CONTAINING COVID19: Containerisation’s Role in Global Vaccine Logistics

An online seminar & virtual networking event for container logistics, cold chain & healthcare professionals

15 April 2021 | FROM 10:30 BST

Attendance of this event is free of charge to delegates.

While the first wave of ultra-low temperature COVID19 vaccine distribution is centred mainly around airfreight and road, containerisation is already playing a vital role in meeting the world’s greatest ever supply chain challenge. Over coming weeks and months, that role is only set to grow.

Today, container shipping is already enabling the international distribution of syringes, vials, PPE and other key medical equipment needed to administer vaccines. Container ports are stepping up as vaccine logistics hubs, working with airfreight, ocean and landside logistics to provide much-needed cold storage capacity and other supply chain services. Specialist ultra-deep freeze refrigerated containers are filling a gap where cold chain infrastructure is lacking. And as new vaccines roll out rapidly that do not require such deep refrigeration, reefer containers will play a growing role both in transport and storage.

This online seminar and virtual networking event brings together public and private stakeholders from across the global container shipping, cold chain and healthcare worlds to discuss the challenges and opportunities of vaccine logistics.

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  • Containerised vaccine logistics over the next 2 years - global and regional perspectives
  • 'It's not a vaccine, it's a patient': What's needed for safe carriage of COVID19 vaccines in containers and what can be learnt from existing containerised pharma logistics?
  • What are the risk, liability and insurance implications?
  • How do we safeguard vaccine integrity and avoid temperature excursions across complex multimodal cold chains?
  • What are the options for sea-air collaboration?
  • In-transit visibility, traceability and chain of custody - IoT, data and digitalisation
  • Managing regulatory processes and documentation for cross-border vaccine trade
  • What can the container industry do to help in the fight against counterfeit vaccines and ancillaries?
  • What are the key steps to GDP compliant container logistics?
  • Will there be enough of the right reefer containers to fulfil demand?
  • How will other segments of the reefer container market be impacted?
  • What are the implications for ports and other critical infrastructure?
  • Packing and packaging - best practice and new technology
  • Implications for container refrigeration technology
  • How can containers help at the last mile of vaccine storage and delivery?
  • Health security - protecting seafarers, port staff and other frontline logistics and transport workers; co-ordinating international vaccinations
  • How to foster cross-industry and private-public sector collaboration in end-to-end container logistics and seafreight solutions for vaccine, pharma and healthcare supply chains

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Confirmed Speakers & Moderators

Steve Biggs

Steve Biggs, Dockers Section Senior Assistant, International Transport Workers Federation

Dockers Section Senior Assistant started in November 2020 after working as a docker in the port of Southampton for 26 years.
Steve was the UK Delegate for the ITF Dockers Section from 2011 to 2020 and the former chair of the Dockers Occupational Safety & Health Working Group.
Michael Culme Seymour

Michael Culme Seymour, Consultant, World Economic Forum / VP & Managing Director APAC, Roambee

After a brief 6-year service in the Royal Navy, Michael has held leadership positions over the last 35 years with Airline, Freight, Courier and Life Science logistics companies. More recently, Michael has become an independent consultant advising organizations such as the World Health Organization and the World Economic Forum on aspects around Emergency Covid-19 Supply chain logistics and vaccine preparedness across the ASEAN and Pacific Region.
Michael has recently taken up a new role as Vice President and Managing Director, APAC for Roambee Ltd, an on demand IOT Supply Chain visibility company. Before this, his tenure includes a verity of appointments including Global Vice President for Special Cargo with Swissair, CEO of Deutsche Post Global Mail (DHL) APAC and Vice President APAC for Marken (UPS). Michael is a specialist life science logistics expert focusing on providing solutions for biological sample and vaccination supply chains for the clinical trial industry.
For 9 months during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, Michael worked as an independent advisor to the WHO with a focus of assisting with the emergency supply chain and logistics of diagnostic and medical device support throughout the Pacific Region.
Michael holds a IDP Certificate from INSEAD and sits of the boards of various charitable and NGO organizations following his passion for philanthropic duty. Michael is also an active member of the Executive committee of The Logistics and Supply Chain Management Society.
Residing in Singapore, Michael has remained in Asia for the last 22 years.
Neame Craig

