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Chairman's Corner March 2019

Mon, Mar 25, 2019

Here we are in Q1 2019. It only seems like yesterday that we were in Savannah for TS22. We are now looking forward to TS23 in September in Tarragona.

Einar Didriksen and I are busy working on the programme, building interesting topics and working with the Moderators to build quality panels.

We have several themes that have been determined already which we believe to be especially relevant today.

Fuel session – How will the Industry adapt IMO 2020 regulations?

This session will be Moderated by Trond Baardsen who is putting together a panel of industry experts to update us on the important issue of low Sulphur fuel. By the time of the symposium they should be able to give us an invaluable insight into the implications both from an operational and economic viewpoint


Managing aging fleets – how will carriers adapt to future growth

This session will be Moderated by Ana Paula Trilho

  • How carriers are positioned to capitalised on the 2021/22 pulp production boom
  • Coping with increase transportation distances of pulp
  • Will freight rates enable carriers to engage in building programmes?
  • Assessing the opportunity to seize market share
  • The proposition for new carriers in the field such as Cosco
  • Is this an open invitation to container carriers to strengthen their position?


How China is shaping global pulp demand

This session will be moderated by Alan Bog

  • Exploring the impact of the RCP import ban into China
  • Are container and breakbulk carriers positioned to respond to shifting trade flows?
  • Assessing whether this will lead to high pulp prices and increased transportation costs
  • Understanding the potential for the Chinese pulp market continuing to mature
  • Where are the likely next high growth markets for virgin fibres?


There will also be sessions on Digitalization, a special session on the Mediterranean basin and the middle east, and a session on railways, covering the issues faced by shippers in North America and Europe and analysing the potential impact of the railway link from Europe to China. We will give you more details of these in the next edition and update on the web-site

Over the course of the next editions of The Journal leading up to the Symposium, we will have input from the various Moderators giving more details of their panels.

We are introducing a novelty after the main sessions. There will be an opportunity to have a round-table discussion with some of the panellists during the lunch break in the exhibition hall.