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  • Start Date: 21 May 2024 - 23 May 2024
  • Start Time: 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Location: Ahoy, Ahoyweg 10, 3084 Rotterdam, Holland

Faststream Recruitment is thrilled to announce our return to the vibrant city of Rotterdam, Netherlands, for the much-anticipated Breakbulk Europe event. As the world’s largest gathering for project cargo and breakbulk professionals, Breakbulk Europe 2024 promises an unparalleled experience. Join us from Tuesday the 21st to Thursday the 23rd of May at the renowned Rotterdam Ahoy. Will we have the pleasure of seeing you there?

Why attend?

Breakbulk Europe 2024, will bring together over 4,000 companies providing attendees the ultimate networking platform enabling you to grow your connections, generate new business and strengthen existing relationships. Engage with a diverse array of professionals, hailing from more than 120 countries, who are travelling to be part of this prestigious event. Explore innovative exhibitions, immerse yourself in a dynamic agenda, and gain insights from the industry’s key players at this globally acclaimed event.

What to Expect?

Breakbulk Europe’s Main Stage:

As this event unfolds, a diverse range of thought-provoking talks await. On Wednesday, May 22nd, from 11:45 am to 12:30 pm, learn about ‘A Circle of Possibilities: How the Industry Shapes End-to-End Logistics for a Sustainable Future.’ Delve into the realm of global equipment standardisation with ‘Is Global Equipment Standardization a Reality?’ on Thursday, May 23rd, during the same time slot. But that’s not all—the agenda also features discussions on women in breakbulk, the energy transition market, decarbonisation strategies, and cutting-edge port innovations.

View the full agenda here

Breakbulk Futures – Sponsored by Port of Antwerp – Bruges:

Breakbulk Futures aims to spotlight genuine innovation during the event, featuring start-up companies and groups that showcase inventive solutions to address some of the industry’s most significant challenges. Additionally, Breakbulk Futures seeks to bridge the industry’s ‘talent gap’ by encouraging students to explore the field, discover available opportunities, and learn about various roles within the industry.

Learn more about Breakbulk Futures here

Chartering Workshop (in partnership with the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers):

This full-day workshop is designed for intermediate-level participants and offers a deeper understanding of chartering principles and their applications. It caters to both full-time chartering professionals and individuals who work with chartering contracts. Lecturer Philip Bacon will provide instruction designed to increase proficiency in key areas, such as:

  • Major cargoes and trade routes

  • Chartering terminology

  • Shipping and market sector definitions

  • Identifying key stakeholders in a chartering contract

  • The Profit and Loss levers and rationale of breakbulk cargoes

  • Shipbroker authority - advantages and limitations

  • Calculating demurrage and despatch across sectors

  • Bills of Lading: functions and correct usage; pitfalls and risks associated with incorrect usage

Target audience:

  • Cargo owners

  • Freight forwarders

  • Ship-brokers

  • Carriers

  • Insurers

  • Agents

  • Stevedoring Companies and Terminals

View the full workshop agenda here

Women in Breakbulk:

The Europe Edition will be held during Breakbulk Europe on Tuesday afternoon on the 21st of May. In the predominantly male-dominated maritime, project cargo, and breakbulk industry, women are steadily making their mark. To foster greater inclusion, Breakbulk Europe brings together women from diverse sectors. They share their valuable perspectives, offering insightful tips and advice on how women across all fields can ascend the ranks and reshape the narrative in an industry that’s moving in the right direction.

Learn more here


Breakbulk Europe and their sponsors United Heavy Lift and Port of Rotterdam, ITJ International Transport Journal and MARPRO invite like-minded professionals to participate in the 60th BUSINESSrun. This run will take place on Wednesday the 22nd of May at 7:30 am in Central Rotterdam (TBD). The fee to take part is €50 which is donated entirely to the charity organisation, Mission to Seafarers.

Register for the run here

Meet Us

Sebastian Zuliani, Associate Director of Shipping and Victoria Paterson, Principal Consultant of Commercial Shipping, will both attend the event to represent the Faststream Recruitment team.

We will be attending various presentations and networking events throughout the three days.

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Meet us at Breakbulk Europe 2024

Contact Sebastian Zuliani to arrange a meeting