The Breakbulk Europe team hosted a webinar series along with a special edition of the BreakbulkONE Show over the three days that were previously designated for Breakbulk Europe 2020, the world’s largest event for the project cargo and breakbulk industry. Even though it was not possible to host an in-person event due to the COVID-19 pandemic, key speakers from the former conference program, along with several newcomers, stepped up to deliver four of the most important topics for our industry today.
BREAKBULK EUROPE: THE DIGITAL SPECIAL SCHEDULE
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First on the agenda will be “Business Outlook – How the Project Cargo Sector Is Adapting to the New Normal” on Tuesday, 29 Sept. at 2:00 pm BST. A panel of experts, moderated by Johan-Paul Verschuure, project director for Rebel Group, will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on their markets, changing demand and supply, as well as their promising strategic adaptations as they move into a new business era.
Formerly the technical director for the Maritime Advisory Team of WSP, one of the world’s largest engineering consultancies, Verschuure will bring a fresh view to this discussion with the knowledge to surface the best ideas from the panel. “I provide clients with financial and strategic advice,” Verschuure said. “This dual background enables me to structure and review business cases from a commercial, financial and technical perspective, which will be useful for the upcoming Breakbulk Europe webinar.”
On Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 10:00 am BST, the Digital Special will tackle sustainability with its partner the World Ocean Council (WOC). This year began with the implementation of IMO 2020 mandating an 80 percent reduction in sulphur emissions, but attention veered to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts up and down the supply chain. Despite challenging times, the industry continues to beat the drum for environmental reform. WOC’s founding president and CEO Paul Holthus will moderate this session, “Growing a Sustainable Future.”
On Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 4:00 pm BST, the Digital Special will feature a special edition of the BreakbulkONE Show. Guests will include several of the world's top carriers who will share their views on the state of the current ocean transport market, adaptations to recent disruptions to the global supply chain and identify cargo opportunities in terms of regions and types. We'll wrap up the discussion with outlooks for 2021 and thoughts on building resiliency across the project cargo transport sector.
On Thursday, Oct. 1, at 2:00 pm BST, the Digital Special will turn the spotlight on technology and how it can be leveraged to gain a competitive advantage. An industry that has traditionally fallen behind when it comes to digital transformation now has no choice to adopt technologies as it prepares for further changes to come. During “The Breakbulk Technology Landscape: Gaining a Competitive Advantage,” the panelists will reveal what investments should be made now to gain a competitive advantage—blockchain, IoT, AI and more will all be on the table. Leif Arne Strømmen, vice president of innovation and project logistics for shipowner G2 Ocean, will guide the discussion based on his experience as an innovator in the maritime sectors as well as in oil & gas and marine logistics.
Breakbulk Europe 2021 will return to Bremen, Germany from 18-20 May at Messe Bremen.
Work is already well underway for Breakbulk Europe 2021 to provide the leading global platform for our community to connect, learn, network and – most importantly – do business. In the meantime, Breakbulk will continue to deliver its recently launched Breakbulk365 program that includes webinars and the BreakbulkONE Show to ensure the project cargo industry stays connected and updated on critical information during this period of constant change. To receive the weekly BreakbulkONE newsletter, sign up at breakbulk.com/page/one.