Port Operations seminar, London

25 November, 2016 | 14:00 - 16:30

Port Operations seminar, London

About this event

Richard Ballantyne, Senior Policy Advisor, British Ports Association. Richard will outline the purpose of the British Ports Association and the UK Major Ports Group, which represent the interests of ports, terminal operators and port facilities, all of varying size, location and nature. He will also explain the makeup and content of the Port Infrastructure Forum.

Captain Kevin Richardson AFNI, Independent Marine Consultant and President of the International Harbour Masters' Association. Kevin will present a general overview of the Port Marine Safety Code and its importance to Port Operations.

Simon Mortensen, DHI Group Executive Ports & Navigation, DHI. Simon will present on 'A nonlinear channel optimisation simulation framework for Port of Brisbane, Australia'. During this he will outline the application of an innovative new tool that seeks to optimise dredging requirements at exposed channels.

Ville Hoppu, Sales Manager, Port & Intermodal Cranes, Konecranes. Automation is one of the megatrends in the ports industry. There are increasingly sophisticated technologies and container handling concepts that provide container ports with growth and operational alternatives. This presentation will give a pragmatic view of some of the most recent developments in terminal equipment and how technology can increase productivity. Is automation the only answer? Are there other ways to achieve faster and safer box handling? Can sustainability be improved at the same time?

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Richard Ballantyne

Richard Ballantyne joined the Association in 2007 and leads on a number of policy areas. Richard represents the BPA on a number of industry bodies and is a member of a wide range of government stakeholder groups and European Committees. He also leads on external communications and e-services. These include the BPA's special publications on behalf of regional and national groups. As well as policy and communications he is also responsible for membership services and is the Association Secretary.

Kevin Richardson

Kevin Richardson has twenty seven years' experience in the port industry in port operations, the last 12 years in a senior management capacity. Sixteen years deep sea experience in all ranks up to Master in the Merchant Navy. Kevin was Harbour Master at the Port of Dover, Europe's busiest ferry port and he has extensive Ro Ro, Ro Pax, Cruise, Cargo and Marina operational experience.

Simon Mortensen

Simon Mortensen has a BSc and MSc in Coastal & Marine Engineering and is lead of DHI's global business excellence centre for numerical modelling of floating structure response which is based in Australia. He is the Marine Department Head for DHI Australia with 9 years' experience in management, model development and technical supervision of complex numerical modelling projects involving 2D and 3D hydrodynamics, wave mechanics, moored vessel interaction and sediment transport.

Ville Hoppu

Ville Hoppu has spent 9 years with Kone Cranes, always delivering and selling container handling yard cranes (RTG, RMG). He now covers UK, Central Europe and Scandinavia. He is the account manager to two global terminal operators and is an intermodal specialist. His specific passion is for sustainable solutions.