Project Cargo Summit announces full event program

In less than a week, the second edition of the Project Cargo Summit will kick-off in Rotterdam. At this unique two-day international exhibition and conference project cargo professionals from all over the world will gather to exchange knowledge and build new relationships. Here’s what you can expect from this year’s event. 

The Project Cargo Summit includes both an exhibition as a high-level conference. At the exhibition, 50 companies will showcase their services, products and innovations. For a complete list of exhibitors, please click here.

The event will provide excellent networking opportunities, through networking drinks and an exclusive networking dinner. The networking dinner will take place at the Inntel Hotel Rotterdam Centre, which is situated directly at the water and right at the well-known Erasmus Bridge, one of the most characteristic buildings in Rotterdam. The dinner takes place on the 16th floor, overlooking the impressive skyline of the city and Europe’s largest port. Interested in joining the dinner? Tickets can be booked via this link.

Visitors can also enjoy a wide variety of free workshops, which are designed to give you practical information and hands-on tools to improve your daily operations.

The flagship of the event is the Project Cargo Conference where industry leaders will share knowledge and insights into current market developments. Main theme of the Project Cargo Summit is the scale increase in project cargo and how the challenges of the ever-larger cargoes can be overcome.

The conference will also zoom in on how digitization can improve daily operations, ultimately resulting in the reduction of costs. The event takes a pragmatic stand providing concrete insights and cases that can easily be put into practice.

Among the speakers will be companies like Mammoet, Liebherr, Huisman Equipment, Kalmar, Siemens Gamesa, Rystad Energy, Rolldock, G2 Ocean, Wallenius Wilhelmsen, BigMove and Van der Vlist Transport.

Please find the full details of the conference and workshop program below. To reserve your seat, please click here to register.


  • Word of Welcome – Emile Hoogsteden, director containers, breakbulk and logistics at Port of Rotterdam
  • Keynote: Shipping a Jumbojet – Martin de Boer, sales director at Corendon & Tom Rutgrink, sales director at Mammoet
  • Is the oil & gas market finally picking up again? – Sara Sottilotta, analyst in the Oilfield Services team  at Rystad Energy
  • Scale increases in offshore wind; How much bigger will we go? – Hans Henrik Grøn, head of logistics at Siemens Gamesa
  • How logistical stakeholders are readying themselves for bigger turbines, with:
    – Dennis Jul Pedersen, CEO of Port of Esbjerg
    – Vedran Muratbegovic, Senior Manager of Global Breakbulk Business Development at Wallenius
    – Mikael Andersson, Product Manager at Kalmar
    – Pieter Boer, Business Development Manager at Van der Vlist Transport
  • Opening Shipping block – Annet Koster, managing director at Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners
  • Consolidation in the shipping industry – Frans Waals, senior analyst at Dynamar
  • Why the lashing regulations need to be modernized
    – Paul Hoogenhout, senior project engineer at Roll Group
    – Javier Saavreda, chairman of ICHCA International Dry Bulk Cargoes Working Group
  • How blockchain has opened up new ship investment possibilities
    – Otto Thorenbosch, managing director at Shipping Company Groningen
    – Stephan Benninga, head investor relations at Shipping Company Groningen
  • It’s time to retire the paper Bill of Lading – Leif Arne Strømmen, vice president innovation at G2 Ocean
  • Shipowners panel
    – Stefan Kjellström, VP Breakbulk & Pricing at Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean
    – Paul Hoogenhout, Senior Project Engineer at Roll Group at Rolldock
    – Leif Arne Strømmen, Vice President of Innovation and Head of Project Cargo at G2 Ocean


  • World of welcome – Tobias Pieffers, editor-in-chief at Project Cargo Journal
  • Lack of European cooperation generates unnecessary costs for exceptional road transports – Ton Klijn, managing director at European Association of Abnormal Road Transport and Mobile Cranes (ESTA)
  • The digital driver’s license – Olaf Beckedorf, chairman of the board at BigMove
  • Realizing a modal shift in project cargo transports – Andreas Loeffert, CEO Hafen Straubing Sand
  • Creating an efficient decommissioning cluster in port – Marcel Pater, Commercial manager breakbulk at North Sea Port
  • Port Panel
    – Danny Levenswaard, Manager of the Breakbulk department of the Port of Rotterdam
    – Marcel Pater, Commercial manager at North Sea Port
    – Dennis Jul Pedersen, Port Director at Port of Esbjerg
  • How big data will shape the crane of the future – Andreas Ritschel, area sales manager at Liebherr
  • Challenging the status quo: a new way to transport offshore wind turbine foundations – Jan Lanser, founder of Marine Innovators
  • The rise of synthetic lift equipment
    – Judith Bosch, Application Manager at DSM
    – Wilco van Zonneveld, European Sales Manager at Cortland
    – Alex Rock, Product Manager Green Pin Tycan at Van Beest Maritime
  • How 3D-printing will change our business – Erik Romeijn, director research and development at Huisman Equipment


  • Site visit Condor at RDM: an unique combination of warehouse and rental of test weights
  • Site visit FRANKLIN OFFSHORE: Your Global Partner for Integrated Rigging and Mooring Solutions
  • Zero waste fleet programme: how to fight the waste in the ocean – Thomas Friis, Safety & Quality Manager at VG-Shipping
  • Moving heavy stuff?..Better safe than sorry – Mark de Vos, Owner at Octant Veiligheids- & Risicomanagement
  • The future of load securing -Marius van der Valk, sr. damage prevention specialist at ABW Insurances
  • Signing effective charter party clauses – Harmen Hoek, Maritime lawyer at Hoek Ten Katen
  • Digitizing your business processes. What is the real benefit? – Vladimir Herasymenko, CEO Crane-locator
  • A preliminary view to the upcoming publication of the new ICC Incoterms 2020; what to expect..?  – Ivo Veraart, Consultant international trade (Incoterms and export administration) | Lecturer Hogeschool Rotterdam (AD Logistiek Management)
  • Big Data put to use: Efficiency monitoring of ships – Dan Veen, CEO at We4Sea
  • From Space Robotics to Engineering Special Equipment for Offshore Wind – the X Laboratory –  André Schiele, Technical Director of Delta Labs
  • Breakbulk on Container Ships: a Contradiction in Terms – Sander Jongenelen, Senior Surveyor at Van Ameyde Marine
  • Basic principles of handling Heavy Lifts – Richard Krabbendam, Freelance Heavy Lift Consultant

Author: Tobias Pieffers

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