Breakbulk Middle East (BBME), the largest event for the project cargo and breakbulk industry in the region, connects governments, global logistics and shipping firms to the world’s top EPCs to boost the region’s economy.
Reaffirming BBME’s commitment to tackle post-pandemic challenges, notable industry leaders from DP World, Abu Dhabi Ports Group, DSV Abu Dhabi and other UAE organisations gathered at a press conference ahead the 2022 edition of the conference and exhibition.
Held under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, BBME 2022 is scheduled to take place on February 1 and 2 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
DP World is the Host port yet again for the third consecutive year. With participation from local and international representatives, the event promises to provide attendees networking opportunities with potential business partners, fellow service providers and project owners.
Eng Hessa Al Malek, Advisor to the Minister for Maritime Transport Affairs, The UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure said: “Following a year of disruptions in global transportation and logistics, the UAE has emerged a leader in tackling challenges and finding viable solutions. During the peak of the pandemic, UAE ports ensured the smooth passage of essential items. Our ports have showcased their excellent capabilities by handling huge amounts of cargo to keep the country and region going.
“They also successfully carried out crew change and repatriation, ensuring the well-being of the seafarer community. With support from industry stakeholders, we are consistently working to further uplift the sector. The 2022 edition of BBME will help us in this endeavour of realising our aspirations for the project cargo sector in the UAE.”
As one of the first strategic events of the year, BBME 2022 will enable dialogue between companies and authorities from across the region, devising innovative solutions that can aid industry progress globally.
It will also encourage collaboration and foster high-value deals as attendees will have access to leaders with decision-making ability and purchasing power. These include top management of major EPCs, manufacturers, ports and terminals and energy companies among others.
Shahab Al Jassmi, Commercial Director – Ports & Terminals, DP World UAE said: “Last year, despite the pandemic, our Jebel Ali Port transported one of the largest project cargoes of four mega polyethylene reactors, on a container ship. In total, 839 tonnes of cargo, occupying 424 TEU slots, were transported. This showcases the competencies of the port that offers access to over 3.5 billion consumers in the MEASA region and connectivity to more than 150 shipping lines and over 80 weekly services.”
Al Jassmi added: “We realise the significance of the sector to the economy of the UAE. Hence, we are constantly working to enhance our support to the project cargo and breakbulk sector. The breakbulk sector plays a crucial role in stimulating this growth as it is vital to the import-export business. Through our association with BBME, we are looking forward to shedding light on the importance of this key segment. We also hope to utilise the platform to have insightful discussions with our peers about the state of the sector.”
Mohammad Jaber, Chief Operating Officer & Managing Director Air and Sea, DSV Abu Dhabi said: “The pandemic has taught us to be agile to adapt to the constantly transforming world. At DSV, we focus on the changing trends in the supply chain and encourage innovation at every step of our business. We back ventures that make the supply chain efficient, and resilient and help our partners accelerate their growth. We are glad to partner with BBME as it is a great platform to connect with like-minded business people and discover new opportunities.”
Ben Blamire, Event Director of Breakbulk Middle East said: “After nearly two years of virtual interactions, BBME will bring the project cargo and breakbulk community together in Dubai. Professionals from across the supply chain will have numerous opportunities to further the sector’s development. Additionally, through our digital initiative ‘Breakbulk 365’, attendees can also access a series of webinars and the BreakbulkONE Show for updates on the project cargo industry.”
BBME 2022’s line-up comprises some of the biggest global project cargo transport and logistics companies in the region in the capacity of exhibitors and speakers. The conference programme will help attendees identify projects that have great potential and learn from experts.-- TradeArabia News Service