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05 - 07 April, 2020 | Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Port Development Middle East Forum Day Two: Tuesday, 7 April 2020



Ewan Duncan - Group Head of Security, Associated British Ports

Ewan Duncan

Group Head of Security
Associated British Ports

10:00 am - 10:30 am CASE STUDY: Glimpse of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s first BOT terminal

Jens O. Flea - CEO, Red Sea Gateway Terminal
As per the vision 2030 strategy, Saudi Arabia is keen to be the key logistic player in the region. Red Sea Gateway Terminal is the first terminal in the region built under build operate and transport agreement costing more than $544.5m with a capacity of 2.5 million TEUs.

  • How has the Red Sea Gateway Terminal enhanced trade and transhipment in Saudi Arabia?
  • How has it redefined standards to handle world’s largest container terminals?

Jens O. Flea

Red Sea Gateway Terminal


10:30 am - 11:00 am Contingency planning for port and terminal safety and security

Ewan Duncan - Group Head of Security, Associated British Ports
With the global risks and threats, security of port facilities and ships is important. As per the legislative amendments, complying with safety and security planning requirements is a challenge in the ports sector. While designing a terminal or a port, there are elements that can reduce exposure to safety risks such as reducing manual tasks by human, isolating high-risk areas, automation reduces number of people in operation therefore reduces risks, etc.

  • Security assessment and emergency preparedness and response
  • Safety guidelines for loading and unloading of ships
  • Risk management
  • Legislation on ports, SHE policies, ISO standards

Ewan Duncan

Group Head of Security
Associated British Ports

11:00 am - 11:30 am CASE STUDY: Adoption of blockchain technology in the shipping industry

Hussain Al Fardan - Head of Innovation Centre, Strategy & Corporate Excellence, Dubai Customs
The first shipment using blockchain technology from King Abdul Aziz Port in Dammam to the port of Rotterdam reflects Saudi Customs’ strategy to facilitate seaports cross-border trade, accounting for 80 percent of trade in the Kingdom.

  • Learn how the blockchain technology ensured trade safety, time and cost reduction and reliability of supply chains
  • How can blockchain be used for digital reference documentation to cargo tracking including the loading/discharge, weight and origin/destination of containers?
  • How can blockchain enhance intermodal freight movements?

Hussain Al Fardan

Head of Innovation Centre
Strategy & Corporate Excellence, Dubai Customs


11:30 am - 12:00 pm CASE STUDY: Green Ports - Baku Port

Eugene Seah - Chief Operations Officer, Port of Baku
Future ports demand efficiency, cost savings and productivity along with securing sustainable growth, safer workplace and minimising environmental footprint. The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) predicts that global container handling in ports could rise up to four times the current levels by 2030 and five to six times by 2050. This demand means that the next generation of ports must be planned in a responsible way.

  • Green port assessment criteria
  • Work plans: Decreasing carbon dioxide emission
  • Increasing environmental quality, environmental impact assessment and energy saving
  • How fuel-LNG is providing a smarter solution to the growing environmental risks caused due to the emission of hazardous gases during transportation?

Eugene Seah

Chief Operations Officer
Port of Baku

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm LUNCHEON AND NETWORKING

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT: Ports meet cyber security

Wissam El Assal - Global IT Director, APM Terminals
While digitisation and automation open new routes for the ports sector, vulnerability of systems is a major area of concern the industry has to encounter. As the industry progresses towards automation, trade and custom data is of vital importance and there is a need for enhanced cyber protection that co-relates with data protection and cyber resilience.
Cyber-attack vs data vigilance – Impacts on internal systems and freight movement?

  • Has your port secured the integrity of its confidential customs data?
  • What are the threats in operating without efficient cyber security measures?
  • Need for robust cyber security assessments on the vessels

Wissam El Assal

Global IT Director
APM Terminals

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Achieving a competitive edge on ports design infrastructure

Mark Geilenkirchen - CEO, SOHAR Port and Freezone
Ports play a vital role in supply chain management and logistics processes. To meet the demands of sea transportation and vessel traffic and capacities, many cities are expanding their port infrastructure. Effective port planning, design and development strategies are crucial to meet these criteria.

  • How to attain cost savings on terminal designs, low manpower and low fuel consumption?
  • How to lengthen economic lifetime of ports and meet the paybacks on investments?
  • What are the best port administration models?

Mark Geilenkirchen

SOHAR Port and Freezone

Safer, flexible, high capacity transportation options are required to boost trade and economy. Automation is replacing the traditional methods of freight movement.

  • Automation to address operational complexity
  • Risk in cross border transportation
  • Holistic transport planning for better connectivity and enhanced capacity - The way forward

Reserved for: KIZAD


Eng Atter Hanora

Director of PPP
Ministry of Finance


Loay Ghazaleh

Advisor to HE Undersecretary of Works on PPP and Infrastructure
Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning, Bahrain


Emerging technologies in ports and terminals
Interactive Discussion Groups

  • With the rise and implementation in IoT solutions across ports and terminals, the trend of internet of vehicles could accelerate in 2020
  • How will this trend assist in effective management of port traffic?
  • The trend will no doubt lower the collision chances but will this also lead to safer operations?

Dr. Hesham Bin- Abbas

Consultant of Emerging Technologies
Ministry of Communications And Information Technology


3:15 pm - 4:00 pm Drones as disruption
  • Role of drones in package deliveries, emergencies, risk detection. Supervision operations, etc
  • Roles in mapping and inspection, traffic control and monitoring in ports

4:00 pm - 4:00 pm End Of Conference Day Two