This June the historic maritime city of Charleston in South Carolina, USA will host INTERCEM Shipping Americas, as the internationally renowned INTERCEM Shipping Forum travels across the Atlantic for the first time.
Since its launch in 2012, the INTERCEM Shipping Forum has become the foremost meeting place in Europe for all those involved in the shipping, handling, import and export of cement, clinker and related products. Attracting delegates from more than 50 countries, representatives regularly participate from across the supply chain including cement producers, traders, port and terminals operators, ship owners, charterers and equipment and service providers. Focussing in particular on developments in the Mediterranean and in Northern Europe, the Forum has become the ‘must-attend event’ for the latest forecasts, insight and analysis in the sector.
In North America, forecasters are all in agreement that the coming years will see cement imports steadily returning to the USA, fuelled by a strong dollar and significant investment in both infrastructure and housing. In preparation, both private and port operated terminals are re-opening across the country after lying dormant through the global economic crisis. Against this background, and responding to industry feedback in the United States, in 2016 INTERCEM will host a special ‘Americas’ version of our dedicated cement industry shipping and logistics forum in Charleston, South Carolina.
Held over one and a half days at the Hyatt House & Hyatt Place Charleston Historic District, this special meeting will hear from industry experts on key topics for the industry moving forward, including:
- Market forecasts (both cement and bulk shipping)
- The cement and bulk carrier fleets
- Global trade flows
- New ship designs
- Freight rates
- Handling SCMs (supplementary cementitious materials) including Fly Ash
- Port and terminal design / latest technology
- Portside logistics, storage and operations
- Bunker costs
+ much, much more
Coverage within the Forum programme will look especially at the North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, both in the Atlantic and the Pacific as well as the Great Lakes.
Charleston is often voted as “America’s Most Friendly City” and we hope that you will be able to join us in this beautiful and historic location when the international cement industry convenes here later this year.