24-26 April 2017
Antwerp Expo
Antwerp, Belgium

24-25 April: Educational Workshops
24 April: Evening Welcome Reception and Meetup Europe in the Exhibition Hall
25-26 April: Exhibition, Conference Sessions, Micro-Seminars, Exhibitor-led Sessions

Monday, 24 April 2017

08:00 – 20:00
Registration (for all participants and workshops delegates)
Location: Antwerp Expo, Exhibition Hall 3


08:30 – 17:00
Heavy-lift Technical Workshop: Land & Barge Transport
Location: Antwerp Expo, Yellow Room, 2nd floor

08:30 – 17:00
Project Freight Management – The Shippers’ Perspective
Antwerp Expo, Red Room, 2nd floor


Welcome Reception and Ports America Happy Hour

17:00 – 20:00
Opening Welcome Reception
Location: Antwerp Expo, Exhibition Halls 1-4

17:15 – 17:45
Meetup Europe
Location Antwerp Expo, Registration Hall 3

21:00 – 24:00
Ports America Happy Hour
Location: Café “Den Engel” – Grote Markt 3, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Breakbulk BUSINESSrun

BUSINESSrun Meetup
Location: Front of Antwerp Hilton Old Town

BUSINESSrun shotgun start
Location: Front of Antwerp Hilton Old Town

08:00 – 18:00
Location: Antwerp Expo, Exhibition Hall 3

10:00 – 18:00
Exhibition Halls Hours
Location: Antwerp Expo, Exhibition Halls 1-4

10:00 – 18:00
TechZone Open
Location: Antwerp Expo, Exhibition Hall 3

10:30 – 11:00
Meetup Europe
Location: Antwerp Expo, Registration, Exhibition Hall 3

10:40 – 15:40
Conference Sessions
Location: Conference Sessions Suite, Antwerp Expo, Exhibition Hall 3

11:30 – 15:00
Micro-Seminars and Exhibitor-led Sessions
Location: Micro-Seminars Suite, Antwerp Expo, Exhibition Hall 3

Conference Sessions

10:40 – 11:00
Welcoming Remarks

Port of Antwerp 
Janet Nodar, Content Director, Breakbulk Events & Media

11:00 – 11:30
Brexit, Trump and Trade: Fasten Your Seat Belts – Bumpy Ride Ahead
How will Brexit, populist sentiment in Europe and Trumpian anti-globalism affect international trade, including the project logistics industry? Can pro-business sentiment outshine anti-trade bluster, including dismantling of agreements such as the TPP? Our expert, who regularly advises states, energy companies and international institutions on dispute resolution, high-level strategy and international law, will share her insights.

Ana Stanič, Founder and Director, E&A Law


11:35 – 11:55
Practical Matters: Brexit at the Borders
Could Brexit hamper the transit of project cargo, including cargo related to the oil & gas business, from the UK into Europe? It’s too early to gauge the effects in real time, but educated predictions can help logisticians prepare for what lies ahead. Join us for a brief chat and Q&A session.

Neel Ratti, General Manager, Tuscor Lloyds

12:00 – 13:00
Sulphur Shock: Countdown to 2020

Ocean carriers, and their customers, must brace for a looming and potentially massive cost shock. As of 2020, IMO regulations will require that sulphur limit in the heavy fuel oils used as bunker fuel worldwide be reduced from 3.5 percent to no more than .5 percent. This expensive change will reverberate across an already distressed global shipping industry. How will it be met, and how will it be enforced?

Moderator: Roger Strevens, VP and Global Head of Key Accounts, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics
Robin Meech, Managing Director, Marine and Energy Consulting
Alex Strogen, Senior Global Category Leader, GE Energy
Patrick Legault, President, Falcon International


13:00 – 14:00
Networking Break

14:00 – 14:30
HL/MPV Fleet Beat: The Latest Fleet Analysis

The multipurpose market may see some signs of recovery by year’s end, as oversupply finally seems to be leveling out. However, competition from bulkers and container vessels will continue to hold rates down until their own sectors improve.

Susan Oatway, Senior Consultant, Drewry Maritime


14:40 – 15:30
The Internet of Breakbulk Things: When Cargo Talks

How will the traditional, perhaps even stodgy, world of breakbulk, project and ro-ro cargo join the ‘internet of things’? One global OEM, Caterpillar, is moving ahead rapidly in this quest, as the company experiments with proactively tracking goods during ocean-based and land-based moves using cutting-edge technology. This case study will share the findings from a range of projects, providers and products Caterpillar has tested.

Dieter Degryse, General Manager – Transportation Operations EAME, Caterpillar
Tim Paridaens, Director, Internet of Things, Deloitte Consulting – Belgium

15:30 – 15:40
Closing Remarks

John Amos, Programme Adviser, Breakbulk Events & Media

Exhibition Hall Closes


08:30 – 17:00
Heavy-lift Technical Workshop: Ocean Transport
Location: Antwerp Expo, Yellow Room 2nd floor


11:30 – 13:00
Micro-Seminar: Focus on Operations

Whether packing onshore or lashing and stowing aboard, good procedures are essential. Make sure cargo arrives safely. Learn the key elements of these processes, and the consequences of deviation, from the perspectives of a shipper, freight forwarder, packer and marine surveyor.

