At TOC Europe & Container Supply Chain 2011, to be held from 7-9 June in Antwerp, Eivind Kolding, Maersk Line's CEO, will offer his thoughts on the future of global container shipping and how the world's largest container carrier is defining, and responding to, the new priorities in today's demanding and uncertain business climate.
The Maersk CEO will address the company's initiatives to improve the responsiveness, reliability, efficiency and sustainability of liner shipping within the container supply chain, including its recent decision to invest in the new generation of Triple-E 18,000TEU vessels for the Asia-Europe trade. Due for delivery from 2013-2015, the 10 new mega-vessels have been designed for greater energy efficiency, economy of scale and environmental performance.
"One of the biggest challenges we face in the world today is a growing population and the impact that is going to have on our planet," said Mr. Kolding in the company's recently-published 2010 Sustainability Progress Report. "International trade will continue to grow, which is needed for the health of the global economy. We believe in the growth of the container shipping industry, but we must grow responsibly and continue to improve our environmental performance."
"Container supply chain costs, efficiency and reliability have a profound impact on companies' and nations' ability to compete on today's world trade stage and new approaches to improve energy, environmental and resource conservancy are critical to the long-term sustainability of global maritime trade," said Rachael White, Conference Editorial Director, TOC Worldwide Events. "Maersk has taken a very clear global leadership stance on all of these issues and we are delighted to welcome Eivind Kolding to share the company's vision with our global audience."
Convened under the theme "Partnership, Performance and Profit: New Efficiencies for the New Normal," the 35th TOC Europe and TOC Container Supply Chain conference takes place from 7-9 June in Antwerp, Belgium.