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The Integration of AI into Ports & Terminal Operations in Africa 
Hybrid Conference 2022

“Analyzing Port Terminal Innovation Ecosystem. in Africa''.

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May 24 - 26, 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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The Speakers

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Dr. Juanita Maree

CEO of the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF)

Dr. Juanita Maree B.Com (Hons cum laude, NWU) M.Com (UJ) and PhD (NWU - awarded in May 2020) has been an Executive Director of Savino Del Bene South Africa (SDBSA) since 2008. She has taken on the position as Chief Executive Officer of the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) as from 1 September 2021.
Juanita is regarded as a passionate ‘Captain of Industry’ in the logistics field and is active at all levels of Customs-related organizational entities, nationally and internationally. Her PhD subject “An impact analysis of the customs risk management processes in South Africa” is evidence of this passion.
She headed up the Customs Fraud and Illegal Imports Task Team for Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) (2018/2019) and is a member of the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF). Juanita, in her capacity as Chair of the SAAFF board, represents SAAFF at the World Customs Organisation (WCO) Private Sector Consultative Group (PSCG). She leads the WCO-ESA-RPSG (Regional Private Sector Group) under the auspices of the WCO-ESA-ROCB (Regional office for Capacity Building). Since 2015, she has served on the 11-judge panel for the Logistics Association Awards (LAA) event under the SAAFF banner, focusing on the Entrepreneurial spirit within supply chain excellence.

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.