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Hamburg Port


 Connecting Ports Session #02


Let's talk about port automation and why implementing automation projects are challenging.

With over 10 years of experience in terminal operations, Pascal Brockmann focuses on strategic management in terminal development, for example in the areas of automation, equipment requirements planning and procurement, management processes and the digitalization of customer communication.

As an operations and IT consultant at HPC Hamburg Port Consulting, he communicated his experience to mostly South American customers, but his expertise was also in demand at the HHLA terminals in Odessa and Tallinn. Since 2018 he is now Director Operations at HHLA International and is responsible for all operations and technical topics for HHLA’s international terminals.

Dr. Nils Kemme is Managing Director and Partner with HPC Hamburg Port Consulting. 

With over 15 years of experience, Nils’s primary focus has been on strategic development and sustainable optimisation of ports and terminals. In recent years, he has delivered more than 40 development plans and optimisation projects on six continents. Using HPC’s proprietary simulation tools, which Nils established and developed together with his team, he ensured optimal investments, increased capacity, and performance, and reduced operating costs and emissions by double-digit percentages.

He also is a renowned speaker at international events of the port and transport industry and has published several books and articles in this area.

Dr Lawrence Henesey is Regional Lead for North America at HPC. Lawrence, who holds a PhD in Computer Science and an assistant professorship in Artificial Intelligence at the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden, has comprehensive know-how in port management, digitalization and automation.

He has been working for nearly 30 years in the port industry, working with influential organizations such as APMT, PSA, Hutchison Port Holdings, DP World and other global terminal operators in automation and electrification technologies such as AGVs, ASCs, automated cranes, RTGs and RMGs. In addition, he has worked on projects in simulation, TOS, applied A.I. and other IT-related projects.


Christina Prieser, Associate Partner at HPC, will moderate the debate.




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