ARACON is the longest-running and biggest bunkering conference in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp region. Its no-nonsense conference programme attracts all the main bunker suppliers and barging companies in the ARA and Northwest Europe as well as dozens of European shipowners and managers.
But while the coronavirus has driven ARACON 2020 online, as it has with most other large events this year, the action-packed conference will lose none of its vibrant debate and lively discussion. In fact, packed with top-level speakers and a stunning two-day programme, this year’s event will offer a major and important opportunity for the industry to come together virtually to reflect on the year’s tumultuous turn of events.
ARACON has built up a strong reputation as a key forum where industry stakeholders share their expertise and insights on all aspects of the bunker industry, and where they can speak frankly and openly about challenges and changes the sector is facing. And, from the vantage point of late 2020, those challenges will be unprecedented, profound, and long-lasting.
ARACON 2020 will look at how the ARA market and the wider shipping and bunker industry can retrench, regroup, and recover from the economic shocks caused by COVID-19. It will debate the impact of IMO 2020, from an operational, commercial, and legal point of view. It will also look at how the industry is responding to the next wave of changes – including digitalisation and the marine energy transition.
The primary focus of ARACON is, of course, on the dynamic bunker markets of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Antwerp, and the conference will give a platform for informed exchanges between speakers and delegates on key ARA issues, such as fuel quality, supply chain transparency, and bunker licensing.
ARACON offers so much more than a webinar or online meeting, by including:
- live debate and Q&A sessions
- 1-to-1 meetings with fellow attendees
- private access to speakers, sponsors and exhibitors
- a virtual exhibition.
Every physical conference has its side shows and ARACON is no different. It offers exhibition stands where companies can display their products and services, via video presentations, 1-to-1 meetings, and poster displays. Exhibitors can gather visitor data for later follow up and attendees can plan their visits and gather the information they require from each of the exhibitors.
All attendees will be able to book virtual meetings with each other, even with people they do not yet know, assisted by the ARACON artificial intelligence tool that will use your personalised profile to recommend who you should meet. Everyone will be able to manage their own agendas and will have access to a resource centre, including virtual ‘shops’ where they may order books, equipment and other items. But best of all, everyone attending will be able to see who else is online and connect with them directly.
REGISTRATION - FREE
A major benefit of ARACON is that it is entirely free of charge to attend and open to everyone. You just have to register and complete your personalised profile so that you can connect with others and others can connect with you.
The biggest upside for sponsors and exhibitors is that visitor data is automatically captured for future follow-ups, providing a fast and efficient way to reach a large number of potential clients.