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Key Sessions

Lars Jensen

Liner Shipping Consolidation...To Be Continued?

SeaIntelligence Consulting

Paolo Montrone

Forwarder Keynote| Innovation in Container Shipping Logistics and the Impact on the Value Chain

Kuehne Nagel

08:30 - 09:00 30 mins
Arrival Coffee Break
09:00 - 09:05 5 mins
Chairman’s opening remarks
  • Chairman Jesper Kjaedegaard - Partner, Mercator International
09:05 - 09:25 20 mins
Liner Shipping Consolidation...To Be Continued?

In this presentation we re-visit the topic of consolidation to answer two crucial questions:

  • Have we reached the endpoint or is there more to come? 
  • How will this impact the nature of competition between carriers?
  • Lars Jensen - CEO, SeaIntelligence Consulting
09:25 - 09:45 20 mins
Forwarder Keynote| Innovation in Container Shipping Logistics and the Impact on the Value Chain

Innovation, despite its meaning, has become a buzz word increasingly applied to products, strategies or services that are not and hence, don’t yield the game-changing results expected of them. What is true innovation in global Seafreight shipping? Disruption, transformation or evolution ? What will drive tangible value to all participants in the supply chain ?

  • Paolo Montrone - Senior Vice President, Head of Global Trade, Kuehne Nagel
09:45 - 10:35 50 mins
Checking In: Digital Shipping – Revolution, (Slow) Evolution or Pipe Dream?

Big Data – big changes, big investments, big opportunities…big ambiguity. Some of the biggest players in the industry have invested heavily in digital initiatives over the past year and a half.  Now, we are moving away from asking is there a case for digital, since these investments tell us there is. Instead, we ask:

  • Are there any tangible benefits or results of digital strategies?
  • If the question comes too soon, when can we expect results?
  • What still needs to be done in the short, medium and long terms?
  • The backlash of digital shipping: Cyber attacks 
  • Moderator Jesper Kjaedegaard - Partner, Mercator International
  • Andre Simha - Global Chief Information Officer, MSC Group
  • Paul Pessutti - SVP Travel and Transportation Industry Business Unit, SAP
  • Michael Nielsen - Senior Vice President, Carrier Account Management, Inttra
  • Ved Prakash - Director of Sales and Global Supply Chain Management, Gemini Corporation NV
  • Mike DeAngelis - Senior VP, Global Carrier Strategy & Digitization, WiseTech Global
10:35 - 11:05 30 mins
Morning Coffee and Networking Break
11:05 - 11:30 25 mins
Ports & Terminals: The infrastructure of the future

For a full picture on the infrastructure of shipping, we turn to Port of Antwerp to ask:

  • How are the changes in the industry impacting the services they offer and is there a concern relating to the delivery of these services in the medium or long term?
  • How does innovation translate in port operations and what is based on?
  • How is the scene changing and what will give ports a competitive advantage?
  • Michiel Vermeiren - Shipping Lines Manager, Port of Antwerp
  • Interviewer Nick Chubb - Head of Growth, CargoMate Technologies
11:30 - 11:50 20 mins
LNG To Suit Marpol Regulations, How The Chicken & Egg Is Unlocked

The order of CMA CGM for 9x 22k TEU to be LNG fueled is a game changer in the industry, alongside with the order of MOL for the LNG bunkership to be chartered by TOTAL to serve the ULCV of CMA CGM. GTT confirm its expertise in LNG by providing its Membrane Tank solution for both projects. Two reasons why these projects are disruptive: firstly the bunker tank onboard the containerships is sized to fit the full EU-ASIA roundtrip with only one bunkering in Europe, and secondly, the LNG supplier will charter a bunkership dedicated to the client.

This right industrial partnership breaks the ground of the aged dilemma of the egg and chicken in the LNG as fuel matter.

  • Geoffroy Beutter - Containership LNG Fuel Market Business Development Manager, GTT
11:50 - 12:10 20 mins
Platform-based Services for the Global Transportation Industry

In an era where business and technology fuse together, IBM see huge changes in the way companies operate and design their business model. Platforms and partnerships are already playing a major role and platform decisions will most likely become even more crucial in the near future.

This shift will be illustrated by three platform services for the transportation industry: IBM Cargo Patrol to enhance the overall shipping security by the detection of not properly declared dangerous goods and other commodities, a port collaboration platform, and the recently announced joint venture between Maersk and IBM to provide more efficient and secure methods for conducting global trade using blockchain technology.

