Trelleborg gears up to host Inaugural Port Management and Navigation Seminar at QE2 Hotel in Dubai


Trelleborg Marine and Infrastructure has announced the program for its inaugural Port Management and Navigation Seminar that will be held at the iconic QE2 Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on December 12-13 2023.

The two-day event will bring together experts from around the world to discuss the latest developments in port management and navigation. It will address the complexities facing the port sector, including managing larger vessels, reducing carbon emissions, understanding effects of digitalization, using real-time data, and best practices for enhancing safety and security within ports, harbours and waterways.

Paul Marks, Head of UK Data Partnerships at the UK Hydrographic Office will open the session as the 2023 keynote speaker. Marks will be sharing the UKHO’s global perspectives on the next generation of navigation solutions, data standardization and the role that ports play in the blue economy. He will be followed by Captain Paul O’Regan, International Harbour Masters’ Association President, who will explore both the challenges and opportunities for harbour masters as ports evolve, and Captain Jonathon Pearce of OMC International, who will cover the role of technology in increasing port sustainability.

“We’re delighted to be hosting an event of this scale which is dedicated to addressing the latest developments in port management and marine navigation, which is a first for Trelleborg,” says Richard Hepworth, Business Unit President, Trelleborg Marine and Infrastructure.
“By working across the multiple touchpoints of ports’ day-to-day operations, Trelleborg is uniquely positioned to recognize the breadth of drivers that are shaping port development and the impact that these are having on operations in developing markets. We are immersed in working with customers to unlock the opportunities presented by new digital technologies and navigation solutions as well as leveraging regulations and supporting innovations to improve sustainability and safety credentials. This has inspired us to bring thought leaders and senior industry specialists together to enable port authorities, port operators, consultants, harbour masters and pilots to gain an in-depth understanding of the issues at hand as well as sharing insights on best practices and emerging solutions. As such, we are very much looking forward to a successful two days of networking and debate.”

The afternoon of the first day will include a look at evolutions in lifejacket technology, as well as real-time environmental monitoring and IMO regulatory developments, followed by a networking reception and dinner in the evening on the QE2 Yacht Club Terrace.

The second day will focus heavily on navigation technology developments and navigational products, including a presentation by Captain Jason Ledet of NOBRA, as well as accident prevention and clean maritime transport, and smart and autonomous ports. Discussions will conclude with an optional navigational aids workshop focusing on Portable Pilot Unit (PPU) and pilotage software.

Industry professionals looking to gain insights into how the latest technological advances will help future-proof port operations and secure competitive advantage across the Middle East, South Asia and Africa are being encouraged to register early to secure places.