the main deck agenda

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Below you can find the most up-to-date agenda for the Main Deck Conference. Make sure you check back regularly for new announcements on speakers and sessions.

16 September

Flows Breakfast

08:00am-10:00am

Global trends & economic impacts on breakbulk

10:30am - 11:15am

MODERATOR: TBC

A 360 degree review of trends, trade flows, opportunities & barriers to trade, and the overall economic outlook for breakbulk projects.

  • What have been the main challenges posed by Covid 19, and what have been the lessons learnt?
  • What does the international trade landscape look like now that we are experiencing less global, more regional trends?
  • What are the barriers to international trade?
  • How are trade flows impacted by global trends?
  • How is the decarbonisation agenda impacting trade flows?
  • Economic outlook for breakbulk projects

Matt Watkins, Principal Analyst, CRU Group (UK)

Wim Dillen, Regional Development Manager, Port of Antwerp

Roy van Eijsden, CEO - Ballast Nedam International Projects (Netherlands)

Matt Watkins

Principal Analyst, CRU Group
About Matt

Wim Dillen

Regional Development Manager, Port of Antwerp
About Wim

Roy van Eijsden

CEO, Ballast Nedam
About Roy

Sustainability in the Breakbulk Logistics Chain

11:30am-12;15pm

MODERATOR: Katrein Van Itterbeck, Sustainable Transition Expert (Shipping), Port of Antwerp

The breakbulk shipping ecosystem as a whole needs to work towards & support sustainability aims & initiatives. From a range of perspectives, this session highlights the opportunities & challenges around decarbonising breakbulk shipping; debates how responsibilities and costs can impact the supply chain, and provides an overall outlook for developing a cost-effective & sustainable breakbulk logistics chain.

  • Impact of COVID-19 on both the decarbonization agenda and IMO 2020
  • Implementation of the IMO 2020 fuel sulphur cap: review and update
  • What about the sustainability agenda beyond IMO 2020? Getting to Zero Coalition, the Poseidon Principles and new fuels of the future
  • We all want clean air, green ships, sustainable jobs but it comes at a cost! Who is willing to pay the cost?
  • Breakbulk ecosystems: Meeting UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
  • What is the impact of the shipping industry on the SDGs?
  • What is the fuel (/propulsion method) of the future in breakbulk-shipping

Dario Bocchetti, Global Energy Saving Manager, Grimaldi

Pablo Rodas-Martini, Climate Change/ Shipping Emissions/ Carbon Markets, International Trade (Poland)

Rasmus Elsborg-Jensen, CEO, ReFlow Maritime

Pablo Rodas-Martini

Climate Change/ Shipping Emissions/ Carbon Markets, International Trade (Poland)
About Pablo

Rasmus Elsborg-Jensen

CEO, ReFlow Maritime
About Rasmus

Shippers Lunch (by invite only)

12:30pm-2:00pm

Spotlight on China:

 
  • What have been the hurdles over recent months regarding goods leaving China to Europe?
  • How has the slowdown in production in China affected the global supply chain across other regions?
  • With falling oil prices, which projects are still taking place?

Realities of digital in breakbulk

2:30pm-3:15pm

MODERATOR: Sven Goyvaerts, Program Manager – PortXL (Belgium)

Why isn’t innovation happening in breakbulk? This session discusses the digital gap, and where are the opportunities for connectivity – across data, social & collaborative practices. How can collaboration on standards, processes and responsibilities help to bring about substantive change for the better?

  • Modern breakbulk: What are the future possibilities?
  • Paperless bill of lading: Are we ready for this?
  • How to handle companies that have no “real” connection to the ports such as banks that receive BL’s?
  • Containerization of breakbulk: How to keep breakbulk attractive by innovation; and how to make it transparent for “hybrid” shippers that are not really caring about whether it goes on a container vessel or a breakbulk vessel but are about costs & efficiency/ transparency?
  • AI & bulkchain – use cases/ pilots

Ann Lee Carpenter, Co-founder - Braid Theory (USA)

Steven Schutter, Product Owner Breakbulk and Community Builder, NxtPort (Belgium)

William Moyerson, CEO - ArcelorMittal Logistics (Belgium)

Ann Lee Carpenter

Co-founder, Braid Theory (USA)
About Ann

Steven Schutter

Product Owner Breakbulk and Community Builder, NxtPort (Belgium)
About Steven

Round table Discussions: Spotlights on growth areas - Where are the opportunities in breakbulk?

3:30pm-4:15pm

Spotlight on Africa:

  • The challenges around port infrastructure
  • Balancing risk: cyclical nature of commodities markets & impact on breakbulk projects & planning
  • Funding models for port infrastructure projects in Africa

Roy van Eijsden, CEO Ballast Nedam International Projects (Netherlands)

Roy van Eijsden

CEO, Ballast Nedam International Projects (Netherlands)
About Roy

Spotlight on North America:

  • Where are the challenges?
  • Are there geographical differences across North America?
  • Where are the opportunities?

