Port Technology Container Terminal Automation Conference

Beyond Moves Per Hour & The Future of Containerization

19 - 20 April 2017 - London, UK

CTAC2017 - Port Technology Container Terminal Automation Conference

Beyond Moves Per Hour & The Future of Containerization

 19 - 20 April 2017     London, UK

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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Speakers & Moderators

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.

Wolfgang Lehmacher

Wolfgang Lehmacher is an author, global executive, advisor, entrepreneur, and expert in the field of supply chains, transport and logistics. During his career, Lehmacher has been involved in various major change initiatives in the supply chain industry, and is now Director: Supply Chain and Transport Industries at the World Economic Forum.

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.

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.

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.

Jarno Kuipers

Jarno Kuipers is a container terminal automation professional with more than 11 years’ experience in port automation. His background is in the operation management, sales and execution for automated ports and projects. Jarno is currently responsible for terminal development at Kalmar.

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.

Guenter Schmidmeir

Guenter Schmidmeir's experience with Navis Global Account Management and with Navis Professional Services has enabled him to take over as the General Manager for EMEA, overseeing all sales and professional services in the region.

Prior to joining Navis, Guenter was a transport and logistics consultant in Hamburg, Germany, where he contributed to the early planning phase of the HHLA automated container terminal CTA as well as many other international port and logistics project. Guenter earned a Dipl.-Ing  oec in industrial engineering and automation from the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg, Germany. He also has an MBA from Chaminade University in Honolulu, USA and a Masters of Maritime Economics from the University of Antwerp Belgium.

Stéphane Hecky

Stéphane Hecky is in charge of group strategy on Port Automation and Engineering as well as Autonomous Vehicle markets. He has been consecutively Chief Engineer, Operations and Program Director and Chief Operating Officer for the company, dealing with business development and strategic contract management, technical and commercial partnership, commercial network construction, and technologies.

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.

Natter Andreas

Andreas Natter, Head of Electrical Engineering at Hans Kuenz GmbH, has a 15 years' experience in the material handling equipment sector. Since he finished the Technical College in Bregenz, Austria he was employed in the transportation and crane construction fields. During his employment at Kuenz he went through several technical departments including commissioning, engineering and R&D.

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.

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.

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.

Jeremy Chee

Jeremy Chee is the General Manager Strategy & Business Development of 1-Stop Connections, a solution provider that is delivering innovative products and services to the freight and logistics community.  At 1-Stop he currently leads their growth activities including Research and Development, Product Management, Sales & Marketing and Strategic Partnerships.

With over 15 years’ experience, Jeremy has worked in and consulted to Defence, Transport, Logistics and Port industries where he has specialised in Strategy, Supply Chain, and the application of Technology.

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.

Henrik Alfke

Henrik Alfke is an expert for fleet performance management software solutions whose background blends computer science with maritime and ship-operation engineering. With degrees in maritime and ship-operation engineering, Henrik started as a ship mechanic in 1999 for a career at Hapag-Lloyd AG. After earning graduate degrees in maritime and ship-operation engineering at the University of Flensburg, Germany, and receiving the license as second engineer officer, Henrik completed a university degree in computer science at the Hagen Open University. Henrik has been a software developer at INTERSCHALT since 2009. A technical product manager in the area of vessel and fleet performance management, he decisively contributed to the development of Bluetracker.

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 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.

Damien Cols

Kris Kosmala

Kris Kosmala is General Manager for Asia Pacific at Quintiq. A recognised expert in the field of transportation and logistics, Kris spearheads modernisation and the advancement of supply chain optimisation concepts throughout Asia and Australia. Kosmala focuses on field marketing and business transformation alignment on a global scale ― a role that leverages his extensive industry expertise and experience with business innovation.


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