Informa Maritime is part of the Knowledge and Networking Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 3099067.

Key Sessions

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

08:00 - 08:55 55 mins
Registration and arrival coffee break
08:55 - 09:00 5 mins
Welcome address from Lloyd's List Containers
  • James Baker - Editor , Lloyd’s List Containers
09:00 - 09:10 10 mins
Chairman's Welcome & Introduction
  • Chairman Lars Jensen - CEO, SeaIntelligence Consulting
09:10 - 09:15 5 mins
Have your say: Audience topic proposal and Live Voting

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).

  • Lars Jensen - CEO, SeaIntelligence Consulting
09:15 - 09:45 30 mins
Setting the Scene| Growing pains (and ailments): Liner Shipping and the supply chain of the future

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.

09:45 - 10:10 25 mins
Operator Keynote| The race for reliability: Building the service that customers want

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

10:10 - 11:00 50 mins
Keynote panel| The 2020 check-in: How are operational choices driven by the Sulphur Cap regulation impacting on commercial agreements between Carriers and Shippers

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:

  • To what degree is there still a lack of transparency in fuel cost recovery methods?
  • What fuel surcharge formulas might be acceptable for both parties?
  • What is the impact on tendering and contact management
  • How can we avoid a rehash of 2010 rate hikes?
  • Moderator Bjorn Klippel - Founder/CEO , TIM CONSULT
  • Denis Choumert - Chairman, European Shippers Council
11:00 - 11:30 30 mins
Morning Coffee and Networking Break
11:30 - 11:50 20 mins
The 2020 Ripple: A look at the feeder market and niche opportunities for small carriers

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:

  • Availability of feeder tonnage and the impact of fuel costs on feederships
  • Likely fluctuation of feeder rates and impact on service reliability and transshipment
  • M&A and consolidation of the feeder market
11:50 - 12:10 20 mins
Innovation and Regulation driven Reefer technology

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.

12:10 - 12:30 20 mins
Intel from the Chartering sector: Availability and procurement of capacity, regulation pressures and commercial impact on rates

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?

12:30 - 12:50 20 mins
Smart Containers: Do you have what it takes?

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.

12:50 - 13:50 60 mins
Networking lunch in the Exhibition
13:50 - 14:10 20 mins
Container Market Outlook

The Container Market Outlook seeks to pinpoint directional changes in values as well as earnings, addressing key developments through 2022:

  • Container trade volumes on the main trade lanes
  • Fluctuations in timecharter rates
  • Scrapping activity on the global container market
  • The orderbook, newbuilds, deliveries and asset values
14:10 - 14:30 20 mins
Bunker Fuels: Availability, Options and Risks

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.

  • Deanna MacDonald - CEO & Co-Founder, BLOC
14:30 - 14:50 20 mins
Trade Patterns: Assessing the impact of Trade Wars and Sanctions
14:50 - 15:10 20 mins
The debate on the Consortia Block Exemption Regulation and likely scenarios

 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.

  • Mike Garratt - Chairman, MDS Transmodal
15:10 - 15:35 25 mins
Review of the CBER, vertical mergers and the Chinese challenge – a view from the regulator
  • Stephan Simon - Senior Expert Mergers – Case Manager, European Commission, DG Competition
15:35 - 16:05 30 mins
Afternoon Coffee and Networking Break
16:05 - 16:50 45 mins
Ports Perspective| Spotlight on the last mile of shipping: Current and emerging shipping hubs

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:

  • What are the main changes in requirements from clients and how are they likely to evolve?
  • Implications on bunkering  with reference to MO2020
  • the case for global compliance and the unnecessary risks many carriers take in ports (what the agent sees)
  • the need for data and performance benchmarking to reduce port dwell time
  • how Lines are “penny wise and pound foolish” from the agents perspective.
  • Should we be concerned by trends of vertical integration between container liners, ports and terminals, in which container carriers invest in ports and terminals?
  • Moderator Lars Jensen - CEO, SeaIntelligence Consulting
  • Natalie Gupta - Port Consultant, Independent Port Consultants
  • Bogdan Ołdakowski - Secretary General, Baltic Ports Organization
  • Christopher Crookall - Chief Commercial Officer, Inchcape Shipping Services
16:50 - 17:10 20 mins
One Belt One Road: A critical look at the actual infrastructure and capacity to move cargo by road and rail

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?

17:10 - 18:00 50 mins
Freight Forwarders Forum| Vertical integration, competition and differentiation

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?

  • Moderator Lars Jensen - CEO, SeaIntelligence Consulting
  • Alexander Isurin - President, Chairman of the Executive Board,, Fesco
  • Stephan Simon - Senior Expert Mergers – Case Manager, European Commission, DG Competition
  • Ved Prakash - Director of Sales and Global Supply Chain Management, Gemini Corporation NV
18:00 - 18:10 10 mins
Chairman's Concluding Remarks
  • Lars Jensen - CEO, SeaIntelligence Consulting
18:10 - 20:10 120 mins
Networking Reception Drinks