Port Efficiency Forum Brazil –  will take place in Rio de Janeiro at Centro de Convenções Bolsa do Rio on May 6, 7 & 8. This three-day highly targeted forum covers three sessions: Container Handling Technology  (May 6), Efficiency & Management in Terminal Operations (May 7), Port Reforms – An Expert Session on the "Nova Lei Dos Portos" (May 8).

Bringing together key port and terminal specialists, and senior stakeholders involved in operations and management, to discuss the challenges and opportunities in this burgeoning sector, PFI Brazil's Port Efficiency Forum 2014 will provide all those who attend with the chance to hear from industry experts, learn about development plans, discuss new operational solutions, receive answers to their questions, identify risks and meet potential business partners.



08:30 Registration & Welcome Tea/Coffee

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

09:45 Challenges within Terminal Automation

  • Drivers and risks when considering automation for gate and vessel operation
  • Current challenges to implement automation in a Brazilian Terminal 
  • Case study: Tecon Rio Grande gate automation approach 

Giovanni Ross Phonlor, IT System Manager, Wilson, Sons -Tecon Rio Grande

10:15 Process Automation Technology to Drive Operational Efficiency, Reliability and Safety

  • PA strategy at the decision phase
  • Example: TecPlata case demonstration - automated stacking, automated tasks improvement, TOS integration to increase operational efficiency

Javier Ramirez, Terminal Manager, ICTSI – TecPlata

10:45 Terminal Operations Process Assessment

  • Identifying weaknesses in process
  • Using methods of management
  • Involving people in changes

Anderson Carvahlo, Terminal General Manager, Terminal de Vila Velha (TVV) - Log-In Logistica

11:15 Q&A

11:30 Tea/Coffee Break

12:00 Brazilian Container Terminals – The Developments and Trends

  • Port of Santos and Brazilian foreign trade growth and container volumes
  • Developing terminal infrastructure with environmentally aspects
  • Status of Brazilian automation

Marcelo Patricio, Project Implementation Manager (PIM), Brasil Terminal Portuario (BTP)

12:30 Products and Technologies to Contribute to the Improvement of Ports’ Security and Productivity

  • Coana 27 requirements (22/12/2010)
  • Ports - requirements
  • Using technology to foster security and productivity

Victor Rodrigues, Ports & Borders Regional Director, Smiths Detection Brazil

13:00 Q&A

13:10 Lunch

14:30 Recent Development in Container Handling Technology

  • Introducing the new Boxhunter RTG technology for container handling
  • Enhancing productivity with automated feature
  • Remote monitor for reporting, diagnosing and troubleshooting

Jussi Suhonen, Sales Director, Konecranes

15:00 Solutions for RTG Electrification

  • Why are terminals opting for electrification?
  • What are the primary benefits of electrification?
  • What solutions are available and why choose one type over another?

Christian Nunez, Latin America Business Development Manager, Conductix-Wampfler SMO USA

15:30 Using Best Practice to Improve Container Terminal Operations

  • Best practices from over 25 years of implementation experience
  • Advances in optimization software offering operational benefits
  • How terminal operators will be able to increase productivity after implementing optimization software

Nishant Pillai, Director Latin America, Navis

16:00 Q&A

16:15 Tea/Coffee Break

16:45 Port Feeder Barge to Improve Container Logistics within Brazilian Ports

  • Self-sustained and self-propelled container shuttle
  • Advanced midstream handling of containers
  • Floating infrastructure

Ulrich Malchow, Professor, Centre of Maritime Studies, Hochschule Bremen – University of Applied Sciences

17:15 How Electrifying Your RTGs Can Enhance Your Terminal’s Efficiency

  • How to achieve electrification of Rubber Tired Cranes
  • Business case of a terminal in Brazil
  • Methods and lessons learned in electrification

Lawrence Henesey, Key Account Manager, Vahle

17:45 Q&A

17:55 Closing Notes and Close of CHT Followed By Networking Reception Until 19:00


08:30 Registration Tea/Coffee

09:30 Opening Notes from Conference Chair
Robert Grantham, Consultant, Datamar Consulting

09:45 Welcome Address – Causes of Brazilian Terminals Traffic Congestion and the Impact on the Society

