More than 900 delegates and accompanying person from across the world gathered in Hamburg to attend the 29th IAPH World Ports Conference in Hamburg, Germany, 1- 5 June, under the conference banner theme of “City of Hamburg – Calling at the smartPORT”.
Hamburg Port Authority (Mr. Jens Meier, Chairman of the Management Board), the conference host, provided an excellent stage to debate where the port industry will be heading for in the near future, covering such topics as megaships and their impacts, trends of global economy, global port competition, clean port air solutions, cruise, etc. The debate was further enriched and reinforced, thanks to a wide variety of first- class guest speakers representing terminal operators, shipping lines, logistics service providers, transport consultants, futurology, politics, science, etc.
More details are found on the conference website.
The Hamburg conference was smart in that our host introduced for the very first time in the history of IAPH conferences a new IT application enabling the participants to view the conference program, presentations, etc. on their mobile phones and tablet computers and to interact with speakers and moderators via “Live polls” at working sessions on a real-time basis.
Our host provided the delegates with an excellent future vision of what a smart port would be like today and tomorrow through not only the conference sessions but also the port tours organized separately featuring port infrastructure, VTS, logistics services, On-Shore Power and Cruise.