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Setting the Scene| Growing pains (and ailments): Liner Shipping and the supply chain of the future
Operator Keynote| The race for reliability: Building the service that customers want
Submit THE question that you would like the final panel on Day 2 to address (questions will be voted on at the beginning of Day 2 and top 5 will be put to the panel at the end of the day).
Pressure is growing for businesses to engage in sustainable practices. Consumer attitude, NGO oversight, government regulation, and shareholder expectation of the social and environmental impact of company supply chains are shifting at varying speeds around the world. The viability of entire industries depends heavily on maintaining social and environmental resources. Carriers and BCOs find themselves in the very special position of sharing responsibility for shaping the supply chain of the future.
Service Quality in liner shipping can be represented by four key quality dimensions. In descending order of their impact on customer satisfaction, they are reliability, speed, responsiveness and value. Service differentiation by time-related attributes results in greater customer satisfaction than practising cost leadership in liner shipping. These are the arguments that drive this operator’s business strategy and
Half-way through a year dominated by the scale of the sizeable costs triggered by the new regulation and the carriers’ expectations that their pricing and fuel charge mechanism with customers must be restructured, it is apparent that there is a need for carriers to address the transparency concerns expressed by their customers. Our panel of industry leaders will attempt to answer a few very difficult questions:
In the context of many changes set in motion by the 2020 Sulphur Cap, we look at the feeder market and small carriers who, from this vantage point, stand to be on the winners’ side. In a sector characterised by fragmentation and low entry barriers, carriers, who are looking for flexibility have a wide berth. This session will address:
On the regulatory side, apart from the Sulphur Cap, movement towards more environmentally sustainable refrigerants is rapidly gaining pace within the container reefer industry - with the expectation legislative moves towards this are likely to take place in the not too distant future. On the innovation side, the reefer market is one of the most exciting applications of technology and digitisation in shipping. This session will examine some of the solutions available to clients.
In this session we focus on the charter market and the likely challenges that carriers might soon be facing, arising from availability of tonnage, particularly on the smaller TEU segments, high charter rates and the nature of contractual agreements between owners and carriers.
The question is how long will the current charter market bull run continue for? What can charterers tell us about the foreseeable future?
Containers can definitely change and adapt to the current technologies and trends. Digital innovation is shipping does not get better, in terms of application than smart container technology. Blockchain technology finds a perfect utilization in the shipping and transportation industry, but that is only one of the many innovations already on the market. At this stage, we can look beyond the business case to the results.
The Container Market Outlook seeks to pinpoint directional changes in values as well as earnings, addressing key developments through 2022:
The possibility of a confident forecast of the cost of compliance seems out of reach, at least for the time being. Some forecasts place the price of low-sulfur bunker fuel at around $680 per ton in 2020, up more than 30 percent versus the current price of high-sulfur bunkers, whereas other analysts have put the differential as high as 55 percent or higher. In an all-important conversation, this session will look at options and risks for carriers and BCOs in the short to mid-term.
The prospect of another regulatory change in 2020 introduces new threats and opportunities to the players in the shipping industry who are now called upon to give their views on the legal framework exempting liner shipping consortia from the EU antitrust rules that prohibit anticompetitive agreements between companies, known as the "Consortia Block Exemption Regulation (Consortia BER)". This presentation will walk us through the arguments and likely scenarios.
Current and emerging logistics centres benefit from infrastructure investment, pro-trade policies and direct connections to both manufacturing centres and growing populations of consumers. Given the trends in global demand, regulatory pressures and a degree of geo-political volatility, we ask our panel:
Globally, we can already see the macroeconomic effects of Belt and Road beginning to manifest. Furthermore, Asian state subsidies are significantly impacting competition for European carriers and yards, with the EU Commission stating it will defend the maritime industry against overproduction of vessels. By 2020, the combined entity of COSCO and China Shipping is set to become the biggest container terminal operator by capacity. But what is the actual impact and capacity being put through by road and rail in Europe and how is this likely to affect business operations in the short to mid-term?
Positive effects of consolidation have been felt by freight forwarders and include more stable freight rates, more effective and expanded services from carriers as well as, not least of all, lower rates and prices – that would, however, require that costs saved from consolidation are passed on to shippers. Now with increasing vertical integration by carriers, we ask how are carriers addressing the loss of neutrality: are shippers concerned?