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Autumn 2014 European Energy Innovation


Growing and influencing:
Port Equipment Manufacturers
Association celebrates its
10th anniversary

The Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA) is marking its 10th birthday this year, and is
increasingly seen as a valuable contributor to best practice in safety, technological development and
environmental impact for the ports and terminals sector.

PEMA provides a forum automation, software and Speakers included Christer
and public voice for technology providers, and Granskog, former CEO of Kalmar
the global ports and consultants and other experts. and a motivating force in the
terminals equipment and establishment of PEMA; Marc
technology sectors. It publishes Its scope is genuinely global, with Desmons, Engineering Services
independently sourced data, members from Asia, the Americas, Manager at terminal operating
produces recommendations Europe and the Middle East. group TIL and responsible for
on common standards and all the company’s equipment
represents stakeholders’ interests “To ensure PEMA membership is procurement, upgrades and
in three key areas: safety, worthwhile, and acts with a global repairs; Isabelle Ryckbost,
technological development and perspective – which it must in the Secretary General, European Sea
the environment. globalised ports and terminals Ports Organisation (ESPO) and Dr
sector – we need to attract Khalid Bichou, a visiting professor
“Thanks to the energy and members from all over the world,” at several universities and co-
commitment of our members, explains Popesco. founder of the Port Operations,
PEMA has come a long way Research and Technology Centre
in its first ten years, and we’re Some 100 members, as well (PORTec) at Imperial College,
encouraged by the way the as guests from 15 countries, London. Representatives from
Association’s membership and attended PEMA’s 10th anniversary the recently formed Global Port
scope of activities have steadily annual general meeting, Research Alliance (GPRA) also
expanded,” said Ottonel Popesco, held in February this year in attended.
President of PEMA. Amsterdam. Several industry
experts addressed delegates All four speakers addressed
The Association has seen strong representing PEMA membership. the issue of how ports and
growth in recent years, and now terminals are likely to evolve in
counts more than 70 companies Rarely do terminal operators the decades ahead, and how
among its membership – from and others on the ‘customer’ operators can improve efficiency,
niche equipment suppliers side of the industry have the maintain profitability and meet
to major conglomerates – opportunity to talk with so many the increasing requirements of
representing many areas of of their suppliers to outline their environmental protection.
the ports and terminals sector, expectations and requirements
including crane, equipment for the years ahead. Granskog, for example, identified
and component manufacturers, a continued trend towards greater
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