Robert Hambleton

Managing Director
SOCAR Terminal

Combining thirty years of Container Terminal experience and five years serving as a Captain within the UK Armed Forces, Robert has worked across five different countries (UK, Malta, Egypt, Vietnam and Turkey) for five different Terminal Operators (APM Terminals, Hutchison, ABP, Port of Marsaxlokk, Port of Tilbury), he is currently the Managing Director of SOCAR Terminal, Turkey.
His experience includes Terminal Business Development in Turkey, Greece, Italy, Poland, Ireland and Russia, combining specific knowledge of operational and commercial activities with a diplomatic approach to Government Departments and Institutions.
More recently, he was the Managing Director of the APMT facility, Cai Mep International Terminal in Vietnam, seeing treble digit growth over an 18 month period, lifting it to capacity of over I.2 million TEU’s.
Moving to APMT Izmir in 2017 as Managing Director, Robert led the ownership transition from the APMT to SOCAR (The State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic), focusing on the management of the major stakeholders, legal requirements and financial projections, whilst delivering operational excellence and the highest safety standards.


Achieving Automation in Smaller Terminals
Thursday 20th May 2021, 3:30PM – 4:30PM BST
With most terminals seeking to automate in the next 5 years, it is not just the larger terminals getting in on the action. Smaller Terminals are faced with unique challenges on their path to automation, such as funding, space and location constraints, a smaller workforce and a difficulty staying in operation while implementing large scale changes. The session will feature smaller terminals, their success with automation and the checklist for similar terminals embarking on their automation journey.

• Is there a strong business case for automation in smaller terminals? Has 2020 seen an improvement?
• The difficulty of implementing changes without harming business in the short-term.
• Which equipment is most appropriate for terminals with less space?
• The importance of terminal design in smaller terminals.