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Port Automation, Performance & Profitability

26 – 27 March 2020 | Mandarin Orchard Hotel, Singapore

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An end-to-end masterclass unravelling technical, operational and technological strategies in port automation, this seminar dissects real-world cases from global port operators, developers and equipment providers. Covering both green & brown field terminals, participants will exercise with architecture and deployment of technologies that maximise profitability and performance. Through examining various technology, you will also exercise with port automation KPIs, economic analyses and how to implement from business case to go-live

The impact and choices of technologies (including AI, robotics, container handling equipment, cybersecurity) will be illustrated in conjunction with civil, engineering and traffic master planning, from berth/yard utilisation, landside activities to capacity simulation

Key Learning Outcomes and Case Studies Include

  • Choices for automating terminals, key automation configurations
  • Benchmarking port KPIs impacting operations & profitability
  • AI master planning in considerations of civil, engineering development
  • Examine port’s efficiency & capacity gap and develop technology architecture
  • Optimising berth & yard utilisation
  • Minimising disruptions from transition to automation
  • Automation vs safety, port performance indicators and profits
  • Cybersecurity considerations in automation

Greenfield & Brownfield Case Studies Include:

  • Rotterdam World Gateway
  • Victoria International Container Terminal
  • Ports of Auckland
  • DP World
  • Ports of Abu Dhabi

Who Should Attend  

Port & Terminal Operators, Authority, Warehouses, Inland Logistics Services, Port EPC Developers, Terminal Technology Providers, Cargo Handling Specialists and Port Service Providers.

  • Infrastructure Development officers
  • Engineering / Technical
  • Project Management
  • Planning / Corporate Strategy
  • Transformation and Innovation Officers
  • Technology, IT and ICT


Packages Price
2 Day TrainingSGD $3595Early Bird

MCF Training Grant Is Available For Eligible Participants.
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Register 2 Delegates & the 3rd attends FREE!
Group rate is based on normal rate of 2-day main conference package only.
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  • All fees stated include luncheons, refreshments and complete set of documentation. It does not include the cost of accommodation and travel.
  • A 7% Goods & Services Tax (GST) is applicable to all Singapore based companies for Singapore venue.
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Jon Arnup
Founder & CEO
Trent Holdings Group

Jon has over 30 years’ experience involved in every facet of port & terminal development, mainly in technical engineering, architecture, asset management, project management and technology. Having led many greenfield & brownfield projects, he developed and transformed largest ports around the world, and is well-versed in due diligence, procurement policies, deployment process, inventory management and maintenance strategies of modern, state-of-the art yard and berth innovations including automated cranes, RTG’s, trucks, AI, equipment breakdown predictability, AGVs. Terminal development & automation projects led by Jon include Port of Felixstowe, Panama Ports, Port of Tanjung Pelepas, as well as Dubai’s first automated cranes at DP World and most recently a greenfield fully-automated port project in New Zealand.

Jon set up Trent Ports Services in 2016 to provide consultancy on ports’ project management, equipment due diligence & procurement, specification creation, delivery, as well as AI-driven solutions in the field of operations and engineering. His team has delivered services in over 20 countries across 5 continents.

Guest Speaker

Jay Pandya
Co-Founder & CEO, Igo Solutions  

Jay has over 15 years’ experience implementing automated terminal solutions. He has played key roles in the realisation of 5 automated terminals (greenfield & brownfield), from terminal design, solution definition and integration, QA, testing and go-live. These terminals include:

  • Euromax Rotterdam;
  • Abu Dhabi Terminal;
  • London Gateway Terminal;
  • Victoria International Container Terminal;
  • Ports of Auckland.

Jay setup IGO solution in 2006 and since then has delivered terminal business consultancy, business process mapping, business intelligence services, process training and AI solutions (Operations & Engineering) in over 15 countries across 4 continents

Jay has over 15 years’ experience implementing automated terminal solutions. He has played key roles in the realisation of 5 automated terminals (greenfield & brownfield), from terminal design, solution definition and integration, QA, testing and go-live. These terminals include: Euromax Rotterdam, Abu Dhabi Terminal, London Gateway Terminal, Victoria International Container Terminal, Ports of Auckland.



