Advancements in developing smart and sustainable port infrastructure for strengthening global maritime portfolio

Under the Patronage of

Saud AL Onaini

Vice President - Mawani Operations (West Coast)
Saudi Port Authority / Mawani
Saudi Arabia
collocated with

SUPPORTING PARTNER

Dubai Council for Marine & Maritime Industries
EVENT DETAILS

EVENT OVERVIEW

The International Port & Marine Development Conference is set to be a catalyst for collaboration and innovation in the maritime sector, showcasing Saudi Arabia’s commitment to becoming a regional maritime hub. The Saudi government’s ambitious goals are evident in its extensive efforts to enhance maritime infrastructure and strengthen trade relations with key partners. The country’s impressive climb in global rankings, advancing eight places in annual container throughput, underscores the nation’s dedication to advancing its maritime capabilities and establishing a prominent role in international trade.

A pivotal aspect of the conference is the logistics park at Jeddah Port, scheduled for completion in 2024. This project goes beyond mere expansion, encompassing infrastructure upgrades including broadening draft depth and quay. These enhancements reflect a comprehensive approach to port development, ensuring the infrastructure aligns with the evolving needs of the maritime industry and the country’s ambitions. The Saudi Ports Authority’s $346 million Integrated Logistics Park development project emphasizes the country’s commitment to sustainable solutions, contributing to national sustainability goals. Experts foresee substantial growth in port development from 2023 to 2027, supported by the government’s determination to position Saudi Arabia as a leading force in the maritime industry.

Expansions alone are insufficient in the current digital landscape; operators must adopt a digital mindset to stay competitive. In fact, the sector is experiencing a shift towards digitization, automation, and decarbonization. To remain competitive, ports and terminals must adopt these technological trends.

In essence, the International Port & Marine Development Conference in Jeddah stands as a testament to Saudi Arabia’s dedication to becoming a global maritime leader. By bringing together industry leaders, policymakers, international experts, and stakeholders, the conference aims to strategize for sustainable industry growth, with a strong emphasis on green and eco-friendly solutions. The agenda reflects this foresight, concentrating on the dynamic activities in port development, construction, operation, and maritime logistics. Discussions will revolve around strategies to ensure sustainability and efficient infrastructure. Noteworthy projects, collaborations, and infrastructure advancements position Saudi Arabia to reinforce its standing in the maritime sector, making significant contributions to global trade and logistics.

INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES

KSA port & marine projects $12.08 billion in 2023

The gulf region is on track $44.8 billion in Gulf port and infrastructure developments

The global ports and terminal operations for bulk cargos market size is projected to reach to $ 6.8 billion in 2028 from $ 3.80 billion in 2022

The global automated container terminal market size is projected to surpass USD 21 billion by the end of 2036, growing at a CAGR of 8% over the forecast period

The Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) to establish 11 logistics zones with a total investment nearing SAR 4.2 billion

The Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) and Saudi Global Ports (SGP) to build a fully logistics park spanning over 1 million square meters at King Abdulaziz Port in Dammam, with an investment nearing SAR 1 billion.

$2 billion invested in the development of Oxagon, the industrial city for supply chain logistics facilities by NEOM

GCC port & marine projects $44.8 billion

KSA port & marine projects $16.2 billion in 2024

$346 million logistics development project by Saudi Ports Authority emphasizes the country’s commitment to sustainable solutions, contributing to national sustainability goals

$204.2 million to be invested over the next two years by the Port of Fujairah to expand and upgrade its oil handling infrastructure

USD 66 million is invested for the construction of the necessary infrastructure to accommodate ultra large container vessels (ULCV) by 2025 in Salalah, Oman

$250 million to be invested by Dubai-based DP World to modernise port in Tanzania

$2.1 billion is the expected investment for Khalifa Port & Industrial Zone at Taweelah planned to be the centrepiece of the emirate’s 2030 masterplan

DP World is expanding and automating 14 terminals in the Americas and is expected to roll out the innovative BOXBAY storage system in a South American terminal.

