Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA) hosted a webinar entitled “Port BULK Challenges post COVID-19”
On February 10, 2021 – the Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA) hosted a webinar entitled “Port BULK Challenges post COVID-19”.
The webinar was held via ZOOM videoconference platform and welcomed over 200 participants. The session included presentations from four leading experts from the Port BULK sector followed by a deep-dive Q&A session.
The centrepiece of the 105-minute webinar, moderated by Dr. Pietro de Michieli – Chair of PEMA’s Equipment Design & Infrastructure Committee, was the presentations delivered by the four keynote speakers:
Fernando Machinena – President | Oteko group
Mahmoud Akra – Sales & Business Development Manager | AL Khaleej Sugar Group
Vincenzo Defalco – Manager Business Development | LD Port & Logistics
Francesca Bonsignore – Consultant Associate| Rocktree Consulting
With emphasis on infrastructure, raw material goods, environment, technical assistance, financial costs, past project where we can obtain views and ideas about the future, our speakers from Russia, Egypt, Italy, and Singapore, examined thoroughly what might be the next challenges in the Port BULK industry post COVID-19.
“Bulk fleet worldwide was heavily increasing during the last decades offering a lot of opportunities to trade the commodities and simultaneously a lot of challenges. New ports and terminals were planned in the most remote areas as well as many new transhipping operation to export or import materials. On top of this already interesting scenario there will be the post Covid effect which will surely grant a further increase and during Covid period agri-bulk commodities trading improved a lot” says Dr. Pietro de Michieli – Chair of PEMA’s Equipment Design & Infrastructure Committee.
“In these exceptionally challenging times, it is more important than ever that we understand the challenges of the Port BULK sector. PEMA is dedicated to enabling greater understanding within the sector and the wider community,” says PEMA President and Chairman of the Board, Ottonel Popesco.
Founded in 2004, PEMA provides a forum and public voice for the global port equipment and technology sectors. The Association has seen strong growth in recent years, and now has more than 125 member companies representing all facets of the industry, including crane, equipment and component manufacturers, automation, software and technology providers, consultants, and other experts.