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

Rajith Aykkara

Bahri Line

Vice President, RoRo and Breakbulk Division

Rajith Aykkara is a highly accomplished professional in the shipping industry, currently serving as the Vice President of Bahri Line, the RoRo and Breakbulk division of Bahri Group. With a global responsibility for heading Bahri Line, Rajith brings extensive knowledge and expertise to his role.

Rajith began his journey with Bahri in 2014, initially joining as the Head of the Global Sales team. Throughout his tenure, he has taken on various management positions in the Middle East and North America, showcasing his ability to adapt and excel in different regions.

Prior to his time at Bahri, Rajith honed his skills and gained valuable experience in the RORO and Breakbulk Liner industry. He held management positions in prominent shipping companies, based in Singapore, Dubai, South Africa, and Copenhagen. This diverse background has equipped him with a comprehensive understanding of the industry's intricacies and challenges.

With an impressive 20-year track record in the Liner industry, Rajith's expertise in RORO and Breakbulk operations is unparalleled. Alongside his vast practical experience, he holds a Master of Business Administration degree, further enhancing his ability to strategize and make informed decisions.

Rajith Aykkara's dedication to excellence, coupled with his strong leadership skills, has made him an invaluable asset to Bahri Line. His commitment to delivering exceptional results and driving growth has solidified his position as a respected leader in the shipping industry.

Sessions With Rajith Aykkara

Friday, 26 April

  • 10:50am - 11:30am (CST) / 26/apr/2024 03:50 pm - 26/apr/2024 04:30 pm

    Adventures in Ro-Ro: Demand, Congestion, and Tight Capacity

    Thanks to a booming post-COVID automotive market and soaring demand for high-and-heavy rolling stock, roll-on, roll-off vessel operators have seen charter rates rise by more than 70% since early 2022 even as global shipping indices for the multipurpose and container sector have slipped by 30% and 80%, respectively, from their COVID market highs. Ro-ro carriers enjoy the fruits of transporting high-paying project and breakbulk cargo, but demand for contracted automotive and high-and-heavy capacity has been so strong that there is virtually no spot capacity available, and a portion of wheeled cargo has spilled over to breakbulk, bulk, and container carriers. Congestion, in some cases heightened by stringent quarantine regimes, have only exacerbated the situation. What options can breakbulk shippers and logistics service providers expect from the ro-ro sector? The ro-ro orderbook has jumped from 80 vessels in late 2022 to more than 100 today. Will this increased capacity ease the crunch, allowing ro-ro to reprise its role as a “swing” provider of breakbulk space, or will the sector primarily be replacing and modernizing existing capacity? This session will analyze the current and expected ro-ro sector and market and the implications for high-and-heavy, breakbulk, and project cargo shippers.