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TECHNICAL COMMITTEE

Dr. Ahmed Stifi

Managing Director
Acumen Consulting GmbH
Germany

Eng. Ashraf M. Kotait

Ex-Port Operation Expert
Saudi Ports Authority - SEAPA
KSA

Ahmad AlHarbi

Director PMO and Maintenance Operations
Saudi Ports Authority
Saudi Arabia

Dr. Juan Recio

Practice Director
Ports & Marine, AECOM
UAE

Dr. Mouad Lambarki

Geotechnical & Survey Director
National Marine Dredging Company
UAE

Dr. Ing. Marwan Alzaylaie

Senior Manager – Geotechnical Engineering
Dubai Development Authority
U.A.E.

Guest of Honour

Saud AL Onaini

Vice President - Mawani Operations (West Coast)
Saudi Port Authority / Mawani
Saudi Arabia

THOUGHT LEADERS

H.E. Khamis Juma Buamim

Chairman of Dubai Council for Marine & Maritime Industries DCMMIEmirates)
Chairman & Group CEO of KBI
UAE

Paul Holthus

Founding President and CEO
World Ocean Council
UK

Ahmad AlHarbi

Director PMO and Maintenance Operations
Saudi Ports Authority
Saudi Arabia

Dr. Juan Recio

Practice Director
Ports & Marine, AECOM
UAE

Dr. Mouad Lambarki

Geotechnical & Survey Director
National Marine Dredging Company
UAE

Amine Malti

Senior Project Manager
Tanger Med Engineering
Morocco

Dr. Ahmed Stifi

Managing Director
Acumen Consulting GmbH
Germany

Eng. Ashraf M. Kotait

Ex-Port Operation Expert
Saudi Ports Authority - SEAPA
KSA

Eng. Essam M Alammari

Acting Deputy
Maritime Transport at Transport General Authority
KSA

Nasser Tlassellal

General Director
Tanger Med Engineering
Morocco

Nicola Colella

Director General
LUCA DINI Design & Architecture
France

Dr. Ing. Marwan Alzaylaie

Senior Manager – Geotechnical Engineering
Dubai Development Authority
U.A.E.

Dr. Abdullah Alsehaimi

Assistant Professor
Taibah University
Saudi Arabia

Mahdi Allawatia

Projects Director
SOHAR Port and Freezone
Oman

Lamberto Tacoli

Chief Commercial Officer
LUCA DINI Design & Architecture
France

Hamdi Nadhrah

Managing Director / Deputy CEO
Red Sea Gateway Terminal
Saudi Arabia

Hannes Swiegers

Director IRM Services & Remote Operations (Middle East & India)
Fugro
UAE

Yousef Al Dossary

General Manager - Maritime Environment & Safety
Transport General Authority
Saudi Arabia

Bill Aujla

Group Senior Vice President - Enterprise Risk & Resilience Group Internal Audit
DP World
UAE

Abir Gallala

Business Development Manager
 ArcelorMittal
Luxembourg

Dr. Shilton Rica

Technical Sales Manager & Market Developer
ArcelorMittal
Luxembourg

Dr. Valters Bolevics

Executive Director Business Development
King Abdullah Port
Saudi Arabia

Umar Farooque

Chief Operating Officer
China Harbour Engineering Company
Saudi Arabia

Chris Keppers

Vice-President - Projects
Abu Dhabi Ports
UAE

David Gatward

Chief Engineering & Technical Services Officer
Abu Dhabi Ports
UAE

AGENDA

08:00

REGISTRATION AND NETWORKING

09:00

WELCOME ADDRESS BY GREAT MINDS EVENT MANAGEMENT

09:05

OPENING ADDRESS AND WELCOME REMARKS BY CHAIRPERSON

09:15

REGIONAL INDUSTRY KEYNOTE ADDRESS

09:30

INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRY KEYNOTE ADDRESS

09:45

LEADERS PANEL DISCUSSION | PORT INFRASTRUCTURE MODERNIZATION STRATEGIES FOR UPGRADING PORTS TO ENHANCE EFFICIENCY AND CAPACITY

10:30

PRESENTATION | DISCUSSING CONTAINER TERMINAL AUTOMATION CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES ASSOCIATED WITH PORT PERFROMANCE

10:50

INDUSTRY SESSION | INNOVATIONS IN PORT & MARINE DEVELOPMENT

This session will highlight the latest solutions and technologies in port and marine development. The session consists of three 10-minute presentations from experts in the industry who will provide insights and case studies on the successful application of innovative solutions.

