Containing Covid-19 Speaker: 15 April 2021, online seminar and networing event, from 1015am BST


Containerisation’s Role in Global Vaccine Logistics

An online seminar & virtual networking event for container logistics, cold chain & healthcare professionals

15 April 2021 from 1015am BST

While the first wave of ultra-low temperature COVID19 vaccine distribution is centred mainly around airfreight and road, containerisation is already playing a vital role in meeting the world’s greatest ever supply chain challenge. Over coming weeks and months, that role is only set to grow.

Today, container shipping is already enabling the international distribution of syringes, vials, PPE and other key medical equipment needed to administer vaccines. Container ports are stepping up as vaccine logistics hubs, working with airfreight, ocean and landside logistics to provide much-needed cold storage capacity and other supply chain services. Specialist ultra-deep freeze refrigerated containers are filling a gap where cold chain infrastructure is lacking. And as new vaccines roll out rapidly that do not require such deep refrigeration, reefer containers will play a growing role both in transport and storage.

This online seminar and virtual networking event brings together public and private stakeholders from across the global container shipping, cold chain and healthcare worlds to discuss the challenges and opportunities of vaccine logistics.

  • Containerised vaccine logistics over the next 2 years – global and regional perspectives
  • ‘It’s not a vaccine, it’s a patient’: What’s needed for safe carriage of COVID19 vaccines in containers and what can be learned from existing containerised pharma logistics?
  • What are the risk, liability and insurance implications?
  • How do we safeguard vaccine integrity and avoid temperature excursions across complex multimodal cold chains?
  • What are the options for sea-air collaboration?
  • In-transit visibility, traceability and chain of custody – IoT, data and digitalisation
  • Managing regulatory processes and documentation for cross-border vaccine trade
  • What can the container industry do to help in the fight against counterfeit vaccines and ancillaries?
  • What are the key steps to GDP-compliant container logistics?
  • Will there be enough of the right reefer containers to fulfill demand?
  • How will other segments of the reefer container market be impacted?
  • What are the implications for ports and other critical infrastructure?
  • Packing and packaging – best practice and new technology
  • Implications for container refrigeration technology
  • How can containers help at the last mile of vaccine storage and delivery?
  • Health security – protecting seafarers, port staff and other frontline logistics and transport workers; co-ordinating international vaccinations
  • How to foster cross-industry and private-public sector collaboration in end-to-end container logistics and sea freight solutions for vaccine, pharma and healthcare supply chains


The speaker list is a work in progress and will be regularly updated  | Last update March 26

  • Siddharth Adya, Vice President Group Cargo Solutions and Platform Development, PSA International Pte Ltd
  • Carl Bentzel, Commissioner, Federal Maritime Commission
  • Michael Culme-Seymour, Consultant World Economic Forum/VP & Managing Director APAC, Roambee
  • Vassilios Demetriades, Shipping Deputy Minister to the President, Republic of Cyprus
  • Craig Neame, Partner, HFW
  • Hristo Petkov, Global Vertical Head of Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare, A.P. Moller-Maersk
  • Nick Savvides, Managing Editor, Container News
  • Natalie Shaw, Director of Employment Affairs, International Chamber of Shipping
  • Sebastian Steinmüller, Director Global Reefer Competency Center, DHL Global Forwarding
  • Al Tama, Vice President and General Manager Container and Port Solutions, ORBCOMM
  • Rachael White, Managing Director, Cool Logistics Resources Ltd
  • Michael Yarwood, Managing Director Loss Prevention, TT Club

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