  • Difficulties in removing loads in the customs areas - obsolete model
  • Paying taxes 2014 competitiveness rank
  • The impact on society due to the increased costs of the whole process of importing and exporting
  • Short film - "Sea Ahoy" to raise awareness of maritime issues in Brazil

Marianne van Lachmann, President, SindaRio

10:15 Keynote Address - Key Challenges when Developing Multi-Purpose Terminals

  • Regulatory aspects – “The New Law of the Ports”
  • Infrastructure: equipment, structures, dredging
  • Own labours vs. union labours
  • Road and rail access
  • Cabotage

Roberto Lunardelli, Managing Director, TESC - Terminal Santa Catarina

10:45 Terminal Standardization and Modern Terminal Requirements

  • Land access
  • Maritime access
  • Yard facilities

Sergio Lima, Operations Director, CMA CGM Brazil

11:15 Q&A

11:30 Tea/Coffee Break

12:00 Safe and Efficient Operations - Sustainable and Safety Operations in Ports
Sustainable initiatives in port operation -

  • Sustainable technologies
  • Greenhouse gas
  • Waste management
  • Sustainable safety management

Renato Ferreira da Silva, Sustainability Manager, Ecoporto Santos

12:30 Process Operations Improvement in Terminals

  • The importance of information
  • The coalition between flexibility and infrastructure
  • The difference between the port operator and logistic solution

Carla Nitsche Rocha, Process Improvement Manager, Cattalini Terminais Marítimos

13:00 Q&A

13:10 Lunch

14:30 Opening Notes by Conference Chair
Andrew Lorimer, Director, Datamar

14:45 Relation between Insurance and Ports and Terminals in Brazil

  • Current situation of marine insurance (ports and terminals) in relation to the new regulations on ports in Brazil
  • Main port operations risks
  • Insurance coverage

Leonardo José Fantini, Regional Marine Underwriter for Latin America and The Caribbean, AIG

15:15 The Value of Having Accurate Information in Terminal Management

  • Why is so important to have the right information on time
  • How Business Intelligence (BI) can help terminal management
  • Case study - TCP - Terminal de Contêineres de Paranaguá

Guilherme Cunha, Former Head of IT of TCP, Operations Director, GENVER

15:45 Agribusiness Impacts in the North Arc (North Brazilian Region) Logistics

  • Agribusiness and the north arch ports
  • Grains handling and fuel demand
  • New port terminals and logistics from Miritituba

Daniele Tonello, Advisor, Vasconsult

16:15 Q&A

16:30 Tea & Coffee Break

16:45 What is Important to Know about Customs and Port Operation in Brazil?
A summary of rules and requirements that ports and terminals must meet to comply with the customs law, which will make a difference in treatment by customs, reducing the terminal risk level, and optimizing the cargo flow.

  • What you need to know to build a terminal in Brazil?
  • How is the bounding process in Brazil conducted, and when should I start it?
  • Why should I involve IT and Infrastructure personnel in customs matters?
  • What kind of limits and locks can customs establish during vessel and cargo operation?
  • Future plans for customs

Germaine Lillian Robinson, Director, GLR Services for Brasil Terminal Portuário (BTP)  

17:15 Closing Address - Challenges to Improve Cabotage in Brazil

  • Regulatory environment
  • An integrated and intermodal approach
  • Achieving efficiency improving infrastructure and overcoming bureaucracy

Cleber Lucas, Presidente, ABAC – Associação Brasileira dos Armadores de Cabotagem & Vice-President, Syndarma

17:45 Q&A

17:55 Closing Notes from Conference Chair Followed by Networking Drinks Until 19:00



08:30 Registration & Welcome Tea/Coffee

09:15 Opening Notes by Conference Chair

  • An overview and introduction to the legislation and how it will impact Brazil's port development programmes

Elias Gedeon, Director, Notre Dame Consulting & Director, Infrastructure Department, Federation of Industries of the State of Sao Paulo

09:20 Opening Address
Paula Walsh,
 British Consul General, British Consulate Rio de Janeiro

09:30 Keynote Address
Wilen Manteli, Director President, ABTP

10:00 Brazil’s New Port Law

  • Government intentions
  • The process of approval by Brazilian Congress
  • The new law approach
  • Main changes on port labour
  • Key points to be achieved in order to attract investors

Joao Emilio Freire Filho, Executive Director, Comissão Portos

10:30 Overcoming Brazil’s Infrastructure Challenge

  • The state of Brazil today – infrastructure bottlenecks and challenges
  • How will these reforms address these needs?

