Predicting the Future of Container Shipping


With global trade not only reliant on continued efficient transportation routes but also demanding ‘smarter’ transport options, the keynote conference sessions at Intermodal Europe 2016 aim to address and provide an in-depth overview of the current and future perspectives on strategy, finance, demand and supply within the container shipping industry.

Keynote speaker Tim Power, Head of Maritime Advisors at Drewry, will open the conference, discussing the ‘World Outlook for the Container Shipping Market’, followed by Mike Garratt, Managing Director at MDS Transmodal, who will provide an analysis of the European container shipping market.

With 2016 expected to be a pivotal year in the future of the market, both sessions are designed to give an overview of key trends and challenges for the next 12 months.

In the same forum, Michel Looten, Director of Maritime at Seabury Cargo Advisory will present a session focusing on ‘Alliances and Consolidation in Container Shipping’.

Renzo Hoefnagels, Executive Director & Head of Intermodal at ABN AMRO – one of the official sponsors at Intermodal Europe 2016 – will provide an in-depth overview of the ‘Financial Perspectives on Next 5 Years in Container Shipping’.

Professor Hercules Haralambides of Erasmus University Rotterdam will lead a session looking at ‘China's Maritime Silk Road and European Ports Geopolitics’.

Haralambides said: “China's US$1 trillion infrastructure investment ambitions have significant ramifications on the European port and intermodal sectors. I’m going to examine what Europe's response should be, in particular that of the European Investment Bank, and which are the European ports that are considered for inclusion in China's global transport network and why?”

With over 30 hours of free conference sessions and 70+ global expert speakers provided at the Intermodal Europe 2016 conference, the event will deliver the latest intelligence on key trends in international trade, container shipping strategy and transport logistics.

The program also includes sessions on Big Data in Tracking and the ‘Internet of Things’, ‘Perspectives on strategy, alliances, new challenges and new opportunities’, ‘Container Weighing’, ‘Shipping Container Design and Manufacture’, ‘Container Repositioning’, ‘Cold Chain Solutions’ and ‘Container modification & innovation’, as well as dedicated forums on Rail Freight Logistics and a geo focus on Rotterdam Logistics.

Fact File: As well as a full three-day interactive conference programme, Intermodal Europe brings together over 140 leading exhibiting companies, 5,000 professional visitors and numerous exhibition features, including an outdoor container park.

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