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The Integration of AI into Ports & Terminal Operations in Africa 
Hybrid Conference
“Analyzing Port Terminal Innovation Ecosystem in Africa''.

Stay Ahead of the Industry

September 28 - 29, 2023

 Durban, South Africa

The Integration of AI into Ports & Terminal

Operations in Africa

“Analyzing Port Terminal Innovation Ecosystem in Africa".

Artificial Intelligence (AI), is making waves in Ports and Terminal Operations. AI is a key technology for smart ports and the reason for port automation. In fact, without AI, smart ports could not exist. AI has already impacted global logistics companies and will continue to impact the development of the maritime and shipping industry.

This conference aims at getting African Ports to upgrade their operation systems with intelligent technology systems in order to ensure greater productivity and efficiency while also ensuring that jobs are not lost in the process and also PPPs general status of the industry. It is a targeted event specially designed for, and aimed at, representatives from African government policy makers, transport ministries, operations, maintenance and engineers from port authorities, IT technicians, project managers, automation engineers, terminal operators, consultancy firms, dredging contractors, maritime construction firms, consulting engineering firms and suppliers of cargo handling and terminal equipment and those involved in the effective development and operation of container ports and terminals around the African continent. Ports are the largest mode of transport in distribution of goods across the world.

This conference will highlight in-depth, how Artificial Intelligence will transform the Port Operations industry for the better with AI port ecosystems in place to improve the point to point communication system from port terminal to port terminal.​

This conference offers an African perspective on port terminal operations, it is a perfect opportunity to discover the latest technological innovation, the impact automated ports have on the shipping and maritime industry and what can be done better to improve the way port terminals are ran and managed.

Please take note that a cyder security workshop is set for the last day on event. 

This event also offers sponsorship, exhibition and speaking opportunities.


  • The Challenges of Digital Transformation

  • The Redefinition of Human Machine Relationships

  • Investment in Automation

  • Metaverse: Optimizing Process Performance with Digital Twin Technology

  • Public-Private Partnerships for Sustainable Port Development

  • Optimizing Container Terminal Operations with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

  • Standardization: When will the African Port Industry get its Breakthrough Moment?

  • How Port Terminals can improve their Resiliency through Strategy and Investment

  • Developing a Change Management and Workforce Strategy to Improve Capability Gaps

  • Benefits and Components of Automation in Ports

  • IoT Based Navigation in Port Terminals

  • Cyber Security​

  • Port Terminal Innovation Ecosystem.

Who Should Attend?

  • Representatives from African government, policy makers.

  • Transport ministries.

  • Operations managers, maintenance and engineers from port authorities.

  • Terminal operators.

  • Pilots

  • Consultancy firms.

  • Dredging contractors.

  • Maritime construction firms.

  • Consulting engineering firms

  • Suppliers of cargo handling and terminal equipment.

  • Shipping companies.

  • Port Automation software companies

  • CEO's/MD/COO etc.

  • Port practitioners, Port & Terminal Managers

  • Transport & Terminal Planners, Shipping & Transport Managers

  • Academics, students, shipping and logistics professionals, supply chain professionals & policy makers.

  • Port stakeholders (including municipal stakeholders)

  • Government officials

  • Freight forwarders and shipping agents /Shipping company agents

  • Business development managers, officers of port operating companies

  • Importers and exporters, investor relations managers & procurement and sourcing

  • Maritime lawyers and regulators, sales and account

  • Maritime safety, security and environment professionals

  • Shipyard managers and high ranking officers 

This is an exclusive event and attendance is subject to availability.
A limited number of delegate seats, exhibition, and sponsorship opportunities are available!

Register now!


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Conference Research Contributors

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Andiswa Dlanga

Managing Executive at Transnet Port Terminals( Iron Ore,Manganese & Containers )

Experienced Senior Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the transportation/trucking/railroad industry. Skilled in Operations Management, Logistics Management, Strategic Planning, Business Process Improvement, and Project Planning. Strong professional graduated from shawbury high school. Executive manager operations . Rail and terminal ops experience. Port operations.

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Gadi Benmoshe
MD of Marinnovators

The Future of Cloud

Gadi Benmoshe is managing director of Marinnovators, offering consulting services focusing on Digital transformation, Innovation and Cybersecurity
to Port Authorities, Port Operators and Maritime-Tech Start-Ups.

His last role at Israel Ports Company was Chief Information Officer, leading the Israeli nation-wide Port Community System.

Benmoshe is member of the International Association of Ports and Harbors team, which developed the “Cybersecurity Guidelines for Ports” and he participates in the activities of various other international associations: IMO, IPCSA, UN/CEFACT.

He holds B.A. in computer science as well as M.B.A.



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Nangamso Matebese

MCBI (Chartered Banker) MBA - Principal Project and Infrastructure Finance Professional | Passionate about Women-Centric Transport | Student Pilot

Experienced Investment Banker with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. Skilled in Negotiation, Business Planning, Analytical Skills, Banking, and Credit Analysis. Strong finance professional with a Masters in Finance and Investments, focused in International Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions as well as a Chartered Banker MBA.


