07 - 08 April, 2020

Port Development Middle East Forum Conference Day Two: Wednesday, 17 April 2019



The basic principle of port security is to implement law enforcement measures to safeguard a port from potential acts of crime and terrorism. While the traditional approach has been in action for years, its time to look at how up and coming technologies can facilitate maritime and port security.

9:50 am - 10:15 am INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT- SECURITY: Cyber security: Is your data really secured?

The GCC is a financial powerhouse, on its way to be a trade hub, which makes it the centre point for cyber threats. Trade and customs data available to the ports is of vital importance and potentially dangerous if put in the wrong hands. Are you safeguarded against loss of confidential data?

  • Is your data protection at par with the hacker’s ability?
  • Has your port secured the integrity of its confidential customs data?
  • Aftermath of a cyber attack: Are you equipped to manage the tangible and intangible costs of a cyber attack?
Arjan Kampman, Head of Digital & IT at Port of Amsterdam

Arjan Kampman

Head of Digital & IT
Port of Amsterdam

10:15 am - 10:35 am PROTECTING PORT CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE: Strategies to tighten your security to avoid potential cargo theft, fraudulent claims, and infrastructure damage

Given the vast scope of digital transformation and automation, has your port integrated these technologies to achieve a 0% incident rate?

  • Can automation assist the port security?
  • Can sensors be implemented to quicken emergency response times?
  • Is IoT the future tool for security?


The key stakeholders within the maritime industry have started testing and implementing the blockchain technology in various means. From data collection and sharing to transfer of ownership rights, all cargo related processes may be digitised on the blockchain in the near future; but how can a port use it to their advantage? Know more as we discuss this with ports in the region.

10:35 am - 11:00 am TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE: Moving the needle on port operations with blockchain: Capitalise on blockchain to enhance port security, supply chain & process management.

The features of blockchain enable it to be one of the top data collection and protection modules, all the while, enhancing lean processing and supply chain; can this implementation skyrocket your core functioning?

  • Using of blockchain to strengthen port security
  • Blockchain technology as a verification tool - how to reduce fraudulent claim on cargo.
  • Reducing redundancy while maintaining the reliability of port processes.

11:00 am - 11:30 am SPEED NETWORKING & BREAK

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


With critical infrastructure comes critical risk management. The global economic factors play a significant role in trade flows which further affect the country’s macroeconomics; so do the financing models, and national workforce. Watch this space to pick up if you have rightly mitigated your risks.

11:30 am - 12:00 pm INDUSTRY PANEL: Commercial & business risk management: Have you hedged your bets?

A panel of industry experts and analysts focus on a set of issues that have a direct impact on ports globally:

  • Putting in place the right strategies to hedge yourself against economic risk
  • Leverage: Ideal financial tool for ports
  • How to secure your trade routes market share
  • China’s belt and road initiative: What does it mean for the Middle East?
Jesse Damsky, Chief Commercial Officer at Port of Salalah

Jesse Damsky

Chief Commercial Officer
Port of Salalah

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm FIRESIDE CHAT: Health, safety, & environment: Is CSR at the forefront of your company’s strategy?

Do we give enough importance to HSE practices? Are we up-to-date with the HSE standards worldwide? How environmentally detrimental is the maritime industry? Find your answers to these and many more

  • Ensuring the safety of your workforce
  • Protecting the port’s infrastructure and equipment
  • Social responsibility at ports: Sustainable ports as the future

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm INSUREWAVE: A digital insurance value chain

Market players Ernst & Young, Guardtime, Maersk, Microsoft, Willis Towers Watson, XL Catlin (AXA), MS Amlin, & ACORD have partnered up to create the first-ever digital insurance value chain. The programme uses blockchain to share data on a secure, private network with the concerned parties, all the while ensuring a detailed audit trail, and is used by Maersk for their fleet. Learn more about how you can achieve operational targets by incorporating Insurewave.


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



2:00 pm - 4:00 pm How cyber security can help transform the security interface?


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm How can a port maintain the integrity of critical infrastructure?


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Paperless processes with block chain: What is the downside?


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm What can you do to ensure impeccable worker safety?


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Processing and storing sensor data efficiently


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Improve port data sharing platforms - what risks are involved and how to mitigate them

4:00 pm - 4:00 pm CLOSE OF DAY TWO