29 - 31 October 2019

CCCI, Cartagena, Colombia

Ocean carriers have had a turbulent few years, what we can we expect going forward?

Shipping Lines will attend TOC Americas as speakers and as delegates to reveal the regional liner shipping outlook

London, 18 July 2018

The 2016 collapse of Hanjin Shipping (and its subsequent bankruptcy in 2017) remains the lowest point in recent years for liner shipping. The financial fall exposed the fundamental weakness of the industry, namely rising costs and over supply which was driven by the previous decade’s carrier fleet expansion. The shipping line industry now appears to have settled into three principal space sharing pacts: The Ocean Alliance, THE Alliance and the 2M Alliance. Together these three alliances will account for around 90% of capacity on major routes. The expectation is that these carriers can truly implement a disciplined capacity pricing strategy and to deliver cost savings.

The TOC Americas Conference and Exhibition (13 – 15 November, Panama) will once again assemble the region’s key shipping lines and will look to assess the full effect of the years of market consolidation. This new world order must now look to meet the demand of the modern-day consumer where ecommerce is transforming how transactions and trades are done domestically and cross borders and improve its performance whilst balancing controlling and disciplining its investments and costs.

The region’s leading shipping lines will be represented at TOC Americas with Lars Oestergaard Nielsen, President – Latin America & Caribbean, Maersk Line and Howard Finkel, EVP, COSCO Container Lines both confirmed to speak already.

Key talking points for shipping line attendees at the TOC Americas Conference will include:

  • The impact of the new alliances
  • Implementing disciplined capacity management
  • The New Liner World and pressures on smaller carriers
  • Will the industry look to flood the market again in this era of a strong economy?
  • Has the industry learned from the mistakes of Hanjin?
  • Is the container shipping industry capable of returning to decent financial returns?

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TOC Americas format

2-track conference programme: Container Supply Chain (which includes a session on Cold Chain) and TECH TOC – Terminal Operations (which includes a session on Bulk)

Technical Tour: Details to be announced soon

Comprehensive networking programme: Details to be announced soon

The TOC Americas Conference App:  Participants at the conference will benefit from a bespoke conference app which allows attendees to put questions directly

to panels (anonymously if preferred) as well as create bespoke agendas and meeting lists of exhibitors.

The TOC Americas port technology exhibition will feature suppliers from across the globe including Camco Technologies, Phoenix Terminal Solutions,

Terberg Tractors Americas, ABB, Liebherr and Prysmian.


TOC Americas

13 – 15 November 2018
Megapolis Hard Rock Hotel, Panama City, Panama



About TOC Worldwide 
For 40 years, TOC Worldwide has provided the market-leading conference and exhibition forums for the global port and terminal industries and their customers. With a change of name to TOC Container Supply Chain, the TOC event portfolio is now evolving fast to attract a wider audience of container supply chain professionals. Taking place each year in the world’s four key shipping hubs – Europe, Middle East, Americas and Asia – each TOC is now a complete container supply chain event for its region, bringing together cargo owners, logistics providers, carriers, ports, terminals and other key members of the container supply chain to learn, debate, network and foster new business solutions.

Notes to editors: 
For further information regarding this release, please contact:

Rachael White, Content Director, TOC Worldwide 
Tel +44 (0) 20 8279 9403 | Email rachael.white@toc-events.com

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Caroline Hunt, Marketing Manager, TOC Worldwide 
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