27 - 29 October 2020

Virtual Expo

Michael Houen

Director – Smart Port


Michael has recently joined the Hatch Ports team after nearly 20 years of experience in automated container terminal operations. Previously, as National Automation Manager for Patrick Terminals, Michael was responsible for two of the world’s foremost automated terminals and drove both the technical and operational model that distinguishes the Brisbane and Sydney facilities as benchmarks for safety, productivity and efficiency.


From becoming involved with automation in its’ pioneering experimental stages nearly 20 years ago through to leading a mature and established operation, Michael has gained proven skills in systems design, organizational change, project management, functional safety and automated equipment. His expertise provides unique insight into the technical and organizational challenges of building and operating automated facilities, and the need to craft solutions that deliver the key objective of adapting to survive in a rapidly changing industry that is being driven by the digital revolution taking place.