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Transparency in shipping’s worst times

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Day 1 of TOC Europe 2022 saw high levels of delegate engagement, led largely by knowledge-heavy conference sessions and a sold-out exhibition at Ahoy Rotterdam. Highlights of Day 1 include:

Delivering a keynote speech under the topic of “A Smart Port is a Connected Port”, Matthijs van Doorn, VP Commercial of Port of Rotterdam, the event’s host port, said: “Transparency is the basis that will push us forward – our opportunity is to see what we can do with this data to the benefit of our customers.”

Speaking about “Market Intelligence and Volatility”, Indra Vonck, Leader, Deloitte Port Advisory, described the situation our industry is in today as “the worst times we’ve ever experienced in modern times in the shipping industry”. He identified three tools that could help offset supply chain challenges, namely Diversification, Nearshoring and Smart Digitization.

Expanding on that theme, Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid , Secretary-General of FEPORT, said its member companies have shown extraordinary resilience by learning the lessons from different disruptions in recent years.

“We will never be back to normal again,” she warned.

Antonio Barbara, CEO of HHLA PTY, gave a compelling presentation about how Trieste is developing and growing to become one of the pre-eminent ports in the Adriatic and a viable, environmentally-friendly alternative to the North Sea route for goods coming via the Suez Canal.

Speaking about capacity and competitiveness in port terminals, Ricardo Arten, CEO Brasil Terminal Portuario, answered the question "how can we increase capacity via vertically integrated terminals", as well as offering an insightful overview of the Brazilian shipping climate.

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