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Portland hosts 2018 PPG annual conference

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Overdimensional logistics network, Project Professionals Group’s 11th annual conference will be held in Portland, Oregon, USA, from 26-28 September next year (2018).

PPG general manager Kevin Stephens said the Port of Portland and the Port of Vancouver USA were the joint major sponsors for the event.

“The Port of Portland and the Port of Vancouver USA are both dynamic organisations and have put forward an excellent conference proposal and we thank them for their support and hospitality,” Mr Stephens said,

Mr Stephens said the 2018 conference dates had also been selected to also provide PPG members with the opportunity to visit the Breakbulk Americas conference and exhibition in Houston (2–4 October 2018), ensuring it was cost-effective to attend both events.

Mr Stephens said with the recommendation of the Port of Portland and Port of Vancouver USA the award-winning Benson Hotel had been selected as the conference venue with very attractive accommodation rates for members and guests.

Meanwhile, all 2018 dates for the ISO accredited PPG Certificate in Project Cargo Forwarding workshop run in conjunction with Breakbulk Events are confirmed and online registration available at Project Professionals Group.

 

  • Featured Image: The Port of Vancouver USA is a multi-purpose port authority on the Columbia River in Vancouver, Washington, that handles more than seven million tons of cargo each year, including project cargos. Image courtesy of Port of Vancouver USA

Melbourne lives up to most liveable city for PPG

Project Professionals Group’s 10th anniversary conference in Melbourne from 6-8 September delivered informative sponsor presentations and productive member meetings while also providing attendees with the opportunity to experience the world’s most liveable city.

PPG general manager Kevin Stephens said many members were visiting Australia for the first time and had the opportunity to see why Melbourne was voted the world’s most liveable city for the seventh year in a row in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Report 2017.

“A cruise on the Yarra River showcased many Melbourne landmarks, and the conference venue at Southbank offered a sample of the local lifestyle,” Mr Stephens said.

Presentations were made by BBC Chartering Australia Managing Director David Begg, Volga-Dnepr-Unique Air Cargo, USA, Operations Project Manager Victoria Cass and several new PPG members.

Editorial Director for Breakbulk Events and Media Gary Burrows delivered a presentation highlighting upcoming events and media opportunities.

Conference delegates also received a briefing on the Certificate in Project Forwarding workshop to run in Houston during the Breakbulk Americas education program from October 17-18.

Further information about the course, including testimonials and registration, is available at Project Professionals Group

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BBC Chartering Australia Managing Director David Begg presents PPG general manager Kevin Stephens with his delegates’ conference polo shirt sponsored by BBC Chartering.

Special welcome for PPG’s 10th anniversary conference

A traditional indigenous Australian dance will welcome Project Professionals Group members and sponsors at the project forwarding organisation’s 10th anniversary annual conference at the Langham Hotel in Melbourne, Australia, from 6-8 September 2017.

PPG founder and general manager Kevin Stephens said the Welcome to Australia Performance will be presented by The Open Fire Aboriginal Dance Troup from the Gunnai people of south-east Australia.

Mr Stephens said the One Fire Dance Troupe is one of Melbourne’s leading indigenous dance troupes and has performed nationally and internationally.

He said in addition to the welcome function, sponsor and member presentations, the two-day conference included a networking cruise on the Yarra River that flows through the city of Melbourne on its way to Port Phillip Bay.

“The 10th anniversary conference is a very special event and provides several corporate and social activities to celebrate this significant organisational milestone,” Mr Stephens said.

“PPG conference delegates will travel from over 40 different countries to attend this event to make and renew friendships and business links.”

Major conference sponsor presentations include AAL Shipping, BBC Chartering Australia Pty Ltd, Port Corpus Christi USA, and Volga-Dnepr-Unique Air Cargo, USA.

Conference sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please contact kevinstephens@ppgprojects.com

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Project Professionals Group members and sponsors will gather in Southbank, Melbourne, for the network’s 10th annual conference in September.

Project forwarding milestone for PPG

Saturday 27 August marks the 10th year of managing the transportation of overdimensional heavy-lift cargos for the Project Professionals Group.

PPG founder and general manager Kevin Stephens said since forming the network it had attracted an experienced and trusted group of project forwarders from around the world.

“Managing high value project cargos is a specialized industry and I am very proud of the reputation our members have in meeting the needs of their clients,” Mr Stephens said.

“PPG has very loyal members and sponsors and I would like to thank them all for their support over the past 10 years.”

Mr Stephens said the network was also very appreciative of the guidance of the PPG Advisory Board chaired by Susan St Germain of TransProject LLC.

To celebrate the 10-year milestone, PPG will hold its annual conference in Australia where the organization was first formed. Melbourne will be the host city from 6-8 September, 2017.

