PFI is pleased to invite you to the 2nd annual Container Handling Technology (CHT) Conference and Showcase Exhibition in Istanbul on February 11 & 12, 2014.

By placing a spotlight on the Black Sea and Mediterranean markets, this conference will investigate the decisions that senior IT, fleet and operations management must make, whilst also providing a platform for discussion with the users themselves. The concurrent exhibition will provide an opportunity for leading suppliers of container handling technology and equipment to showcase their latest products/solutions; it also offers end users a chance to review the innovative technologies and best-practices on offer to them.

Our 2013 event saw over 120 major players from container terminals, port operators, technology suppliers, and shipping, logistics and transportation companies participating in the conference, and we expect CHT Istanbul 2014 to be even bigger and better. We hope you will join us there.



08:30 Registration & Welcome Tea/Coffee

09:30 Opening Notes from Conference Chair
Nil Güler, Dean and Professor, Istanbul Technical Univeristy Maritime Faculty

10:00 Keynote Address
Alev Tunc, Board Member, The Turkish Chmaber of Shipping

Session: Industry and Market Outlook of the Container Terminals in Black Sea/Mediterranean Region

10:30 Managing Risks Within Container Terminal Operations

  • Overview of DP World
  • Major risks within container terminals
  • DP World’s risk management framework & strategy
  • How DP World manages risk

Nathan Seal, Global Manager Safety & Environment, DP World Head Office

11:00 Tea/Coffee Break

11:45 Make or Buy? IT Strategies for Container Terminals

  • IT strategy - What are my future requirements and which system does match?
  • Migration path – How much risk can I take?
  • Change management – A system replacement is not just an IT project, it’s about people and habits.

Stefan Wiech, Partner and IT Consultant, HPC Hamburg Port Consulting

12:15 A New Dimension In Container Operation
Suleyman Cokan, Operations Lead, Port of Petlim

12:45 Technology Adaptation for Turkish Container Terminals

  • New technology for the national master plan for Turkish port sector
  • The importance of environment and location for technology adaptation in Turkey
  • Turkish legislation and new technology adaptation for ports
  • The new and the old of operational process of Turkish container terminals
  • Factors which should be taken into consideration when selecting and adaptation of technology for Turkish port sector

Ozgur Durmacalis, General Manager, Celebi Port of Bandirma

13:15 Lunch

Session: Sustainable Development: The Green Port Concept and Eco-Friendly Technology

14:30 - Zero Risk & Zero Emission: Future Terminal's Laid Out

  • Auto ERTG – B-AGV terminals
  • ARMG – B-LAGV terminals
  • Deep dive & comparison of the terminal designs of the future

Carla Grifo, Project Manager, TBA

15:00 What is the State of The Art on Mobile Electrification: The Case For RTGs

  • Container handling technologies
  • Automation electrification
  • Future works

Lawrence Henesey, Key Account Manager, Vahle

15:30 Green or Non-Green? A Review of the Container Terminal green technologies*

  • What is green technology? The perspectives of key stakeholders
  • Overview of available technologies
  • What works?

Dimitrios Pachakis, Principal Engineer, Royal HaskoningDHV
Roy van Eijsden
, Managing Director, Royal HaskoningDHV Turkey ELC Group

16:00 Tea/Coffee Break

16:30 Panel Discussion - Lines and Terminals: Practical Partnering

  • Enough is enough? The challenges of handling bigger container vessels 
  • The future face of cooperation between shipping lines and container terminals
  • Customs regulations for transhipment hub ports
  • Modern terminal requirements
  • And Many Others

Giovanni Bandini, Marketing and Commercial Manager, Tarros Line
Turgut Aydincan, Deputy General Manager, China Shipping Container Line (CSCL) Turkey
Selcuk Gormezoglu, Assistant General Manager, Admiral Container Lines
Umur Ugurlu, Former General Manager, MFS Line

17:30 Closing Notes followed by Networking Drinks until 1900

*Please note that the sessions, topics, and speakers may be subject to change



08:30 Registration & Welcome Tea/Coffee

09:30 Opening Notes from Conference Chair
Lawrence Henesey, Key Account Manager, Vahle

09:45 Coastal Factors in Container Handling: Risks Distinction and Resolution*
Serkan Mahmutoglu
, Transportation Business Line Leader, Aecom Turkey

Session: Technical Advancement in Container Terminal Automation

10:15 Automation from Ship to Gate

Demonstrating how automation can be used to meet the challenges and improve the productivity in container terminals.

    • Challenges and trends in container handling
    • Investing in productivity, safety and improved working environment using automated technologies

Paul Mair, ABB Crane Systems

10:45 Optimising Operational Performance Through Process Automation

      • With the increasing volume of container traffic, and the introduction of new advanced (and automated) container terminals, there is even further increased pressure on terminals to optimise the business processes. Process automation solutions accomplish exactly that; they are an accessible and fast way to get immediate productivity improvements for a small initial investment for a terminal any size. This presentation will highlight various solutions and project achievements.

Neil Escott, Sales Manager, Kalmar Automation

11:15 Tea/Coffee Break

11:45 What Can Go Wrong: An Assessment of Gate Automation Technology
Anton Bernaerd, Business Development Manager, Camco Technologies

12:15 Enhancing Terminal's Efficiency with Simulation Based Virtual Terminals

      • Virtual terminals are simulation models directly connected to the TOS
      • Semi-automatic modelling by using the TOS description of the terminal
      • Secure TOS upgrades (e.g Sparcs 3.7 --> N4)
      • Train your staff to become grandmasters in terminal operation
      • Evaluate new strategies without disturbing the real operation and without burning fuel

Holger Schütt, Professor and Doctor, ISL Applications

12:45 Lunch

Session: Optimising Container Terminal Efficiency - Technology Best-Practices

14:00 Concept of Terminal Automation and How It Enhances Efficient Operations
Özgür Sert
, General Manager, Port Akdeniz – The Port of Antalya

14:30 The Future of Container Software 2014
Richard A Butcher, Partner, Michael Jay Maritime UK

15:00 Innovative Technology for Bulk Cargo Transportation in ISO Dry Containers
Alexandre Goussiatiner, Senior Ports and Container Terminals Consultant, NK Tehnologia

15:30 Summary Notes and Close of Conference Followed by Tea/Coffee

*Please note that the sessions, topics, and speakers may be subject to change


Registration is closed.

Venue: British Consulate-General Istanbul Pera House

Address: British Consulate-General Pera House
Mesrutiyet Cad. No 34, Tepebasi, Beyoglu, 34435
(Corner of Tarlabasi Caddesi and Basir Fuat Sk)

Map of Venue:,28.975185&spn=0.00346,0.008256Tel: +90 212 334 6432

Special hotel rates for Rixos Pera Hotel

Please contact Merve Ayata:

  • Deluxe City view Single/Double 130.-EURO 
  • Deluxe Golden Horn view Single/Double160.-EURO

Above mentioned prices include buffet Breakfast and %8 V.A.T.

Phone: +90 212 373 01 00

Fax:+90 212 373 01 99


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