Delegates enjoying a coffee before the conference.
Helen Coffey, Event Co-ordinator is busy with the registration of the delegates.
Anne Williams, Commercial Director helping out the delegates.
Delegates make their way to the conference hall.
Alex von Stempel, Managing Director, Cool Logistics Resources opens the conference.
Alex von Stemple said there has been a difficult period in the sector and possibly more challenges to come.
Thomas Eskesen, Joachim Paul Bosch, Chayenne Wiskerke. Are the speaker for the morning session.
Thomas Eskesen, Eskesen Advisory was the moderator of the first day.
Joachin Coens, CEO of the Port of Zeebrugge spoke about the role of ports in the 21st century.
Paul Bosch, Food and Agriculture Supply Chain Analyst at Rabobank. He said that growth rate in the sector was good, there is also big opportunities developing countries due to the increase in cell phone use and refrigeration.
Chayenne Wiskerke, Managing Director at Wiskerke Onions explained how her company continues to supply 90 countries worldwide, by increasing yields and using up to date technology, such as quality control equipment and mobile aps.
Jan Debaillie, Group Logisitcs Director at Ardo group
Stephan Gosiau, Laurent Spiessens and Jurgen Lefere from PSA.
Henrik Henson, Daikin with John Murphy from Newfoundland Resources.
Jean Vanmalle, Compagnie Fruitiere with Thomas Eskesen.
Leo Lagendijk from Zeeland Ports.
Albert Vermeulen, Erwin van Heist and Henrik Klinge.
Anne Tanse and Kartik Kumar from Carrier Transgold with Mauricio Lozano from Triton Containers.
Kasper Hansen from Agro Merchants and Rogier Rook form Nature's Pride.
Chris Swartz, AFC International with Ricardo Monteiro and Ole Schack Petersen, Maersk.
Laurent Spiessens, PSA with Gordon Brine UASC.
Jean Ruinard from Zeeland Ports with Ruud Liberton from Hapag Lloyd.
Adrie Visbeen, Visbeen and Henrik Henson, Daikin
Frank Ganse from Kuene + Nagel and Steve Alaerts from food Care Plus.
Jair Reis, Manuport Logistics, Dale Fiddy, NFT and Nigel Jenny, Fresh Produce Consortium.
Alexis Michel, group Logistics and Reefer Vice President is the first speaker after the break.
Alexis Michel spoke about the imbalance of supply and demand, with more supply than demand. But things are not as bad as some people say and that there will continue to be more alliances between the various line.
Steve Wiggins, research Fellow Overseas Development Institute spoke about the obesity problem especially in developing countries as fruit and vegetable prices rise while the price of processed food falls.
Wim Dillen, Port of Antwerpen.
Nigel Jenny from the Fresh Produce Consortium asked shippers to understand what is in the containers and to think about what the customers want, he also spoke about the problems of migrants and refugees and how it is effecting the fruit and veg import to the UK.
Phillip Damas from Drewry said that transit time are getting longer and reliability is getting better, but service needs to be looked at.
Mukul Ghildiyal, Managinbg Director of Master Consultants reviewed the design of new ship from Stena Line which was announced at this conference two years ago.
Markus Fekkmann, Hellmann and Rogier Rook from Nature's Pride.
Werner van Beek, Luiknatie, Maartje Driessens, Port of Antwerpen, Peter van den Broeck and Chantal van der Velde from Puratos.
Micheala Steineker and Andrea Marciniak from Hamburg Sud.
Thomas Luczynski, AT&T and Valentine Van Keere, iSea.
The last session of the day was the annual ocean freight debate. Alexis Michel, Frank Ganse - Kuene+Nagel, Thomas Eskesen and Ole Schack Petersen - Mearsk.