Patrick Bol

Head of Port Expansions and Special Projects – Global Operations

Container terminal executive with over 25 years of experience

Since obtaining his degree from Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences – Marine and Logistics in 1988, he joined ECT Rotterdam management program. After ECT’s Home terminal he became part the project team delivering the first automated container terminal Delta Sealand in 1993. A small hiatus followed of sailing on mega yachts and heading the Marine Department of Pilots Hook of Holland. Drawn to the expat life he went on to manage container terminal business units in Jakarta, Djibouti, Busan and Saigon.

In 2010 Patrick was nominated as Director Global Operations in DP World head office Dubai, looking after policy, terminal design, business Intelligence, developed the Lean continuous improvement program and terminal partnering with key shipping lines. During his tenure DP World has become the biggest adopter of (semi) automated terminals and STS cranes amongst its competitors, most notably PNC, JAT3, Brisbane, RWG and LGW.

In 2015 Patrick joined the London Business School, Global Business Consortium with lectures in Japan, USA and China with a special task to implement innovation in DP World.

In 2020 Patrick was nominated to head port expansion and special projects. Responsible for terminal design, operating mode and capacity. In short the customization of the port that suits the business plan according the local requirement. In addition special projects such as Expo 2020 pavilion content to the recently announced Northern Trade Corridor.

Patrick was instrumental in the journey for container high bay store, to bring it from idea to reality. From funding to proof of concept and forming the JV between DPWorld and SMS group in Box-Bay. The POC has been completed in June 2021 exceeding our 2018 expectation, triggering design optimization cycles before industrializing the solution.