Project Cargo Summit announces speakers and conference programme

Organiser ProMedia Group has announced the first speakers of the Project Cargo Summit, a two-day international conference and exhibition about the project cargo and heavy-lift industry. 

The conference programme will cover a wide range of pressing industry issues. How can we solve the logistical challenges of the ever-larger wind turbines? What can we do to make the issuance of road transport permits more efficient? And how will digitization and new technologies transform our industry? For answers to questions like these, be sure to visit this year’s Project Cargo Summit in on the 11th and 12th of September in Rotterdam.

The conference programme is divided into two days. The first day will focus on the offshore and shipping markets, while the second day will cover the subjects ports, equipment and innovation.

ProMedia has just announced the first line-up of speakers, adding that more speakers will follow shortly. Please see the full list of announced speakers and their subjects below.

DAY 1: Shipping and Offshore 

Morning programme

  • Word of Welcome – Emile Hoogsteden, director containers, breakbulk and logistics at Port of Rotterdam
  • Keynote: Shipping a Jumbojet – Martin de Boer, sales director at Corendon & Tom Rutgrink, sales director at Mammoet
  • Is the oil & gas market finally picking up again? – Lars Røberg Følgesvold, analyst, oilfield service research at Rystad Energy
  • Scale increases in offshore wind; How much bigger will we go? – Hans Henrik Grøn, head of logistics at Siemens Gamesa
  • How logistical stakeholders are readying themselves for bigger turbines, with:
    – Dennis Jul Pedersen, CEO of Port of Esbjerg
    – Fredrik Kjellstrom, Head of Breakbulk at Wallenius Wilhelmsen
    – Tadarsa
    – Kalmar

Afternoon programme

  • Opening Shipping block – Annet Koster, managing director at Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners
  • Consolidation in the shipping industry – Dirk Visser, senior analyst at Dynamar
  • Why the lashing regulations need to be modernized, with:
    – Paul Könst, CEO at Rolldock
    – Javier Saavreda, chairman of ICHCA International Dry Bulk Cargoes Working Group
  • How blockchain has opened up new ship investment possibilities, with:
    – Otto Thorenbosch, managing director at Shipping Company Groningen
    – Stephan Benninga, head investor relations at Shipping Company Groningen
    – Walter Thoen, co-founder and CTO at Bondex
  • It’s time to retire the paper Bill of Lading – Leif Arne Strømmen, vice president innovation at G2 Ocean
  • Shipowners panel, with:
    – Wallenius
    – Shipping Company Groningen
    – Rolldock
    – G2 Ocean

DAY 2: Ports, terminals and equipment

Morning programme

  • Lack of European cooperation generates unnecessary costs for exceptional road transports – Ton Klijn, managing director at European Association of Abnormal Road Transport and Mobile Cranes (ESTA)
  • A solution for efficient road transports – Caroline Nagtegaal (VVD), member of European Parliament
  • Ports and Project Cargo; a sustainable future, with:
    – Port of Rotterdam
    – North Sea Port
    – Port of Esbjerg

Afternoon programme

  • How big data will shape the crane of the future – Andreas Ritschel, area sales manager at Liebherr
  • Challenging the status quo: a new way to transport offshore wind turbine foundations – Jan Lanser, founder of Marine Innovators
  • The rise of synthetic lift equipment, with:
    Wilco van Zonneveld, European Sales Manager at Cortland
    – Alex Rock, Product Manager Green Pin Tycan at Van Beest Maritime
  • How 3D-printing will change our business – Erik Romein, director research and development at Huisman Equipment


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