Intermodal Europe 2012 prepares for 'Great Port Debate'
This year’s ‘Intermodal Europe’ conference will include a heavy focus on ports and terminals to address a number of the challenges currently faced across the sector.
Sessions at the annual conference, which is to be held in Amsterdam in November, will see spokespeople from some of the world’s largest, most influential ports discussing the current and future issues in port development for international maritime supply chains.
Chairing the debate will be Managing Director of The International Association for Ports and Harbors Europe Office, Fer van de Laar, who will be accompanied by a representative from the Baltic Port Organisation (BPO), as well as representatives from international ports.
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Debate topics will include cooperation and partnership building, improving the efficiency of intermodal ports, financing and infrastructure investment, port security and green ports.
The Port of Amsterdam’s Director of Strategic Development, Herman Journeé, will chair a session at the event, titled ‘Inland Navigation: long-term strategies for moving more goods via accessible and navigable waterways’, which will consider the role of inland waterways in the intermodal mix.
“Many companies are looking for innovative transport solutions that will help to save costs and reduce emissions” explains Sophie Ahmed, Event Director of Intermodal Europe 2012. “This session will explore how rivers and canals can form an important part of these solutions.”
Elsewhere, representatives from the Global Institute of Logistics and the China Container Industry Association will be discussing port strategy and intermodal transport. Confirmed speakers include Shi Yanqui, Secretary General for the China Container Industry Association, Brendan Keating, CEO of the Port of Cork, Kieran Ring, CEO of the Global Institute of Logistics and William Yang-Lei, China Director of the Global Institute of Logistics.
More than 50 free conference sessions at Intermodal Europe 2012 will present the opportunity for transport, logistics and supply chain professionals to share current industry-specific challenges and solutions from all areas of the supply chain.
Now in its 36th year, the conference and exhibition is considered one of the most important events in the container shipping calendar. Visitors will meet over 100 exhibitors to see the latest products and innovations as well as network with visitors from 100 countries. For further information, to register or to exhibit, visit http://www.intermodal-events.com.
DHL Claim Multi-Sector Collaboration Key to Fighting COVID
Since January, global logistics leader DHL has distributed more than 200 million doses of the COVID vaccine to 120+ countries around the globe. While the US and UK recently rolled out immunisation plans to most citizens, countries with less developed infrastructure still desperately need more doses. In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which currently has one of the highest per-capita immunisation rates, the government set up storage facilities to cover domestic and international demand. But storage, as we’ve learned, is little help if you can’t transport the goods.
This is where logistics leaders such as DHL make their impact. The company built over 50 new partnerships, bilateral and multilateral, to collaborate with pharmaceutical and private sector firms. With more than 350 DHL centres pressed into service, the group operated 9,000+ flights to ship the vaccine where it needed to go.
With new pandemic knowledge, DHL just released its “Revisiting Pandemic Resilience” white paper, which examined the role of logistics and supply chain companies in handling COVID-19. As Thomas Ellman, Head of Clinical Trials Logistics at DHL, said: “The past one year has highlighted the importance of logistics and supply chain management to manage the pandemic, ensure business continuity and protect public health. It has also shown us that together we are stronger”.
Multisector partnerships, DHL said, enabled rapid, effective vaccine distribution. While international scientists developed a vaccine in record time—five times faster than any other vaccine in history—manufacturers ramped up production and logistics teams rolled out distribution three times faster than expected. When commercial routes faced backups, logistics operators worked with military officers to transport vaccines via helicopters and boats.
In the UAE, the public-private HOPE Consortium distributed billions of COVID-19 doses to its civilians as well as other countries in need by partnering with commercial organisations such as DHL. For the first time, apropo for an unprecedented pandemic, logistics companies made strong connections with public health and government.
“While the race against the virus continues, leveraging the power of such collaborations and data analytics will be key”, said Katja Busch, Chief Commercial Officer DHL and Head of DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation. “We need to remain prepared for high patient and vaccine volumes, maintain logistics infrastructure and capacity, while planning for seasonal fluctuations by providing a stable and well-equipped platform for the years to come”.
How Do We Sustain Immunisation?
By the end of 2021, experts estimate that we need approximately 10 billion doses of vaccines—many of which will be shipped to areas of the world, such as India, South Africa, and Brazil, that lack significant infrastructure. This is perhaps the greatest divide between countries that have rolled out successful immunisation programmes and those that have not. As Busch noted, “the UAE’s significant investments in creating robust air, sea, and land infrastructure facilitated logistics and vaccine distribution, helping us keep supply chains resilient”.
Neither is the novel coronavirus a one-time affair. If predictions hold, COVID will be similar to seasonal colds or the flu: here to stay. When fall comes around each year, governments will need to vaccinate the world as quickly as possible to ensure long-term immunisation against the virus. This time, logistics companies must be better prepared.
Yet global immunisation, year after year, is no small order. To keep reinfection rates low and slow the spread of COVID, governments will likely need 7-9 billion annual doses of the vaccine to meet that mark. And if DHL’s white paper is any judge of success, multi-sector supply chain partnerships will set the gold standard.