To get from Point A to Point B, commodities travel miles and modes. This is a supply chain.
On Jan. 29 and 30, logistics companies and professionals will also travel miles and modes for Cargo Logistics Canada, an international supply chain symposium.
Port Saint John manager of cargo development Shannon Blanchard will be among delegates heading to Vancouver for the symposium. The Port is working alongside the Greater Moncton International Airport, Port of Belledune and provincial Department of Economic Development to promote the region to an audience of more than 1,500 delegates.
The New Brunswick consortium is also sponsoring two sessions and a VIP reception. They will be displaying a booth at the trade show, along with collaborative marketing materials.
Blanchard said the Port’s representation at the conference is two-fold.
“Our primary objective in participating at such a high level is to further promote and develop our business presence within the Port systems in Canada as being a container service provider with global connections. We’re still new in the game, and it is important for us to see our growth continue in this sector,” she said.
Last year, Port Saint John experienced immense growth in the container sector. Container tonnage increased by 59 per cent over 2012 statistics, with 76,269 TEUs. Since 2012, Port Saint John has welcomed two global connections – Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and Hapag-Lloyd via long-time Port partner Tropical Shipping.
In addition to highlighting the Port’s increasing presence in container handling, Blanchard will be sharing information about the Port’s capabilities, land availability for establishing long-term leasing opportunities and break bulk capabilities.
The Port is uncongested, with rail and road connections through Atlantic and Central Canada, as well as New England. This is another feature Blanchard hopes to promote to industry leaders.
This is the inaugural Cargo Logistics Canada event. For that reason, Blanchard said it’s difficult to predict exactly who will be in attendance. The Port representative expects there will be delegates representing transportation assets, cargo owners, industry associations, logistics services and government.
For more information about Cargo Logistics Canada, check out their website: http://www.cargologisticscanada.com