Session #05: On the Highway to End-to-End Digitalization of Maritime Trade

In this session, we delved deep into the world of maritime digitalization, with a focus on the concepts of Maritime Single Window (MSW) and Port Community Systems (PCS) alongside Port Call Optimization. These cutting-edge initiatives are at the forefront of transforming port operations and paving the way for a more transparent, efficient, and sustainable maritime industry. Our esteemed speakers included: 

Capt. Subramaniam Karuppiah, President at International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH) and GM at Port Klang Authority

Captain K. Subramaniam began his career in the Merchant Marine in 1981 obtaining his Captaincy in 1992. He joined Port Klang Authority in 1994 as a Harbour Pilot and held several designations before being appointed the General Manager in 2016 becoming the 1st scholar sponsored by PKA to head the organisation. 

In Nov 2023 he stepped down from helming IAPH. He is currently serving as Advisory Board Member of APEC Port Services Network and Secretary General of Eastern Dredging Association EADA.

Slavia Jumelet, Product Owner - Asset Productivity Vessel at Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA)

After obtaining B.Sc. in “Applied Mathematics”, Slavia Jumelet has decided to change her course and started her career in the shipping sector. After her graduation from University of Antwerp (Master in “ Transport and Port Economics”) she worked in dry bulk sector, focusing on linking the operational and financial elements of business together. 

In 2015, Slavia has moved to the container shipping segment and joined Maersk at the Operations Center in Rotterdam. After a few years of handling terminal planning for all Maersk’ vessels in North European ports, Slavia made a transition from operations to commercial field, where she joined MSC and became a Commercial Line manager for a several trades spanning across Africa, North and South America and Asia Pacific.

Today, Slavia Jumelet is a Product Owner for Operational efficiency standards at DCSA, paving the way towards digitization and standardization for the ocean shipping segment.

Gerald Hirt, Managing Director of Hamburg Vessel Coordination Center (HVCC), a member of International Taskforce of Port Call Optimization (ITPCO)

Gerald Hirt served two years in the Navy, then studied seaborne transport and port management at the University of Applied Sciences in Oldenburg, graduating with a degree in industrial engineering.

Following a period of training at the shipping company P&O Nedlloyd, he began his career with the HHLA Group at HPC Hamburg Port Consulting in 2003. From 2005, Gerald worked in the Sales department at HHLA Container Terminals, during which time he also spent two years studying part-time for a degree in executive management at the Copenhagen Business School.

Gerald has been Operations Manager at HVCC since November 2012. In June 2017, he became Managing Director of HVCC. In this role he expanded the portfolio of HVCC IT-services, scope of the department Feeder Logistics Center (FLC) as well as developed the new department Nautical Terminal Coordination (NTC).


Christina Prieser, Associate Partner at HPC, has moderated the debate.

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