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Rotterdam welcomes Dry Cargo Conference

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The Dry Cargo Conference & Exhibition – the first edition of the show to be organised by Easyfairs – took place in Rotterdam, the Netherland, between 30 September and 1 October. The two-day event included a technical conference programme featuring 30 speakers from around the world, as well as a range of exhibitors and social events. The show was attended by around 400 guests.

The technical conference was spilt into four sessions covering: trends & research in trade; simulations; green bulk logistics developments; and port and terminals. Talks rated highly included Mike Bradley, Director at The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling the University of Greenwich, who looked at ‘Storage, handling and flow of biomass materials’ and Ray Dykes’ discussion of the expansion of the Panama Canal and its implications in his talk, ‘The expanded Panama Canal opens next April but will it meet the expectations?’.

China and its economy were also discussed by Martin Sommerseth Jaer, managing partner at Snow Dragon Advistory, in his talk ‘Boom or Bust for China’s property market? What to expect and why it matters so immensely for the dry bulk freight market going forward’.

The exhibition focused on ports and terminals equipment with involvement from Bedeschi, Caterpillar, CNBM International Engineering,, Edge Innovate, Samson Materials Handling and Schade Lagertechnik of the Aumund Group, Telestack, Verstegen Grabs and Vigan, among others. Delegates could also attend the colocated SOLIDS show.

“The Dry Cargo Conference & Exhibition is the meeting place for the ship owner, operators, charterers, agents, exporters, importers, traders, ports, terminals, logistics providers and bulk material handling suppliers,” said Easyfairs in a press release. The next edition is due to be held in Antwerp between 19 and 20 October 2016. “We are looking forward to organize the second edition with all the feedback we received to continue to be the most important worldwide event for the dry bulk sector in the years to come.”

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