Conference Agenda at a Glance:

•      Economic outlook for the dry bulk shipping market and future shipping trends
•      Outlook on African dry bulk shipping demands
- What are the challenges of exporting raw materials from the continent?
- How logistical constraints are limiting business development in the mining sector?
•      Assessing the impact of China, India and other emerging countries on trade in dry bulk shipping
•      The dynamics behind dry bulk shipping rates - recovery of dry bulk freight rate in 2015? Outlook of freight rates going in the near future?
•      Industrial minerals supply and demand logistics - iron ore, coal, cement - Outlook on African countries growth prospects
•      New developments in Africa dry bulk ports and terminals - upcoming port and infrastructure projects
•      New investment for integrating ports, inland terminals and logistics network
•      Best practices in dry bulk terminal operations - incorporating modern dry bulk terminal design
•      Improving cargo handling with optimized terminal infrastructure facilities - Upgrading and maintenance of bulk handling facilities
•      Emerging techniques for bulk handling in ports and terminals
•      Dry bulk terminals and storage for fertilisers and grains
•      Improving terminal IT systems: Integration of operations, management, finance, planning and customer service functions
•      Improving port accessibility through rail and road integration
•      Handling and transshipment solutions at bulk facilities to cope with the increased trade flow
•      Supply chain and logistics challenges for bulk terminal efficiency and pricing
•      Challenges facing dry bulk terminals in Africa regions
- Changing trade patterns
- Terminal developments
- Berth availability and port demands and priorities
- Technical challenges including documentation, warranty issues, local labour training and retention and stock management
•      Understanding security and surveillance - Challenges and key initiatives in ensuring seaport and cargo security
•      Safe transportation of minerals and dealing with cargo liquefaction