Shippers, 3PLs, carriers and ports line up to debate the road ahead for Asia container logistics and trade at TOC Container Supply Chain: Asia 2012, 13-15 March, Hong Kong

HONG KONG & LONDON - Major cargo owners and retail brands including Diageo, Esprit and Li & Fung join some of the biggest names in logistics, transport and ports this March to discuss the outlook for Asia container trade at the TOC Container Supply Chain: Asia 2012 conference and exhibition.

Convened at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre from 13-15 March under the theme “Intra-Asia: the road ahead,” the 3-day event provides a valuable chance to take stock of immediate and longer term prospects at a time of continued uncertainty in world markets. Senior figures from leading companies including Accenture, Agility, CMA CGM, COSCO Pacific, DP World, Hapag-Lloyd, Modern Terminals, Panalpina, UASC and others will share views with cargo owners on evolving supply chain and trade dynamics and the impact for logistics and transport.

The event kicks off on 12 March with a tour to Shekou Container Terminals and Quanhaiwan Free Trade Port Area. Hosted by China‟s largest public port operator, China Merchants Holding International, the tour will provide a first-hand view of the sophisticated infrastructure developed to support manufacturing activity in the Pearl River Delta (PRD), including container terminal, barge and distribution centre operations.

The conference opens early on 13 March with keynote addresses from Eva Cheng, Hong Kong Secretary for Transport and Housing, Tommy Lui, Executive Vice President Hubbing & Freight Solutions for Li & Fung, and Mark McCalla, Partner – Infrastructure & Transportation Services at Accenture.

Keynote speeches are followed by a high-level panel on Asia – the Road Ahead, featuring Frank Hercksen, Global Head of Ocean Freight, Panalpina; Juan Manuel Gonzalez, Managing Director, Asia Region at Hapag-Lloyd; Lars Christiansen, Vice President Asia for United Arab Shipping Company; and Lars Jensen, CEO & Partner, SeaIntel.

Among other themes, the panel will explore the impact of manufacturing migration on container flows, vessel deployment and infrastructure. As production of textiles and apparel moves to inland China, ASEAN and India, how are logistics and transport providers responding? Following the recent spate of new ocean carrier alliances, service offerings and ultra-large vessel announcements, developments on the Asia-Europe and transpacific trades will also be under the spotlight.

In the afternoon, debate focuses on two regional powerhouses: South China and South Asia. The outlook for the Greater Pearl River Delta (PRD) will be assessed by Ken Chan, Deputy Managing Director at COSCO Pacific Ltd; Peter Levesque, CCO at Modern Terminals Ltd; Stephane Mazain, Asia Vice President at CMA CGM; and Simon Su, Director and Chief Economist for BMT Asia Pacific. Serving Guangdong Province - „the factory of the world‟ - greater PRD, including Hong Kong, is the world‟s largest single port cluster. But as manufacturing activity relocates inland and to lower cost countries, what does the future hold?

Turning to South Asia, a panel including Jonathan Beard, Executive Director, GHK; Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake, Chairman/CEO, Aitken Spence Maritime; Anil Singh, SVP & Managing Director, DP World Subcontinent; and S.N. Srikanth, Founder & Senior Partner at Hauer Associates will look at the changing container shipping landscape across the Indian subcontinent. Will new government investment and privatisation plans help tackle recent port congestion and delay that is hampering supply chain efficiency?

Discussion continues on 14 March with sessions on intra-Asia shipping and regional container logistics hubs, shipper expectations and market delivery, including developments in ASEAN and the Greater Mekong.

Mark Holloway, APAC Supply Chain Director for drinks manufacturer Diageo and Jessie Lee, VP and Head of Logistics for Asia Pacific at Esprit, the global fashion brand, are joined by Sundara Sundara, Regional Director Ocean Freight, Asia Pacific Region at Agility Logistics to explore how well shipper needs are being met today and what‟s set to change in the future.

With intra-Asia container volumes trade now rivaling Europe-Asia and Transpacific, Tim Wickmann, CEO at MCC Transport, Maersk Line‟s intra-Asia specialist, will assess the outlook for shipping networks, vessel deployment and port capacity.

Renewed dynamism across ASEAN has placed logistics in the forefront of trade considerations, including concerns that port infrastructure is not keeping pace with demand. R Gopal, VP Transportation & Logistics Asia Pacific & Country Head for Malaysia at Frost & Sullivan; Sanjay Mehta, Vice President Director for PT. Terminal Petikemas Surabaya; and Brian Nguyen, Customer Relations Director, Cai Lan International Container Terminal (CICT) will review current and future developments.

Following an evening reception at Happy Valley, Hong Kong‟s legendary race track, the conference wraps up on 15 March with views on how to improve container terminal efficiency. Speakers from APM Terminals, Pusan Newport Co, Patrick Technology & Systems and Hamburg Port Consulting discuss new approaches to help terminals manage the challenges of larger ships, bigger call exchanges, faster turnaround and generally higher performance.

Best practice and advanced technologies to improve container terminal performance will also feature in the Seminar Zone on the TOC exhibition floor. A day of free technical debates and workshops on 13 March includes a State-of-the-Industry Technology Forum, organised by the Port Equipment Manufacturers Association, plus workshop on Asset Procurement, Maintenance & Life Cycle Cost Management. On 14 March, the Seminar Zone hosts ECO TOC, a free day of panels on sustainability, green operations and energy efficiency across the container supply chain, organised together with the Clean Cargo Working Group and BSR.

“At this time of continued volatility, building robust relationships and a better understanding between all parties along the container supply chain has never been more important,” says TOC Events Conference Editorial Director Rachael White. “TOC CSC: Asia 2012 provides a high-quality forum for government, cargo owners, logistics providers, liner shipping, ports and terminals, inland transport, finance and other key stakeholder groups to come together, debate the critical issues and shape the future for Asia container trade.”

TOC Container Supply Chain: Asia 2012
13-15 March 2012
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center (HKCEC)

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Sean Deane, Event Manager, TOC Events, IIR Exhibitions Ltd
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