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TOC Europe returns to Rotterdam to address seismic shifts in global container shipping

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Major cargo owners including Cargill, Goodyear Dunlop, Stanley Black & Decker among speakers confirmed to address vessel upscaling, alliances and supply chain impact 

London,  19.02.2015 – Marking its 40th edition this year, the TOC Europe Conference and Exhibition returns to the leading maritime hub of Rotterdam on 9-11 June 2015 to assess the fundamental changes now sweeping global container transport and logistics as a result of the shipping industry’s headlong charge towards mega vessels and alliances.

Dealing with the fallout from the unprecedented upscaling of ships both on major and secondary trade routes will be a central theme this year both in the Container Supply Chain (CSC) and TECH TOC conferences that run during the 3-day trade show.

World container trade hit an estimated 152 million TEU in 2014 and is forecast to grow 6.5% over the next two years. Nonetheless, with over 1 million TEU of new vessel capacity already due to be delivered in 2015, not counting further newbuild activity, supply is still expected to outstrip demand. Most critically, ships of 8, 000TEU and above now account for 85% of the orderbook and ultra-large container vessels of 16, 000TEU+ are the fastest growing sector. This presents a fundamental challenge to established supply chain systems worldwide, not least as a result of the ‘cascade effect’ as ultra-large vessels displace large ships onto secondary and regional trades.

For cargo owners and 3PLs, the end result looks like fewer product options, longer transit times and increased reliance on transhipment to get goods to their chosen destinations. It is valid to pose the question whether the customer has been forgotten in the scramble to add even greater tonnage to the market and this will be the theme of a special day 1 debate in the CSC conference. Certainly, deteriorating schedule reliability and increased port congestion have played havoc with many shippers’ international supply chains over recent months.

Major BCOs already confirmed to share their views at TOC Europe 2015 include Victor Helmond, Container Lead EMEA at Cargill; Mark Holloway, VP Supply Chain EMEA for Goodyear Dunlop and Filip Degroote and Transportation Director EMEA, Stanley Black & Decker.

The combination of mega-vessels and growth in alliance activity also has deep ramifications for port and terminal operations, and hinterland connections, an issue that will be explored both in the CSC and TECH TOC conferences. Port authorities and terminal operators face a multitude of issues, including the need to size up access channels and turning basins, more inter-terminal transport moves, far greater peaks and troughs in container flows, and how to deal with much bigger blocks of cargo without extending berthing windows. Speakers will discuss what new processes, relationships and technologies are needed to juggle all of these demands, including the current and future role of automation.

Beyond containers, the annual BULK Ports & Technology conference also taking place during the show will explore regulatory, safety, environmental and operational efficiency challenges for shipping and handling of dry bulk cargoes.

“TOC Europe is where the container supply chain gathers on an annual basis to learn, debate and network, ” said Paul Holloway, Director, TOC Events. “2015 is a special year for this brand as we deliver our 40th edition. There is no better location for us to do this than Rotterdam, Europe’s largest container port, and we greatly appreciate the ongoing support of Rotterdam Port Authority.”

Mr. Holloway added: “As ever, alongside the exhibition and conference streams, TOC will be offering an extensive social and networking programme, including an exclusive tour to APM Terminals’ newly-opened Maasvlakte II facility, representing the state-of-the art in terminal automation and environmental management, with zero CO2emissions.”

View Container Supply Chain Conference highlights from 2014
About TOC WorldwideFor nearly 40 years, TOC Worldwide has provided the market-leading conference and exhibition forums for the global port and terminal industries and their customers. With a change of name to TOC Container Supply Chain, the TOC event portfolio is now evolving fast to attract a wider audience of container supply chain professionals.
Taking place each year in the world’s four key shipping hubs – Europe, Middle East, Americas and Asia – each TOC is now a complete container supply chain event for its region, bringing together cargo owners, logistics providers, carriers, ports, terminals and other key members of the container supply chain to learn, debate, network and foster new business solutions.

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