• April 23-25, 2025 | Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Louisiana

Ben Collins

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co.

Global Project Cargo Manager

Ben Collins Leads a dedicated global team, which provides Breakbulk and out-of-gauge services and first-class project cargo management, with the benefit of MSC’s fleet of 800 vessels.

Building on five decades of MSC’s experience of shipping oversized freight, Ben injects his own personal and successful execution in this specialized sector and has helped MSC in recent years cement its position as a trusted provider of project cargo services.

Following two decades at MSC UK, where Ben held management positions in Operational and Commercial departments. He is now based at MSC’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and proudly leads a team of specialized project cargo MSC is present in 155 countries and offers +300 ocean services and calling 520 ports, in addition to its strong portfolio of Intermodal and Logistics solutions.  

Sessions With Ben Collins

Thursday, 25 April

  • 10:00am - 10:45am (CST) / 25/apr/2024 03:00 pm - 25/apr/2024 03:45 pm

    Cargo and Competition: No More Captives

    The supply chain chaos driven by COVID taught, or retaught, shippers of all types this lesson: Few cargoes are confined to specific ship types or transportation modes. Container cargoes can be bagged or palletized; containers can be moved on multipurpose ships; ro-ro shipments can move on bulkers. Although containers have quickly reabsorbed much of the spillover cargo seen during the COVID market, shippers say they are not abandoning what they’ve learned. At the same time, multipurpose and heavy-lift shipbuilding programs are replacing older vessels with newly designed, more efficient ships but adding little overall capacity, even as project cargo demand is expected to rise thanks to global drives toward energy security and decarbonization. Beyond the heaviest, largest, or most complex cargoes restricted to specialized ships, much of the coming cargo is mode-malleable, and the non-MPV/HL fleet is positioning itself to participate in this market. Everyone wants a piece of the general cargo pie. What should cargo shippers expect from these reconfigurations? How can they take advantage, and what realities might they run up against? This session, led by Journal of Commerce Research Analyst Susan Oatway, will discuss expected demand and how this is shaping shipbuilding decisions and, potentially, cargo flows.