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Ports and Climate Change: How to Adapt and Prepare for Climate Change Related Risks

About this event

Climate change is already exposing ports to more extreme weather occurrences and these can cause millions in damage in repair and downtime, in addition to risking worker safety.

Coastal ports are particularly vulnerable, and there are many direct and indirect ways their operations are affected by the changes. In the long-term, these risks will multiply – impacting operational efficiency, business viability and the reputation of ports. Today, ports are taking note of climate change, but many are still deciding what to do about it.

In this webinar, maritime and port professionals discuss how ports could adapt their operations to avoid weather-related problems before they happen and how to mitigate the effects of unavoidable events using smart technology.

  • Why regular assessment of risks in relation to climate experience across the full breadth of port operations, together with developing mitigating actions, controls and continuity plans, is important

  • What real time localized and actionable weather intelligence can do to help ports optimize their just-in-time operations, enhance safety, and confidently manage the risks related to extreme weather

  • How automated terminals and port operations can help to improve the sustainability of operations, increase operational productivity and safety and enhance adaptation to climate change impacts

  • How climate change adaption is being addressed in EU legislation and in funding mechanisms


Mikko Nikkanen, Head of Maritime, Weather and Environment, VAISALA

Mikko leads strategy and development for Vaisala’s Maritime and Ports segment. He has established Vaisala’s maritime focus in modern weather awareness solutions, bringing 20 years of global sales and business development experience to build innovative solutions with various partner ecosystems.

Michael Yarwood, Managing Director Loss Prevention, TT CLUB

Mike is the Managing Director for TT Club’s Loss Prevention department. Mike joined TT Club in 2010 as a Claims Executive providing advice to transport operator Members globally, having previously held operation management roles within the logistics industry for 13 years. Previous roles incorporated full responsibility in terms of budget, legislative, operational and health and safety compliance, including being the nominated dangerous goods safety advisor.

Pekka Yli-Paunu, Director, Automation Research, CARGOTEC KALMAR

Pekka Yli-Paunu (Lic. Tech.) is director of Automation Research at Cargotec Kalmar. He has background from automation research in VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and from factory automation/robotics projects. Pekka has started his career in Kalmar in 2003 and has worked in various automation R&D management roles. Currently Pekka is focusing on automation applied research projects and building technology strategy and roadmap for coming years.

Valter Selén, Senior Policy Advisor for Sustainable Development, EUROPEAN SEA PORTS ORGANISATION (ESPO)

Valter Selén joined ESPO as senior policy advisor for sustainable development in June 2020, having previously worked with drafting the first annual EU MRV Report during his time in the European Commission (DG CLIMA). Valter dedicates his career to EU climate policy and sustainable development, focusing his attention on the maritime sector.

Valter holds a double-degree Master in European Governance from the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands and Konstanz University, Germany. Valter wrote his thesis on how European business associations gain access to EU institutions in order to influence climate policy negotiations.

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    Port Technology The PTI Team @ Port Technology International

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    Jack Donnelly

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    Michael Yarwood Managing Director Loss Prevention @ TT CLUB

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    Pekka Yli-Paunu Director, Automation Research @ CARGOTEC KALMAR

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    Mikko Nikkanen Head of Maritime, Weather and Environment @ VAISALA

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