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European Shipper Forum 2008 & Transport and Logistikk 2008

This years Shipper Forum in Oslo, Norway, (15th and 16th October) explores how the shipping lines will operate when the liner conferences end.

Press Release

What is the view of the logistics industry on this approach and what is the future role and relationship between ocean carrier and logistics service provider? Come and hear the debate on the what the future brings for liner shipping!



Liner Shipping Conferences will be abolished as of 17th October 2008 – the day following the 2008 Shipper Forum.



The Forum provides an opportunity for carriers to make a statement on how they will change and present their new approach to the business after the 17th October.



An Ocean Carrier’s perspective: Tomas Dyrbye, Group Vice President, Regional Manager, Maersk Line



* Pricing differently

* Service quality and innovation

* Change away from tradelane specific THC’s, CAF’s, BAFs



A freight forwarders’ response: Frank Hercksen, Sea Freight Manager, Kuehne Nagel

What is the view of the logistics industry on this approach and what is the future role and relationship between ocean carrier and logistics service provider?



A shippers’ response: Filip Beckers, Transport Procurement Manager, Masterfoods

Do shippers agree that the lines have prepared well for a new approach to business, and if so, then in what ways?



A response from liner shipping sector: Chris Bourne, Executive Director, European Liner Affairs Association (ELAA)



Having consulted most of the major shipping lines around the world about the rules of business in a new post-conference environment, Chris Bourne delivers his verdict on whether lines are prepared and if, so how they have planned to do business. Consortia and alliances: what role will they play in a post-conference environment? Will they offer more competition against the major lines or result in less competition overall? ELAA will explain how the liner industry sees alliances and consortia developing in the months and years ahead.



Short-Sea Shipping: Tried, Tested, and Proven?



Are there lessons that can be learned by the Liner shipping sector? Is it as reliable, competitive, and cost competitive as some would say and, if so, how has it achieved this and what is the sector doing to improve further?



A panel of experts will give their verdict.

Presentations followed by a panel debate will show how the short-sea sector:



* develops an enhanced integrated co-modal approach to door-to-door logistics (i.e. using rail freight, inland shipping and road freight combinations)

* drives out costs

* deals with environmental pressures and costs

* overcomes infrastructure limitations

* seeks to improve administrative barriers through a messaging standard which can lower costs, reduce errors, improve transparency, free up staff and improve customer service



Jens Holger Nielsen, CEO Multimodal Container Logistics, Samskip



David Mawer, Joint Managing Director, JF Hillebrand



George Bax, Supply Chain Services, International Trade Operations Europe, Dow Benelux BV



Mariann Sundvor, Project Manager Shortsea XML



Jon Gjemble, Senior Logistics Adviser, Norske Skog Skogn



Panel debate - Questions and answers



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