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BreakBulk Europe will remain loyal to Bremen in 2021 Published on 12 February 2020

The world’s largest fair for the port business will take place in Bremen again for another two years

The “Breakbulk Europe” will again be held at MESSE BREMEN exhibition centre in 2021, thanks to Bremen’s successful performance in the comprehensive application procedure to host the event. The largest global fair to specialise in breakbulk already took place in the Hanseatic city on the River Weser in 2018 and 2019 and this year, the exhibition centre near the city centre will once again provide a platform for the international port business from 26 to 28 May. The exhibitors include oil and gas companies, EPCs, carriers, ports, logistics firms, specialist transporters and related service providers. Breakbulk Europe has meanwhile evolved into a global hub for the entire industrial supply chain. This year’s event is expected to attract more than 600 exhibitors and 10,000 professionals from more than 120 countries.

“We are delighted that our application convinced the Hyve Group, which organises the fair, to return to Bremen again in 2021,” said Dr Claudia Schilling, Senator for Science and Ports. “Bremen’s Neustädter Hafen is one of the leading European transhipment terminals for breakbulk and project cargo. Over the past two years, we have already proved to the fair attendees that we are excellent hosts. By hosting the Breakbulk Europe, Bremen has made a lasting impression on the European maritime map.”

Kristina Vogt, Senator for Economic Affairs, emphasised, “The decision to return to Bremen corroborates the city’s excellent reputation as an exhibition and event venue. MESSE BREMEN scores top marks for its good infrastructure, first-class transport connections to the airport and the large number of hotels in the immediate vicinity. Bremen boasts comprehensive cultural amenities and attractive eateries, all of which means that we have no need to fear competition from far larger cities. The maritime business and logistics industry are the backbone of the economy in the Federal Land of Bremen and they include the sectors which account for the most jobs and highest turnovers. Together with their supply chains, these define the economic structure in both Bremen and Bremerhaven.” Hans Peter Schneider, Managing Director of MESSE BREMEN, is confident that the next Breakbulk in Bremen will also be a huge success. “The customers were highly satisfied. Supply and demand matched each other perfectly. Both exhibitors and visitors found exactly who they were looking for. Guests had the opportunity to network – and all in a friendly and beautiful city.”

Robert Howe, Managing Director of bremenports, added: “Bremen can do ports and Bremen can do trade fairs. And that is why Bremen is the ideal partner city for the Hyve Group to host this event. Moreover, the Breakbulk gives Bremen’s port business community an excellent opportunity to showcase its efficiency, diversity and expertise.” At each of the previous events, around 30 companies presented their products and services at the joint stand organised by bremenports. Howe commented, “I am both pleased and proud that we will have the opportunity to be good hosts to the international port business once again.”

In an official announcement, the organiser stressed the positive development of the Breakbulk Europe in Bremen in the past. However, in order to serve other European markets, they were planning to hold the trade fair in a different European city for a few years as from 2022. At the same time, they stated that it was conceivable that the event could then return to Bremen again. Antwerp had been the venue for many years before Bremen hosted the Breakbulk Europe for the first time in 2018.

Media contacts:

Sebastian Rösener
Spokesperson for the Senator for Science and Ports
Tel.: +49 421 361- 83155
E-mail: sebastian.roesener@wissenschaft.bremen.de

Kai Stührenberg
Spokesperson for the Senator for Economic Affairs, Labour and Europe
Tel.: +49 421 361- 59090
E-mail: kai.stuehrenberg@wah.bremen.de

Holger Bruns
bremenports GmbH & Co. KG
Tel.: +49 471 309 01-103
E-mail: holger.bruns@bremenports.de

Joint press release issued by the senator for science and ports and the senator for economic affairs, labour and Europe

Holger Bruns Press officer

bremenports GmbH & Co. KG

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