Weighing Up the Automation Argument


As part of Edition 84, the official print and digital journal for the upcoming Container Terminal Automation Conference 2019, PTI will publish an exclusive paper from Rich Ceci on the present and future outlook for automation.

The Senior Vice President for Technology and Projects at Virginia International Terminals has extensive experience of automation across a range of sectors, and will bring that wealth of expertise to #CTAC19 – to secure your place at the event, which takes place in London on May 7-8, click here.

In his paper, Ceci focuses on “The Good, The Bad and The Future” of automated technologies within container terminals, tackling debates around safety, implementation costs and the training of a new workforce.

Read the exclusive paper on automation intelliegence from Rich Ceci, VIT, and Oscar Pernia, formerly of Navis

While automation can prove successful, as the author himself demonstrated with Virginia’s hugely beneficial upgrade in 2007, there are so many parameters and factors which have to be considered by operators and authorities planning to invest.


For all of the key insights, influential discussion and leading expertise on contianer terminal automation, don't miss #CTAC19


For companies pursuing the technology, this paper highlights a balanced view of the possible benefits and potential challenges automation brings, as well as a forecast for developments the industry could see in the coming years.

With the landscape of modern ports and terminals shifting so rapidly, it is important to understand just some of the ways automation will evolve into the future, especially as the sector becomes increasingly competitive.



Ceci will follow up his paper with a presentation at #CTAC19, offering a special insight into how automation can be implemented effectively to deliver performance quickly and sustainably.

Edition 84, which will be available at the end of April 2019, will feature a host of expert insights – from the likes of Kalmar, DP World and Wartsila – ahead of the upcoming conference, and can be accessed by subscribing to Port Technology today.

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