Craig Neame, Partner, HFW

Craig specializes in shipping, logistics & supply chain and marine insurance. Craig is particularly well known for his expertise in container shipping, multimodal transport, ports and terminals and project shipments. As well as dispute resolution, Craig also advises on transactional, technology/IP and regulatory projects. He was previously a main board director of a leading logistics provider where he combined commercial and legal roles. Craig is a member of the Legal and Insurance Committee of the British International Freight Association.
Craig is a qualified lawyer in England and Wales.
Sebastian Steinmüller

Sebastian Steinmüller,
Director Global Reefer Competency Center, DHL Global Forwarding

Sebastian has a proven track record in the Ocean freight industry for more than 15 years. Working the first  half of his carrier on various regional and global positions with shipping lines, he joined DHL Global Forwarding 9 years ago as the Head of Ocean Freight Eastern Europe and Israel. After successfully developing DHL Global Forwarding Ocean Freight footprint in the region he has been promoted to his current positions 4 years ago being part of DHL Global Forwarding global temperature controlled Ocean Freight team responsible for their Ocean freight solution around temperature controlled Life Science and Healthcare called DHL Ocean Thermonet.
In this position Sebastian is driving the product innovation as well as business development in the sector for temperature controlled ocean freight while being responsible for the internal training and station certification program supporting DHL leading position as logistics provider for the Life Science and Healthcare industry.
Tama Al

Al Tama
Vice President & General Manager Container & Port Solutions

Al Tama has more than 15 years of experience delivering mission-critical systems to shipping lines, marine terminal operators, and port complexes. As Vice President & General Manager of Container and Port Solutions at ORBCOMM, Mr. Tama is responsible for growing the company’s global footprint in the marine and intermodal container market. Before joining ORBCOMM, he served as General Manager at WAM Technologies, which deployed the first large-scale global telemetry control and monitoring system for nearly 300,000 refrigerated containers.  He also served as Director of Technology at Mark-IT Services, a leading provider of monitoring and protective services for refrigerated intermodal shipments in North America.

Hristo Petkov, Global Vertical head of Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare, A.P Moller-Maersk

Hristo has been a part of the Maersk team for nearly ten years. He started working within the Global Trade team, where he developed interest for temperature-controlled logistics. Thereafter, he joined the Sales and Marketing about five years ago, focusing on temperature-controlled commodities and specifically Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare. Being a part of this dedicated team that delivers breakthrough technologies and enables customers cold supply chains, he has developed true passion for Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Cold Chain Logistics. At Maersk he is responsible for establishing and growing the Pharma vertical, within Ocean, Air and Overland, and his expertise and level of experience allows him to support customers with solid solutions that can be developed by Maersk’s customer centric teams.

Vassilios Demetriades, Shipping Deputy Minister to the President Republic of Cyprus

Vassilios Demetriades has an impressive background in shipping and maritime logistics. Since 2013, he has been working for the European Commission as a national expert, initially on sustainable development issues in the shipping sector. He then served as Advisor and Member of the Office of Commissioner Androula Vassiliou. Since 2015, he has been working at the Department of Transportation and Mobility, coordinating the revision and updating of EU shipping policy as well as EU foreign relations in the field of maritime transport and is currently Cyprus Shipping Deputy Minister

Carl Bentzel, Comissioner, Federal Maritime Commission

Commissioner Carl Bentzel was nominated by President Trump on June 12, 2019, to a term expiring on June 30, 2024. The United States Senate confirmed his nomination on November 21, 2019, and he was sworn into office on December 9, 2019. Prior to his appointment at the Federal Maritime Commission, Commissioner Bentzel created and established a consulting services company where he represented clients on regulatory and legislative issues within the areas of transportation, energy and other areas of federal regulatory oversight. From 2004-2014, Commissioner Bentzel served as Vice President and head of the federal advocacy division of a full-scale public relations firm, the DCI Group.

