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Whether you’re a cargo owner, 3PL, ocean carrier, land transport provider, port authority or terminal operator, the webinar programme at TOC Americas will give you the latest intelligence on key trends in international trade, container shipping strategy, port development, transport logistics and of course, terminal operations.

Tuesday 27 October 2020

08:30 Los Angeles / 10:30 Lima / 11:30 Miami / 15:30 London 

This session is sponsored by our Lead Digital Sponsor, Nokia & our Lead Digital Partner, ZPMC. This session is also sponsored by our TECH TOC Sponsors; Liebherr, Siemens, IT Partner, Camco Technologies, Moffatt & Nichol, Hatch, Effenco & Kalmar.

Automation has dominated the industry across the world for over 20 years and shows very little signs of slowing down in the future. Automation is accelerating all over the world to ensure low operating cost, high availability and utilization of the terminal assets in the yard, gate, berth, and equipment capacity.  

Even in the COVID-19 pandemic, the automation debate did not diminish and has continued to be a major talking point as many people now face up to prospect of remote working and radically rethinking operational procedures – automation will be critical facet for all ports to consider to implement, increase and improve going forward.  But many ports continue to underestimate the challenge of acquiring the needed capabilities.   

Discussion points:

  • Has the events of 2020 changed your Automation strategy? 
  • The important first steps to automating container port operations? 
  • Understanding the technology available 
  • Finding out where you are in the full automation of port and terminal operations? 

Alexis Pangalos

Managing Partner 

bloog GmbH

Christian Blauert

Global Director Port & Terminal Development

Moffatt & Nichol

Mika Seppä

Vice President, Customer and Project Services


Uno Bryfors

Senior Vice President


Matthias Jablonowski

 Head of Maritime


Hu Zhongwang

R&D Manager - Straddle Carrier


11:00 Los Angeles / 13:00 Lima / 14:00 Miami / 18:00 London 

The industry was already bracing itself for a challenging 2020. Trade Wars, IMO 2020 and the continued digitalization all indicated that, yet again, the industry would have to navigate precariously through the year - a period of adaption and adjustment as it sought to comply, react and navigate itself in the new world order.  

And then the COVID-19 pandemic took hold. It has created one of the most severely challenging environments ever to operate in. There has been no individual or business that has not been impacted over the past 6 months as economic productivity plummeted, manufacturing was halted, and retail activity stopped.  

Statistically, comparisons between 2020 and the Financial Crisis in 2008 are often drawn and the dramatic slumps in cargo volumes witnessed in Q2 & Q3 across the globe indicate that the current situation could be much worse (a record 27% drop in economic trade was announced for Q2). The speed of the recovery now rests on the pandemic easing and more importantly for business and consumer confidence to return but the industry will have to now accept the new reality of lower economic activity, growth and capacity.  

2020 will still be the year where the industry navigates through period of adaption and adjustment, but no-one would have predicted 12 months ago that it would be on this size and scale.  

Discussion points:

  • The impact of COVID-19 regionally & globally? 
  • When will the journey to recovery begin? 
  • New Normal & New Realities: What does a post COVID-19 economy look like? 
  • IMO 2020: The somewhat forgotten drive to decarbonising the shipping sector? 

Jonh Fossey

Consulting Editor

 WorldCargo News

Jan Hoffmann

 Chief - Logistics Branch


Andrew Lorimer

Managing Director


Ricardo J. Sanchez

 Regional Expert on
Infrastructure and Ports

United Nations - Economic Commission for Latin
America & the Caribbean

                         Flor Pitty                          General Director & Maritime Ancillary Industries

Panama Maritime Authority

Dinesh Sharma



13:30 Los Angeles / 15:30 Lima / 16:30 Miami / 20:30 London 

This TECH TOC Session is sponsored by Liebherr, Siemens, IT Partner, Camco Technologies, Moffatt & Nichol, Hatch, Effenco & Kalmar.

The COVID-19 pandemic leaves the port & terminal community to yet again reassess its operational effectiveness. Further disruption has exerted even more pressure onto an already complex process. From a technical perspective, the transformation and acceleration towards digital has already begun and will only exponentially increase over the coming years. Cargo is still moving across the globe with up to 50% of the workforce operating remotely at times. Innovative digital technologies will radically re-shape the day-to-day working of the port & terminal.  

The pandemic has also impacted the human element of port operations. Ports are having to try and minimise their workers exposure to COVID-19 which can be problematic in an environment where hundreds of people interact and move around during any given shift and also coping with a high number of absentee workers whilst still striving to deliver operational efficiency and move cargo through the port quickly to their final destination.  

