This season’s CeMAT Port Forum is themed Seaports as Opportunities for Logistics Chain Optimization and will feature high-power speakers from government, port companies and port customers.
Keynote topics this year include shippers’ rising expectations of the quality and punctuality of international and intermodal logistics chains and the growing capacity shortages in hinterland infrastructure, as well as robotics and automation. Intralogistics topics will also be on the agenda.
Port operators are increasingly meeting these challenges through ongoing investment in modern handling, warehousing and IT technology. Moreover, logistics companies are increasingly exploring new robotics and automation technology for ports and warehousing operations.
The growing importance of IT in port logistics is sure to make the new Logistics IT showcase a major highlight of this year’s CeMAT.
For example, the increasing use of eco-friendly modes of transport such as rail and inland shipping to link seaports with hinterland nodes requires sophisticated software and control systems for the efficient management and scheduling of operations across all the ports in the chain.
Meanwhile, faced with new climate-protection challenges and regulatory requirements, operators of sea and inland ports have already taken the first steps to improve the environmental performance of their handling systems by investing in innovative, lower-emission propulsion and drive systems.
The CeMAT Port Forum will be moderated by Hans-Wilhelm Dünner, editor-in-chief and publisher of the intermodal transport and logistics magazine Shipping Port Railway and Technology (German), and will feature delegates from the transport ministry of Germany’s state of Lower Saxony, from the EU Parliament, and from the Federation of German Industries.
The speaker list also includes representatives from Europe’s big sea ports and terminal operators, as well as from inland shipping companies and providers of inland transport logistics services. Commercial and industrial customers of these ports, terminals, and services will also use the Forum to communicate their requirements in terms of port efficiency.
The CeMAT Port Forum program will be rounded out with a series of discussion panels on options for port optimization and anticipated future port development requirements. And when the Forum proceedings are over, the delegates will be able to meet up for informal dialogue over snacks and light refreshments at the Port Night – a special get-together hosted by the Lower Saxony Ministry for Economic Affairs, Transport and Technology and the Managing Board of Deutsche Messe.
The CeMAT Port Forum is staged under the auspices of the Lower Saxony Ministry for Economic Affairs, Transport and Technology as patron, and is supported by the Federal Association of German Inland Ports, the Central Association of German Sea Ports, and the ShortSeaShipping Inland Waterway Promotion Center. The event’s official media partner is Shipping Port Railway and Technology.