The 3rd Annual Port & Rail Expansion Summit was opened by Mr. Roy van Eijsden, the Managing Director of Royal HaskoningDHV who was the chairman of the event. He started his opening speech by emphasizing the importance of the region in trade routes as well as the development priorities of the governments and private companies to improve infrastructure of ports and rail connections to enhance region`s logistic and trade capacities. His speech was followed by Mr. Chris Rowland, Director of MDS Transmodal, who provided a market overview of global & regional container port market. He made it clear that industry consolidations such as P3 & G6 will change the market where the market will see around 13% growth, ships capacities will increase and number of ships will decrease. This will most probably cause the smaller ships to return to their owners, deeper the berths, put pressure on inland logistic chains as well as on the ports and operators to increase their efficiency and services. He also made a case study of North Adriatic Case Study and NAPA Development Potential Scenario 2030 to provide an excellent foundation to the event.
Mr. Hayati Özcan, Deputy Head of Ports Department from Directorate General of Turkish State Railways - TCDD was next on the stage who laid out a quick summary of the privatized and TCDD operated ports in Turkey. He gave a detailed presentation of the capacities and infrastructure development outlook of the ports. He also provided most updated data of the current traffic and future projects.
During his presentation, he mentioned that Derince Port privatization will very likely to be tendered within this year.
Before the first break Mr. Alp Çapa from Marport laid out regional & Marport`s teu performance, sectoral trends & developments, Marport development phases & infrastructural investments such as Arkas Holding`s intertermodal logistics terminals projects: Suadiye (Derince) and Yenice (Mersin) dryports. Prominent speakers at the event included Mr. İsmail Hakkı Tas, General Manager of Mersin International Port, PSA – Akfen. He provided insight on the role of Turkey providing geographical connectivity to the region. He also gave crystal clear statements of the current outlook of the Mediterranean and Turkey Container Market. Future investment projects of MIP to reach 2.6m Teu by the 2nd quarter of 2015, and their plans to develop dry ports starting with Ankara were also mentioned during his presentation. He further stated that changes in the market are expected to be MEGA in terms of Vessel Sizes which will lead to Mega Terminals requiring Mega Equipment and Mega investments without Mega Tariffs. His `MEGA` description became a slogan throughout the event. Mr. Daniel Dillenburger from ArcelorMittal was next speaker addressing the audience offering their tailor-made solutions in steel for Port & Rail expansion projects. At the end of the morning session, Mr. Chris Rowland chaired a discussion panel where experts analyzed the regional sea trade capacity development and utilization from stakeholders point of view. Factors driving demand, possible impact of consolidation, development of shipping networks and logistic chains were questioned for the next 5 year. Mr. Bilgehan Küey from Kumport, Mr. İsmail Hakkı Tas from MIP and Mr. Vojko Kocijan from Port of Rijeka Authority provided insight from different perspectives representing their regions.
After the lunch break, Mr. Dmitriy Goncharov, Head of Department Of Strategic Planning & Investment of Ukraine Sea Port Authority provided a presentation regarding current reform of Ukrainian Ports. He provided various formats of Investment implementation and stated the main steps for investment project realization on concession basis. As Kalmar being the market leader in container handling equipment, port automation and services, Mr. Marco Tosi provided the audience the product portfolio and capacities of Kalmar. Abilities of the new generation of reachstackers `Gloria` was also introduced during the presentation. Mr. Vojko Kocijan from Port of Rijeka Authority was the last speaker before the networking break who presented a coordinated approach to port and railway development. As Port of Rijeka is a multi-purpose port facility capable of handling almost any type of
cargo, intermodal integration of the port is considered crucial to reach the huge potential of transport and logistic activities of the region. Napa`s development potential and Croatian government`s decision to invest in modernization of existing rail infrastructure were also key points of the presentation.
After the networking break, Mr. Serhat Şaşmaz from Hill International presented a case study from the lender‘s technical advisor perspective in assessing & managing the technical risks associated with infrastructural investment projects. On the session of the day, Mr. Hüseyin Sipahioğlu from Safi Holding chaired the discussion panel on impact of privatization on port Competitiveness & Connectivity where Mr. Oğuz Tümiş from Nemport, Mr. Niyazi Zalgı from International Port Management Group and Mr. Asım Çillioğlu
from Riport shared their insight evaluating the opportunities for the private operators. Investing in structural and operational elements, ways to increase cargo volumes and benefiting from potential new trade routes were emphasized during the panel. The day were finalized with the closing remarks of the Chairman.
Day 2 kicked off with the chairman`s short summary of the day one reminders of the focus for the day two as: railway development, intermodal and logistics. Then he paved the way to Mr. Kamil Kahyaoğlu, Deputy Head of Freight Department from Directorate General of Turkish State Railways to provide updates on the logistic activities and projects of TCDD. He presented a very comprehensive outlook about the current situation while laying out the present & future opportunities of development of rail networks, block freight trains, intermodal capacities such as development of port connected freight centers and new international corridors.
