As the Container Terminal Automation Conference (CTAC) enters its fifth year, the Port Technology International team speaks to conference director, Stephanie Morley, about what to expect from this year’s event.
This is the fifth year of CTAC, what will be new for this year’s conference?
“The focus will be bringing more terminals to the event and we have catered to them by having specific sections for them to address such as terminal strategy session that will look into the future of terminal optimization and the C-level panel where frank discussions will be had about the future of terminal automation.”
What do you think are the main trends this year for terminal automation?
“The main trends this year is that we are seeing some resistance to full automation as people believe that that could eliminate jobs instead of thinking about new job creation.
“In light of this we have a debate with three gurus within the industry who will bring to light all of the issues that come with automation and what is possible for terminals to achieve.”
The debators for this session include: Lars Jensen, CEO, SeaIntelligence Consulting; Dr. Oscar Pernia, Director of Automation & Process Engineering, Terminal Investment Limited; and Wolfgang Lehmacher, WEF Expert, World Economic Forum Network.
Who are some of the key speakers for this year’s conference and what perspective will they be able to bring to CTAC 2020?
“We’re excited to have the UK’s Maritime Minister, MP Nusrat Ghani, as our keynote speaker who will share the current state of the UK’s ports with regards to the ongoing challenge of Brexit and how the UK is looking to reduce carbon emissions across the board but particularly in the ports and maritime sector.
“Also, DP World will be represented by two people with different territorial responsibilities Que Tran, head of IT for Europe and Russia, will focus on the strategy of the future for ports and terminals, and Ronald Van Der Meer will look at the latest development of Boxbay, which is a container storing and handling system. “
The event is based in London, how do you achieve an international reach?
“We always strive to secure speakers from around the globe and this year is no exception with representatives from North and South America, Middle East, Europe and Africa.”
Outside of the conference schedule what can attendees expect from the networking opportunities?
“This year we will be hosting various networking events alongside CTAC. PTI will provide a networking drinks reception before the start of the conference and on day one we will host a gala dinner which is to be held at the Chelsea Football club where delegate will have the opportunity to discuss the various sessions from the day and exchange business cards.“