15th Cool Logistics 

The 15th Cool Logistics conference took place 10-12 October 2023 at The Stock Exchange in Genoa and was hosted by Genoa.

The Cool Logistics team were honoured to be working with Ports of Genoa, RAM SpA, CISCo, BIC and the Chamber of Commerce to deliver Cool Logistics Global which takes place as part of the 2023 Genoa Shipping Week, a key event in the maritime industry calendar.

Much more than a 3-day conference!

In addition to the open discussions and debates of all-things cold chain, Cool Logistics 2023 also included a pre-Conference tour, on 9 October, to PSA Genova Pra’ followed by the fabulous ice-breaker reception which gave all delegates the chance to meet and mingle in a relaxed environment.

All delegates were invited to the Official Welcome Reception at the stunning Palazzo Gio Carlo Brignole on the first evening, courtesy of our hosts CISCo.

After the last day of the Conference, on the morning of 13 October, delegates joined the Port Tour of Vado Ligure, Vado Gateway a terminal run by APM, where lunch was provided.   

Why Genoa?

The Ports of Genoa are established as a leading European reefer hub for the transit of refrigerated containers from across the world.  Full-container and multipurpose terminals offer extensive dedicated facilities equipped with reefer plugs to handle reefer containers for maximum freshness, serving Italy, Southern Europe and beyond.

All delegates are invited to the pre-conference Port Tour on the afternoon prior to first conference day (9 October) encompassing the old habour and the chance to visit the terminal PSA Genova Pra’

Followed later by the Icebreaker Networking Reception




Klinge Reception


Monday 9th October at 19.00

Break the ice with industry colleagues old and new at the NH Collection Marina Hotel in the lovely surroundings of Genoa’s Porto Antico!   
All attendees are invited.


Tuesday 10th October 

The absolutely stunning Palazzo Gio Carlo Brignole will host the Official Welcome Reception on the first evening of the Conference – courtesy of our hosts CISCo (Centro Internazionale Studi Containers i.s)

The building is a structure rich in history, charm and culture, you will be welcomed in a wonderful residence of the Genoese nobility, part of the Rolli circuit, a World Heritage Site.

All attendees are invited.

Port Tour of Vado Ligure

On October 13th all delegates are invited to join us for the Port Tour of Vado Ligure.   Vado Port system hosts Vado Gateway, the first semi-automated terminal in Italy, and Reefer Terminal, leading fruit terminal on the Mediterranean Sea, run for the majority by APM Terminals. We will leave from Genoa at 8.30am with a coach. We arrive to Vado Ligure at 9.30am we will visit the terminal and after that a lunch will be offered by Vado Gateway. Once the lunch is over, we leave to Genoa where we expect to arrive at 3.00pm

Places are limited and can be booked when registering to attend.



Business intelligence, global trade and industry trends, strategic directions and future scenarios for coldsupply chains and cold chain logistics in a “net zero, no waste world” will be the focus of Conference Day 1 at Cool Logistics Global 2023. Where are we now and where will we be in 10 years’ time?

Bringing together leading analysts, cargo owners and cold chain logistics stakeholders, attendees will gain a 360-degree perspective on the key challenges and opportunities today and ahead through presentations, round table debates and in-depth conversations.


The second Conference Day will focus in on innovation, looking at people, processes, technology, cool cargo operations, infrastructure and assets. 

What are the building blocks and stumbling blocks on the road to a #net zero, #no waste world?

 Where are we today, what’s been achieved and what’s changed? What are the key emerging developments that we should all be thinking about right now?


Keynote from Annika Kroon, Head of Unit Maritime and Intermodal transport of the DG Move EU Directorate for Transport will kick off the third Conference Day which turns the spotlight on perishables trade and cold chain logistics in Italy and the wider Mediterranean. Covering national, intra-Med and import-export developments with other regions, attendees will explore, debate, and learn about what one of the world’s oldest trading regions is doing today to prepare for a sustainable cool future.   Sessions are staged in conjunction with co-hosts BIC – Bureau International des Containers, celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2023.   Topics will include cargo integrity along the cold container supply chain and the journey towards digital connectivity for global container operations.

