Breakbulk Europe 2021 in Bremen has been cancelled, and the 2022 edition will be held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands on 17-19 May 2022.

Nick Davison, Portfolio Director Breakbulk & CWIEME, Hyve Group PLC, said, “While we considered moving the event to later in the year because Breakbulk Americas is taking place in late September and our next Breakbulk Europe event is planned for May 2022, we have decided, in consultation with our customers, that a full year cancellation is the best decision for all concerned, particularly since travel restrictions are likely to remain in place for some months to come.”

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As previously reported by BBN, the move to Rotterdam is part of Breakbulk Europe’s previously announced plan to rotate the event among leading maritime cities. Breakbulk Europe will be held in Rotterdam at Rotterdam Ahoy, adjacent to the Port of Rotterdam. “We intend to hold the event at this location for two years, and then consider other options for 2024,” Davison said. “We are excited to work with the Rotterdam alliance, including the City of Rotterdam, Port of Rotterdam, Rotterdam Ahoy, and Rotterdam Partners, to create a fresh event with new business opportunities for all participants.

Danny Levenswaard, Director Breakbulk Port of Rotterdam Authority, said, “As Port of Rotterdam we are very proud and excited that Breakbulk Europe will take place in Rotterdam next year. The move to Rotterdam confirms the status of the city, as the maritime capital of Europe. Hosting Breakbulk Europe in our city fits in very well with our strong ambition to be leading in breakbulk and our willingness to invest in this position. I am very much looking forward to welcome the international breakbulk community to Rotterdam next year!”

Plans are underway for a digital Breakbulk Europe program, which will be held 19-20 May 2021, days previously designated for the exhibition. Over the two days, viewers will hear from global analysts and industry leaders who will discuss project opportunities in both the short- and long-term and experience a virtual introduction to Rotterdam.