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Breakbulk Americas 2017 Attracts Entire Industrial Supply Chain

Now in its 28th year, Breakbulk Americas is set to host a record number of companies, representing the entire industrial supply chain for project development, Oct 17-19, 2017. Thankfully, Hurricane Harvey left the event venue, the George R. Brown Convention Center, and nearby hotels unscathed. Despite damage to the surrounding Houston community, local participants have demonstrated their resilience, and have confirmed “it’s business as usual.”


“Hurricane Harvey was an absolute nightmare, but I am thankful to see our Houston community come together and restoration efforts are in full force,” Breakbulk Americas event director, Christian Thompson said. “Breakbulk Americas will provide the perfect atmosphere to gather all colleagues and recognize how our Breakbulk industry is truly resilient.”


While the majority of attendees will hail from Texas, already representatives from more than 50 U.S. states and Canadian provinces, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and from companies as far away as Singapore, Spain and Saudi Arabia have registered for the event.


At one end of the supply chain are cargo owners, which include the world’s top engineering, procurement and construction companies, such as Bechtel, Fluor, CB&I, AECOM, Jacobs and Kiewit; leading oil & gas companies, such as ExxonMobil, BP, Chevron and Shell, plus global manufacturers, including GE, Lockheed Martin and Caterpillar. Making up the supplier links are more than 330 exhibitors that represent many of the region’s leading transportation and freight forwarding providers.


More than an exhibition, Breakbulk Americas offers two full days of conference sessions, along with micro-seminars, an education workshop for students studying to become the next generation of maritime leaders and—new this year—TechZone Americas, sponsored by Jade Logistics, and offered in cooperation with Bechtel and the University of Houston’s College of Technology.


This year’s keynotes feature Ed Gore, Vice President, Marketing & Business Development, Bechtel Oil Gas & Chemicals, who will give an outlook for Oil & Gas Projects; and Rodger Baker, Vice President of Strategic Analysis at Stratfor, who will provide an Americas trade update. Of particular interest to both shippers and forwarders is Kathy Canaan’s micro-seminar on Compliance: 2 Hours That Could Change Your Business on Wednesday, Oct. 18. Canaan is the global director of trade compliance for Fluor.


For the full agenda and other event information, please visit

To receive 25% off passes to Breakbulk Americas 2017, use code BBPR25


More about Breakbulk events

Breakbulk events are held in four locations around the world. In addition to Houston, Texas, Breakbulk Middle East will be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from 6-7 Feb. 2018, Breakbulk China in Shanghai from 26-29 March 2018, and Breakbulk Europe, the largest event of its kind in the world, will be held in Bremen, Germany, 29-31 May 2018. For more information about exhibiting, sponsoring and attending these events, visit


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