WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

 

8:00AM – 2:30PM

REGISTRATION

LOCATION: Saal 1 – 2 Foyer

 


9:00 – 9:30 AM

NETWORKING BREAKFAST

LOCATION: Saal 1 – 2 Foyer

 


9:30 – 9:45 AM

WELCOME REMARKS AND PORT PRODUCTIVITY AWARDS

LOCATION: Saal 1 – 2

Based on JOC Port Productivity data for 2015, JOC Events is proud to present awards to the top-performing European ports and terminals.

Peter Tirschwell
Senior Director Content,
IHS Maritime & Trade

 


9:45 – 10:30 AM

INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS FOR FUTURE GROWTH

LOCATION: Saal 1 – 2

The character of trade has changed dramatically. One percentage point of GDP growth no longer results in in multiple percentage points of trade growth, as was the case in the past. What does this mean for container port capacity? What are future port infrastructure needs and how should the industry achieve it? This presentation from Olaf Merk of the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development’s International Transport Forum will analyze ITF-OECD research on container port capacity needs in 2030 and discuss ways in which container terminal supply and demand could be better balanced.

— INTRODUCED BY —
Turloch Mooney
Senior Editor for Global Ports,
IHS Maritime & Trade

— FEATURED SPEAKER —
Olaf Merk
Administrator of Ports and Shipping,
International Transport Forum at the
Organisation of Economic Cooperation
and Development

 


10:30 – 11:30 AM

OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE —
WHAT CAN BCOS DO TO DRIVE DOWN COSTS

LOCATION: Saal 1 – 2

Shippers increasingly see opportunities through operational excellence to lower the cost of their day-to-day interactions with container carriers. But some carriers are well ahead in systems integration, offering quality integration that achieves shippers’ sought-after efficiencies and cost reductions. Although shippers have experienced substantial cost savings over the past year as ocean container rates have significantly weakened due to overcapacity, there remain incremental – and more durable – cost saving opportunities achieved through operational excellence. One possible solution is better efficiency around equipment planning and positioning, while other opportunities can be found in IT innovation. This session will explore.

— SESSION CHAIR —
Bjorn Klippel
CEO,
TIM Consult

— PANELIST —
Berit Hagerstrand-Aval
Vice President, Sea Services,
Stora Enso AB

 


11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

A MEDITERRANEAN GATEWAY INTO EUROPE —
FINALLY BECOMING A REALITY?

LOCATION: Saal 1 – 2

For decades, Mediterranean ports had virtually no ability to serve as gateways for cargo headed into southern Germany or other regions in the European interior. Adequate port infrastructure and efficient access to the hinterland were lacking. That’s finally changing, with shippers beginning to achieve a seven- to 10-day reduction in ocean transit times to and from Asia, supported by modern port facilities with deep water and upgraded road and rail facilities. In early May, Bavaria Prime Minister Horst Seehofer visited the North Adriatic region and declared that its ports, including Trieste, should be considered much more for Bavarian trade. As one headline said, “Bavaria Prefers Trieste to Hamburg.” With bigger vessels causing more congestion in North Europe, and ports and hinterland facilities more than competitive, a dinosaur is stirring and soon may be awakened. Analysts, for example, see Trieste and Koper as having viable hinterland access via road and rail with minimal impact from the Alps. But other ports, including Genoa, La Spezia and Venice, are making a case as gateways accessing the interior, challenging the dominance of the much larger and more established Northern European port range. Under its One Belt, One Road initiative, China is increasingly focusing on Mediterranean and Adriatic ports, including Venice. Separately, huge infrastructure projects such as the new 57-kilometer-long Gotthard rail tunnel in Switzerland, opening in June, will push this trend toward more southbound traffic. This session will take a close look at how the Mediterranean is developing as an emerging container cargo gateway into and out of Europe.

— SESSION CHAIR —
Turloch Mooney
Senior Editor of Global Ports,
IHS Maritime & Trade

— PANELIST —
Daniele Testi
Group Marketing Director,
Contship Italia

Jolke A. Helbing
Director,
Royal HaskoningDHV

 


12:30 – 1:30 PM

LUNCH

LOCATION: Saal 1 – 2 Foyer

 


1:30 – 2:30 PM

ASIA-EUROPE CONTAINER RAIL —
FINDING ADVANTAGES FOR SHIPPERS

LOCATION: Saal 1 – 2

As shippers shifted cargo from air to ocean and as slow-steaming by container lines became the new normal, a rail market opened up to move cargo between Asia and Europe. It’s still tiny, representing 1 percent of the Asia-Europe market, but volumes are growing. Container volume through Kazakhstan, for example, soared 34 percent year-over-year to 47,000 TEUs in 2014. As service reliability across central Asia and Russia improves, several forwarders, including Geodis Wilson, DB Schenker, UPS and DHL are jumping in, and services are now offered for full and partial container loads. DHL Global Forwarding runs a daily service from Shanghai, Tianjin or Qingdao that runs along the trans-Siberian Railroad’s northern corridor to Europe. Transit times have dropped dramatically, with goods moving from eastern China to Europe’s borders in just 12 days, compared to 30 to 40 days on the water. If the chargeable weight in a 40-foot container is about 9,600 kilograms, one estimate is the price charged to customers for rail was $8,000 per FEU, $3,000 via ocean freight, and approximately $37,000 by air, (at $3.85 per kilogram). Rates have since declined since that estimate was made, but it shows how rail may be a viable option for certain shippers moving goods in either direction between Asia and Europe. Experts will discuss this trend and the opportunities that may exist for certain shippers.

— Session Chair —
Mark Szakonyi
Executive Editor, JOC.com,
IHS Maritime & Trade

— PANELIST —
Volker Simmering
Managing Director,
Paribus Capital GmbH

Kenneth Asztalos
Vice President of Rail and Intermodal,
AFMS Logistics Management Group

 


2:30 – 3:30 PM

GENERAL SESSION —
TO BE DETERMINED

LOCATION: Saal 1 – 2

 


3:30 PM

CLOSING REMARKS

LOCATION: Saal 1 – 2

 

Statement of JOC Conference Editorial Policy:

All JOC conference programs are developed independently by the JOC editorial team based on input from a wide variety of industry experts and the editors’ own industry knowledge. The editorial team determines session topics and extends all speaker invitations based entirely on the goal of providing highly relevant content for conference attendees. Certain sponsors may give welcoming remarks or introduce certain sessions, but if a sponsor appears as a bona-fide speaker it will be because of an editorial invitation, not as a benefit of sponsorship. Sponsorship benefits do not include speaking on a program.