New rules will now be implemented, additional checks established, and further protections introduced to assist the frontline workers.  

These are challenging and disruptive times but a somewhat forced shift into changing operational outlooks can also bring many benefits to the industry and done correctly, will radically re-shape and potentially improve future workings.  

Discussion points:

  • AI, Digital Twins & Automated Freight – how will they improve port operations? 
  • Are you ready to accelerate your digital operational model? 
  • What are the biggest concerns for a post COVID-19 port operation? 
  • What additional checks and further protections have been introduced to assist frontline workers? Is more needed? 

Dr. Stefan Wiech

Managing Partner

bloog GmbH

Noel Hacebaga

Deputy Executive Director & COO 

Port of Long Beach

Andrés Repetto


Terminal Pacifico Sur Valparaíso

Mauricio Franco

Flexterm Simulation Emulation Manager

Moffatt & Nichol

Michael Houen

Director – Smart Port


Sylvia Wong

Principal – Smart Ports


Marcelo Tardioli

Director Services, Latin America


14:30 Los Angeles / 16:30 Lima / 17:30 Miami / 21:30 London

In spite of a change in format, we are delighted to continue the TOC Americas tradition of hosting a port tour at our event.

Taking place virtually, on Tuesday 27th at 13:30 PST, after the ‘Port Operations: The New Normal’ webinar session, Dr Noel Hacegaba, Deputy Executive
Director & COO, Port of Long Beach will provide delegates with a fascinating insight into the inner workings or day-to-day port operations in the terminal and exclusive access to the latest completed infrastructure projects that have taken place.

The Port of Long Beach is the second-busiest container port in the United States and has displayed much resilience in 2020. Considering continuing economic
uncertainty, the Port of Long Beach had the best August in its 109-year history as they moved 725,610 TEU in August, a 9.3% increase year on year.

Noel Hacebaga

Deputy Executive Director & COO 

Port of Long Beach

14:30 Los Angeles / 16:30 Lima / 17:30 Miami / 21:30 London 

Working in the challenging world of the marine industry, you demand a supplier who contributes to improving efficiency, safety and reliability while reducing
total cost of ownership.

The complex process of being able to reduce energy costs, monitor processes seamlessly, convert power optimally, and provide comfort for passengers requires effective shore supply, reefer handling and logistics solutions.

Discussion points:

  •  Marine & Offshore perspectives on Hybridization and Electrification
  • Electric port vehicle charging. Use andstorage of electricity in ports.
  • How AC Drives in cranes can increase productivity and reduce total cost of ownership

Ian Barrie

VP - Drives Sales & Service - America’s Region


Martti Alatalo

Global Vertical Development Director - Marine and Offshore


Olli-Pekka Aalto

Global Vertical Development Director Energy


Michael Müller

Global Vertical Development Director - Cranes, Hoist and Lift


Wednesday 28 October 2020

08:30 Los Angeles / 10:30 Lima / 11:30 Miami / 15:30 London

This TECH TOC Session is sponsored by Liebherr, Siemens, IT Partner, Camco Technologies, Moffatt & Nichol, Hatch, Effenco & Kalmar.

Newer environmental regulations have placed pressure on Ports & Terminals to be greener and more energy efficient and now a wide array of vital environmental initiatives is being implemented in the ongoing cause to mitigate carbon emissions and ensure that port operations ‘go green’.   To deliver the long-term ambition of an eco-efficient and low emission terminal, a heavy reliance is now on the industry to develop and implement new and greener technologies and equipment.

 Discussion points:

  •  What solutions and technologies are available?
  •  Planning your own path for greener operations?
  •  Developing real saving potential both in terms of emissions levels and costs? 

Sahar Lemanczyk

Managing Partner

bloog GmbH

Marcelo Goncalves

Director Mobile Equipment
Solutions - Latin America


John Elisson

Regional Sales Director


Sebastian Simon

Product Manager Port


Chris Pretorius

VP Smart Infrastructure


Simon Poulin

Sales Director


Jonathan Paris

Director, Risk Management and Customer Experience


12:00 Los Angeles / 14:00 Lima / 15:00 Miami / 19:00 London 

It has been 6 years since Robbert van Trooijen spoke at TOC Americas. During this event we asked our speakers to share views on “the
changing face of regional container trade and transport in light of mega vessels, alliances and other fundamental shifts in liner shipping”. Perhaps the
hottest topic 6 years ago was analyzing how the industry extreme pursuit of massive economies of scale and with the soon to be completed expansion of the Panama Canal, will create further opportunities for carriers to ‘size up and team up’.

