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Project forwarding training builds top performance … early bird rate closes 30 April, great savings

Supporting lifelong learning and top performance is the framework behind  the PPG Project Cargo Forwarding Certificate available during Breakbulk Europe 2018 from 29-30 May in Bremen.

This one-and-a-half-day workshop combines presentations on how to improve the management of project cargo transportation and how to eliminate costly inefficiencies in project communication.

Course presenters include the founder and general manager of project cargo network the Project Professionals Group, Kevin Stephens, and business communications consultant and trainer Rodger Hall.

Mr Stephens said the key training objective is for employees to graduate with improved efficiencies that deliver competitive advantage.

“We want our participants to acquire new thinking and update their understanding of client and industry requirements that will contribute to them being among the top performers in their businesses,” Mr Stephens said.

Mr Stephens said previous graduates highly recommended the training with excellent feedback testimonials.

The workshop includes a USB Flash Drive with over 70 proven documents and all course presentation slides (value $US500).

Further information and online registration, including PayPal option, is available at Project Professionals Group.

Attractive discounts are: Early Bird Rate (save US$200 book and pay before 30th April 2018): US$1300pp. Standard Rate (book and pay 1st May 2018 to 29th May 2018): US1500pp Note: Additional US$50 applies if paid via PayPal.

Registration includes an exhibition hall pass and an invitation to the official welcome reception to what is shaping to be a very successful Breakbulk Europe with over 10,000 participants, and a record number of exhibitors.

The ISO accredited education program is endorsed by the Education Department of the Bremen Chamber of Commerce (Handelskammer Bremen).


Featured image: Project Forwarding Certificate graduates in Bremen at an earlier training course. The next course in Bremen will be at Breakbulk Europe 2018.

Portland hosts 2018 PPG annual conference


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

Project Professionals Group expands Down Under

Overdimensional cargo transportation network, Project Professionals Group, has expanded its Australian membership to include individual states.

PPG general manager Kevin Stephens said Cargo Line International Pty Ltd is the new member for New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania and CMX Global Logistics Pty Ltd is the new member for Queensland with 360 Logistics Pty Ltd representing the network in Western Australia.

“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.

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

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

PPG 2017 conference shirt presentation
BBC Chartering Australia Managing Director David Begg presents PPG general manager Kevin Stephens with his delegates’ conference polo shirt sponsored by BBC Chartering.

Early-bird registration for project forwarding training offers big savings

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.

Project Forwarding Certificate graduates Breakbulk 2015
Project Forwarding Certificate students at Breakbulk Americas 2015.


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

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

PPG appoints new members in India and Malaysia

Project cargo forwarding network Project Professionals Group has appointed three new members in Asia.

PPG general manager Kevin Stephens said MFC Transport Pvt. Ltd is the new member for Western India (Mumbai), with Tera Projects & Shipping appointed as the new member for Malaysia (Klang), and D.B. Group India Pvt. Ltd. as the new member for Northern India (New Delhi) and Eastern India (Kolkata).

Mr Stephens said all three companies are experienced over-dimensional project cargo specialists with excellent capabilities to support PPG members.

“I would like to congratulate all three companies on joining the PPG network which this year celebrates its 10thanniversary,” Mr Stephens said.

The PPG annual conference is from 6-8 September 2017 at The Langham Hotel, Melbourne, Australia.