This is our 15th Cool Logistics event and we are aiming for this to be our biggest event yet and to meet, challenge and inspire the global cool community

First-class, fun and friendly networking

Cool Logistics Global conferences are well-known for their first-class networking events: from roof-top canapes to exclusive port tours, regional food events with live music and wine-tasting evenings  – we provide the perfect conditions for you to meet and greet colleagues and new business connections!


Alan Kennedy

Alan Kennedy is a specialist in supply chain dynamics who, with his extensive cross-sector experience, is focused on bringing best-collaboration practice to pharma-logistics. Alan has served as the Executive Director of Poseidon, the independent pharmaceutical logistics network and is a founder of the GDP – Universal Compliance initiative which is a cross-industry program aimed at … Continue reading Alan Kennedy

Alan Robertson

Alan is Director and Owner of Webster Robertson Ltd, which specialises in consultancy and special services for the container sector of the maritime industry. Alan was previously at CP Ships and P&O Nedlloyd Group. More recently, Alan was Managing Director of Cambridge Refrigeration Technology. A seasoned speaker and moderator at industry events, Alan is well … Continue reading Alan Robertson

Alison Hall

Alison Hall has 20 years’ experience working in the port Industry, renowned for her passion for delivering unique and challenging supply chain solutions for a range of sectors in the UK. Prior to joining the Port of Dover in 2022, Alison worked for the Forth Ports Group where she ran a range of operational facilities … Continue reading Alison Hall

Andrew Lorimer

Andrew Lorimer is a seasoned executive with 25 years’ experience in the maritime trade information sector and has been the Chief Executive Officer of Datamar for 16 years. He holds an MA in Economics from Heriot Watt University, in Edinburgh, following an education split between Brazil and Scotland. Andrew collaborates on public / private initiatives … Continue reading Andrew Lorimer

Andrew Watson-Steward

Andrew has committed his career to the insurance industry for 17 years, with a particular focus on cargo insurance. He has experience of underwriting a spectrum of cargo interests, having spent three years in the Japanese Market at Mitsui Sumitomo and six years prior to that in the International Cargo team at AIG. In 2016 … Continue reading Andrew Watson-Steward

Andy Connell

Andy has been involved in import/export supply chain logistics, both dry goods & perishables for over 30 years, Andy consults to the broader import/export community as a logistics specialist- also doing special tasks for the fruit industry bodies. Prior to this he worked almost 8 years for the Dole Fresh Fruit Food Group in South … Continue reading Andy Connell

Annika Kroon

Annika Kroon is leading the Maritime Transport and Logistics Unit in the Directorate General for Mobility and Transport in the European Commission. The unit deals with sustainable maritime policies, maritime markets and international maritime agreements, but also with digital and sustainable intermodal freight transport and logistics. Annika is an economist with Master’s degrees in Cybernetics … Continue reading Annika Kroon

Bruno Fusciani

Carles Mayol

A passionate executive with +25 years’ experience in the maritime port industry, with several degrees in Management, Shipping, Marketing & Sales, developing different executive roles in the shipping sector. Reporting directly to the Deputy General Manager Commercial & Marketing, I develop commercial activity in the Port of Barcelona, focusing on container business.I work closely with … Continue reading Carles Mayol

Chris Catto-Smith

30+ years experience in a broad range of supply chain and logistics management and consulting roles. He has successfully led and managed high visibility Supply Chain projects and has held senior logistics and technology management positions. Chris spent 18 years in the Australian Air Force and as a Logistics Officer. Over the last 15 years … Continue reading Chris Catto-Smith

Cristina Rodriguez

Cristina Rodríguez is a Bachelor of Business Management and Administration. She also earned a Master qualification in Port Management and Intermodal Transport and the Advanced Management Program. Additionally, has completed her training with numerous courses in maritime and logistics areas. Since its inception in 2004, she has developed her work in the field of logistics … Continue reading Cristina Rodriguez

Daniel Bollard

Daniel has close to 10 years of experience in (container) logistics aiming at optimizing supply chains from sea to hinterland destination. Driving digitalization and sustainability among the different stakeholders to create key value propositions for end-users mainly in the field of cold chain logistics.

David Roff

David Roff is passionate about digitalization in the transport and logistics industry, he has worked on projects across all modes of transport, removing paper documents from the process in favour of clearly defined data flows to share information in an efficient way. David has supported use of international standards through his role as co-ordinator of … Continue reading David Roff

David Sussmann

David is an entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of working in the wholesale food industry. He has strong business and development skills and is professionally committed to environmental issues especially in commercial fishing and ocean marine.

