MondaySep 09
TuesdaySep 10
WednesdaySep 11
Time in PT
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Event
What
Who
13:00 – 19:00
Port Tour & Reception

Description:

Visit of Euroports, a logistics service provider with water connected terminals and ample experience in the handling of (fluff) pulp, paper and newsprint.

  • Drive alongside the Antwerp port facilities on the left bank of the river Scheldt.
  • Tour by boat cruising the river Scheldt with view on the largest  container terminals MPET and Antwerp Gateway
  • Opening reception on the boat, hosted by Port of Antwerp-Bruges 
  • Networking with delegates of the conference and port service providers handling forest products

Timings subject to change

17:00 – 19:00
Reception Only

Description:

Attendance at the evening reception only (without Port Tour)
Timings subject to change

08:00 – 09:00
Registration, networking, refreshments and exhibition hall opening.
09:00 – 09:10
Welcome Remarks From IFPTA Chairman

Bob Davidson

President

IFPTA

09:10 – 09:15
Welcome Remarks From Port Host
09:15 – 10:00
Forest Industry Market Overview
  • Overview of current trends in the global forest industry
  • Analysis of key drivers impacting forest product markets
  • Examination of challenges and opportunities facing the forest industry
  • Regional perspectives on forest industry performance and growth
  • Insights into market demand for various forest products such as lumber, pulp, and paper
  • Discussion on sustainability initiatives and their influence on market dynamics
  • Forecasts for future market trends and potential implications for stakeholders

Q&A session for participants to engage with Brian McClay and delve deeper into each topic

Brian McClay
Brian McClay

Brian McClay

Chairman, Trade Tree Online / President

Trade Tree Online (TTO) / Brian McClay Associates (BMA)

10:00 – 10:45
Shipping Market Overview
  • Assessment of current trends and dynamics in the global shipping industry
  • Analysis of key factors influencing shipping market conditions, including freight rates, vessel supply and demand, and regulatory changes
  • Overview of regional shipping market performance and trends, including major trade routes and ports
  • Discussion on the impact of geopolitical events, such as trade tensions and sanctions, on shipping market stability
  • Insights into emerging technologies and innovations shaping the future of the shipping industry
  • Examination of sustainability initiatives and their implications for shipping operations
  • Forecasts for future shipping market trends and potential challenges and opportunities for stakeholders
Ferenc Pasztor
Ferenc Pasztor

Ferenc Pasztor

Head of Ports and Specialised Shipping Research

Drewry

10:45 – 11:15
Networking Refreshment Break
11:15 – 12:00
The European Union Emissions Trading System, and Fuel EU Maritime Directive. What are these regulations? How will this impact your organization?
  • The Revision of the IMO Greenhouse Gas Strategy.
  • Explanation of the European Union Emissions Trading System.
  • What does Europe’s “Fit for 55” mean for shipping?
  • How shipping is going to be included in the EU Emissions Trading system.
  • Fuel EU maritime voyages, well-to-wake emissions, and compliance options.
Trond Bardsen

Rhoda Voth

General Manager

NA SagaWelco

Trond Bardsen

Trond Bardsen

Senior Vice President

SagaWelco

12:00 – 14:00
Networking Lunch
14:00 – 14:45
Outlook and Overview of Carbon and Future Fuels
  • Technological advancements: Recent developments in carbon future fuel technologies, including production methods, storage, and distribution infrastructure
  • Policy support: Understanding government policies and incentives to promote the adoption of carbon future fuels in the forest transport logistics sector
  • Challenges and considerations: Overcoming challenges such as cost, infrastructure requirements, and scalability
  • Case studies: Successful implementation of carbon future fuels in forest transport logistics, showcasing real-world benefits and lessons learned
  • Future outlook: Discuss the potential role of carbon future fuels in achieving sustainability goals in the forest transport logistics sector and opportunities for further innovation and collaboration

Matti-Mikael Koskinen

Managing Director

ESL Shipping

14:45 – 15:30
Consequences of the Canals (Suez and Panama) Traffic Interruptions
  • Supply chain disruptions: Impact of canal blockages on transport logistics, leading to delays in raw material delivery, inventory shortages, and production setbacks.
  • Increased costs: Rising transportation expenses for paper pulp and packaging due to longer transit times, route diversions, and heightened freight rates during canal disruptions.
  • Inventory management challenges: Difficulty in maintaining adequate stock levels and meeting customer demand amidst canal traffic interruptions, necessitating agile inventory strategies and contingency plans.
  • Adaptation strategies: Measures to enhance resilience, including route diversification, collaboration with logistics partners, and adoption of digital supply chain technologies for improved visibility and responsiveness.
Gustavo Bermudez
Hans Kroon
Veli-Matti Passinen
Gustavo Bermudez

