SMART PORTS 
& SMART CARRIERS

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The Questions


  • Has the maritime and supply chain sector been slower to adopt digital technology than other major industries like banking and finance?  Why is this, and what can be done both to accelerate adoption whilst encouraging collaboration?

  • What are the differences in the ways that ports and carriers are approaching digitalization technology?  How can any differences best be managed to ensure maximum supply chain efficiency?

  • As the market leaders embrace full scale digitalization, what are the consequences for smaller players with less appetite for new technology investment?

  • With the industry already technology dependent, the need for an industry wide secure cyber environment becomes ever more acute. Will robust new technologies like Blockchain provide a solution?

  • What new AI enabled applications and devices are emerging, and what are the potential benefits and challenges for the industry they offer?

  • From automation at port side to autonomous vehicles, the range of port operations that can be automated is considerable. How far and how fast is the ports industry responding?

  • What will be the impact of high value technology and automation on employment in the industry?  Is it a case of machines versus men?

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The details

Monday 29 October 2018

1200 - 1330hrs

Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, UAE

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Join us for three days in Dubai this October, for the 9th edition of Seatrade Maritime Middle East, the region’s biggest maritime exhibition.

Part of UAE Maritime Week, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, UAE, Seatrade Maritime Middle East offers a dynamic, free-to-attend conference programme. Benefit from invaluable networking opportunities with key ship owners, operators and maritime industry influencers.

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Optimizing the digital ecosystem for the supply chain

Speakers include:

Julian Abril, Head of Facilitation, Subdivision for Maritime Security and Facilitation International Maritime Organization
Dr Noura Al Dhaheri, Chief Executive Officer, Maqta Gateway, Abu Dhabi Ports
Abdulla Bin Damithan, Chief Commercial Officer, UAE Region, DP World
Howard Fireman, SVP and Chief Digital Officer ABS
Peter McLean, Senior Vice President, Kalmar Asia Pacific
Pieter Zylstra, Regional Director, Digital Transformation, MEA Orange Business Services


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29 - 31 October 2018 | Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), Dubai, UAE
Under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, 
Crown Prince of Dubai, UAE.


Opportunities and challenges for digitilsation

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Prominent players in the region’s maritime and logistics sector will join technology innovators during Seatrade Maritime Middle East 2018, in debating the industry’s pathway towards digitalization, and what the new revolutionary technologies may mean for the future.