• April 24-26, 2024 | Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Louisiana

Felix Schoeller

AAL Shipping

Commercial Director

Felix Schoeller is Commercial Director and a Board Member of AAL Shipping with over 14 years’ experience in the shipping sector. He holds a BBA and an MBA.

After completing his initial management training at Columbia Ship Management (CSM) in Hamburg, he joined AAL in 2009. Initially based in Shanghai, he was appointed Assistant General Manager of China and Trade Manager for India, Middle East and the Australia East Coast.

Following a period in Europe, where he gained additional management experience outside of AAL, within several other of the Group’s companies - namely Schoeller Holdings (Limassol) and Columbia Shipmanagement (Hamburg) - Felix returned to AAL full-time in 2014 as Global General Manager based in Singapore.

Felix helped to establish AAL’s North America operations and its wider expansion into a leading global project heavy lift carrier. Today, he is responsible for AAL’s commercial operations worldwide, as well as an integral part of the Company’s corporate and fleet strategy.

Over the years, Felix has benefited from a working knowledge of key components of the wider shipping sector, such as ship financing, ship management, commercial and technical operations in Cyprus, Germany, China and Singapore.

Sessions With Felix Schoeller

Thursday, 20 April

  • 10:00am - 10:45am (CST) / 20/apr/2023 03:00 pm - 20/apr/2023 03:45 pm

    Whose Market Is It Now? Understanding Market Trends and Risk

    The ocean freight market of the last two years starkly revealed the vulnerabilities of the global supply chain. Many project shippers, accustomed to nearly on-demand container transportation services while also holding the upper-hand in the multipurpose market, suddenly found themselves struggling to secure the space and sailings needed in 2021 and 2022, regardless of price. So, whose market are we in now? Is the pendulum swinging back toward the pre-pandemic status quo, and is it safe for shippers to bet that the market will normalize, whatever that means in 2023? Shippers must assess and mitigate the risks involved as they seek to grapple with market capacity, vessel availability, cost-vs.-price dynamics, booking lead times, and all the other factors necessary to secure the right ship and right schedule at the right price. Miscalculating current and future markets and developing trends place shippers at risk of overpaying for services, paying for service levels they don't need, unnecessarily accepting unfavorable terms and conditions, or not being able to secure services when and where needed. This panel of industry professionals, led by well-respected, long-term project logistics expert Dennis Mottola, will offer their views on current and near-term multipurpose/heavy-lift market trends. It also will discuss many of the inputs required to evaluate market conditions and arrive at informed carrier-selection decisions that enable positive outcomes.