His presentation was followed by Mr. Jordi Armengol from Port of Tarragona who provided the current status and future development plans. He showcased dedication of the authority to benefit from the potential of vast hinterland by investing in port`s current infrastructure to enhance intermodal possibilities to benefit from well-established railway connections of Spain. His presentation was very well prepared and very much appreciated by the participants. Another case study presentation was provided by Ms. Anna Kodysova from Czech Railway Infrastructure Administration who presented the Modernisation of SZDC Infrastructure. SZDC as the rail owner, providing operation, operability, modernization and
development of the railway infrastructure established a dedicated plan to modernize four main national corridors in order to strengthen the market position of the liberalized railway transport on the way to become an integral part of the European railway system.
One of the most popular speakers at the event was Mr. Andreas Schulz, Senior Vice President Intermodal from DB Schenker Rail who provided detailed information on future intermodal opportunities for connecting rail networks - Central Europe with the Black Sea & Turkey Region. During his presentation the importance and development of the South East European Rail Market was identified and future opportunities in Romania & Bulgaria was stated. He also mentioned the potential of Turkey to become a gateway to Middle East by the healthy development of the liberalization of rail market and possibility of benefiting Marmaray in freight transportation. The momentum kept growing with the following speaker, Mr. Efe Hatay from Yılport Holding who provided a presentation on `How Could A Rail Connection Change The Business Model For A Port?`. With an ambitious target to be the first Turkish global terminal operator in the maritime industry and to be within the top 10 global port operators by 2023, his presentation and investment plans of
Yıldırım Holding, from Terminal development plans to logistic activities, was listened with great attention. Mr. Joop Mijland, Vice President Global Intermodal of CMA CGM was the last speaker before the lunch break who shared the global experience of CMA CGM in creating an efficient intermodal transport environment by integrating port and inland terminals to guarantee seamless transcontinental and regional connections. As a deep-sea operator which is becoming a global integral logistics operator, he revealed the CMA CGM`s possibilities of supporting the logistics development of Turkey. With the accumulated knowledge and investments not only in the largest vessels of the World, but also in terminals, inland terminals and inland hubs, container depots, trains, inland shipping, trucking and warehousing, Mr. Mijland expressed their willingness to grow further in the region.
After the lunch and networking break, Mr. Richard Morton from European Port Community Systems Association provided a key presentation to simplifying port processes by using EDI to create efficient administration and operational processes. His detailed presentation contained the operational and financial benefits of integrating existing communication systems of the stakeholders of the industry by successfully eliminating paperwork. Mr. Levent Baybarshan Timur from Socar Turkey was next on the stage and provided detailed information on Petkim Port Project, their reasons for expansion, growth strategy and project timeline. He also emphasized Socar`s various key investments in the region as well as efforts to build one of the biggest container ports of Turkey which will be operational at the end of 2nd quarter of 2016 and will be operated by APM terminals for 28 years. Mr. Francesco Ghio from Livorno Port Authority took the microphone before the last networking break revealing a west Mediterranean perspective in order to improve regional and European rail connections to increase trades with the Black Sea and Turkey region. He also shared the developments in the railway infrastructure and port expansion projects of Livorno Port. After the last tea break Mr. Cavit Uğur from the Association of International Forwarding & Logistics Service Providers shared a presentation providing Utikad`s recommendations of becoming a sustainable intermodal transport hub in the region. His presentation included a brief summary of the logistics sector and intermodal projects in development. He also emphasized the ever-growing importance of Turkey in the region by pointing out FIATA`s World Congress being hosted in Istanbul this year. Mr. Cengiz Han from Samsunport was the last presenter of the event providing a foundation to the last discussion panel focusing on railway logistics and the global economic development from a port operator point. With port, logistic and transport services, Cey Groups investments in the sector were mentioned. Recently privatized Samsunport being the only port of Turkey with a railway connection in the Black Sea Region, challenges and opportunities were shared with the audience. Last discussion panel of the event focused on Intermodality and Competitiveness where Mr. van Eijsden was in conversation with prominent speakers Mr. Cavit Uğur from Utikad and Mr. Korkmaz Yurdakul from Kuehne+Nagel who shared insight over the necessary steps to take to ensure sustainable development of the region. They shared insight to identify the collaboration opportunities & define the obstacles that needs to be eliminated between stakeholder of the industry. They also addressed bottlenecks in ports - rail connections and provided solution alternatives. Event was finalized with the chairman`s closure and Noppen`s special thanks to eminent speakers, participants and sponsors: ArcelorMittal, Kalmar, Sony Eurasia, SIF / JCB, Forsen and Inplan for their contributions to the event.