 Today, a dramatic change in the industry can be observed due to shipping industry consolidation and vessel upsizing, continued global economic, financial, political and trade volatility and the upswing in regulations around environmental protection. Maersk has quickly adapted to these changes byintegrating their world class businesses within shipping and logistics to build an inclusive supply chain business focusing on seamless, end-to-end productsfor the customers. Investments in digital solutions play a key role in enabling this shift.

And then in 2020, we witnessed the biggest and most dramatic shake-up to the world economy since the financial crash of 2008 as the COVID-19 pandemic created one of the most challenging environments for the world to work in.COVID-19 pandemic is putting the global trading system through its most dramatic test in 75 years. As a global integrator of container logistics, Maersk has responded to the crisis with resilient solutions, and ensure the global supply chains continue to work.

In this intimate one-to-one conversation, Robbert will touch upon…

  • Digitization
  • Adapting to the changing customer needs in supply chains
  • The Maersk Integrator story

…and provide a fascinating context and insight into how the industry has changed over the past six years and how the industry will look to recover from the events of 2020 and what the industry could look like in a post COVID-19 world and where Maersk is heading along their transformation journey that started 3 years ago…

Rachael White

Content Director

TOC Events Worldwide

Robbert van Trooijen

Senior Vice President, Head of Latin America & Caribbean, 

A.P. Moller - Maersk

13:00 Los Angeles / 15:00 Lima / 16:00 Miami / 20:00 London

This TECH TOC Session is sponsored by Liebherr, Siemens, IT Partner, Camco Technologies, Moffatt & Nichol, Hatch, Effenco & Kalmar.

Automation has dominated the industry across the world for over 20 years and shows very little signs of slowing down in the future. Automation is accelerating all over the world to ensure low operating cost, high availability and utilization of the terminal assets in the yard, gate, berth, and equipment capacity.

Even in the COVID-19 pandemic, the automation debate did not diminish and has continued to be a major talking point as many people now face up to prospect ofremote working and radically rethinking operational procedures – automation will be critical facet for all ports to consider to implement, increase and improve going forward. But many ports continue to underestimate the challenge of acquiring the needed capabilities.


Discussion points

  • Has the events of 2020 changed your Automation strategy?
  • The important first steps to automating container port operations?
  • Understanding the technology available
  • Finding out where you are in the full automation of port and terminal operations?

Luis Cabrita

Global Account Manager


Rob Jordan

Founder and
Managing Director

IT Partner B.V.

Ralf Albujar

Business Development Manager

Huebner Peru SAC

Steven Detré

Sales Director

Camco Technologies

14:30 Los Angeles / 16:30 Lima / 17:30 Miami / 21:30 London 

During last years TOC Americas, we discussed how the Bulk sector is at somewhat of a crossroads and would have to ensure that must look to build resilience in the face of unexpected political, regulatory or economic events which could shake up the three-year-long upward trend in earnings. This was a reference to the potential ramping up of a Trade War between China & USA which could have been damaging.

Somewhat paling into insignificance now, COVID-19 has meant that the Bulk market suffered immensely as China shutdown earlier this year. Moving away economically and geopolitically, the solid bulk sector needs to urgently address the infrastructural challenges in its ports. Congestion and availability ofsufficient and suitable infrastructure and ports are generally in need of modernisation and deepening.
All of which requires a high level of investment in order to resolve the infrastructure problem.

As the biggest driver of the Dry Bulk industry recovers, we are seeing the beginning of improvements to the record low levels experienced in Q1 of 2020. How long this recovery will take remains to be seen and will be dependent lockdown measures across the globe as countries try to return to previous levels of manufacturing activities.

Discussion points:

  • The ‘new normal’ for demand and freight rates in 2020 & beyond?
  • The key role of food grains cargo during the lockdown and the importance of Bulk ports & terminals during the lockdown?
  • How has business continuity measured altered in light of events of 2020?
  • How are port organizations are protecting their employees during the pandemic?
  • Investment in infrastructure and positive impact on the Bulk sector?

