Robin Audenaerdt

IT Project Manager, Rotterdam Terminal & Managing Director, Audenaerdt Project Management

Robin Audenaerdt, MSc., MA, started as a project engineer at Europe Combined Terminals, Europe’s largest container terminal, in Rotterdam in 1995. Robin holds university degrees in Logistics, Business Administration, and Supply Chain Optimization from Insead. With first-hand experience from the first fully automated container terminal in the world with Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) and Stacking Cranes (ARMG), he has been working as project and implementation manager for container, car, and airfreight terminals and ports ever since. Not only for freight terminals but also in other logistical hubs, he has been consulting and managing logistical challenges for both public and private clients. Among other projects, he is currently acting as Project Director | Container Exchange Route for PortShuttle BV in Rotterdam, a special service and subsidiary of Port of Rotterdam Authority. The Container Exchange Route enables transportation of containers on the Maasvlakte in Rotterdam. A dedicated road network connects all terminals, container depots, distribution centers and customs facilities. Using this network, autonomous vehicles transport the containers to their destination, fast and efficiently, undisturbed by other traffic. The Container Exchange Route is expected to handle over one million containers per year.


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projects grab the headlines, yet most automation investment is taking place at existing terminals, with limited space, outdated legacy systems and an existing workforce.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.