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Dear Reader,

I am always keen to read the latest analysis from BIMCO's Peter Sand. In our lead article this month we report on his view that there are some exciting things going on in the dry bulk sector.

ABTO enjoys a close relationship with ICHCA International, and so extends a warm welcome to Richard Steele as its new head. Richard has spoken at our annual Bulk Terminals conference in his present capacity as chief executive at Port Skills and Safety (PSS). He takes over on the retirement of Captain Richard Brough OBE in July. Richard has been a huge support to ABTO and while he will be missed, I am sure we will keep in touch and his input will not be entirely lost.

Other coverage reports that the vaccination lottery is beginning to hit the dry bulk sector hardest. On the more positive side the Port of Rotterdam has achieved a record breaking reduction in its total carbon emissions and the Port of Esbjerg is working on efforts to achieve the port’s emissions reduction goal to reduce carbon emissions at the Danish port by 70% by 2030.

Also good to hear Henrik L Pedersen, ABP chief executive officer, say "Creating a culture of workplace health is not a nice-to-have; it is a core business priority and goes hand in hand with proactive employee engagement efforts.” They have signed Maritime UK’s Mental Health in Maritime Pledge.

Enjoy these and the other articles - keep in touch and stay safe 

Simon Gutteridge 
Chief Executive, ABTO 

PS: Do not forget to register to for the ABTO supported Institution of Mechanical Engineers' (IMechE) Material Size Reduction Seminar tomorrow, Tuesday 27 April. To view the full speaker line-up - which includes The Wolfson Centre's Professor Mike Bradley who sits on the ABTO Members Advisory Panel - and seminar programme, please click here   

Please click here to read the APRIL 2021 issue of ABTONews 

Tuesday 19 – Thursday 21 October
Conference: Wednesday 20  Thursday 21 October
Pre-conference terminal visit: Tuesday 19 October

With a full programme focused on the concerns of operators, each year the ABTO Bulk Terminals conference offers sound practical solutions for improving safety, streamlining operations and ensuring environmental protection – as well as a market analysis and development opportunities. 
Autonomous operations and digitalisation have been raised as subjects of interest. Naturally, Bulk Terminals 2021, held at the Freeport of Riga Authority conference venue will consider the impact of covid-19 on bulk terminals. 
Given the importance to Latvian and Baltic ports of transit cargoes, rail and transport connectivity will also be covered.

To discuss speaking and sponsorship opportunities at Bulk Terminals 2021 Riga, please contact  +33 (0)3 21 47 72 19. To register to attend on-line please click here 

With thanks to  BRUKS Siwertell   BUTTIMER Engineering  and  BEDESCHI  for sponsoring Bulk Terminals 2021 Riga

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