The Institute CEO, Kieran ring, moderated the TOC session titled “Mega-Trends & Market Forecasts – Global Container Trade, Supply Chains & Transport”.

Key topics for the sessions included the global economic outlook, world container trade volumes and flows, rate volatility, container terminal capacicy forecast and the impact of the eurozone crisis on european ports. The speakers on the panel were:

Dr. Walter Kemmsies, Chief Economist, Moffatt & Nichol
Mathijs Slangen, Senior Analyst, Seabury
Luc Jacobs, SVP Ocean Freight, Head of Global FCL, DHL Global Forwarding
Neil Davidson, Senior Advisor – Ports, Drewry Shipping Consultants
Patrick Verhoeven, Secretary General, European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO)

The Institute has collaborated extensively with the conference producers to shift the conference’s emphasis to focus on issues affecting the cargo owner and shipping line as well as the container terminal. As a result future delegates at TOC will begin to see a ‘TOC Container Supply Chain Stream’ which will focus on the movement of cargo from manufacturer to destination. Now 3pls, port authorities, lines and cargo owners will join the terminal operators to create a port centric container master event.

For more than 30 years, TOC Worldwide has provided the market-leading conference and exhibition forums for the global port and terminal industries and their customers. With a change of name to TOC Container Supply Chain in 2011, the TOC event portfolio is now evolving fast to attract a wider audience of container supply chain professionals.

Taking place each year in the world’s four key shipping hubs – Europe, Middle East, Americas and Asia – each TOC is now a complete container supply chain event for its region, bringing together cargo owners, logistics providers, carriers, ports, terminals and other key members of the container supply chain to learn, debate, network and foster new business solutions.