Andres Osorio



Christian Kassu

Partner & General

Lighthouse Chartering SpA

Guilherme Peixoto

Regional Director South

TBA Group

Cesar Contreras

Port Captain

G2 Ocean

Pietro de Michieli

Managing Director & Chairman, Equipment & Design Infrastructure Committee

AUMUND Fördertechnik GmbH, PEMA 

Thursday 29 October 2020

08:30 Los Angeles / 10:30 Lima / 11.30 Miami / 15:30 London 

Attractive market conditions – certainly in Latin America – and the ongoing pressure for ports across the region to upgrade, expand and modernise its port infrastructure led to boom in construction and expansion in the port sector. This ongoing drive was to ensure that the region be able to compete in the global economy.  COVID-19 has bought this to a shuddering halt.

Not only as social distancing and remote working mean that constructions sites remain empty but from an investment perspective, organisations and nations - China had been investing heavily in infrastructure across Latin America over the past decade – are now re-assessing investment portfolios. The investment and infrastructure landscape will be redrawn after COVID-19 and for some, this will be a huge opportunity to exert more dominance across the region.  

Construction always tend to suffer through periods of economic uncertainty but as countries try to bounce-back, Governments are throwing financial support towards construction and infrastructure. Ports & Terminals, which have played a crucial role over the past few months during the pandemic, will be vital in any economic recovery.  

Discussion points: 

  • How has the pandemic changed the investment & infrastructure landscape across the Americas? 
  • Insight into latest developments and challenges of US, Central & Latin American infrastructure projects? 
  • The different investment models being pursued by terminal operators 
  • To counter the consolidation of shipping lines, is terminal consolidation a viable option?   

Jonathan Daniels

Chief Executive & Port Director

 Port Everglades

Patricio Junior

Director - Terminal Investments

 Terminal Investment Limited

Griff Lynch

Executive Director

 Georgia Ports Authority

Paul McClintock

Senior Vice President

 South Carolina Ports Authority

Rommel Troetsch


Maritime Logistic Group

11:00 Los Angeles / 13:00 Lima / 14:00 Miami / 18:00 London 

Not reflective of the current economic situation, the container lines have pursued a regime that has taken everyone by surprised and which not many predicted at the start of this crisis. At the beginning of this crisis, analyst speculated about how severely impacted the lines would be and estimates of up to $23 billion losses were predicted.  Almost immediately after the pandemic started to take hold, the lines implemented one of the most aggressive programmes of blank sailings witnessed in history. The concept of blank sailings in times of crisis is not unusual as lines tend to revert to a survivor mode and stabilise its operations by managing capacity.   

But now, and if these rates can be maintained, liners could make a profit as high as $9 billion – this number is even more astounding when you consider that in 2019, the liners collectively profited to the tune of $5 billion before the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Compared to the 2008 financial crisis, the liner industry seems to have learnt from its mistakes when its reaction was slow and has helped paint this healthy picture for the sector. But how long they keep up their freight rates remain to be seen. Shortly after the financial crash, lines spiralled into a price war and as the economic impact of the pandemic takes hold, the industry hopes that history will not repeat itself.  

Discussion points: 

  • Can the ‘blank sailing’ regime and freight rates be maintained? 
  • Can this stability be maintained across all trade routes or will some suffer more than others? 
  • Could we see liner bankruptcy or state bailouts for lines in foreseeable future? 
  • How has the IMO 2020 impacted operations? 
  • What impact will a potential 2nd wave have on liner strategies? 

Jonh Fossey

Consulting Editor

 WorldCargo News

Howard Finkel

Executive Vice President

 COSCO Container Lines

Erick Alarcon

LAWC Operation Manager

 Ocean Network Express

Juan Carlos Croston


 Carribean Shipping Assocations

13:30 Los Angeles / 15:30 Lima / 16:30 Miami / 20:30 London

The Panama Canal continues to be crucial for global trade. As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, many feared for the Panama
Canal and the disruption that this would have caused. However, as we have seen across the industry, the dire warnings issued earlier on this year have proved to be false and in the case of the Panama Canal, they are hopeful of meeting budgetary expectations for 2020. 

Taking time to look at the bigger picture, discussion will also touch upon the importance of diversity in the industry. Throughout her career Ms Espino de Marotta has broken many barriers, starting as the only female engineer at the canal back in 1985, being put in charge of finishing the Panama Canal expansion in 2012 and now appointed as the first female Deputy Administrator.

With such an important topic, we are delighted that such a pioneer in the industry will be joining us at TOC Americas in this intimate one-to-one conversation.

Rachael White

Content Director

TOC Events Worldwide

Ilya Espino de Marotta

Deputy Administrator

Panama Canal 

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