  • Christian Schultze-Wolters - Director of Travel & Transportation Industry Germany, IBM
12:10 - 12:30 20 mins
Challenges in Regulating an Increasingly Commodified and Data-Driven industry

This session will discuss how the technological developments in ship-size, automation and data (along with fewer alliances and increased consolidation) are leading toward greater commoditization. That trend creates a regulatory challenge for anti-trust regulators when there is so little to differentiate competing liners. we will also touch on the political situation surrounding trade and “America first” in the U.S. and the effect that has on U.S. regulators.

  • Dan Maffei - Commissioner, Federal Maritime Commission (FMC)
12:30 - 12:50 20 mins
Financing Liner Shipping - Have Alliances, Consolidation or Digitisation Made an Impact?

Given the market forecast, business consolidation, investments in digital initiatives and finally looking at the order book, is confidence in shipping on the rise and will we see an increase in investment? What are banks’ and investors core concerns? Which themes are likely to dominate in the quest for capital?

  • Shreyas Chipalkatty - Managing Director - Global Shipping, Logistics and Offshore, Citigroup
12:50 - 13:50 60 mins
Networking lunch in the Exhibition
13:50 - 14:40 50 mins
The Economy of LNG Fueled Vessels

Now that LNG propulsion is not only an option for short sea vessels, we take a look at the economy of LNG vs Diesel fuels. What is the business case for this type of propulsion and can Europe become the hotbed for this innovation? What are the predictions for LNG fuelled vessels?

Issues to be covered could include life cycle cost evaluation compared with MGO (and also HFO with scrubber), application issues for containerships, LNG storage on board and impact on container intake, engine technologies related to gas as a fuel.

  • Moderator Jesper Kjaedegaard - Partner, Mercator International
  • Jan Otto de Kat - Technical Director, Advisory Services, ABS
  • Franck Kayser - Shipping Investor and Advisor, .
14:40 - 15:00 20 mins
Digital Shipping: Visibility, beyond track and trace

Visibility is becoming the “New standard” giving competitive advantage to the best performers. “e-Forwarders” and various logistics start up’s have highly invested and communicated on visibility as a key differentiatorRecent technology development has created opportunities to enable greater synchronisation of physical cargo movements and associated finance, thanks to the convergence of shipment, document and payment visibility through integrated solutionsAs an example, Blockchain technology brings key functional features which fit the supply chain environment and business needs in international trade and transport. Transparency and immutable data are one of them. However, this need for visibility and use of technology raises practical questions such as:•What do these technical features mean in terms of applications and improvements to current processes?•Shipment Tracking can represent a large volume of data! How to make the best use of it?•What about Data ownership and liability!

  • Philippe Salles - Head of e-Business, Transport and Supply Chain, Drewry Supply Chain Advisors
15:00 - 15:05 5 mins
Chairman’s closing remarks
  • Jesper Kjaedegaard - Partner, Mercator International
15:05 - 15:25 20 mins
Future of regulation| Corporate Social Responsibility in the Shipping Sector: State of the Art and Learning from other Industries

The shipping industry is considered the backbone of global trade. It is also a global workplace with a truly global workforce. Over decades governments and industry developed together with the seafarers a regulatory framework for the mobile workplace that ships are. Since 1978 STCW provides guidance on training and certificates. Since 2006 the MLC describes clear regulations for social aspects including their effective control and enforcement. Other key conventions and regulation helped to make the workplace on ships safer, to reduce accidents and fatalities. In this context, our research focusses on the role and impact of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the shipping sector with a specific interest in social standards on boards as well as labor rights. We are driven by the question of how the shipping industry can be embedded into and aligned with contemporary CSR-concepts. With several regulatory milestones, global wage agreements and a global minimum wage the shipping industry takes its own achievements for granted. But how do these compare and benchmark with other major industries? Before developing and demanding further steps it is important to remind participants where CSR comes from, what its purpose is and where various industries stand. Eventually, the shipping industry can position itself in order to understand if it is a frontrunner, also-run or laggard in the CSR environment.

  • Max Johns - Professor, Hamburg School of Business Administration
  • Sarah Margaretha Jastram - Dr. Jürgen Meyer Chair of International Business Ethics and Sustainability, Hamburg School of Business Administration
15:25 - 15:30 5 mins
Close of Conference
  • Jesper Kjaedegaard - Partner, Mercator International