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Kgomotso Mogale

SAMBF Director – Transformation

FLSA Director - Executive Chairperson

OEMP - Co-Chairperson

Blue Economy Champion (Top 10)

Qualifications in Logistics, Freight Forwarding and Customs Clearance

Responsible for Transformation of the Maritime Sector on behalf of all Maritime Businesses operating inside the South African Territorial waters. Representing the SAMBF - The Unifying Voice of the Maritime Sector. Monitoring the Implementation of the Maritime B-BBEE Charter, Maritimes Transport Sector Development Council under the guidance Comprehensive Maritime Transport Policy. 

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Building the Skills of the Future

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Maritime & Human Capital Specialist

Ipupa is a business leader with vast experience in the private and public sector. She is currently a Maritime and Human Capital development consultant based in Abuja, Nigeria after a 12-year stint at the Namibian Ports Authority, a natural gateway situated on the South-west Coast of Africa where she managed the Ship and rig repair facility (5 years) and Bulk and break-bulk terminal operations (5 years).

Her appointment in Port operations, made her the first female Port operations manager at the Namibian Ports Authority to occupy that role. She has a track record of initiating and implementing turnaround strategies to drive performance, change and profitability.


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Vishaal Lutchman

Building the Skills of the Future

Professional Engineer with over 22 years’ experience in leadership and management of businesses related to the development of infrastructure projects. My qualifications include an MPhil in Leadership, an MBA, a Diploma in Business Management, a BSc Civil Engineering degree, and a Diploma in Civil Engineering, among others. I am currently completing my PhD in Urban Studies at the University of Johannesburg. I had the privilege of previously serving as the CEO of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE), steering them through various challenges within the organisation, the industry, and the country. Before my role at SAICE, I was Director of the maritime, aviation and rail business at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff. Prior to that, I spent five years with RoyalHaskoningDHV as Director of the Maritime and Freight Advisory group. As Deputy Chief Engineer at Transnet, I oversaw the parastatal’s capital and port infrastructure projects across all ports in the country.

Managing Director - Transport at Zutari



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Mowlid Aden

Advisor at Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority (DPFZA)

Experienced Advisor and Consultant to a variety of multinational companies with a demonstrated history of working in challenging environment in Africa & middle East.
Skilled in Project Management, International Business and negotiation in PPP.
Proven leadership skills with a proactive outlook to execute solutions. Experienced in managing diversified business, both on a strategic & operational level. Responsible for significantly improving the performance of a Business Unit.

Specialities: Management Consulting, Start up,Container Shipping, Terminals, Ports, Port Security, Strategy, Analysis, Commercial, Supply Chain, Logistics, Project Management, Commercial, Extensive Knowledge of East Africa, Fluent in French and Arabic

Shailesh Gupta 

Building the Skills of the Future

Chief of Staff

Portcast (     

Previously worked in management consulting as well as strategic sourcing, manufacturing, and last mile logistics - across Singapore, Dubai, USA. Passionate about technology and supply chains.


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Rofhiwa Takalani

Principal Engineer

Engineering Centre of Excellence at Transnet Port Terminals

Rofhiwa Takalani is currently with Transnet Port Terminals where he serves as a principal engineer for electrical control and automation systems. He has 15 years’ experience as an engineer in the electricity distribution and port terminals sectors. Mr. Takalani holds a BSc. Eng and MEng in electrical engineering degrees from UCT and Stellenbosch University respectively, he is a registered professional engineer with the engineering council of South Africa (ECSA).

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Trudie Nichols

Building the Skills of the Future

Consultant at Bowmans in Durban

Trudie Nichols is a consultant at Bowmans in Durban office for the Ports, Transport and Logistics sector. She has conducted due diligence investigations, risk assessments and provided advice to clients in relation to the existing and regulatory port legislation, legal frameworks and applicable legislation. She
has drafted and reviewed concession, lease and service agreements and has advised both terminal users and operators on contractual and legal risks. She has also represented clients in relation to Occupational Health and Safety incidents as well as analysis of applicable environmental legislation in the port context. Trudie has been invited to speak at international conferences on a range on issues applicable to ports, the blue economy, special economic
zones, the port hinterland and port efficiencies. She is a past chairperson of the Association of Woman in Insurance and a member of The Maritime Law Association of South Africa and the Association of Woman in Insurance.



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Debbie Owen

Head at Simon's Town School's Lawhill Maritime Centre

Debbie heads the award-winning Lawhill Maritime Centre’s maritime education at Simon’s Town School ( and was appointed a
Maritime Ambassador for the UN’s International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2015.
An experienced CSI and communications practitioner (including crisis communications), Debbie – prior to moving into the field of education in 2014 – spent
more than 25 years working full time in the PR, media, publishing and communication fields where she gained valuable experience in a range of
organizations – from international corporates to small PR agencies.

Roy Avrahami

Building the Skills of the Future

Chief Innovation Officer at Ashdod Port Company

• Formulate a strategic plan for the port, short and long term, in era of competition.
• Monitoring, directing and supervising the execution and implementation of work plans with the CEO and VP of the company.
• Examination of investment alternatives, pricing and recommendation to the Chairman of the Board of Directors on the investment outline.
• Supervision and monitoring of contracting tenders with suppliers, procurement and service providers.