Breakbulk Americas 2017 Exhibitors to Support Hurricane Relief at Upcoming Event
Companies exhibiting at Breakbulk Americas 2017, the largest event in the Americas for the project cargo and breakbulk industry, will use this gathering of more than 5,000 professionals to bring relief to the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
And they're going about it in some pretty meaningful ways that reflect the worldwide support for the thousands of people devastated by the hurricane and historic flooding.
“While so many of our colleagues and friends are still dealing with the aftermath of
this catastrophe, we don't find it appropriate to have our Breakbulk party this year
and instead have chosen to help our colleagues in need,” Per Petersen, president of
Germany-based BBC Chartering said. This year, the heavy-lift carrier will donate its
booth furniture—living room set, dining sets and bar stools, admittedly a little
“homier than usual.” Anyone attending the event can nominate a person within the
transportation industry to win the furniture sets.
Similarly, Saudi Arabian logistics provider Bahri has made the decision to shift its
sponsorship of the annual charity golf tournament to Harvey relief efforts. Money
raised for the tournament and additional donations received on the show floor will
be given to the Maritime Workers Emergency Medical Fund, a Texas non-profit
established by the late Jerry Nagel, a Breakbulk Lifetime Achievement Award winner.
At Stewart World Ports, North America's most northern ice-free port—located in one
of the most beautiful settings on the continent at the end of the Portland Canal in
Western Canada—is skipping the swag and instead donating $1 to the Red Cross for
every business card collected at its booth. Breanne Pappin, who heads the port's
public relations department, has issued a challenge to all Breakbulk Americas
exhibitors to do the same.
Thankfully, Hurricane Harvey did no damage to the GRB or to nearby hotels, so the
event could proceed as planned. “Hurricane Harvey was an absolute nightmare, but I
am thankful to see our Houston community come together and restoration efforts
are in full force,” Breakbulk Americas event director, Christian Thompson said. “We
are beyond grateful that the George R. Brown Convention Center and downtown
area did not take on water or sustain any serious damage. Breakbulk Americas will
provide the perfect atmosphere to gather all colleagues and recognize how our
Breakbulk industry is truly resilient.”
Now in its 28th year, Breakbulk Americas will be held Oct. 17-19, 2018, at the George
R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. While the majority of attendees will hail
from Texas, already representatives from more than 50 U.S. states and Canadian
provinces, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and from companies as far away as Singapore,
Spain and Saudi Arabia have registered for the event.
More than an exhibition, Breakbulk Americas offers two full days of conference
sessions, along with micro-seminars, an education workshop for students studying to
become the next generation of maritime leaders and—new this year—TechZone
Americas, sponsored by Jade Logistics, and offered in cooperation with Bechtel and
the University of Houston's College of Technology.
This year's keynotes feature Ed Gore,Vice President, Marketing & Business
Development, Bechtel Oil Gas & Chemicals, who will give an outlook for Oil & Gas
Projects, which will have a major impact on companies up and down the industrial
supply chain, and Rodger Baker, Vice President of Strategic Analysis at Stratfor, who
will provide an Americas Trade Update.
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Breakbulk events are held in four locations around the world. In addition to Houston,
Texas, Breakbulk Middle East will be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from 6-7 Feb. 2018,
Breakbulk China in Shanghai from 26-29 March 2018, and Breakbulk Europe, the
largest event of its kind in the world, will be held in Bremen, Germany, 29-31 May
2018. For more information about exhibiting, sponsoring and attending these events,
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