Conference Day One: Tuesday, 26 September 2017

8:00 AM - 8:50 AM Registration and morning refreshments

8:50 AM - 8:55 AM Opening remarks from IQPC

8:55 AM - 9:00 AM Introductory remarks by the Chairperson

Mahdi Allawatia, Assets Development Manager, SOHAR Port and Freezone

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Mahdi Allawatia

Assets Development Manager
SOHAR Port and Freezone

INDUSTRY OVERVIEW: WHAT DOES 2018 HAVE IN STORE FOR THE MENA REGION?

9:00 AM - 9:25 AM Overview on Dubai maritime strategic directions

Nawfal Al Jourani, Chief Officer, Dubai Maritime Cluster Office, Dubai Maritime City Authority
• Latest port projects and expansions in the region
• Latest environmental and site development regulations and policies
• Opportunities for contractors and service providers




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Nawfal Al Jourani

Chief Officer, Dubai Maritime Cluster Office
Dubai Maritime City Authority

9:25 AM - 9:50 AM KEY-NOTE PRESENTATION: Outlining the new developments at Suez Canal

Hussein El Shazly, General Manager of West Port Said, General Authority for Suez Canal Economic Zone
  • The effect of canal expansion to predict the future of Egyptian port operation
  • New projects in Suez Canal development corridor
  • Importance of the region in the global context

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Hussein El Shazly

General Manager of West Port Said
General Authority for Suez Canal Economic Zone

9:50 AM - 10:15 AM Project spotlight: KAEC’s Industrial Valley success as the new logistics and manufacturing hub on the Red Sea

Rowan Kelly, Senior Director, Head of Business Development & PMO, King Abdullah Economic City
  • Latest developments of the King Abdullah Port
  • Best practices to attract investment for projects expansion
  • Successful collaboration between business and government to address emerging economic realities

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Rowan Kelly

Senior Director, Head of Business Development & PMO
King Abdullah Economic City

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM Session reserved for National Marine Dredging Company

John Mackenzie, Business Development Director, National Marine Dredging Company

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John Mackenzie

Business Development Director
National Marine Dredging Company

Sponsored by: National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC)

Port authorities are presently engaged in a number of major expansion projects aimed at increasing the capacity and competitiveness of their ports, with many new terminals and hinterland infrastructure projects underway in the region. In this session, the senior leadership from port authorities and operators will be invited to discuss what their plans are to ensure the future competitiveness of their ports.

This session will discuss:
  • What can regional authorities do to ensure that they remain competitive to international shipping?
  • What projects are currently underway in the MENA to achieve this?
  • What future plans are in place to ensure the continued prominence of the maritime industry?
  • How does geopolitical tension affect the market?
  • How can regional ports minimise the risk of overcapacity?

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Captain Tawfiq Shehab

Assistant Marine Operation Manager
Kuwait Port Authority (KPA), Kuwait
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Hussein El Shazly

General Manager of West Port Said
General Authority for Suez Canal Economic Zone
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Rowan Kelly

Senior Director, Head of Business Development & PMO
King Abdullah Economic City
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Erwin Mortelmans

Commercial Director
Port of Duqm Company S.A.O.C.
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Mohammed Dardasawi

Chief Officer
Aqaba Development Corporation

DEVELOPING WINNING STRATEGY FOR PORT AND TERMINAL AUTOMATION AND OPTIMISATION

11:40 AM - 12:00 PM Networking break and refreshments


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Massimo Brebbia

Regional Business Line Director - Marine Asset Integrity MEI
Fugro
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Murtaza Rampuri

Port Consultancy Manager
WorleyParsons

Sponsored by: Fugro

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM Revisiting the role of ports in a digital supply chain through cooperation and collaboration

Tino Klemm, CFO, Hamburg Port Authority
Some believe the port automation revolution has already begun in the Middle East while others still see it as merely hype, a concept which will take years to be implemented here in the region.
This presentation will unearth the potential of automation with some practical examples from the region, and the impact it has had on the ports involved.

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Tino Klemm

CFO
Hamburg Port Authority
This panel discussion will provide an overview of the following points:
  • Maximising points of efficiency in your port such as innerport transport, operations and communications to create a competitive and attractive choice to the shipping community
  • Leveraging advanced technologies to maximise resource utilisation and capacity handling in the quay side, yard, and warehouse while achieving the shortest possible total transit time
  • How to balance security requirements and operational efficiency?

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Mahdi Allawatia

Assets Development Manager
SOHAR Port and Freezone
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Tino Klemm

CFO
Hamburg Port Authority

Mahdi Allawatia

Assets Development Manager
SOHAR Port and Freezone
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Jesse Damsky

Commercial Director
Port of Salalah

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM Project spotlight: Duqm project – technical approach, unique complexity and key challenges

Erwin Mortelmans, Commercial Director, Port of Duqm Company S.A.O.C.
  • Understanding the development plans for a commercial port
  • Examining what it takes to create a successful transhipment hub
  • Implementing latest smart technologies to address security and efficiency challenges

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Erwin Mortelmans

Commercial Director
Port of Duqm Company S.A.O.C.

ESTABLISHING SUSTAINABLE STAKEHOLDER COLLABORATION

Successful port development and expansion in the region depends on on-going collaboration between many different stakeholders. Regulators, operators, shipping lines, cargo owners and maritime services need to find ways to align their interests to ensure continued port competitiveness and contribute to raising the standards of the maritime system.

This panel discussion will provide an overview of the following points:
  • Challenges and opportunities of a collaborative model
  • Globalisation of shipping lines and port operators
  • Impact of shipping line mega-alliances on ports and terminals

Mahdi Allawatia

Assets Development Manager
SOHAR Port and Freezone
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Waleed Altamimi

Chief Operating Officer
TASNEEF
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Andrew Eastland

General Manager Infrastructure
WorleyParsons
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Massimo Brebbia

Regional Business Line Director - Marine Asset Integrity MEI
Fugro

2:40 PM - 2:45 PM Chairman’s closing remarks and end of conference day one

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM Networking lunch

The published programme is correct at time of printing. However, given the seniority of our speakers and the nature of their roles, speakers may subsequently substitute or remove themselves from the programme. This is always regrettable, and we will always try to replace the speaker with a speaker with equivalent insight. For the most up-to-date programme, please visit the event website.