3rd Annual China Port Technology and Investment Congress
, [Crowne Plaza] Shanghai, China
3rd Annual China Port Technology and Investment Congress
01-02 MARCH 2012 [Crowne Plaza] Shanghai, China
SHANGHAI, CHINA, 01-02 MARCH 2012 – As it stands today China remains the fastest growing market in the world and according to the “12th Five Plan” there are no signs of it slowing down but rather steaming on ahead! The year 2012 will be a momentous year for the Chinese port industry and port operators are actively seeking solutions for upgrading and expansion.
After the remarkable success of previous congress, the 3rd Annual China Port Technology and Investment Congress took place on 1st and 2nd of March 2012 at the Crowne Plaza, Shanghai. This event brought together 70 of the most prestigious leaders from the port industry to explore solutions for long-term port growth and to update on the latest port expansion schemes.
The congress had a number of excellent speakers; particular standouts included Wang Mingzhi, Director of Shanghai Combination Port Management Committee Office, the first speaker on day one of the conference; he gave a brief analysis on today's world development situation and put forward a constructive development plan to the world’s shipping industry and concluded that we must continue to strengthen planning and policy adjustments. The delegates found his presentation interesting especially his review of the marine development since its accession to the WTO..He also emphasized the importance of having a clear direction and focus thus promoting the reform of the port system. His presentation was highly enjoyed by the delegates and they exchanged a number of ideas with him after the speech. Following Mr. Wang Mingzhi was Shen Xiaosu, Deputy Director of Shanghai Urban Construction and Communications Commission. He introduced the importance of the construction of Shanghai international shipping center service system and its relationship with Shanghai's construction, as well as the status quo and the existence of problems. He pointed out the six directions of the future development of the port and maritime industries are “open, coordinate, efficient, stable, safe, and innovative”.
Another speaker on day one was Zhu Jianhua, Deputy Director of Shanghai Municipal Transport and Port Authority. His presentation provided the delegates with an in-depth analysis of the port industry in terms of the regional economy and for the development of the city. He pointed out the development of related industries causes a multiplier effect on ports which drives the economy. However, at the same time, the deterioration of the urban environment and transport, bring some burden. He ended his presentation by stating that resource-saving and environment-friendly ports are the only way to become our future development. “Well prepared, topics have covered a wide range of the industry, well organized and good effect.” Drewry Shipping Consultant
The afternoon of day one included an impressive presentation from Denis Maly, Vice President of the Technical Department; he gave a comprehensive introduction to the current development of the Zeebrugge Port. His presentation included a brief comparison between Shanghai and Bruges, so that the participants could have a clearer understanding of the development of the Zeebrugge port. Similarly, Lars Anke the Chief Representative Hamburg Port Authority spoke about ports in Europe particularly focusing on the Port of Hamburg. He gave detailed information on the port including its location, which is in the heart of Europe; the consumer distribution and the operating data of the port of Hamburg in 2010. He also spoke about the Port of Hamburg ten-trade partners and their load container and empty container throughput data. Finally, he analyzed the 2011 Hamburg port network connectivity, the hub-system of the Moscow region, Hamburg port and rail intermodal forms of transportation services. He ended by stating that it is the best choice in the Nordic region and is greatly looking forward to its future development. “Very good presentations and excellent delegates.” Shanghai Combination Port Management Committee Office
Day two of the conference included a speech from the Chairman of the congress, Tina Liu, Senior Consultant of Drewry Shipping Consultant. She spoke on terminal operations in challenging times and explained to the delegates how global shipping trade and domestic GDP growth are closely related. Over the past decade, the growth of the two is proportional but the change is not the same. After fully explaining the advantages and disadvantages of the shipping companies and terminal portfolio, Tina gave an outlook on the future development of the terminal operators. Another great speaker on day two of the event was Guan Jun, Partner for The Choice Management Technologies Co. Ltd. He began his speech with an introduction into security management solutions for trailer drivers in port areas. He stated that pre-caution is the soul of security management, with management of drivers’ behaviours as the core. He showed the delegates the 3 stages necessary for the development of international port security. Many attendees had great interest to his presentation. “It is meaningful to hold such event.” Port of Zeebrugge
New innovations and introductions at the conference came from ArcelorMittal, they sent their Head of Business Development, Pierre Nicolas Werner to speak about their ‘Sheeting Piling- Innovative Products & Solutions’. Other innovations came from Chen Gang, Technical Minister for Lianyungang Port Group Company Limited. He introduced the alternative marine power program of Lianyungang Port and spoke about the technical issues found during the operation process like reverse power tripping upon seamless handover, how ships can deal with emergency blackouts at the port, and safeguarding measures for broken cable in case of strong gust. He gave the delegates proper solutions for the difficulties and technical issues. “Very helpful to know the industry.” Port of Lianyungang
Noppen would like thank all the excellent speakers at the event and the sponsors of the 3rd Annual China Port Technology and Investment Congress including Sumitomo Drive Technologies, Arcelor Mittal, Bromma and Siemens Ltd China.