05 - 07 April, 2020 | Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE

The only city infrastructure show bringing together global visionaries, city planners and key stakeholders working on major infrastructure projects 

Port Development Middle East Forum Conference Day One: Tuesday, 16 April 2019


12:20 pm - 12:30 pm IQPC Remarks




1:00 pm - 1:20 pm Geo-technical Solutions for Port Development

Ø  How our wide range of solutions can make our customers benefit from the best possible alternative to their original design.
Ø  Engineering: How our customers benefit by involving Keller to develop a D&B solution on lump sum basis for a win-win approach.
Ø   Methods of execution: How our wide experience in marine works can bring value to our customer with respect to time and costs savings. 

1:20 pm - 1:40 pm CROSS INDUSTRY PANEL DISCUSSION: Resolving the capacity hurdle: How are ports boosting trade flow by increasing operational capacity at a lower cost

A conversation with the key industry players on the pre-emptive foresight required to ensure ports run on optimal capacity while ensuring critical infrastructure is protected. Though expansion is a significant focus of global port development plans, is it the prime strategy to enhance trade flow?

  • How important is it for the Middle East to increase their port capacity and what are the best means to achieve that?
  • Overcoming challenges faced while securing trade routes
  • Staying competitive with the market, are you going the extra mile?


Swap business-cards and break the ice with your fellow participants to start making those valuable connections whilst enjoying buffet lunch

2:40 pm - 3:00 pm CROSS INDUSTRY PANEL DISCUSSION: Financing, the omnipresent question – How to appropriate funds for your project?

As the development of any business requires appropriate funding, hear the market leaders discuss matters pertaining to financial decision making

  • Overview of the existing and upcoming port financing projects
  • In the current economy, which are the best suited funding models to facilitate CAPEX and Cashflows?
  • Mitigating funding challenges for port expansion- how to exact funding?

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT - RED SEA GATEWAY TERMINAL Iinfrastructure creation: How to assemble a seamless port environment?

Red Sea Gateway Terminal boosted Jeddah Islamic Seaport’s handling capacity by 45 percent. Hear them share their challenges, experiences, and their wide outlook on port functionality.

  • Discussing port investment in the rapidly changing global maritime transport and port ownership landscape
  • Financing projects in MEA and port development – know what worked best for them
  • KSA’s Vision 2030: How does this impact port development


2:30 pm - 2:50 pm INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT - PORT OF ROTTERDAM: Automating ports of the future: Insight from Europe’s busiest port on improving port efficiency via automation

The Port of Rotterdam achieved a throughput of 232.8 million tonnes in the first six months of 2018 and is considered a global pioneer in the field of innovation. Hear them discuss the key aspects of automation.

  • How automation has helped the Port of Rotterdam save time and costs while reducing risks
  • What are the challenges faced during the process of automation?
  • Is the human thinking aspect an advantage over the less versatile automated processes?
  • Does automation have a detrimental impact on the employment rates and economic growth?

2:50 pm - 3:10 pm AUTOMATION BEYOND KNOWN: Expanding the use of automation to transform port logistics.

Leading ports in the world have turned to automated machinery and vehicles to increase their efficiency; be it gantry cranes, stacking cranes, driverless vehicles, or port equipment. Are you ready to align your processes with the competitors?

  • Autonomous vehicles at ports – understand where your logistics stand on the automation spectrum.
  • Automating the piloting process - near future fact or fiction?

3:10 pm - 3:30 pm TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE Autonomous ships: Are we ready for a paradigm change?

The future of sea travel is autonomous ships and leading maritime visionaries are currently working on turning this into the present day reality. Are you equipped to match this leap?

  • Insight on how these ships will impact your port and the provisions needed to accommodate them.
  • How long until these ships make their way to you?
  • What is the potential investment we are looking at?
  • Stay one step ahead from the ports worldwide: Can foresighted investments make you the key port of use?


Digital developments are poised to transform the entire global maritime industry; including ports. Port of Singapore is currently leading the pack of digital transformation by investing S$100 million into the Maritime Cluster Fund (MCF) to help the industry test and embrace new technologies, and groom talent for a digital, automated maritime future.

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE: Power of sensors: Unlocking the true potential of sensors for asset integrity, productivity and safety

In the past decade, the costs associated with implementing sensors have reduced by approximately 50% and this has provided ports with a whole new functionality aspect.* Source: Goldman Sachs, BI Intelligence Estimates

  • Let sensors tell you when it’s time for you to inspect
  • How sensors can help ports save time and cost by servicing an asset as and when required
  • Ensuring integrity by targeting the source of malfunction directly
  • Leveraging data collected by sensors to track the use of equipment

3:50 pm - 4:10 pm TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE: Monitise data: How to use big data to forecast optimal port usage?

In the present market, endless consumer data is being analysed to predict trends and facilitate AI. The massive amount of cargo throughput also results in data that can be used to project ideal port conditions. Have you joined the big data band wagon yet?

  • How to use data to prepare for challenges caused by environmental factors
  • Use of data analytics to improve port productivity
  • Improve your CAPEX forecast on the basis of historic data
  • AI dependency on big data: Knowledge empowers intelligence?

4:10 pm - 4:30 pm TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE: 3D printing: Augmenting operational efficiency

Capitalise on the features of additive manufacturing at ports as the technology advances towards printing equipment and vessel spare parts. Easy accessibility to parts has a significant impact on downtime and turnaround times. Find out if this technology is a fit for your port.

  • Does 3D printing apart maintain the integrity of the asset?
  • How 3D printing can potentially save on replacement cost and time

4:30 pm - 4:50 pm SPONSOR SESSION: Drones for ports: Game changing or hot air?

One of the key advantages of drones is that they can be used as ‘eyes in the sky’ without the excessive manpower utilisation

  • How to use drones to improve aerial security
  • Redefining cargo inspections with drones
  • Achieving quick response times in case of an emergency
  • Challenges with deploying drones - are the benefits worth the cost of training?

4:50 pm - 4:50 pm END OF DAY ONE