Container Terminal Automation Conference

Automated Intelligence & AI

 March 14 – 15, 2018     London, UK

AI is here. Long has technology threatened to overtake human capability, yet never before have we been challenged with the real ramifications of this. The changes it will make are massive and the potential huge.

Building on the framework of the previous PTI events, we are now taking a major step forward and exploring AI Automation.

AI moves so fast it is difficult to get a grip on the changes that are already occurring in the supply chain.

Therefore the PTI conference will bring together the top futurists, analysts and engineers in AI Automation to: uncover the secrets of AI Automation, explore the latest cutting-edge operations along the supply chain, address the human cost and how that can be leveraged, envision what lays in store for humanity and physical trade, and ensure optimum cybersecurity practices are discovered.

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Supply Chain Automation

Autonomous Shipping

Navis’ Breakout Session for Ports & Terminal Executives

Automated Intelligence & AI

The Industry Today: A Macro Perspective

Processes & Performance

Fully Automated Terminals & Handling Equipment

Power of Automation & Big Data

Expectations of Automation

Sponsors & Partners

The event offers a selection of high-impact, dynamic commercial opportunity, tailored to meet your company’s specific needs.

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

Headline Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Coffee Break Sponsor

Speakers & Moderators

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 graduation 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.

Neil Davidson

Neil Davidson has over 25 years-experience in the port sector. He joined Drewry in 1997 and founded the company’s ports practice.

His current role is focused on Drewry’s publications and new products in the ports and terminals sector. He has been closely involved as both contributor and editor of all of Drewry’s annual and one-off port sector publications, and spoken at over 90 industry conferences, seminars and private briefing sessions worldwide. He regularly contributes expert insight and analysis to the trade press and national newspapers, as well as TV and radio on occasion.

His previous consultancy experience included participation in port projects in global locations including Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, Australia and the Middle East. The work included buy and sell-side due diligence, privatisations, strategic advice and working for lenders as well as commercial and market analyses.

Prior to joining Drewry, he spent 8 years with the Port of Tilbury, London, specialising in business planning. He was closely involved in the successful management buy-out of the port in 1992, and its subsequent trade sale to Forth Ports plc in 1995. He also gained Freeport status for the port, acting as Freeport Manager for 2 years. 

A graduate of the Department of Maritime Studies, Cardiff University, his industry experience also includes working for Lloyd’s of London and the Medway Ports Authority, Sheerness, UK.

Gerhard Fischer

Gerhard L. Fischer graduated in 1987 with a Dipl.-Ing. (FH) degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Applied Science, Munich, Germany and visited Arizona state University, USA on a Fulbright exchange.

Since 2008 Gerhard is with Siemens AG in the Cranes business segment in Erlangen, Germany as head of sales. He is member of IEEE Industry Applications
Society, the VDI working group B1 for cranes, the VDE DKE working group for hoisting systems and vice-chairman of the PEMA committee for equipment design and infrastructure.

In 1990 Gerhard joined Siemens AG in Erlangen, Germany to develop high frequency and large-power converters. In 1995 he changed to sales/marketing of variable speed drives followed in 1996 by a posting in Siemens´ Centre of Competence in Singapore and Taiwan developing cranes business. From 2005 till 2008 he worked with Siemens in The Hague, Netherlands in a business development function for harbour cranes.

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.

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.

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.

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Ron Robinson

Ron Robinson started his career with P&O primarily on container vessels where he served as a navigating officer.

Ron then went into the port business working in the Port of Tilbury on the Container and RoRo terminal, in various Managerial roles, ending up as the Terminal Manager.

During this period Ron led the development of a new dedicated short sea container terminal. Ron then spent 14 years in sales and consulting for Navis and Tideworks Technologies in TOS systems.

In October 2013 Ron joined Kalmar as a Sales Director in Solution Sales team responsible for automated terminals.

Dr. Yvo Saanen

Dr. Yvo Saanen is Commercial Director and Founder (1996) of TBA Group, 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.

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.

Anyone can submit a guest speaker or moderator suggestions, or if you are a guest speaker wishing to present, please get in touch.

Attendees Round-up

1-Stop Connections
ABB Ports
Algeciras Port Authority
Antwerp Port Authority
APM Terminals
Ashdod Ports Company
Beirut Container Terminals
Bestshore Business Solutions
Camco Technologies
Centre for Advanced Infrastructure & Technology
CRESS Systems
DP World
Drewry Maritime Research
Eagle Marine
Euro Ports
Fraunhofer CML
Gaussin Group
Global Data
Hanjin Shipping
Hamburg Port Authority
HPC Hamburg Port Consulting GmbH
HPMport Project & Management Consultants
Hutchison Port Holdings
Hyperloop One
Hyster-Yale Group
Kuenz GmbH
IHS Markit
ILWU Canada
International Port Management
International Transport Forum at the OECD
International Transportation Systems, LLC
Japan Port Consultants, Ltd.
JLT Speciality Limited
Johanson Brown
Korea Maritime Institute
London Container Terminal
Luka Koper
Malta Freeport Terminals
Merford Cabins
Mott MacDonald
Nigerian Ports Authority
Noatum Termianls Ports
Orbita Ingenieria
Peel Ports
Ports America
Port & Airport Research Institute
Port Alberni Port Authority
Port Authority of Valencia
Port of Cartagena
Port of Felixstowe
Port of Los Angeles
Port of London Authority
Port of Rotterdam
Port of Virginia
PSA Antwerp
PSA International
PSA Singapore
Royal HaskoningDHV
Sea Level Research Ltd
SeaIntelligence Consulting
Ship Technology Global
Smiths Detection
SSA International - SSA Mexico
Sparthink Technologies
Stein IAS
TBA Group
Terminal Investment Limited (TIL)
Trelleborg Marine Systems
TT Club

Media Partners

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.

Venue Hotel - Grange City Hotel*****

8-14 Cooper's Row
London EC3N 2BQ

Superior Room: £210.00 per room/per night

Rate includes the buffet breakfast

Telephone +44 (0) 20 7863 3700 or email and quote group reference 130318P. Special rate expires 13.02.2018.

Hotel Novotel London Tower Bridge****

10 Pepys Street
London EC3N 2NR

Single Occupancy: £215.00 per room/per night

Double Occupancy: £225.00 per room/per night

All rates are inclusive of accommodation, full English buffet breakfast, 20% VAT & service.

Telephone +44 (0) 20 7265 6009 or email and quote "Port Technology Block ID: 53932011". Special rate expiries 15.02.2018.

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

DoubleTree by Hilton – Tower of London****

7 Pepys Street
London EC3N 4AF

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

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7709 1000

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.

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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2017 Conference

The Container Terminal Automation Conference 2017 brought together thought leaders in the automation and training sectors of the port industry to discuss best practices with regards to cutting-edge automation solutions.

The event looked at the need for terminal automation to remain efficient, safe and productive. The format was ‘Question Time’ inspired, allowing attendees to directly ask questions and steer the sessions in a topical direction.

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

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