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Intermodal Europe hosts 'strategy forum'

Follow @WDMEllaCopeland This years Intermodal Europe conference will hold a world port strategy forum, bringing together Chief Executives from the worl...

Freddie Pierce
|Oct 18|magazine9 min read

This year’s Intermodal Europe conference will hold a world port strategy forum, bringing together Chief Executives from the world's leading Port Authorities to share experiences and discuss the future role of ports in the global supply chain.

The three day event, which will be held on the conference’s opening day, will bring the opportunity to debate key research by the Global Institute of Logistics entitled "Operation Port Unity - Improving Global Logistics One Port at a Time", which examines how port communities are meeting the demands of full integration into the global supply chain.

Those who participated in the Exchange of Experiences arranged by the Global Institute of Logistics will have the opportunity to share with, learn from, and benchmark against, the experience of this esteemed peer group with the view to improving the Port’s integration into the Global Supply Chain. 

 

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Issues such as vessel berthing, global best practice in vessel call operations, and using IT systems to improve decision making and operational efficiency will be discussed amongst others. A case study of Valencia Port will be used to address the topic of Port Community Systems, inter-port unity and linking Port Community Systems between ports.

CEO of the Global Institute of Logistics, Kieran Ring will be a key speaker at this year’s Intermodal Europe conference session on day one of the three-day event. 

“There are several issues that are currently affecting the logistics and container industries that we hope to include in the discussion, including fuel costs, excess capacity, cascading (large new ships replacing older large ships, which then replace smaller ships) and the widening of the Panama Canal and the effect that might have on shipping routes and port competition” said Ring. 

Rising fuel costs are leading to shipping lanes being slowed down in order to reduce fuel usage, the cost of which has now reached 70% of total shipping costs. As a result, terminal operational efficiency must be increased to compensate for the longer sailing times.

Intermodal Europe 2012 is offering over 50 conference sessions during the three day event at the RAI in Amsterdam from 27-29 November. Visit the Intermodal conference programme page on the website  to see an up to date list of speakers and topics, including a complete timetable for the free-to-attend event.