THE Antwerp XL breakbulk conference in Belgium (21-23 April) will feature key decision makers from major cargo owners, shipping companies and consultancies from across the world.

Mark Rimmer, Antwerp XL divisional director, said, “Our conference is lining up to be the most important exploration into the challenges and opportunities facing the breakbulk shipping sector today and into the future.

“We’ve assembled a line-up of some of the greatest minds and most influential players from across the sector and the world.

“The conference will be an absolute gold mine of information and insight and anyone looking to arm themselves with knowledge and expertise as they go forward into 2020 needs to be there.”

Day one of the conference will be hosted by WISTA representative Lena Göthberg, host and producer of The Shipping Podcast, and will feature talks on global trends and economic impacts on breakbulk. It will delve into everything from policy to the coronavirus outbreak and how you can expect them to impact global trade flows.


Sustainability in the industry’s logistics chain will also be addressed, exploring the realities of the IMO 2020 fuel sulphur cap and long-term sustainability trends.

Speakers will also take a deep dive into how digitalisation can revamp processes and save the breakbulk sector time and money, by looking at the latest technologies and how market-disrupting start-ups are doing things differently.

Day two of the conference will be hosted by Ann Lee Carpenter, and will feature talks on Incoterms 2020; technology and innovation for breakbulk projects.

The day will close with several roundtable discussions on subjects including delivering client-focused logistics, renewables, connectivity in breakbulk, mining and minerals and hinterland connections.