CTAC19: How Automation Drives Efficiency


Following on from our build-up to the opening morning of the Container Terminal Automation 2019 (CTAC19) conference, which includes the ‘Leaders Make Your Case: Why Automation is Still the Key’ session, we’ve taken a look at what challenges our experts will face in the afternoon, including machine-to-machine (M2M) implementation and the business drivers behind automation investment.

The afternoon of Day 1 will see three big sessions tackle a range of topics from smart technologies, such as M2M, vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and how data can be intelligently harnessed to create real-time visibility.

It will conclude in a panel discussion in session five, entitled ‘Automation Ports 4.0: Driving Efficiency & Densification', which will explore the short to long term return on investment from automation, including increased efficiency, driver safety, time and resource saving.

Speakers for this session include:

  • Martin Church, Account Director, Kalmar
  • R. Alan Peterson, Industry Segment Leader – Crane System, TMEIC
  • Claus Burger, Global Director Container Handling Market, Conductix-Wampfler

The session will be moderated by Guenter Schmidmeier, Senior Vice President, Global Terminal Operators, Kalmar.



The semi and fully automated container terminal markets are expected to grow from US$9.09 billion in 2018 to $10.89 billion by 2023, at a rate of 3.7%.

This session, which is sure to be one of CTAC’s most thought-provoking, will uncover the key business drivers for automation, such as data generation and artificial intelligence (AI) implementation.

Rich Ceci and Oscar Pernia discuss automated intelligence and its importance for the future in a recent Port Technology technical paper

It will also look closely at how automation is living up to its performance, productivity and cost reduction expectations and at the latest advancements in full and semi-automation implementation, as well as much else.

To gain an in-depth understanding of the key issues surrounding automation and the other key topics to be discussed at CTAC19, be sure to subscribe to Port Technology’s journal, Edition 84 of which will be released on April 25, 2019.

Before that, the first session of the afternoon will be entitled ‘M2M, V2V & V2X: Communication is the Future’ and will see Dr Eva Savelsberg, Senior Vice President at INFORM and Frank Schulte, Senior Vice President at Konecranes Knowledge Centers & Core Lifting.



It will explore how M2M, which stands for machine-for-machine, and V2V, which means vehicle-to-vehicle, can drive cost reduction by improving visibility, security and safety and regulatory compliance.

The first speaker, Dr Eva Savelsberg, co-authored ‘2038: A Smart Port Story Part 1’ exclusively for Port Technology in October 2018.

Download '2038: A Smart Port Story' here

A teaser for Part 2 was released in April 2019 and it will be released in full at CTAC19. The session will explore how to create real-time visibility and control and, perhaps more importantly, how to access real-time, actionable data, deploy intelligent e-business applications and quickly respond to rapidly changing conditions.

Following that will be a session entitled ‘Converging Exponential Smart Technologies: Delivering Data & Performance, which will look at ways to intelligently harness the mountains of data created within the IoT-powered port ecosystem.

For more information on any of CTAC19's sessions, simply download the agenda here. The line-up is subject to change, visit the #CTAC19 website for the latest up-to-date information.

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