Project forwarders registering to attend the PPG Project Forwarding Certificate from 26-27 September in Houston during the Breakbulk Americas education program receive a one-day pass into the Breakbulk Americas exhibition hall and invitation to the opening reception.

The course now has a total of 450 graduates from 12 countries and this will be the seventh consecutive education program held in conjunction with the Breakbulk Americas Conference and Exhibition.

Further information about the course, including testimonials is available at Project Professionals Group.

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Project Professionals Group founder and general manager Kevin Stephens.

Houston hosts project forwarding training during Breakbulk Americas

Registrations are now open for the next Project Forwarding Certificate during the Breakbulk Americas education program in Houston from 26-27 September this year.

The training course is ISO accredited and also certified by the Project Management Institute (Arabian Gulf Chapter), and all participants receive a one-day entry pass into the Breakbulk Expo hall.

Project forwarders from Scan Global Logistics (Shanghai) Volga-Dnepr (United Kingdom), CSL-Vastwin (Nanjing) Fracht (Shanghai) Antrak (Philippines), Tehama Shipping Services (Iraq) and Martin Bencher (Shanghai) took the opportunity to refresh and further develop their professional skills during the most recent project forwarding course offered as part of the Breakbulk China education program. This training was held at the InterContinental Shanghai Expo Hotel from 14-15 March and offered attendees the opportunity to improve their skills and knowledge and then attend the Breakbulk China exhibition.

Further information about the course, including testimonials and registration, is available at Project Professionals Group and Breakbulk Americas

Group discounts are available.

 

PPG conference to celebrate 10th anniversary in Australia

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ABOVE: PPG members at their ninth annual conference held at the Trident Nariman Point Hotel, Mumbai, from 3-5 of February, 2016.

Project Professionals Group will celebrate its 10th anniversary at its annual conference in the world’s most liveable city Melbourne, Australia, next year.

The project forwarding network concluded its ninth annual conference from 3-5 of February in Mumbai, India.

PPG General Manager Kevin Stephens said the Mumbai conference was a very successful event with presentations from Adani, Bahri, Port of Antwerp, Mediterranean Shipping Company, Port of Vancouver, and Flinter Shipping.

New member presentations were made by Hemisphere Freight Services (UK), Heavy Logistics (Belgium), CTO DO Brasil, and Linuship Transitarios Lda (Portugal).

Mr Stephens said members had attended PPG annual conferences in every continent except Australia and the group’s 10th anniversary would be a fitting occasion to host the event in Melbourne.

“Many of our current members have been part of PPG since day one and celebrating our 10th anniversary is a significant milestone for our network,” Mr Stephens said.

“Melbourne has topped The Economist magazine’s best place to live in the world for the fifth consecutive year in 2015 and will be a wonderful venue for PPG members to network at their annual conference,” Mr Stephens said.

“Australia also continues to outperform many of its trading partners despite sluggish international economic growth around the world and I am sure meeting in Australia will be a timely opportunity to explore business growth opportunities.”

The conference hotel and event dates will be announced as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, registrations are open for the Certificate of Achievement in Project Cargo Management training course at the InterContinental Shanghai Expo Hotel from 14-15 March as part of the Breakbulk China education program. Further information, including testimonials and registration, is available at http://www.ppgprojects.com and http://www.breakbulk.com

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PPG Mumbai conference sponsors

Project forwarding training in China has global appeal

Project forwarders from China, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the Philippines have enrolled in the Certificate of Achievement in Project Cargo Management training course at the InterContinental Shanghai Expo Hotel from 17-18 March during Breakbulk China.
Training coordinator Kevin Stephens said attractive group training discounts were available for the course that also included an exhibition hall pass to Breakbulk China.
He said the ISO-accredited training has been held in 10 countries with 400 graduates over the last five years.
“This training course not only brings the benefits of practical knowledge that can be applied in the workplace from day one but also the opportunity to complete group exercises and develop important contacts in project forwarding from around the world,” Mr Stephens said.
Course modules included cargo case studies, risk management, strategic partnerships, value adding strategies, traffic and logistics functional planning, meeting client expectations, biosecurity, working with brokers, tricks of the trade, and preparing quotations.
Business communication addresses crisis communications, persuasive email, cultural communication, pitching with PowerPoint and how to write winning tenders.
Further information, including testimonials and registration, is available at http://www.ppgprojects.com and http://www.breakbulk.com

The Certificate of Achievement in Project Cargo Management will be held as part of the Breakbulk China education program in Shanghai.
The Certificate of Achievement in Project Cargo Management will be held as part of the Breakbulk China education program in Shanghai.