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Navigate the New Path to Terminal Automation: Insights and Strategies

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Presented by FERNRIDE in partnership with Port Technology International.


How can container terminal operators stay ahead in a rapidly evolving industry? The key lies in balancing efficiency with 24/7 operations while remaining costs low. Automated systems are the crucial piece of the puzzle, enabling operators to streamline container handling with precision and reliability at the scale required to meet growing trade volumes. Along with this shift, improved data visibility is seeing terminals make data-driven decisions to increase their ability to adapt to market demand and strengthen their market position over the long term.

FERNRIDE has conducted an extensive survey on terminal automation, and this webinar is where we delve into the revealing insights, such as:

  • The majority (67%) ranked the level of automation in their terminals as ‘Low to Moderate' but the overall sentiment was clearly toward increasing implementation. What are the best practices?
  • 62% of respondents cited the high initial cost of technologies as the main barrier to implementing automation solutions. Executive-level respondents ranked resistance from the workforce as their second highest concern along with a lack of skilled workers versed in new technologies. What strategies can be used to overcome these challenges?

Join our expert panel, featuring industry leaders Oliver Risse, Investment Partner at HHLA Next, Peter Szelei, Senior Director Business Development at FFERNRIDE and Zack Lu, Senior Project Manager and Principal Consultant at Portwise. The speakers delve into the current state challenges, and prospects of port automation. We discuss the influence of geographical location, explore the advantages that terminal operators are already gaining through automation and learn how operators can maximise the benefits of automation in the near-term.

In this webinar, get insights from the FERNRIDE’s recent survey on container terminal automation and dive deep into the strategies for creating future-poof operations with autonomous technology. Learn more about how the application of human-assisted autonomy is removing barriers to transformation in container terminals with insights from the last 12 months of live operations.

What we will cover:

  • Expert Insights: Get insights from industry professionals on innovative technologies and automation.
  • Global Survey Findings: Learn about the latest trends and challenges in container terminal automation around the world.
  • Actionable Insights: Dive into the strategies for creating resilient, future-proof automated operations.
  • Innovative Approach: Understand the benefits of human-assisted autonomy, including easy implementation, rapid ROI, worker safety, and productivity gain.
  • Port Sustainability: Learn how automation aligns with sustainability goals, driving terminals towards greener operations.

Webinar Format

This webinar will be a 60-minute speaker presentation and discussion with Q&A.

The webinar will be available to watch On-Demand for those unable to attend the live event.


Peter Szelei

Peter Szelei is a seasoned business development leader in smart mobility, autonomous driving technology and the automotive industry. In the past 12 years, he spearheaded initiatives at the intersection of technology and transportation, leveraging his expertise to forge strategic partnerships and drive expansion in the evolving landscape of mobility solutions. He specializes in helping start-ups and more mature technology companies enter new markets or commercializing cutting edge technologies.

At FERNRIDE, as Director of Business Development, Peter and his team are responsible for driving commercial growth by forging strategic partnerships and by onboarding key customers that generate long-term growth.

FERNRIDE offers scalable automation solutions for yard trucking that increase productivity, promote sustainability, and improve worker safety. The company employs a human-assisted autonomy approach, which allows for remote takeovers of trucks when necessary. This ensures seamless integration and reliable operations for logistics operators. With over a decade of research and high-profile customers, including Volkswagen, HHLA, and DB Schenker, FERNRIDE uses cutting-edge technology to address major industry challenges, such as driver shortages and the negative environmental impact of logistics operations.

Oliver Risse

Oliver Risse is an Investment Partner at HHLA Next. As an innovation unit of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), HHLA Next develops new business models with a focus on digitalization and sustainability and invests in innovative companies from the maritime logistics ecosystem. As an expert in the fields of venture capital, early-stage financing and start-ups, Oliver Risse has 20 years of international professional experience, 15 of which he spent in Singapore. He has been investing venture capital in start-ups for more than a decade and has founded and built up 6 companies. At HHLA Next Oliver Risse is responsible for the Venture Building and Investment Team.

HHLA Next is the innovation and venture building unit of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG with a focus on digitalisation and sustainability in maritime logistics. HHLA Next aims to develop successful products and business models from ideas, either in the form of in-house developments, in cooperation with partners or by investing in innovative companies. The company is integrated into the HHLA Group, a leading European logistics group.

Zack Lu

Zack Lu (Dr.) is a senior project manager and principal consultant at Portwise (formerly TBA), a leading consultancy company located in the Netherlands with the mission to design smarter, more efficient and more sustainable ports and terminals for future-proof logistics.

Zack Lu has 10+ years’ professional experiences in a broad range of projects related to container terminal plan, design, simulation, emulation, consultancy, operation, optimisation, automation consulting, TOS/ECS training, and implementation. Expertise includes all kinds of terminal handling systems, from conventional manual-, semi-automated to fully automated systems, as well as new innovative logistics and container handling systems, with hands-on knowledge at different levels related to terminal planning, development, operations, equipment, hardware, software, etc.

He holds a PhD degree and an MSc degree in transport engineering, and logistics planning, from Delft University of Technology (Delft, Netherlands).

Portwise, originally founded as part of TBA Group, is a world-leading consultancy and simulation firm for terminal logistics. We believe in the value of a connected world where logistics is and remains an important factor for well-being and prosperity worldwide. Global logistics can be designed and organised smarter, more efficiently and more sustainably. By using our extensive knowledge, smart software tools, and intelligent simulation models we give you the best advice that results in an optimized, sustainable and smart working terminal.

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    Port Technology The PTI Team @ Port Technology International

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    Peter Szelei Fernride

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    Zack Lu Portwise Consultancy

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    Oliver Risse HHLA

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