Day 1 - 19 May 2021

Wednesday, 19 May 2021
10:00 - 10:20 BST
Welcome: Journey from Bremen To Rotterdam

Join us for our Breakbulk Europe CONNECT21 opening ceremony to kick start our action packed two days of networking, education and much more. Bradley Smeeton, Breakbulk Europe Event Director will provide key event updates and we will reflect on the success of Breakbulk in Bremen as well as look ahead as we continue our Breakbulk Europe journey in Rotterdam.

Wednesday, 19 May 2021
10:30 - 12:05 BST
World Project Expo: Global Project Outlook

The COVID-19 pandemic has well and truly disrupted the global capital projects industry. The biggest question for our Breakbulk audience is what this looks like moving forward and what the landscape will be when projects do start coming back. These sessions will provide an overview of the global capital project landscape and then focus in on what this looks like in their specific region. Covering a range of sectors, our speaker will provide the big picture to show trends, timelines, and opportunities for the road to project recovery.

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10:30 - 10:55: Europe
11:00 - 11:20: Asia
11:25 - 11:45: Africa
11:50 - 12:10: Americas

  • Europe: Nekkhil Misra, Director Europe, Middle East, Africa & Russia,
    Independent Project Analysis
  • Asia: Wei Zhuang, Regional Manager Asia, BIMCO  
  • Africa: Edward James, Director of Content & Analysis, MEED Projects
  • AmericasAlex Azparrent, Director of Logistics, Supply Chain & Commercial Strategies, FluorAndrew Gardner, President of Kiewit Supply Network, KiewitKevin Driscoll, Americas Region Logistics Leader, GE Gas Power

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Wednesday, 19 May 2021
14:00 - 15:00 BST
Carrier Check-In: Business, Environment and the Changing Cargo Base

This session will bring top global ocean transport providers together to discuss the state of the current ocean transport market, adaptations to recent disruptions including the container crunch and what they are doing to play their part in helping climate change. The environment is very much at the forefront for this sector, so our speakers will cover their thoughts on alternative fuels and offsetting efforts, in addition to how they think climate change will affect the cargo base.

Day 2 - 20 May 2021

Thursday, 20 May 2021
09:00 - 10:00 BST
Servicing Europe’s Growing Offshore Wind Industry: Keys to Success

As we have already seen, larger and larger components continue to challenge the supply chain who are constantly coming up with new and innovative ways to service this growing industry. Join this session to hear from industry experts from across the supply chain who will come together to discuss their outlook for offshore wind in Europe over the coming years as well as where the key sticking points in the supply chain are, so the industry can come together to ensure they are prepared for the next generation for offshore wind.

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Thursday, 20 May 2021
10:05 - 11:00 BST
Greening of the World’s Oil & Gas Supply Chain

As the world begins to emerge from the Covid pandemic, oil and gas companies look to rebound from their historic collapse in 2020. Analysts predict O&G will reverse much of their production losses as oil prices rise in 2021. EPCs, logistics and transport companies stand to benefit, as the O&G industry expects to double the number of major projects from last year, while making major investments in greener production projects to meet the challenges of a low-carbon future.

  • Beata Bac, Global Category Manager International and Project Logistics, Shell
  • Steve Groschup, Global Sector Head, International Oil Companies, DHL Industrial Projects

Thursday, 20 May 2021
13:00 - 14:30 BST
Women in Breakbulk: Defining the Roadmap to Overcome Barriers Facing Women in the Industry

This session will bring together leading women from across the industry to begin mapping out what needs to be changed to encourage more women to join our industry as well as improving retention rates for women. The first steps to this are to understand where the barriers are and what we as a community can do to continue making positive change.

We will break out into smaller country-focused roundtables, including UK, Germany, Netherlands and Belgium, to provide an opportunity for greater interaction with peers.

  • Leslie Meredith, Marketing & Media Director, Breakbulk Events & Media 
  • Sue Terpilowski OBE, President, WISTA UK; Director, Imageline; Co-chair, Diversity in Maritime Taskforce, Maritime UK
  • Claudia Ohlmeier, President, WISTA Germany; Head of Section Class Systematics, Data and Operation Centre, DNV
  • Christel Pullens, President, WISTA the Netherlands, Managing Director, Sea Ranger Service
  • Ingrid Vantreels, Board Member, WISTA Belgium; Business Development Advisor, Port of Antwerp