Innovation in containers at Intermodal Europe

The world’s leading free-to-attend container transport and logistics event, Intermodal Europe, is the place to see the latest innovation in container design and management

Key speakers will tackle important container supply chain issues during conference sessions held during Intermodal Europe 2013, from 8th-10th October at the Hamburg Messe in Germany.
John Fossey, Maritime Transport Consultant from Moffatt & Nichol and Consulting Editor at World Cargo News, will chair ‘Intermodal Market Update in the Spotlight’ and ‘Intermodal Supply Chain Forum’ sessions.
“Intermodal Europe offers great networking opportunities from a wide selection of industry sectors and looks at the supply chain as a whole, rather than just one element of it” says John Fossey.
Sessions will include a case study in retail logistics, maritime supply chain improvement and a Shippers’ Panel.

Shippers’ Panel
The Shippers’ Panel will address current and future key issues for shippers and freight forwarders. Panellists will include Lennart Heip, ITO/MPC/Air Mode Leader Europe, of Dow Chemical Benelux Bv, and Marco Wiesehahn, of EVO and the European Shippers’ Council.
“The conference sessions allow the audience and the speakers to step back from their daily business to understand how the industry is doing and where improvements can be made,” says Marco Wiesehahn.
Lennart Heip adds: “The Shippers’ Panel conference session will help to highlight and explain the opportunities that already exist in order to build a truly optimised multimodal supply chain.”

Economic Perspective for the Container Industry
Managing Director of MDS Transmodal, Mike Garratt, will lead a conference session about Worldwide Economic Perspective for the Container Industry, focusing on current challenges and future prospects.
A case study in retail logistics looking at ‘Moving towards intermodalism’ will be presented by Carsten Berger, General Manager, H&S Container Line.

Port Issues for Intermodal Transport
London Gateway, the UK’s first 21st Century major deep-sea container port and Europe’s largest logistics park, will be the subject of a case study in the Innovation Conference Theatre on day one when Peter Ward, Supply Chain Commercial Manager at DP World London Gateway, will be joined by a panel of key partners.
Looking at the increasing importance of logistics real estate to long-term port success, Alexandra Tornow, Associate Director – EMEA Research for Jones Lang LaSalle, will lead a conference session on the same day.

IT Innovation and Technology
Focussing on recent developments in terminal technology and systems, the IT Innovation and Technology Forums will be chaired by Alan Robertson, Director of Webster Robertson.
Additional conference speakers include Sean Maguire, Business and Product Development of WAM Technologies LLC; Mr. Rüdiger Beckmann of JadeWeserPort; and Holger Koenig, Advisory Service and Project Management from ref-tech Engineering.
Following the success the popular TIGER Project conference sessions at Intermodal Europe 2011, a TIGER Demo Workshop, looking at implementation and internationalisation of demonstrated solutions, will take place on day two of Intermodal Europe 2013.
“The most important thing in the project, and indeed in the freight world, is that shipping companies and freight forwarders all participate,” explains Franco Castagnetti, TIGER DEMO Project Leader.

Baltic Sea Region focus
Discussion panels titled ‘A quest for the Baltic Sea hub’ and ‘Future shortsea / feeder patterns on the Baltic Sea’ will take place on day three and will be moderated by Publishing Director of Baltic Transport Journal, Piotr Trusiewicz.
“The Baltic Sea Region market noted another historical peak with 9.5 million TEU handled in all its sea ports last year, but will 2013 bring a new benchmark of over 10 million boxes?” asks Piotr Trusiewicz. “This and many other questions will be addressed through the Baltic focussed sessions at Intermodal Europe.”

Improving the competitive position of rail freight
Strengthening European rail freight transport throughout the logistics and supply chain and improving the competitive position of rail freight, will be a focus on day two.
“Because a lot of customers and operators attend the Intermodal Europe conference sessions, the speakers are talking to an informed audience,” says Director of European Rail Freight Association and Chairman of the Rail Freight Group, Lord Tony Berkeley, who will chair the rail freight forum sessions.
Cargo security
‘TAPA Cargo Security Panel: Beating Cargo Crime’ will be chaired by Thorsten Neumann, Chairman of TAPA-EMEA and Head of Cargo Security for Nokia. This Cargo Safety and Security Forum will be of particular interest to cargo owners, shippers, shipping lines, agents, terminal managers, supply chain, transport and logistics professionals.
Intermodal Europe is considered to be the leading event in the container shipping calendar. “It is encouraging to see growth and positivity within the shipping container industry, despite a challenging economic climate,” adds Sophie Ahmed.
The Intermodal Europe conference agenda page on the website shows an up to date list of speakers and topics, including a complete timetable.