Natalie Shaw, Director of Employment Affairs, International Chamber of Shipping

Natalie is the Director of Employment Affairs for the International Chamber of Shipping which she joined in 2003. Since this time she was actively involved in the consolidation of the ILO instruments into the Maritime Labour Convention 2006, acts as Ship owner coordinator on discussions on issues such as the ILO Minimum Wage, Crew Claims and Abandonment, Fair Treatment, Piracy, Seafarer medical issues to name but a few areas. She was also involved in leading the ICS effort towards the updating of the STCW Convention culminating in the Diplomatic Conference held in Manila in June 2010. Over the last year, she has focussed her attention on ensuring seafarers are supported through the pandemic.

Michael Yarwood, Managing Director Loss Prevention, TT Club

Mike is the Managing Director for TT Club’s Loss Prevention Department. Mike joined TT Club in 2010 as a Claims Executive providing advice to transport operator Members globally, having previously held operation management roles within the logistics industry for 13 years. Previous roles incorporated full responsibility in terms of budget, legislative, operational and health and safety compliance, including being the nominated dangerous goods safety advisor.

Siddharth Adya, Vice President Group Cargo Solutions and Platform Development, PSA International Pte Ltd

Siddharth Adya is an innovative and results-driven leader with a track record of achieving success in highly competitive and complex operating environments. He has extensive experience in managing large regional and global P&Ls and cross-cultural teams. Developed and managed global customer relationships at the leadership level and across a wide cross-section of industry sectors. Skilled in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, International Business Operations, Business and Digital Transformation.

Rachael White, Managing Director, Cool Logistics Resources Ltd

Rachael has over 30 years covering global cargo supply chains, shipping, logistics, ports and land transport as a writer, editor, conference producer, emcee and event moderator. Helping corporates, NGOs, event organisers and institutional clients synthesize complex macro and micro trends to make their mark and steer their strategy.

Nick Savvides,  Managing Editor, Container News

Nick Joined Container News on 1 January 2020 following a 30-year career in maritime journalism has included working for some of the major publications in the industry, including Seatrade in Athens, Greece, International Freighting Weekly, Containerisation International’s online news service, ci-online, The Naval Architect and Fairplay. Working mainly as a written news journalist Nick has also produced radio and TV pieces and, while working as a freelance in the early part of his career was published in national and international daily publications, such as The Guardian, The Daily Express, The Observer, The Independent and The New York Times.



10:40 SESSION 1

Containerisation's role in global vaccine logistics: Expectations, challenges, opportunities, priorities

13:40 SESSION 2

Health security: Protecting seafarers, port staff and other frontline container logistics and transport workers around the world

15:00 CLOSE


What to Expect

Global Participation & 1-2-1 Virtual Networking

Join a global community of container shipping, logistics, infrastructure, transport, technology, cold chain and vaccine distribution executives. Take advantage of the latest virtual event technology to empower your business networking with AI matchmaking, 1-2-1 chat and video meetings

Expert Speakers & Panels

Learn and discuss with international experts on the key building blocks to deliver robust and reliable vaccine logistics across complex multimodal container operations and cold chains.

About the Organisers

Cool Logistics Resources and Container News have teamed up to bring you online seminars, virtual networking and digital content covering key issues in global container logistics, with a particular focus on refrigerated container trade and cold supply chain operations.

Established in 2009, Cool Logistics is the world’s leading network, knowledge and education resource for logistics, shipping and cold supply chain professionals dealing with perishable cargoes of all types. We provide digital community platforms, expert content, virtual, physical and hybrid events to inform, inspire and connect cold chain executives and businesses across the globe from production to consumption.

Created by shipping industry executives, Container News is one of the fastest-growing digital portals covering global ocean freight, maritime trade and the container supply chain. Our platform monitors events and trends in world liner shipping and containerisation and delivers daily news, well-researched information, expert opinions and data to industry executives and decision-makers. Our contributors and readers include liner shipping and vessel operators, ports and terminals, freight forwarders, exporters and importers, traders, logistics providers and 3PLs, container manufacturers and their suppliers, banks and financial institutions, insurers, analysts, consultants, NGOs, governments and regulators.

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