Douglas Owen

Douglas Owen was appointed Secretary General of BIC in October 2016. He has over 25 years experience in the maritime transportation industry, including over 10 years developing and commercializing innovative software solutions that helped many of the world’s largest carriers and container lessors to more efficiently manage their container fleets. Prior to joining BIC, he … Continue reading Douglas Owen

Dr Leo Lukasse

Dr. Leo Lukasse has over 20 years of experience as applied scientist in the Postharvest Technology dept. at Wageningen University & Research. Many of his research projects relate to energy savings and climate control in refrigerated transport applications, with Quest being the most well-known output of his work. Since a few years he has been … Continue reading Dr Leo Lukasse

Estelle Linget

Senior Advisor for Roland Berger and a Start-up Strategic Advisor Board member, expert in the Shipping and Logistics industry. 9 years’ experience in well-known Strategic and M&A Consulting Firms (LEK, KPMG, PwC); and 9 years within CMA-CGM (Shipping) and CEVA Logistics (Freight Forwarder – Logistics & Supply Chain) : leading positions in Business Development, Sales, … Continue reading Estelle Linget

Frans Waals

Expertise in container liner shipping, reefer shipping, shortsea container and ferry, breakbulk/heavy lift, ports and container terminals. Frans joined Dynamar in 2006, where he is the editor of the extensive DynaLiners portfolio of liner shipping information. As such, he closely follows all aspects of the industry, analysing and commenting the main, worldwide developments. Additionally, he … Continue reading Frans Waals

Hedley Rees

Hedley Rees has been running the UK-based consultancy PharmaFlow since 2005, specialising in operations and supply chain management in the biopharmaceutical industry. Hedley’s expertise is in the three phases of clinical trials (and preclinical if required) and ongoing distribution of products that have gained regulatory authorizations to market. Prior to that, he spent 16 years … Continue reading Hedley Rees

James Caldwell

James is a shipping and ports SME with 25 years of front-line industry, transport consultancy and technology experience, with an extensive background in the refrigerated trades, both leading the containerised reefer trade for a major carrier and working on multiple advisory briefs for ports in Europe and the Americas dominated by perishable cargo. Previous senior … Continue reading James Caldwell

Johan Nanninga

Johan started his career with one of the big logistics conglomerates/ocean carrier, Nedlloyd, working in project cargo and project financing and gaining wide experience in Ocean freight and Asia, where he lived for nine years (China, Hong Kong and Taiwan). Johan set up P&O Nedlloyd Logistics, a non-asset global solution division for supply chain management. … Continue reading Johan Nanninga

Juan Andres Ferrari

A professional and entrepreneur with experience in the food Industry, global sourcing, and the perishables supply chain. He is also a supply chain cost savings expert. Juan Andres has experience in food sales strategies, business development and new markets. He has been involved in managing both exports and imports from/to South and Central America, the … Continue reading Juan Andres Ferrari

Kelly Hobson

Kelly Hobson is founder of UK based consultancy Shape Tomorrow, where she supports business leaders as a Sustainability Consultant. Kelly has over five years direct experience in sustainability and over ten years working in the international logistics industry. With a passion to create purpose driven business models, Kelly believes leaders are currently at a crossroads; … Continue reading Kelly Hobson

Lorenzo Donato

Lorenzo joined Etihad Cargo in 2017 and has held a number of positions, including General Manager North & Central Europe, General Manager Western & Southern Europe, and he is now Etihad Cargo’s General Manager Southern Europe & Balkans where he is responsible for leading revenue generation activities for the carrier in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, … Continue reading Lorenzo Donato

Marc Evrard

Marc Evrard is the Commercial Director at Belgian Fruit Valley (BFV). Marc has over 30 years of experience in the fresh produce industry and has spent the last few decades growing Belgium’s fruit and vegetable export trade. His former role with BFV focused on negotiating market access protocols. Marc played a significant role in opening … Continue reading Marc Evrard

