Conference Overview



Over the past 10 years, we have seen dramatic shipping industry consolidation and vessel upsizing, to continued global economic, financial, political and trade volatility, the colossal Belt and Road initiative and the upswing in regulations around environmental protection, the maritime supply chain is being buffeted from many directions.

And as we enter a new decade, the industry continues to navigate and adapt to considerable challenges that have the potential to radically affect the shipping and maritime actors from across the supply chain. 2020 brings with it the continuation of the Trade War between China and USA, the implementation of the IMO 2020 Sulphur cap and possibly the greatest challenge and opportunity ahead which is new technology, both as an enabler and a disruptor, shaking up the status quo of international trade, supply chain, logistics, transport and port operations across the globe.

For over 40 years, TOC Events has provided trusted forums for executives across the global ports, terminals, shipping and maritime logistics sector to network, learn and debate the big issues of the day. And over the past few years, there have been some very big issues to discuss.


Despite a tough economic environment, the shipping industry is experiencing “… relatively good results” according to BIMCO. 

There is no doubt that growth is slow vs previous industry standards, but to be able to continue to post positive results despite uncertainties including the ‘Trade War’ between the USA and China, the implementation of IMO 2020 sulphur tariffs and the continued slowdown in global manufacturing, this growth can only be viewed as encouraging. 

However, any encouragement should be treated with caution, with several concerning trends set to emerge in 2020, including the container industry about to go through a period of adaption and adjustment as it seeks to comply, react and navigate itself in this new world order.

How do you plan to optimise your approach to ensure you adapt at this time of high volatility for the globe’s supply chains? Here’s the place to discover the best strategies suited to your business that guarantee continued productivity


Four months will have passed from the commencement of the IMO 2020 sulphur cap regulations by the time of TOC Asia, giving the shipping industry its first impressions of the realities it faces as carriers find themselves having to take on (and look to pass on) an anticipated $15 billion increase in annual costs.                                           

With more consolidation witnessed over the past three years than during the previous twenty, the continued fallout of shipping mergers and alliances, and big ships and assorted initiatives aimed at managing maritime economies of scale to boost revenues all coming under increased scrutiny, the industry is looking to become resilient and adaptable in 2020 as market fundamentals continue to develop.

Have your completed your IMO 2020 preparations?  Are you prepared for the challenges your business is likely to face?  

Learn here from the lessons witnessed in Q1 and successfully navigate the regulations that will be having a rippling effect across shipping, the economy and the wider environment heading into the second half of 2020.


The shipping landscape continues to be radically and rapidly transformed by technology and innovation where pioneering alternatives have begun to transform traditional supply chain methods. 

Communication, connectivity and visibility are evolving at a lightning pace, and technology has helped streamline processes in the movement of goods as major market players fully commit to digitising their operations – but are we now at a point of no return?                             

These enablers and disruptors offer an exciting opportunity for traditional supply chain actors who could radically enhance their customer and network operations. Are you in a position to take advantage over the competition?  Find out here…


Rapid advances in information technology and in particular digitalisation, machine learning, and the ‘Internet of Things’ have created new possibilities but also challenges for the cargo handling industry.

A busy terminal has many simultaneous processes that require attention and plentiful new technologies and innovative ideas can provide a drastic improvement in container terminal operations.                                       

Digitalisation has the potential to fundamentally shift the way we interact with surroundings and provides more and more insight into the current state of a terminal as well as past processes.

Are you fully embracing the benefits of digitalisation? Define and refine your strategy here – at the heart of the new digital supply chains on the horizon.

Key Speakers include:

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Tan Chong Meng Group CEO PSA International Pte Ltd
Stephane Courquin CEO APL
Catriona Jayasundera General Manager Colombo International Container Terminals Ltd.
Sundara Raman Anadan Head of Supply Chain Solutions - APAC Land Transportation DB Schneker
David Jordan Regional Director - Asia Maritime Strategies International
Michael Yip Chief Innovation Officer Modern Terminals
Jason Chiang Director Ocean Shipping Consultants
Marco Neelsen CEO Port of Tanjung Pelepas
Tan Hua Joo Executive Consultant Alphaliner
Sylvian Prevot Director - Sea Business Unit Traxens
Yi Ming Ng Managing Partner Tribe Accelerator
Ronald Widdows Chairman World Shipping Council

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