Focus on automation as TOC Middle East opens in Dubai

  • ‘Technology is the solution’, says DP World director

TOC Container Supply Chain: Middle East 2013 opened at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) on Monday with a clear emphasis on the key role that automation has to play in providing a sustainable future for the maritime industry.

As part of his keynote address, Mohammed Al Muallem, DP World’s senior vice president and managing director, claimed that technology is the solution for ports and terminals if they are to meet the capacity demands of the future and that we must as an industry “automate wherever possible”.

Therefore investment in automated equipment is going to be pivotal to ensure that the necessary infrastructure to cope with this demand is in place. Automation, as explained by Al Muallem, will also lead to a number of other significant benefits for the industry including an increase in productivity and efficiency, centralised control and optimisation, faster gate transaction and a reduction in light, noise and carbon emmissions.

TOC Container Supply Chain Middle East comprises of an executive-level conference, free to attend technical seminars, trade exhibition and networking functions.

The event, supported by DP World, is running from December 9th – 11th. Celebrating its 3rd annual edition in Dubai, TOC CSC Middle East attracts over 300 delegates and a further 1,000 visitors to the exhibition.

To schedule a meeting with our editor Linton Nightingale, who is currently at the conference, please click here.

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