Marianna Levtov

Marianna Levtov is the Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs at the award-winning TradeTech company Nexxiot. Marianna is focused on exploring new markets and elevating safety and security standards across the supply chain through digitalized solutions. As Convenor of ISO/TC 104/SC 4 Working Group 2 and Convenor of CEN-CENELEC-ETSI(SMa-CG), Marianna is active in shaping the regulatory … Continue reading Marianna Levtov

Martin Dixon

Martin has more than 30 years’ strategic and operational experience in shipping and supply chain management. Martin has followed a wide and varied career in international logistics and maritime intensive supply chains. With an initial background in logistics operations with DHL and London-based department store group Harrods, he broadened into managerial roles in sales and … Continue reading Martin Dixon

Massimiliano Cozzani

I am heading the joint Marketing & Sales Dept. that was formed as a result of the merger between PSA GP and PSA SECH in Genoa. My role covers both the maritime and rail contracts with a specific focus in integrating the different modalities and creating new business opportunities. In parallel – representing the Cargo … Continue reading Massimiliano Cozzani

Michel Looten

Michel Looten joined Seabury in 2013 as Maritime Director. Seabury was acquired by Accenture in 2017 and rebranded Accenture Cargo in 2023. Michel started his career in 1999 with P&O Nedlloyd. At Maersk Line he was Route Manager Asia Imports for Central Europe. Prior to joining Seabury he was in the chartering department of the … Continue reading Michel Looten

Mike Downes

Mike has extensive experience of the container industry having worked in it for nearly 28 years before retiring from Maersk Line in late 2017. He has previously held several senior Management positions in technical roles related to containers in various shipping companies and has served on and chaired container related ISO workgroups.  He now lives … Continue reading Mike Downes

Nigel Pusey

Nigel has worked his whole career in the global shipping business. Hehas previously worked as Chief Commercial Officer with Maersk Line inCopenhagen. Nigel also served as CEO of Container Inland Services, adivision of the AP Moller–Maersk Group. Additionally, he has served asCEO of The Maersk Company Limited (UK) and Non-Executive Chairmanof INTTRA. Nigel has also … Continue reading Nigel Pusey

Paolo Pessina

Pierluigi Curletto

Manager with 30 years of experience in International Companies (Italimpianti, Danieli, Techint) in designing and sale of High Tech Steel Plants with overall 500 MUSD contracts sold in 22 Countries worldwide. Co-Founder of  Innovative Start-up with patented ideas now in industrialization phase with Excellent Market Perspectives. Founder of STUDIO4.e Engineering Studio for Industrial Consultancy Member … Continue reading Pierluigi Curletto

Raffaello Cioni

A Port and Intermodal Logistics professional, with senior management experience and a 360 ° business knowledge, having held roles in both the operational and commercial fields and having been responsible for the implementation of advanced Operating Systems. I collaborate as a teacher in Post University Masters and I am a member of SOS-LOGistica (www.sos-logistica.org), a … Continue reading Raffaello Cioni

Stefano Di Paolo

I have a long career in Strategic and operative setting out of commercial developments, and start -ups of initiative of extend, innovation and diversification. My career has involved in my relationships with shareholders, management and coordination of internal resources to reach the agreed targets. I have a deep knowledge of container and reefer specialized shipping, … Continue reading Stefano Di Paolo

Theodore Prince

Theodore (Ted) Prince is Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Tri-Cities Intermodal LLC, a startup dedicated to providing both short haul and long haul rail intermodal transportation to and from eastern Washington and Oregon.  A large amount of this business will be temperature-controlled freight.

Viet Nguyen

Viet is a NL-based analyst at Rabobank covering Food & Agri supply chains and logistics. Prior to joining Rabobank, Viet worked for supply chains departments of Heineken and Friesland Campina as well as conducted computational and empirical research on cold chain logistics at Wageningen University & Research.

Vincent Brunet

After almost 10 years as a maritime charterer (mainly as a short sea operator in the North West Coast Europe), I am working now for 15 years as a commercial executive within the port of Dunkirk authorities.

Zeno D’Agostino

Zeno D’Agostino, manager with expertise on logistics and freighttransport, has been the head of the Port Authority of Trieste since 2015.He is currently President of ESPO, the European Sea Ports Organisationbased in Brussels, and member of the Board of Regents of the Bank ofItaly – Trieste branch. He deserves credit for having relaunched the image … Continue reading Zeno D’Agostino

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