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TOC Europe 2018 hits record attendance as ports, terminals and container supply chain execs focus in on a smart, collaborative future

London, 12 July 2018

TOC Europe, the world's leading exhibition and conference hub for global port and terminal operators, container supply chain professionals and technology providers, welcomed close to 4,000 industry executives at its 43rd edition in Rotterdam this June.


Ahoy! TOC Europe 2019 returns to Rotterdam

London, 25 June 2018

TOC Europe – Your Global Container Supply Chain Event

TOC Europe is the global meeting place for ports, terminals, shipping lines, 3PLs & shippers. TOC Europe is part of a global portfolio of events that bring together stakeholders of the container supply chain to learn, debate and network.


Four visions of 'a brave new world' for container supply chains 25 years on

London, 19 June 2018

Operators of container supply chains have been urged to prepare for different future industry scenarios by embracing digitisation and focusing on trends at work in the B2C sector. Presenting the TT Club’s analysis of box shipping 25 years from now, Brave New World – container transport in 2043, at last week’s TOC Container Supply Chain conference in Rotterdam, the insurance firm’s risk management director, Peregrine Storrs-Fox, said almost every respondent surveyed agreed that the industry would be transformed as a result of the digital revolution in wider society.


Competition red tape may tie major carriers in too many knots for more M&A

London, 18 June 2018

The era of large-scale consolidation among the major container carriers is likely at an end, delegates at last week’s TOC Container Supply Chain event in Rotterdam heard.

Lars Jensen, chief executive of SeaIntelligence Consulting, said the largest carriers were now reaching a scale that meant any further consolidation wold likely be impeded by competition authorities.


Ports and their equipment suppliers aim to set standards for a hi-tech future

London, 14 June 2018

The disconnect between container ports and the industry that supplies its equipment could be partially bridged by a new joint initiative between the Federation of European Private Port Companies and Terminals (FEPORT) and the Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA).

The two groups are to form a joint working group to develop common standards across the terminal industry, which, despite the ubiquity of container technology, has for decades been plagued by complexity and different technical...


Knowledge is key in the supply chain's battle to keep out counterfeit goods

London, 13 June 2018

Efforts to curtail the supply chain of counterfeit goods should be part of the everyday practice of supply chain service providers, delegates at the TOC Container Supply Chain conference in Rotterdam heard this morning.

Incorporating a “Know Your Customer” (KYC) principle into the Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) group of major shippers, shipping lines and freight service providers should also help government agencies, such as customs authorities, join the battle.


Hamburg and Rotterdam lead the way in call for data sharing among ports

London, 12 June 2018

Two of Europe’s largest container gateways, Rotterdam and Hamburg, today revealed that they have been involved in ‘unprecedented levels of collaboration’.

Joyce Bliek, director of digital business solutions at Rotterdam, told delegates at the TOC Container Supply Chain event in Rotterdam: “In the last couple of months Hamburg and Rotterdam have shared port call data to try to optimise port calls of the shipping lines in the North Europe area.