotel*****

8-14 Cooper's Row
London EC3N 2BQ

£167.00 + 20% VAT per room/per night
(Includes the buffet breakfast).

Telephone +44 (0) 20 7863 3700 or email city.reservations@grangehotels.com and quote the group reference CCT168206. Special rate expires Wednesday 12th April, 2017.

DoubleTree by Hilton – Tower of London****

7 Pepys Street
London EC3N 4AF

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7709 1000

Use the code APORA to qualify for a 15% discount and secure the best available rate over the dates you require.

Less than 1-minute walk away from the conference venue.

Citizen M Tower Of London****

40 Trinity Square
London EC3N 4DJ

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3519 4830

Less than 1-minute walk away from the conference venue.

Hotel Novotel London Tower Bridge****

10 Pepys Street
London EC3N 2NR

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7265 6060

Less than 1-minute walk away from the conference venue.

The Chamberlain Hotel****

130-135 Minories
London EC3N 1NU

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3564 5165

Less than a 4-minute walk away from the conference venue.

Motel One London – Tower Hill****

24-26 Minories
London EC3N 1BQ

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7481 6420

Less than a 4-minute walk away from the conference venue.

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Sponsorship & Partnership Enquiries

James AA Khan
+44 (0)20 7871 0123

Delegate Bookings

Daniel Jaghai
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Speaker & Event Enquiries

Bee Cansick
+44 (0)20 7871 0123

2016 Conference

Launched in 2016, the inaugural one day Terminal Automation & Training C-Level Networking Conference brought together industry leading CEO’s and speakers to discuss terminal automation and the implications this has on port staff training.


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