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

Tim Killen

Fracht Group

Head of Growth-Project Sector

Tim Killen has spent his 30 year career working in the value driven technical project logistics and supply chain industry. Graduating with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering in the UK, during which he spent 12 month studying and working in the Middle East delivering numerous CAPEX energy project across the UAE.

Following university Killen continued his career as a graduate engineer for ALSTOM Power and then Commercial Director for ALE Heavylift. Developing his experience and career working on major heavylift projects for the power, oil and gas and renewables sector across in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia.

Since 2012 he developed his skills with roles in project freight forwarding and held positions of CSO for the global project freight forwarder deugro and also Global Head of Growth, with Maersk Project Logistics.

Tim Killen joined Fracht Group in 2024 as the Switzerland-based logistics company’s head of growth for projects and is responsible for supporting the strategic development of the Fracht organisation’s global project growth across all key offices, regions and vertical markets.

Sessions With Tim Killen

Friday, 26 April

  • 11:30am - 12:15pm (CST) / 26/apr/2024 04:30 pm - 26/apr/2024 05:15 pm

    Overcoming the Project Logistics Technology Lag

    Project cargo and breakbulk shippers have been told for years that they should digitize, invest in software, and double down on technology. But what does that mean in real life? Unlike other shipping sectors, the project/breakbulk segment typically relies on project forwarders to provide their logistics technology, most notably related to transit visibility, as part of their services. Because of this, potential logistics tech providers see little demand from breakbulk shippers. Unsurprisingly, then, there has been little progress made in the development of tech solutions aimed directly at breakbulk and project cargo shippers. There is no “holy grail” solution that can cover the complexities of the project logistics cycle from building a project proposal and costing to buying services, tracking cargo transportation, and handing off at final delivery. In fact, the industry can't even standardize and efficiently share packing lists — there’s no shared standard for this most basic building block of project logistics. Perhaps tech solutions for the project industry should start with the basics rather than trying to encompass the entire cycle. Useful, simpler tech solutions could arise from addressing shared pain points — like packing lists that don’t match up easily. This session is designed to get back to basics, to provide a forum for shippers to discuss the real-life needs vendors could address, as well as allowing forwarders to better understand their role in the technology investment quandary.