“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.
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
“PPG has a policy of one member per nation other than in large economies where it makes more sense to divide geographically such as India and China,” Mr Stephens said.
“Australia will now be categorised into separate memberships on a state-by-state bases to offer clients a more localised solution to better cater to their individual requirements.”
Meanwhile, Mr Stephens has confirmed that the ISO accredited PPG Project Forwarding Certificate will be held from 17-18 October in Houston during the Breakbulk Americas education program despite the impact of Hurricane Harvey. Registration remains open and includes a one-day pass to the Breakbulk Americas exhibition hall and invitation to the official welcome reception.
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.
Early-bird registrations for the PPG Project Cargo Forwarding Certificate from 17-18 October in Houston during the Breakbulk Americas education program – offering a saving of US$200pp – closes on August 18.
Attendees must book and pay before August 18 for the course that includes a USB Flash Drive with over 70 proven documents and all course presentation slides (value US$500), Breakbulk exhibition hall pass and invitation to the official welcome reception. The training is open to everyone involved with project forwarding services including terminal operators, forwarders and shippers, or new entrants interested in joining the project freight sector. Further information and online registration about the ISO accredited course is available at Project Professionals Group.
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.”