To kick off the upcoming Port Technology Container Terminal Automation Conference held from March 14-15, 2018, leading industry analysts are set to provide a foundational insight into the present state of automation worldwide, the shipping sector, and how AI and automation does — and should — function within it.
The session: ‘The Industry Today: A Macro Perspective’, will feature Wolfgang Lehmacher (World Economic Forum), Neil Davidson (Drewry Maritime Consultants), Lars Jensen (SeaIntelligence) and Professor Jean-Paul Rodrigue (HOFSTRA University/PortEconomics).
In a quick-fire format that brings the audience into the discussion, speakers will offer their unique perspectives on the potential of new innovations in AI and automation for the port and shipping industry, after their 10-minute presentations.
While several mega-ports have instituted partial or full automation, the maritime industry lags behind other transport industries in terms of its use of information and communications technology, and this session will look at the ocean supply chain in that global, interindustry context.
There is huge potential in our present market not only for the continued growth of automated terminals, but also for existing facilities to be retrofitted with automated equipment, so this session is a must-attend for terminal operators looking to deeply energize their terminal operations for cost saving and efficiency.
Relevant technical papers:
'Blockchain Technology for Ports', by Wolfgang Lehmacher, Head of Supply Chain and Transport Industries, World Economic Forum: “This paper examines the suitability of blockchain and blockchain-based distributed ledger technology (DLT) to the port, harbour, and terminal industries. DLT has the potential to drastically change the world of asset transfer, asset movements and security of data movement”.
'Liner Shipping in 2025', by Lars Jensen, CEO, SeaIntelligence: “The industry is currently facing a fundamental transformation which will profoundly change the existing business models – and that this transformation will happen irrespective of the practical details, such as demand growth and freight rate developments. Let us contemplate four of the main driving forces: digitization, transparency, supply-chain dispersal and network optimization”.
'New global supply chain principles', by Professor Jean-Paul Rodrigue, Department of Global Studies & Geography, Hofstra University: “To what extent are the core principles of global maritime shipping being challenged, and to what extent are new principles emerging?”