Carlos Campos, Planning and Research Analyst, IPEA (Institute for Applied Economic Research)

11:00 Q&A

11:15 Tea/Coffee Break

11:40 Latest Brazilian Regulation - Private Investment Opportunities

  • Return to the spirit of the 1993 Reform, private investments are again wellcome
  • Private Terminals are permited to be authorized without cargo origin limitation
  • Planning and implementation of the process are heavily concentrated in the Federal Administration and National Agency

Nelson Carlini, Chairman of the Board, LogZ Logística Brasil  

12:10 Brazilian Port Reform – Criteria for Screening Opportunities

  • Law 12.815 and impact on Brazilian port communities
  • Criteria for assessment of greenfield and brownfield opportunities
  • Country analysis
  • Traffic and market analysis
  • Obligations and guarantees
  • Risk analysis
  • Technical and financial aspects
  • Public tenders assessment criteria

Jose Luiz Canejo, Managing Director, Log&Port - Consultoria e Logística Ltda

12:40 New Sources of Capital for Brazilian Ports and Terminals
Mauricio Xavier, Managing Director, Banco Caixa Geral – Brasil

13:10 Q&A

13:20 Lunch - A Roundtable 
Kindly Sponsored by Banco Caixa Geral

14:45 The Brazilian Infrastructure: It’s “Now or Never”

  • From an economic growth constraint to a plethora of opportunities
  • The main changes resulting from the new ports law and its impact on investments and competition

Bruno Savaris, Senior Equity Research, Credit Suisse

15:15 A Foreign Investor’s Perspective: What Changes will the Reforms Bring to International Investment in Brazil's Ports?

  • Current developments: A foreign investor’s point of view
  • Renewed appetite for Brazilian port investments

Simon Dixon, Head of the Projects Team, Gulftainer

15:45 A Stakeholder's View - The Impact on the Reforms and Legislative Changes

  • The challenges the reforms have introduced
  • How the laws will impact regional investment trends
  • Operational concerns

Patricio Junior, CEO, Port of Itapoa

16:15 Q&A

16:30 Tea & Coffee Break

16:45 Legal and Regulatory Updates – What Terminals, Operators, Traders and Investors Need to Know

  • An overview of the legal changes introduced by the reforms
  • How to ensure you are adhering to the new policies
  • A brief overview of the legal changes introduced by the New Port Law
  • Main highlights and potential issues

Roberto Lima, Partner, Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados
Renato Ungaretti, Partner, Cardillo & Prado Rossi Sociedade de Advogados
Henrique França
, Partner, Ferreira França - Advogados

17:25 Keynote Summary Address

  • The Brazilian Ports Package – The impact of the new regulatory framework on Brazilian port investments & developments

Fernando Fonseca, Director, Antaq

17:55 Closing Notes followed by a Networking Reception Until 19:00



  • Standard Fees
    1 day only – USD 800.00
    2 day pass – USD 1,400.00
    3 day pass – USD 1,800.00 
  • Terminal/Port Operators special fees (must be verified by Port Finance International)
    1 day only – USD 650.00
    2 day pass – USD 1,150.00
    3 day pass – USD 1,650.00

10% off for the second delegate and each subsequent delegate from the same billing address tax number (CNPJ applies for Brazilian companies).
All discounts must be applied at time of booking and cannot be given retrospectively under any circumstances. Discount codes may not be used in conjunction with or in addition to any other offers.


Registration is closed.


Centro de Convenções Bolsa do Rio
Praça XV de Novembro, 20 Térreo - Centro - Rio de Janeiro / RJ - CEP 20010-010 

We are very pleased to have secured preferential accommodation rates for our delegates at the Windsor Atlantica Hotel

Av. Atlântica, 1020 - Leme  Rio de Janeiro, 22010-000, Brazil +55 21 2195-7800
Please click here for more information about the hotel.

Guests can book directly with the hotel via centraldereservas@windsorhoteis.com.br or gruposoperacional.atlantica@windsorhoteis.com.br or +55 21 2195-7800
Please quote reservation code: 2656018 (Port Finance International Brazil)

Superior Single – BRL 644,00 + Taxes
Superior Executive Single BRL 708,00 + Taxes

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