Erik Ward

Vice President, Terminal Systems and Technology
GCT Canada

Erik Ward is the Chief Information Officer at GCT Global Container Terminals, Inc., joining the executive team in August 2017. His role is to lead the IT strategic vision, day to day operations and projects for Technology & Systems at GCT terminals worldwide. Prior to joining GCT, Erik was a senior leader at Navis LLC, where he was RVP of Customer Operations and responsible for customer care and support for over 100 terminals. He has also held leadership roles for SSA Marine and Tideworks Technology in Seattle and Panama City, Panama.


Best Strategy for Retrofitting Terminals With Automation
Fully automated greenfield projects grab the headlines, yet most automation investment is taking place at existing terminals, with limited space, outdated legacy systems and an existing workforce. This panel discussion will debate how to face the challenges and advantages in retrofitting automation.

– To change current processes to fit new automation or to change the automation to fit the current processes?
– Introducing remote controlled equipment to comply with a possible future Covid XX?
– Selecting the optimal technology for your brownfield terminal.
– Use of proven technology versus innovations on a terminal?
– Training and upskilling staff for your semi-automated terminal.