Across the two days of Coastlink 2024, a key theme was highlighted – the need for clear collaboration from all industry partners in order to work towards net zero targets and a pathway to sustainability within the short sea shipping sector.

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Coastlink aims to provide clear outputs from the conference discussions, panels and debates. Delegates in attendance were able to hear from expert speakers at the 2024 conference, offering clear learnings, take-aways and a developed understanding of the latest innovations, trends and challenges faced by stakeholders.

Projects such as Cargill and Kotug’s partnership to launch of the world’s first zero-emission electric pusher tug and barge were showcased, highlighting how leading shippers are greening their supply chains together.

Marijn Moesbergen, Cocoa Sourcing Lead – Cargill and Almar van Herk, Senior Business Development Manager - Kotug took to the stage during session 2 of the conference, ‘Advancing Supply Chain Resilience & Embracing The Benefits Of Modal Shift’ where they discussed how their collaboration led to Cargill’s ability to transport cocoa beans from the Port of Amsterdam, the largest cocoa import port in the world, to the company’s cocoa factory in Zaandam, the Netherlands.

During day 2, Thursday 25th April the Port of Amsterdam’s Maurice Delattre, Area Manager, Port of Amsterdam presented their key collaboration during session 3, ‘Ports As Enablers – Facilitating The Energy Transition For Shipping & The Supply Chain’.

Maurice explored the international cooperation required to facilitate the development of green value chains. The presentation further detailed the ports innovative partnerships with the renewable hydrogen corridor collaboration with the Port of Bilbao. The parties recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to join forces, announcing the corridor will focus on the maritime route between the two ports, further highlighting the key need to collaboration for a sustainable future.