Introduction to Port Automation: Key Drivers

  • Port throughput (Physical capacity, Competition, Vessel calls)
  • Port capacity (Terminal expansion, Capacity enhancement)
  • Vessel occupancy & productivity
  • Container traffic
  • Berth & yard capacity and planning
  • Overall equipment effectiveness
  • Why Automate?
    • Underutilised infrastructure
    • Vessel size and supply chain bottleneck
    • Increasing Cargo storage space
    • Increasing berth / yard utilisation
    • Loading & unloading equipment
    • Governments National Vision & Strategies?
    • Addressing Localisation & Equality shortfalls in the Terminal Space?


Benchmarking Port KPIs Impacting Operations and Profitability

  • Performance consistency
  • Congestion management and marine operations
  • Berth utilisation and performance
    • Cost/TEU
    • Congestion/delays
    • Occupancy
    • Vessel turnaround time
    • Reduced accidents
  • Yard Utilisation and performance
    • Crane/equipment moves per hour, PMPH
    • Occupancy
    • Cargo dwell time
    • Yard capacity
    • Gate productivity
    • Trailers utilisation metrics
  • Landside activity, impact and performance
    • Standard operating procedures

Key Trends in Automation 

  • Container vs dry bulk vs liquid bulk automation
  • Automation vs autonomous operations
  • Terminal Configurations that have been Automated
  • Automating existing terminal equipment
  • Technologies impacting terminal/marine operations
  • AI & big data
  • IOT
  • RPA and TOS
  • E-commerce and blockchain
  • Predictive & corrective asset management

Key Components in Automating Ports

  • Economics of Port Automation
    • Up-front CAPEX (Equipment cost, Civil and technical works, Disruption to port operations)
    • Operating expenses (Equipment maintenance cost, Road & rail connection)
  • Smart Port Architecture& Capabilities
  • How does an automated terminal works: a step-by-step guide
    • Terminal designs
    • Key Systems Architecture & Integration
    • Technical integration
    • Control Room Organization
  • Cyber Security and Automation
  • Use of data and open standards development
  • Modularity

Group Exercise: ROI Criteria for Automation of Key Port Operational Areas



Implementing Automation: from Business Case to Go-Live 

  • Defining the Business Case
    • Throughput & Capacity Planningand simulation
  • Greenfield Automation High-Level Planning
  • Brownfield Automation High-Level Planning
  • Testing, Testing and More Testing: how to test the automated solution
  • Impact to the Business
    • Change Management
    • Training
    • Resourcing
    • Minimise disruption
  • Automation and Safety


Case Studies:

  • Berth & Marine Operations
    • Planning & simulation
    • Automated mooring system
    • Auto-berthing / un-berthing
    • Automated docking
  • Terminal & Yard Operations
    • Terminal optimisation
    • Yard capacity utilisation and performance
    • Impact analyses of modern equipment (e.g. automated cranes, AGVs, gate)
    • Cargo dwell time and flow optimisation
    • Efficiency measurement
    • Occupancy
    • Gate productivity
    • Trailers utilisation metrics

Profitability Expectations with Automation: Enhancing your Revenue 

  • Liner strategies and demand forecast
  • Competition between terminals
  • Defining the Return on investment
  • Expanding Revenue streams
  • Monetising your data


  • CASE STUDIES: AUTOMATION and AI @ Rotterdam World Gateway
  • CASE STUDIES: GREENFIELD Automation @ Victoria International Container Terminal
  • CASE STUDIES: BROWNFIELD Automation @ Ports of Auckland

when & where

26 - 27 Mar 2020

Mandarin Orchard Singapore, by Meritus
333 Orchard Road, Singapore 238867
Tel: +65 6831 6062 | Fax: +65 6737 3130
Mobile No.: +65 8298 9442
Contact Person: Tan Ai Li

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