Dan Greenberg, President, Santini Export Packing Corporation
Jens Hässelhoff, Senior Logistics Manager, Europipe
Dirk Lüdersen, Managing Partner, Mund + Bruns
Jeppe Frank, CCO, Martin Bencher Group

Exhibitor-led Sessions

14:00 – 15:00
Exhibitor-led Session: Air Cargo Supermarket in Action: A Comprehensive Approach to Transportation of Heavy and Outsize Cargo

Designed for EPCs, cargo owners and project forwarders. This in-depth workshop is built on real case studies, with an overview of a range of aircraft capabilities and practical tips and guidance to help companies avoid common errors, as well as save time and money while dealing with transportation of heavy and outsize cargo.

Georgy Sokolov, Regional Sales Manager, Volga-Dnepr Group

15:15 – 16:00
Exhibitor-led Session: Vessel Bridge – Online Management of Shipments

Stoll informationssysteme produces powerful software and solutions in the fields of logistics, content management and document management. Learn how this technology is shaping the future of logistics management.

Lennart Wagner, Stoll Informationssysteme

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

08:00 – 16:00
Location: Antwerp Expo, Exhibition Hall 3

10:00 – 16:00
Exhibition Halls Hours
Location: Antwerp Expo, Exhibition Halls 1-4

10:00 – 16:00
Tech Zone Open
Location: Antwerp Expo, Exhibition Hall 3

11:00 – 15:00
Conference Sessions
Location: Conference Sessions Suite, Antwerp Expo, Exhibition Hall 3

11:30 – 13:00
Location: Micro-Seminars Suite, Antwerp Expo, Exhibition Hall 3

Conference Sessions

11:00 – 11:10
Opening Remarks

Janet Nodar, Content Director, Breakbulk Events & Media

11:10 – 11:40
Capital Projects Outlook: Project Pipeline and Trends

Volatile oil and commodity prices and geopolitical turmoil have strongly suppressed capital investment, causing painful aftershocks throughout the project transport industry supply chain. What can the project industry look forward to in 2017 and beyond? Capital projects expert Allison Aschman will provide a quantitative outlook for capital investment over the next few years, by global region and industrial sector. The presentation will also address the important role that procurement and logistics play in capital project success.

Allison Aschman, Director of Capital Solutions, Independent Project Analysis


11:50 – 12:30
Shippers Panel: Is the Project Logistics Supply Chain Afraid of Change?

Cargo owners and shippers are often eager to bring modern technology and best practices to bear on their logistics transport and supply chains, but this can be easier said than done in a traditional industry. How quickly is the project transport industry changing to keep up with new technology, innovations and best practices – or is it? Our panel of executive shippers will discuss what they see, and what they’d like to see, from a modern project logistics supply chain.

Moderator: Manuel Formis, Global Logistics VP, Philips
Anthony Ball, Shipping Manager, Air Products
Leo Derr, Head of Global Strategic Maritime Planning and Chartering, Vestas Wind Systems A/S
Jesus Mejias, Senior Global Logistics Manager, Kiewit 
Gert Geeve, Material Logistics Manager, Fluor

12:30 – 14:00
Networking Break

14:00 – 14:50
Handling Chartering Risk in a Volatile Market

What is the new normal for assessing risk when moving breakbulk and project cargo? Vessel owners, forwarders and cargo owners must grasp key liabilities and strategies for mitigating risk, even as the global fleet deals with new pressures in a lean market.

Moderator: Peter Svensson, Senior Vice President, Head of Clipper Steel Services, Head of Clipper Americas Inc.
Robert Drew, Global Logistics Manager, Tata International
William Moyerson, CEO, Arcelor Mittal Logistics
Simon Wolsey, Partner, MFB Solicitors


14:50 – 15:00
Closing Remarks

John Amos, Programme Adviser, Breakbulk Events & Media

Exhibition Hall Closes


11:30 – 13:00
Micro-Seminar: Breakbulk Technology Breakthroughs 

New technology done right leads to new efficiencies. Our experts provide insight into the effects of new technologies on two key project industry segments.

Part I: Project Logistics Management

Use the right processes, and the right technological tools, for the modern project logistics industry. Email and spreadsheets are the past: the future of logistics lies beyond these old-fashioned methods.

Peter Bouwhuis, President and CEO, XELLZ B.V.

Part II: Port and Terminal Facilities

Modern information technology is an effective resource management tool for breakbulk facilities. Let us show you how it’s done.

Lev Aispur, Head of Sales Department, TOS (Solvo)

13:30 – 14:30
Micro-Seminar: Methods for Marine Loss Control

Lower costs and few claims — who wouldn’t want to prevent maritime losses? Our experienced industry representative, who has an extensive background as a surveyor and risk analyst, will describe reliable processes for identifying potential losses before they happen.

Jan Rietberg, Marine Loss Control Engineering Manager, AIG Property Casualty

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