TOC: Secretary General of ACS to Discuss Future Port Strategies

TOC Events Worldwide has announced that H.E Ambassador Alfonso Múnera, Secretary General of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) will give a keynote address at the 14th edition of its TOC Americas conference and exhibition, taking place on October 14-16 in Cartagena, Colombia.

This will be the first time in Colombia for the pan-Americas’ container trade, shipping and ports event, having previously been held in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Panama and the USA.

In his keynote speech on 14 October, Ambassador Múnera will outline ACS’s latest work on port and maritime strategies in the Greater Caribbean. This will include the key findings of a new study by Dutch consultants MTBS, commissioned by ACS in April and funded by the French Development Agency (AFD).

The study set out to assess the development of maritime container traffic in the Greater Caribbean, including transhipment trends, with analysis of existing and projected container port infrastructure in the region, taking into consideration the imminent expansion of the Panama Canal.

In a special session also on 14 October, a panel of carrier, 3PL and port executives, joined by two expert consultants, will review the key factors impacting carrier network strategies and discuss potential outcomes for the regional port system, including transhipment hubs.

The panel will be moderated by Michael Kaasner Kristiansen who, after a 23-year career with A.P. Moller-Maersk, including 4 years as Head of Operations for Latin America & the Caribbean, set up CK Americas in 2012 to provide transport and logistics consulting.

Taking place at the Cartagena de Indias Convention Center (CCCI) from 14-16 October, TOC Americas includes the TOC Container Supply Chain conference, Cold Chain conference track on perishable and refrigerated trade and TECH TOC container terminal operations forum. The TOC exhibition running alongside showcases the latest in port services, equipment and technology solutions.

Press Release, August 4, 2014

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