Port Performance: Problems and Progress in Europe

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China is the main trading partner of Europe’s largest port hubs, but do growing geopolitical issues threaten this relationship? That could be a problem with China having stakes in 31 European ports and owning one (Piraeus) outright, according to Alphaliner. And do the weakening economies on both side of the Asia-Europe trade lane raise any concerns that too many European eggs are in the China trade basket? Europe's top three ports all recorded year- over-year declines in first half volume, with declining demand for Asian imports a big reason. Another issue European ports face is decarbonization. There is a growing sense that the only way greenhouse gas targets will be met is if ports and shipping are put on a mandatory path to zero emissions by 2040. On top of cutting emissions from operations, the ports are having to invest in bunkering of alternative fuels without any definite knowledge of what those fuels may be. Green corridors are the way forward and Singapore and Rotterdam are making headway in this development. Then there is the trend of carriers making strategic investment in ports that have key positions in their networks. Carriers already have stakes in many terminals across Europe’s largest port gateways, with MSC in early September agreeing to a deal with the city of Hamburg to take over a 49% stake in HHLA, Hamburg’s leading terminal operator. In terms of innovation/digitalization, accurate and real-time ship arrival data is key to ensuring efficient port calls and onward shipment of containers, and the main European ports are all engaged in improving their capabilities in this area.

This webcast, will touch on these subjects, and more, in the rapidly evolving European port landscape.

Moderator:
Greg Knowler, Europe Editor, Journal of Commerce, S&P Global 
Speaker(s):
Eleanor Hadland, Senior Analyst-Ports and Terminals, Drewry
Jan Hoffman, Chief-Trade Logistics Branch of the Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD
 
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Building Supply Chains for Global Resilience

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Resilient supply chains are defined by their ability to endure and recover — they need to be able to reduce most disruptions, limit the brunt of the ones that do occur, and ultimately forecast, foresee and respond quickly to both risks and opportunities. Disruptions can, and have, threatened multiple areas of the supply chain, especially during the pandemic; however, companies with a higher level of resiliency tend to not only defend and maintain their businesses during these times, but also profit from the opportunities that emerge once the crisis has subsided. AD Ports Group believes that companies with resilient supply chains position themselves for greater success based on their risk appetite, risk management culture, technology investments, willingness to use and act on data, and acceptance of views of external experts. AD Ports’ strategic location, infrastructure and multimodal connectivity make it an ideal destination for companies’ nearshoring and multishoring needs.

This hour-long webcast, the second of a two-part series, will explore the recent innovation and developments that have allowed AD Ports Group to extend its global reach and to become one of the premier ports of the Middle East and the world.

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Moderator: Alessandra Barrett, Assoc. Director, Special Projects, Journal of Commerce, S&P Global

Speakers:  

Edward Albridge – Chief Operating Officer, Noatum Logistics, AD Ports Group

Yousef Al Riyami, Chief Technology Officer, Digital Cluster, AD Ports Group

Siddharth Bafna, Chief Products Officer, KEZAD Group, AD Ports Group

Jakob Larsen – Chief Strategy and Product Officer, Ports Cluster, AD Ports Group

 

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Navigating Tender Season with Strategic Sourcing

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For those involved in logistics and shipping, tender season is a crucial period that significantly influences market dynamics and pricing strategies. As this pivotal season approaches, we invite you to join our upcoming webinar, where we will explore the complexities of this vital period and offer valuable insights and tips. Learn how to secure the best rates, outperform the competition, and simultaneously enhance capacity while minimizing risk.

During this webinar, we'll explore: 
•    The significance of tender season in shaping market dynamics and pricing strategies
•    How to gain a competitive advantage by leveraging strategic sourcing techniques
•    Your secret weapon for success in tender season — sourcing optimization

Don't miss this opportunity to chart your course for success during the tender season. 

Secure your spot today!  

Moderator:
Ariane Herrera, Senior Associate Editor, Special Projects, Journal of Commerce, S&P Global

Speakers:

Dylan Alperin, VP of Professional Services, Keelvar

Panagiotis Stavrakos, Product Manager, Keelvar

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Navigating Geopolitical Shifts: Strategies for Ports in an Uncertain World

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Ports around the world serve as key connectors that support the economic and social development of countries and continents. In an era of ever-changing international relations, it has become paramount for ports to adapt and emphasize the role of international partnerships. In 2022, AD Ports Group undertook a commitment to yielding remarkable results and extending its international reach — fostering collaboration between global ports, stakeholders and regulators to mitigate the impact of geopolitical shifts on global trade. Consequently, 2022 emerged as a pivotal year in the company’s storied history. Forging new partnerships and shipping routes, AD Ports Group is developing high levels of connectivity between the Gulf, Indian Ocean, Red Sea, East Africa and Central Asia. Through acquisitions, major port projects, infrastructure agreements, and the establishment of new logistics and freight businesses, AD Ports Group has transformed into a bridge linking Abu Dhabi to the world. 

This hourlong webcast, the first of a two-part series, will explore the recent innovation and developments that have facilitated AD Ports Group’s remarkable global expansion, to become one of the premier ports in the Middle East and worldwide.

Moderator:
Alessandra Barrett, Associate Director, Special Projects, Journal of Commerce, S&P Global

Speakers:
Julian Skyrme, Vice President Commercial Port Cluster, AD Ports Group
Ross Thompson, Group Chief Strategy and Growth Officer, AD Ports Group

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Take Collaboration to the Bank: Enhancing Drayage to Save Costs

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Better data yields quicker answers. To make a significant impact, however, the information must be real time and provide the visibility to accurately connect all links of your supply chain. When the drayage step includes partnership with steamship lines and port authorities, vessel insight brings the picture into sharper focus. Tech platforms take us to a point, but collaboration across modes brings the data to life in an actionable way. When line-down situations and late fulfillment of product can cost companies millions, time does mean money. Tracking from origin through final mile and down to the container return translates to savings at the classic pain points. Informed decision-making results in on-time delivery, faster fulfillment to end users, and reduced downtime for manufacturers.

This webcast will examine the steps that take industry collaboration from a vague idea to a significant savings on your freight bill.

Moderator:
Alessandra Barrett, Associate Director, Special Projects, Journal of Commerce by S&P Global

Speaker(s):
Brian Kempisty, Founder, Port X Logistics

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