Passionate about the ports of Bremen: successful attendance at the fair in Rotterdam and exciting prospects for the second half of 2024

The Breakbulk Europe 2024 ends today with a true success for the ports of Bremen: at a large joint stand, bremenports and 16 co-exhibitors from the Bremen region literally flew the flag in Rotterdam, in this case Bremen’s red and white striped flag. As second contender after Antwerp in the European ranking of ports that handle machinery, forest and steel products, the ports of Bremen impressively demonstrated their role as hub of the global supply chain for industrial projects. The fair attracted around 12,000 experts from more than 120 different countries and was thus the ideal platform for presenting the efficiency and comprehensive service portfolio of the ports of Bremen for breakbulk, high & heavy and project cargo.

Outstanding projects, such as transhipping the upper stage of launch vehicle Ariane 6 from the Weser into space or the loading of gigantic harbour cranes, clearly illustrated the ports’ great expertise and flexibility for dealing with unusual “heavyweights”. In this case, the focus was on Neustädter Hafen in Bremen, the largest terminal in Europe for breakbulk and high & heavy. With covered and outdoor storage space of more than a million square metres, a 2400-metre-long quay and a water depth of up to 11 metres, this port offers ideal conditions for handling more than two million tons of cargo per annum. 

“We had a number of really positive talks and made useful contacts with the aim of drawing international attention to the particular abilities of our ports. Bremen’s stand at the Breakbulk has meanwhile become a fixed port of call for many visitors to the fair. We have even found this to be true today, the last day of the fair which otherwise tends to be quieter”, said Ronald Schwarze, head of bremenports marketing department.

The Breakbulk is over, but the next international events are on the horizon

Making new contacts, networking, strengthening customer relationships and meeting potential new customers, representing the interests of the port location – bremenports will continue to do all that and more at numerous trade fairs and events after the end of this year’s Breakbulk. Several things are already lined up for the second half of the year:

One of the next events, for example, is the “Logistics Talk” in Neuss (13 June.) This talk event hosted by bremenports will then move on to Austria (Vienna, 12 September), Southern Germany (Stuttgart, 10 October), and finally to the Czech Republic (Prague, 7 November). These events provide an ideal platform for sharing knowledge with existing and potential customers of the ports of Bremen. The Logistics Talks series is a combination of panel discussion and networking event, beginning with interesting discussions or presentations on port topics, followed by a get-together where attendees have the opportunity to enjoy stimulating discussions and cultivate contacts with individual customers.

After their successful attendance at the Breakbulk Europe 2024, the ports of Bremen will remain in the international spotlight: whether at the Transport Logistic in Shanghai (June), the Antwerp XL (October), the Breakbulk Americas in Houston (October) or the IAPH World Ports Conference that will take place in Hamburg in October, bremenports – in cooperation with other companies – will continue to beat the drum for the ports of Bremen.

When it comes to sustainability, bremenports looks forward to hosting an event on its home ground: after its successful premiere last year, the Envoconnect – the sustainability conference organised by Bremen’s ports and logistics community – will take place for the second time on 19 and 20 September 2024. Once again, the Envoconnect organisation team has come up with an inspiring agenda and outstanding speakers for this year’s programme. The line-up now includes Professor Klaus Töpfer, Professor Christian Berg, Cornelius Eich and Isabelle Rykbost, who will provide new input for the sustainability community at the ports of Bremen. Anyone wishing to attend the two-day conference at Atlantic Hotel Sail City in Bremerhaven can register now at www.envoconnect.com.

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