6-7 February: Conference and Exhibition

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

08:00 – 17:00
Registration
Location: Hall 2 Foyer, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC)

08:00 – 18:00
Exhibition Hall Hours
Location: Hall 2, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC)

CONFERENCE SESSIONS DAY 1

10:00 -11:00
Patronage Ceremony & Ribbon Cutting
His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi,
Minister of Infrastructure & Development and Chairman of the Federal Transport Authority

11:00 – 11:25
Welcoming Remarks

Janet Nodar, Content Director, Breakbulk Events & Media
His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure & Development and Chairman of the Federal Transport Authority
Mazen Thabet, PR & Communication Manager, Abu Dhabi Ports

11:25-11:45

Overview: King Abdullah Port

King Abdullah Port, on the Red Sea, is part of King Abdullah Economic City and one of the world’s top 100 ports by throughput. At full build-out, the privately owned port will  have ro-ro capacity to handle 1.5 million vehicles annually. The port’s first phase of general cargo terminals, to be operated by AMSteel, will open second quarter 2018. The port’s CEO will introduce the port’s plans with a focus on project and breakbulk cargo ambitions.

Rayan Qutub, CEO, Ports Development Company, King Abdullah Port

11:50 – 12:30
Envisioning the GCC

The Gulf Cooperation Council shares many things, including a range of visions – blueprints for economic development. These encompass transport, infrastructure and industry. How will these plans affect industrial investment, and the project sector? Richard Thompson, Editorial Director with MEED, a key resource for Middle Eastern business intelligence, shares his insights on what to expect from the GCC’s ambitious visions.

Richard Thompson, Editorial Director, MEED

12:30 – 14:00
Networking Luncheon for VIP Shippers and Invited Guests

14:00 – 14:50
Risk Management: Handling Projects in Post-Conflict Regions

All projects take planning and require thoughtful risk avoidance, but working in post-conflict regions amplifies normal concerns and escalates others. Destroyed infrastructure, scarce equipment and services such as banking, personnel safety, security costs, the increased challenge of finding local partner: these issues will be discussed by our team of experts, who are deeply familiar with handling post-conflict projects in the Middle East and Africa.

MODERATOR: Tina Benjamin-Lea, Logistics Manager, SNC-Lavalin Group
Darrell Gifford, Managing Director, Agility DGS Logistics Services Company
Alberto Pittaluga, Director Iraq & Italy, ALE Middle East LLC
Martin Rudd, Senior Vice President, Commercial, Constellis 

15:00 – 15:50
My Niche or Yours? The Evolving Industrial Project Supply Chain

How strictly should project transport supply chain players define their roles? Project forwarders are buying vessels and warehouses, while carriers arrange for land transport and land transporters arrange for cargo storage. How much overlap is optimal, how should risk be allotted, and is ‘niche creep’ good, bad or simply inevitable?

MODERATOR: Steve Gibson, Logistics Trade & Compliance Manager (Marine), McDermott International, Inc.
Denis Bandura, Managing Director, BBC Chartering Mideast DMCCO
Lars Greiner, Commercial Manager, F.H. Bertling Logistics GmbH
Erik Hutter, Global Head of Marine Chartering–SVP, Panalpina
Thomas D. Skellingsted, Vice President Global Heavy Lift & Project Operations, ABB

PREVIEW THIS SESSION WITH LARS GREINER

16:00 – 16:30
Networking Break

16:30 – 17:20
Seminar: Will Online Shipping Platforms Lead to a Digitized Project Industry?

Is the project cargo transport industry ripe to adopt digitization, including online shipping platforms? The industry may need to move towards more ‘commodification’ – difficult in such an idiosyncratic industry – to truly embrace such digitization. What are the benefits and drawbacks? Our presenter, who has developed one such online platform, will address these questions.

Alexander Varvarenko, Founder and CEO, ShipNEXT

PREVIEW THIS SEMINAR WITH ALEXANDER VARVARENKO

17:20 – 17:30
Closing Remarks

Janet Nodar, Content Director, Breakbulk Events & Media

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

08:00 – 16:00
Registration
Location: Hall 2 Foyer, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC)

08:00 – 16:00
Exhibition Hall Hours
Location: Hall 2, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC)

CONFERENCE SESSIONS DAY 2

10:00 – 10:30
Networking Coffee for VIP Shippers and Invited Guests

10:30 – 10:45
Opening Remarks
Janet Nodar, Content Director, Breakbulk Events & Media

10:45 – 11:20
Capital Project Outlook for the GCC
Where are the growth markets? What factors are affecting capital projects? We hear an overview of the region’s seemingly ever-growing oil and gas projects sector, delivered by Terry Willis, Regional Director, EIC.

Terry Willis, Regional Director, Energy Industries Council

11:30 – 12:20
Case Study: Kuwait’s Project Environment
Kuwait is investing some $115 billion in capital projects through 2020, including a massive refinery project, Al-Zour (NRP), that will double Kuwait’s refining capacity to 1.4 million b/d. Globally respected EPCs such as Petrofac, Technicas Reunidas, CB&I, Fluor and others are working in various consortiums, along with their industry partners, to deliver Kuwait’s ambitious growth plans. Handling the superheavy cargo required in this challenging transport environment requires barge beach landings, loading heavies at anchorage, and other complex maneuvers. Our panel of industry executives is uniquely skilled at moving the heavy-lift, out-of-gauge cargo essential to building these game-changing projects. A good thing, as the Kuwait project boom has not yet reached its peak.

Mohammad Jaber, COO, Agility Abu Dhabi PJSC; Regional Project Logistics Director, Agility Middle East & Africa, Agility Project Logistics
Maen Barakat, Project Manager, Agility Kuwait
Sameer Parikh, Director, Lift and Shift
Matteo Pollara, Logistics Director, Petrofac
Edward Talbot, General Manager, ALE Middle East LLC
Toshio Yamazaki, Managing Director & CEO, SAL Heavy Lift

12:30 – 14:00
Networking Luncheon for VIP Shippers and Invited Guests

13:30 – 14:00
Seminar: Secrets of the Suez
Capt. Haussien Mohamed Elshazly, Harbor Master, West Port Said

14:00-14:50
Seminar: Managing Remote Project Teams
Cost is ever important, and a useful way to reduce costs is to outsource work to remote teams – be they sub-contractors or a sub-office of your own organisation. This presents challenges and difficulties for project managers. Here, Project Manager Mandar Apte discusses the challenges, risks and opportunities of working with remote teams.

Mandar Apte, PMP Project Manager, TechnipFMC

PREVIEW THIS SEMINAR WITH MANDAR APTE

15:00-15:50
Closing Forum: Is A Talent Gap Hurting the Project Industry?

Many observers of the project logistics industry are concerned by a perceived ‘hollowing out’ of experienced project logistics practitioners. Just how challenging is it for EPCs and project owners to find the level of talent and experience they prefer, whether for their own teams or with their subcontractors? Is this a self-inflicted industry wound, the result of indiscriminate downsizing during the downturn? And is it difficult to attract new entrants into project logistics? Our forum will discuss these issues.

Chris Kent, Global Projects Director, Pentagon Freight Services PLC

15:50 – 16:00
Closing Remarks
Janet Nodar, Content Director, Breakbulk Events & Media

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