Gustavo Bermudez

Commercial Director

Euroports China

Christian Pedersen

Global Head of Ocean Contract Products

Maersk

Hans Kroon

Hans Kroon

Director

Royal Wagenborg

Veli-Matti Passinen

Veli-Matti Passinen

Vice President, Logistics

Metsä Group

15:30 – 17:00
Cocktail Reception
08:00 – 09:00
Registration and Exhibition Hall Open
09:00 – 09:45
Macroeconomic Outlook
  • Market trends: Overview of current macroeconomic trends impacting the paper pulp and packaging industry, including shifts in consumer behavior, globalization, and technological advancements.
  • Supply and demand dynamics: Analysis of global supply and demand factors influencing the paper pulp and packaging market, such as raw material availability, production capacities, and end-user demand patterns.
  • Trade dynamics: Examination of international trade dynamics affecting the paper pulp and packaging sector, including trade policies, tariffs, and trade agreements, and their impact on market competitiveness and expansion opportunities.
  • Sustainability initiatives: Discussion on the role of sustainability initiatives and environmental regulations in shaping the paper pulp and packaging industry, including circular economy principles, eco-friendly packaging solutions, and corporate sustainability commitments.
Lasse Sinikallas
Lasse Sinikallas

Lasse Sinikallas

Macroeconomist Director

Fastmarkets

09:45 – 10:30
Latest Development and Investments of the Forest Industry
  • Technological advancements: Highlight recent innovations and investments in forest industry technologies, such as automation, digitalization, and sustainable forestry practices.
  • Expansion projects: Overview of major investment initiatives and expansion projects in the forest industry, including new mills, production facilities, and infrastructure developments.
  • Sustainability initiatives: Discussion on industry-wide efforts to enhance sustainability, including reforestation programs, certification schemes, and carbon offset projects.
  • Market outlook: Analysis of current market trends and future growth prospects in the forest industry, including demand projections, price forecasts, and emerging market opportunities
Jari Voutilainen
Flavio Costa
Jari Voutilainen

Jari Voutilainen

Senior Vice President, Sourcing and Logistics

Metsä Group

Flavio Costa

Flavio Costa

Logistics Director

Eldorado

Bob Davidson

President

IFPTA

10:30 – 11:15
Networking Refreshment Break
11:15 – 12:00
Shortage of Personnel, Careers in Logistics – What is Needed From the Industry to Attract the Talents?
  • Shortage of personnel: Addressing challenges related to the scarcity of skilled workers in the paper pulp and packaging industry, particularly in logistics roles, and exploring potential solutions to attract and retain talent.
  • Career pathways in logistics: Highlighting the diverse career opportunities available within the logistics sector of the paper pulp and packaging industry, emphasizing the skills and qualifications needed for success.
  • Industry needs: Identifying the specific requirements and expectations of the paper pulp and packaging industry to attract and retain talented individuals in logistics roles, including training programs, career development opportunities, and competitive compensation packages.
  • Collaboration and innovation: Discussing collaborative efforts between industry stakeholders, educational institutions, and government agencies to promote careers in logistics within the paper pulp and packaging sector, and leveraging innovation to create attractive employment prospects.
Bill Oliver
Bill Oliver

Bill Oliver

Vice President Global Supply Chain Operations: Packaging and Cellulose Division

Georgia Pacific

12:00 – 14:00
Networking Lunch
14:00 – 14:45
Opportunities and Limitations of AI in Transportation Industry
  • Enhanced efficiency: Exploring how AI technologies can optimize route planning, vehicle scheduling, and fleet management processes to improve operational efficiency and reduce transportation costs.
  • Predictive maintenance: Discussing the potential of AI-driven predictive maintenance systems to anticipate equipment failures and optimize maintenance schedules, minimizing downtime and enhancing vehicle reliability.
  • Safety improvements: Examining the role of AI-powered systems such as autonomous vehicles, collision avoidance systems, and driver monitoring solutions in enhancing road safety and reducing accident rates in the transportation sector.
  • Data privacy and security: Addressing concerns regarding the collection, storage, and usage of sensitive data in AI-driven transportation systems, and discussing strategies to safeguard passenger privacy and protect against cybersecurity threats.
Andy Powell
Tony Tang
Constanza Arjona
Benedicte Storken
Andy Powell

Andy Powell

Senior Chartering Manager

G2 Ocean

Tony Tang

Tony Tang

Managing Director

Port of Qingdao

Constanza Arjona

Constanza Arjona

Supply Chain Director

CMPC

Benedicte Storken

Benedicte Storken

Director Digitalisation & Innovation

G2 Ocean

14:45 – 15:30
Standardization of Ship´s Shore Power Connections
  • Harmonization efforts: Exploring ongoing initiatives and collaborations aimed at establishing uniform standards for ship’s shore power connections across different ports and regions, facilitating interoperability and compatibility.
  • Technical specifications: Discussing the technical requirements and specifications for shore power connections, including voltage levels, frequency, plug types, and power capacity, to ensure seamless integration with vessels of varying sizes and configurations.
  • Regulatory framework: Analysing the regulatory landscape governing shore power infrastructure deployment and usage, including international standards, local regulations, and industry guidelines, and identifying opportunities for alignment and harmonization.
  • Economic considerations: Assessing the cost implications and economic benefits of standardizing ship’s shore power connections, including upfront investment costs, operational savings, environmental benefits, and long-term sustainability.
Lars Gottschenkis
Lars Gottschenkis

Lars Gottschenkis

Managing Director

NORD OSTSEE

15:30 – 15:40
Close of Conference

Bob Davidson

President

IFPTA