Hamburg, Germany May 26 - 30 With e x h i b i t o r s registered from 18 countries, what is said to be the largest and most comprehensive international port exhibition and conference, Portex '81, is slated to open at the Hamburg Exhibition and Congress Center on May 26, 1981. Running through May 30, the five-day event will focus on harbor planning and construction, port equipment and operations, as well as handling, storage, and packaging.

Portex '81 will also be the first gathering of this magnitude of port experts from around the world.

The congress and its corresponding seminar series is designed as a forum to encompass all areas of port technological development.

The main thrust of the conference will deal with the theme "World Ports and International Trade" with e x p e r ts speaking on scientific and technical aspects of port activity in both i n d u s t r i a l i z e d and Third World countries today.

Speakers will include authorities from Chile, Ethopia, France, Greece, J a p a n , Thailand, the United States, and Germany. The aim of the seven specialized seminars will be to discuss and demonstrate how trends, new equipment, and port systems can be implemented to insure growth and development.

Concurrently with the congress and exhibition, a Research and Development Information Exchange will be staged to bring search specialists and innovation consultants. Representatives from Hamburg's higher education institutions, private and publicly owned research establishments, and government officials will lead the exchange. This forum is intended to benefit medium-size and smaller concerns.

Among the topics included in the information exchange are subjects of interest to both tradesmen and industry as well as port services. Themes include weather forecasting, river sedimentation, packing technology, underwater welding, seawater desalination, and wind energy systems. One session will deal with how river silt and sediment can constructively be utilized. In addition, exhibitors will be given the opportunity to report on their experience in port development schemes and demonstrate new innovations in equipment on display.

The exhibition itself will be the largest display of information and products of interest to seaports ever assembled. Ten halls c o v e r i n g more t h a n 320,000 square feet will house the exhibition, with the neighboring Congress Center serving as location of the conference and seminars.

Special display facilities will include open-air exhibition areas with railroad tracks for demonstration of shunting locomotives, special cars, cranes, and other rail-mounted equipment and rolling stock.

O r g a n i z e d by the Hamburg Exhibition and Congress Center and sponsored by Hamburg's Senate, Portex '81 will also give participants the opportunity to study port facilities in action. The Port of Hamburg, Germany's largest and one of the world's most developed, will serve as a working laboratory to demonstrate special facilities for handling bulk cargo.

Grain silos, timber products terminals, tank facilities for liquid cargo, and container terminals will be in operation.

Among the countries registered to participate in Portex '81 are the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Belgium, Poland, Czechoslavakia, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Japan, the United States, East Germany, and Switzerland.

PORTS AND TRADE CONGRESS In conjunction with the Portex '81 Exhibition, the World Ports and World Trade Congress will be presenting modern know-how on cargo handling, port operation and organization, as well as the planning, design, and construction of seaports. The subjects of the congress and the choice of speakers should insure a topquality congress and seminar program, as experts from all over the world are expected to attend.

International experts of high caliber will participate in the introductory program, which deals with the common problems faced by world ports and their general technological development. Prof.

Dr. Kuiler from Erasmus University in Rotterdam is to speak on "The Development of World Transport at the End of the Twentieth Century," and Georg Koopmann, head of the research group International Trade Links at the HWWA Institute of Economic Research in Hamburg, has decided to talk on "The Development of International Maritime Trade and Its Influence on World Shipbuilding." James B. Newman, ports commissioner at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., will speak on "Port Development and Problems in Third World Countries as Seen by an International Development Aid Organization," a topic that should attract considerable interest.

Ignacio Echeverria, departmental head in the Chilean Ministry of Transport, will examine the problems confronting ports in Latin America, while Tchouta Massa, head of the Transport Department of the Economic Commission for Africa (Addis Ababa), will speak on the development of African ports and their problems.

S e v e r a l well-known speakers will deal with regional aspects of the development and design of ports throughout the world: Dr.

Hans Ludwig Beth, from the Institute for Maritime Traffic in Bremen, on "World Trade Forecasts and World Port Capacity"; Rey Beaudesson and Michel Bernard from the Union Industrielle et d'Entreprise in Paris on "Port C o n s t r u c t i o n Models and the Transfer of Know-how"; Prof.

Dr.-Ing. A.J. Rogan from the National Technological University of Athens (Greek Ports) ; Prof.

Dr. Guiseppe Dagnino, president of Genoa Port Authority (Southern European Ports and Their Importance for Transport in Central Europe) ; and Daniel Morgenstern, director of ports and shipping at the Ministry of Transport in Israel (The Effects of Political Developments on Ports in the Middle East).

The influence of energy policies on the relationship between European port planning and development on the one hand and the flow of transport and the function of intermodal transport technologies on the other hand will be examined by Prof. Dr.- Ing. Erich Bahke from the Institute for Conveyor Technology at t h e U n i v e r s i t y of Karlsruhe.

Prof. Dr. Franz Malz f r om Aachen College of Technology will discuss global ecological aspects of the construction and operation of seaports and port facilities. And F.J.

Grosser, director of the Academia Cosmologica Nova in Munich, will speak on global ecological and economic problems in connection with infrastructural planning and the location of industry in ports.

SEMINAR PROGRAM An extensive seminar program parallel to the congress has attracted the participation of Hamburg Port Consulting GmbH, the Hamburg Association of Offshore Technology and Marine Construction Engineers, Bilfinger + Berger (Mannheim), Uniconsult (Hamburg), and French, British, and Italian consulting firms. In the general area of port planning and design the following topics will be discussed: the principles of economic development and location of industry in ports; port planning and expansion in Bremen, particularly container terminals ; communication of knowhow, illustrated by the example of the Aqaba Port Training Centre in Jordan and the Socomac Model in Cameroon; planning of port construction models with the example of a modular container terminal system; port construction innovations for growthoriented, rational port buildings; m a x i m i z i n g the efficiency of dredges and a description of the present dredging systems; corrosion protection and lamination systems in the planning of port facilities under water and on land.

The second part of the seminar will deal with port operation and equipment. Consulting firms from West Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Norway, and Hungary have agreed to participate. The main topics are as follows: efficient equipment in the service of shipping; a new tendering system ; doubling of cargo-handling capacity of container terminals through utilization of new handling systems; the efficient utilization of conveyor and lifting gear in ports as illustrated by the multipurpose container terminal on Tin Can Island, Nigeria; control systems for mobile conveying and hoisting equipment; plant and machinery for port storage; crane construction; new ways of storing large containers in high-stack facilities and the development of the ConAir tank container.

The third part of the seminar will deal mainly with port organization, administration and service systems. Communication experts will discuss the utilization of minicomputers, c l o s e d - c i r c u it monitoring and radio systems, the use of data processing in port data banks and cargo-handling, data processing monitor systems for containers and container repairs, training systems for port personnel, as well as fire and general safety precautions in ports.

The fourth part of the seminar will deal with intermodal transport and communication systems between ports and inland centers.

The following will be discussed: survey and control systems for port planning, combined sea/rail and sea/inland shipping transport via Hansaport (bulk cargo port) ; Norwegian shipping management systems and the role of goods d i s t r i b u t i o n centers as hinterland links for integrated sea container traffic.

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