Conference Day Two: Wednesday, 19 July 2017

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Registration, refreshments and networking


9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Analysing port operations to increase efficiency and employ measures to allow bigger ships into ports for greater capacity

Martin Mannion, Ports & Marine Director, AECOM
  • Reviewing the need to implement more cargo space, modern equipment and deeper channels for larger ships in order to efficiently handle increase in volumes
  • Increasing berths at existing ports and conducting dredging as a strategy to employ to meet demand
  • Reviewing the current plans of increasing berths and deeper channels in ports


Martin Mannion

Ports & Marine Director

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Demonstrating the presently available benefits of technologies and what they can offer Africa’s maritime transport

Innocent Ogbuji, General Manager Commercial & Government Affairs, APM Terminals

Innocent Ogbuji

General Manager Commercial & Government Affairs
APM Terminals

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Master session: Improving logistics and “Dwell time” when transporting cargo and managing congestion risk in order to stay profitable through shipping lines economic cycles and doing more with less space

Adamou Saley Abdourahamane, Secretary General, Union of African Shippers Councils
  • Improve dwell time to enhance the capacity of existing port infrastructure
  • Mitigating the consequences of reduced dwell times that can result in the erosion of established competitive advantage
  • Boosting the supporting infrastructure of ports to ensure throughput of cargo
  • Improving your port terminal’s ability to avoid berth congestion
  • Identifying and overcoming the major causes of port congestion including:
1. Late ship arrival
2. Strikes, or fears of strikes
3. Current terminal projects
4. Weather conditions

Adamou Saley Abdourahamane

Secretary General
Union of African Shippers Councils

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Coffee and networking break

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM How port management information systems can benefit port operations and improve capacity

Phares Magesa, Former Operations Director, Tanzania Ports Authority & Member, International Association of Ports & Harbours
  • Developing an effective mechanism to reduce queue times at the port gate and handle peak periods
  • Integrating security and operational processes in order to speed up turnaround time
  • Utilising technology to reduce human errors and enhance productivity while ensuring smooth and efficient flow of container and trucks

Phares Magesa

Former Operations Director
Tanzania Ports Authority & Member, International Association of Ports & Harbours

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Boosting operations and productivity as well as increasing safety through terminal automation: The future for ports and terminals

  • How do you make an informed decision before investing and what must be considered?
  • Deploying various solutions to analyse traffic flow at port, minimise congestion and realise operational efficiencies
  • Case studies from international fully automated ports

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM Building integrated port infrastructure that addresses maritime security challenges

Eng. Linuns Ezunu, Chief Port Safety Officer, Nigerian Ports Authority
  • Identifying strategies to streamline security measures in validating supplier permits, screening cargo and securing cargo transit while achieving operational efficiencies
  • Establishing an automated electronic database that integrates information from multiple sources to coordinate and deploy response teams, tackle the problem and restore port operations faster and more efficiently
  • Focusing on the importance of hiring the right security human element and technical training for security technology to eliminate any threats

Eng. Linuns Ezunu

Chief Port Safety Officer
Nigerian Ports Authority

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Networking lunch

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM Establishing long-term capacity planning strategies to attract more business to your port

Nozipho Mdawe, Secretary General, Port Management Association of Eastern & Southern Africa
  • How can you ensure that your port infrastructure matches the growth of fleet size and volume?
  • How to increase port performance by accounting for more than just volume of containerised cargo?
  • How can you achieve a good balance between exports and imports?

Nozipho Mdawe

Secretary General
Port Management Association of Eastern & Southern Africa


2:30 PM - 3:00 PM Reviewing how the mix of public and private partners in port projects across Africa will allow for lower trade costs, supporting employment and foster economic growth

  • Illustrating the benefits that a private sector operator could bring to a public sector port project in Africa
  • Reviewing how the private sector can improve efficiency by increasing access to investments, imparting management expertise, and overseeing operational and general maintenance
  • Identifying the key essentials required to have well structured and transparent processes to attract and maintain private sector interest

This session will bring together top speakers of the day to discuss the major future trends in modernisation and expansion of ports across Africa. They will discuss the need for, safety measures, technologies, port expansion strategies and financial aspects required for these mega projects.


Phares Magesa

Former Operations Director
Tanzania Ports Authority & Member, International Association of Ports & Harbours

Dr. Chinedum Onyemechi

Head - Marine Management Technology Department
Federal University of Technology Owerri

3:35 PM - 3:45 PM Chairman’s closing remarks

3:45 PM - 3:45 PM End of conference

The published programme is correct at time of printing. However, given the seniority of our speakers and the nature of their roles, speakers may subsequently substitute or remove themselves from the programme. This is always regrettable, and we will always try to replace the speaker with a speaker with equivalent insight. For the most up-to-date programme, please visit the event website.