Ten years of PEMA

PEMA Forum: The PEMA safety panel emphasised that 50% of insurance claims are caused by equipment

PEMA Forum: The PEMA safety panel emphasised that 50% of insurance claims are caused by equipment

The Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA) is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2014, which it helped mark by a special programme of educational activities and events at TOC Europe this week.

Its tenth State of the Industry Forum on Port Equipment and Technology Forum brought together key players from the world of port equipment and technology, plus members of the container terminal operator community, for lively, unscripted debate on current and future challenges.

During the first session, “Making Sense of Scale: The Equipment and Technology Industry View,” the emphasis was firmly on automated vs manual terminals.

“A good automated terminal will perform 24/7 365 days per year and that is impossible to achieve with a manual terminal,” said panel member, Yvo Saanen, managing director and CTO, TBA. “Manual terminals will have a hard time retaining their business and there will be huge consequences in the industry."

The second session centred on safety, on which Laurence Jones, director of global risk at the TT Club had plenty talk about.

He emphasised that 50% of insurance claims are caused by equipment and 80% of all injuries are caused by mobile equipment.

“We don’t see claims from automated terminals. But even without the benefits that automation brings the technology is out there to save lives but terminals are not taking it up quickly enough.”

Companies that took part in the forum this year included Kalmar, TT Club, Konecranes, IDENTEC SOLUTIONS, Navis, Cavotec, Continental Tyres, Vahle, APS, ABB Crane Systems, Certus Port Automation, LASE and Moffatt & Nichol.

Founded in 2004, PEMA provides a forum and public voice for the global port equipment and technology sectors. It now has over 70 member companies representing all facets of the industry.

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