11:50

NETWORKING BREAK

12:20

PANEL DISCUSSION | MASTER PLAN CHALLENGES AND DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF PORTS AND MARINAS

Panelists:
13:00

INDUSTRY SESSIONS | INNOVATIONS IN PORT & MARINE DEVELOPMENT

This session will highlight the latest solutions and technologies in port and marine development. The session consists of three 10-minute presentations from experts in the industry who will provide insights and case studies on the successful application of innovative solutions.

13:30

INTERNATIONAL PROJECT SPOTLIGHT | UPDATES ON LATEST PROJECTS FROM GLOBAL PORTS & MARINE

14:00

PRESENTATION | EMPOWERING GLOBAL TRADE THROUGH SMART PORTS INNOVATION

14:20

CLOSING REMARKS FROM THE CHAIRPERSON

14:30

NETWORKING LUNCHEON AND END OF CONFERENCE DAY 1

08:00

REGISTRATION AND NETWORKING

09:00

OPENING ADDRESS AND WELCOME REMARKS BY CHAIRPERSON

09:10

PRESENTATION | THE PIVOTAL IMPORTANCE OF INTELLIGENT PORTS WITHIN THE INTERMODAL TRANSPORTATION NETWORK

09:30

PANEL DISCUSSION | PRESENT TRADE PATTERNS AND EVOLVING SHIPPING TENDENCIES

Panelists:
10:10

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS | INNOVATIONS IN PORT & MARINE DEVELOPMENT

This session will highlight the latest solutions and technologies in port and marine development. The session consists of three 10-minute presentations from experts in the industry who will provide insights and case studies on the successful application of innovative solutions.

10:40

PRESENTATION | DISCUSSING GLOBAL SHIPPING’S DECARBONISATION REGULATORY DEVELOPMENTS AND THEIR IMPACT ON PORTS AND MARINE

11:00

NETWORKING BREAK

11:30

PRESENTATION | ENHANCING DIGITAL SUPPLY CHAIN VISIBILITY AND TRANSPARENCY BY AUTOMATING PORTS

11:50

INDUSTRY SESSIONS | INNOVATIONS IN PORT & MARINE DEVELOPMENT

This session will highlight the latest solutions and technologies in port and marine development. The session consists of three 10-minute presentations from experts in the industry who will provide insights and case studies on the successful application of innovative solutions.

12:20

PANEL DISCUSSION | DISCUSSING FINANCING MODELS AND INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR PORT DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS - FINANCING THE FUTURE OF THE PORT & MARINE INDUSTRY

13:00

CLOSING REMARKS FROM THE CHAIRPERSON

14:00

NETWORKING LUNCHEON AND END OF CONFERENCE

WHO WILL ATTEND?

C – Suite, President, Vice Presidents, General Managers, Directors, Heads, Project Managers, Engineers, Specialists, Developers, Consultants, Researchers from the following departments:  

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WHY GET INVOLVED? 

Get In Front of Your Target Market

Get access to key stakeholders involved with geospatial projects in the region and get insight into their plans to invest in new technologies and spot opportunities.

Raise Your Brand Awareness

Opportunity to position your brand as one of the leading companies in the sector to help stakeholders and project managers achieve their targets. 

Increase Your Competitiveness

Learn about the challenges faced by the region’s key companies and identify how you can provide them with customized solutions to help them overcome them.

Generate Strong Leads

Learn about future requirements of geospatial entities and companies and influence decision makers to stand a chance of being shortlisted.

Developing a strong regional and international partnerships:

Opportunity to connect with professionals, experts, and industry leaders from around the world. Networking at the conference leads to expanding your professional network globally. It's a great initiative to enhance your partnerships and broaden your horizons.

SPONSORS & PARTNERS

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Gold Sponsor
Industry Partner
Strategic Partner
Strategic Partner
Official Logistics Partner

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