Michael Richards, Bulk and Breakbulk Business Development Manager, Port of Portland (USA)

Tim Heney, CEO, Port of Thunder Bay (Canada)

Michael Piskur, Program Manager, Great Lakes St Lawrence Governors & Premiers (USA)

Michael Richards

Bulk and Breakbulk Business Development Manager, Port of Portland
About Michael

17 September

Recent impacts of Covid 19 on breakbulk

11:00am-11:45am

This session discusses recent challenges posed by the Covid 19 pandemic on the world of shipping and specifically, breakbulk. How have factory closures, lockdowns, quarantine and travel bans affected projects? What have been the lessons for breakbulk logistics? And what is the future outlook for project cargo?
• What have been the main difficulties for supply chains posed by Covid 19?
• How is global uncertainty impacting capital investments and what does this mean for breakbulk logistics?
• How has the slowdown in production in China affected the global supply chain across other regions?
• What have been the hurdles over recent months regarding goods leaving China to Europe?
• How have different regions experienced the Covid 19 pandemic?
• Resuming operations: what could recovery look like?

Smart ports: Technology & Innovation for breakbulk projects

12:00pm-12:45pm

MODERATOR: Ann Lee Carpenter, Co-Founder, Braid Theory (USA)

This session will cover how tech advances and innovation at the ports are improving collaborative practices and providing efficiencies in breakbulk cargo.

  • Collaboration, sharing knowledge and best practices to raise the quality of the whole port community
  • Update on the Bulkchain platform
  • Improving fluidity & reliability in breakbulk cargoes
  • Meeting client requirements
  • Covid 19 – stabilising port logistics
  • The changing supply chain during cononavirus (e.g. automotives stopped completely)

Allard Klinkers, Commercial Manager, Offshore & Logistics, Port of Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Hans Henrik Grøn, Logistics Director, North Europe & Middle East Region, Siemens Gamesa (Denmark)

Steven Schutter, Product Owner Breakbulk and Community Builder, NxtPort (Belgium)

Xoan Martinez, CEO, Kaleido Logistics (Spain)

Ann Lee Carpenter

Co-founder, Braid Theory (USA)
About Ann

Allard Klinkers

Commercial Manager, Offshore & Logistics, Port of Amsterdam
About Allard

Hans Henrik Grøn

Logistics Director – North Europe & Middle East Region, Siemens Gamesa (Denmark)
About Hans

Steven Schutter

Product Owner Breakbulk and Community Builder, NxtPort (Belgium)
About Steven

Xoán Martínez

CEO, Kaleido, ideas & Logistics
About Xoán

NextGen Lunch

1:00pm-2:30pm

Future skills & agile thinking

  • Developing new skills & competencies for a robust future breakbulk labour market
  • Labour market: What are the new skills required by the growth in tech advances for breakbulk?
  • Where are the skills gaps?
  • Investing in training and education to achieve employee’s full potential and contribute to business growth
  • Developing an agile workforce which is abe fully to ‘think out of the box’

Christa Sys, Holder of the BNP Paribas Fortis Chair on Transport, Logistics and Ports, University of Antwerp

Philippe Fierens, Manging Director, ExSeCo Belgium

Christa Sys

Holder of the BNP Paribas Fortis Chair on Transport, Logistics & Ports, University of Antwerp (Belgium)
About Christa

Philippe Fierens

Managing Director, ExSeCo Belgium
About Philippe

Round table discussions

2:45pm-3:45pm

Delivering client-focused logistics

  • What does the supply chain look like?
  • Vertical integration: how is the breakbulk industry changing?
  • Project logistics costs: what to expect?
  • What are the client requirements when selecting a global project forwarder?
  • Separating yourself from other forwarders

Catrien Scheers, CEO, Fast Lines (Belgium)

Nataliya Maiseyenka, Transport Manager Project Cargo, EAME and Eurasia Operations, Caterpillar (Belgium)

Catrien Scheers

CEO, Fast Lines (Belgium)
About Catrien

Nataliya Maiseyenka

Transportation Manager Project Cargo, EAME & Eurasia Operation, Caterpillar
About Nataliya

Renewables

In a growing sector, what are the challenges for breakbulk transport in renewables?
  • With blades for wind turbines getting ever bigger, what are the transport/ project handling solutions?
  • What are the benefits of modular components & batching?
  • How to develop projects in a cost-efficient way?
  • Attitude of the OEMs

Hans Henrik Grøn, Logistics Director, North Europe & Middle East Region, Siemens Gamesa (Denmark)

Sune Thorliefsson, Head of Marine Projects – SAL Heavy lift (Germany)

Hans Henrik Grøn

Logistics Director – North Europe & Middle East Region, Siemens Gamesa (Denmark)
About Hans

Hinterland Connections

  • What do good hinterland connections look like for breakbulk cargo?
  • Concerns around traffic congestions
  • Accessing inland waterways
  • Intermodal: Rail connections
  • What is the role of the rail operators in promoting ports?
  • Role of dry ports & first mile transit

Katarina Stancova,
Senior Advisor, Mobility Department
Antwerp Port Authority (Belgium)

Katarina Stancova

Senior Advisor, Mobility Department, Antwerp Port Authority (Belgium)
About Katarina

Peter Larose,
Head of Projects,
Conti7 (Belgium)

Peter Larose

Head of Projects, Conti7 (Belgium)

Marcel Pater
Commercial Manager,
North Sea Ports (Belgium)

Marcel Pater

Commercial Manager, North Sea Ports (Belgium)
About Marcel

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