The Leading Event for the Project Cargo and Breakbulk Industries in the Middle East

Education Day

Propel Your Career with Breakbulk Middle East Education Day 

New to Breakbulk Middle East 2020, those newly employed or considering a career in the breakbulk and project cargo workforce—shippers, carriers, forwarders and others—are encouraged to attend Education Day to learn industry fundamentals from working executives. Participants will also learn what it takes to organize and execute a large project and receive advice from a new entrant to the industry. 

Education is essential for career changers and students to close the current talent gap, and crucial to the future of the breakbulk and project cargo industry. Following the morning session on Wednesday, Education Day participants will tour the exhibition floor to meet and interact with some the biggest players in the global project cargo supply chain.


In 2020, we gave 122 students and young professionals the opportunity to learn industry basics across a half-day session, then tour the exhibition floor as part of Breakbulk’s commitment to nurture talent at a grassroots level.

“It was an honour and privilege to speak at such a great event – I have learnt a lot about the breakbulk industry and I am excited to come back next year”  - Sara Al-Aydowoos, Higher Colleges of Technology

“I loved Education Day because it was an opportunity to learn more about breakbulk cargo and to speak in front of my peers and colleagues was flattering”  - Ali Alfalasi, Higher Colleges of Technology

“It was an honour for me to participate in the Breakbulk conference and to share my experience at Education Day of the academy and motivate other students”  - Noura Al Bloushi, Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport - Sharjah Branch



26 February 2020 • Dubai World Trade Centre • Concourse 2 • Sheikh Maktoum Hall • Room C

08:30 - 09:30
Networking Coffee
09:30 – 09:40
Welcome Remarks

Dr. Ahmed Youssef, Associate Dean of Maritime Transport and Technology College, Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport – Sharjah Branch  
09:40 - 10:15
Session 1: The World of Breakbulk

Breakbulk cargo movements constitute all of the pieces of freight used to build oil rigs or new power plants, wind farms, water treatment plants and mining operations throughout the world. But who is Breakbulk? Our expert speaker will discuss the world of Breakbulk and why it is so important to global development. 

Patrick Richardson, Global Head of EPS Business Development - EPC, Power & Infrastructure, DSV Panalpina
10:15 - 10:35
Session 2: Project Cargo Case Study

A project movement takes planning, cooperation and effective and efficient execution to have a successful result. Our speaker will discuss the project management process, demonstrating how a project is accomplished, along with problems encountered along the way and the solutions required for the movement and construction of such large cargo. This session will look at the technical challenges in raising the Expo 2020 Dome and crowning the Al Wazl Plaza.

Philippe Verdeure, Managing Director Projects Middle East & APAC, Sarens 
10:35 - 11:05
Networking Break
11:05 - 11:35
Session 3: The Exciting World of Ship Chartering

This session will provide an overview of chartering principles and applications for students and those new to the breakbulk and project cargo industries. Attendees will leave the session with the basics of chartering, career entry points, qualifications and certification, career paths and an understanding of key industry players.  

Krishnan Subramaniam, Director, Fusion Academy of Excellence
11:35 - 11:55
Session 4: Words for the Future

Capt. Sahar Rasti, CEO of SJR Group, will be addressing the importance of being self-motivated and pursuing career growth in the maritime sector. She will share her immense knowledge, aspirations and experience as the First Emirati Female Captain.

She will also be delivering key points on her transitional period from working for a well-reputed government entity to establishing her privately-owned business “SJR Group”. 

Capt. Sahar will tackle the major industry challenges that might face any entrepreneur in addition to the opportunities from running a successful maritime business. Imperatively, she will announce her initiative for empowering and qualifying the next generation in the maritime sector.

Capt. Sahar Rasti, CEO, SJR Group

11:55 - 12:00 
Closing Remarks
12:00 - 14:00
Sessions 5: Exhibition Tours

Breakbulk Middle East Education Day attendees are invited to take part in tours of the Exhibition to interact and network with some of the largest players in the project cargo supply chain. Please collect your stamp card from the Breakbulk Team, which highlights the supporting companies who are ready to meet and network with students and new entrants to the industry.

About the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT) 

The Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT) is one of the specialized organizations of the Arab League whose member-states are participants in the academy. Since its establishment in 1972, the Academy has been involved in various fields of education, training, scientific research and community service.  

The Maritime College is considered to be one of the most exclusive colleges of the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport that awards specialized certificates in the field of Maritime Transport. Throughout its eminent history, it has been a pioneering college in the field of maritime education and training, which culminated in obtaining Quality Certificate ISO 9001 in September 1999. The infrastructure includes modern simulators, laboratories and other facilities necessary to do research and specialized studies. The College programs are also revised and developed periodically, in order to stay up to date with the latest technologies and regulations in the maritime transport field.  

On Tuesday 8 January 2019, His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, member of the UAE Federal Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah Emirate signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Sharjah government and AASTMT, an Egypt-based specialized organization of the Arab League, to establish AASTMT branch in Khor Fakkan, Sharjah.  

His Excellency Professor Ismail Abdel Ghaffar Ismail Farag has signed the MOU on behalf of AASTMT. The new AASTMT branch in Sharjah will qualify graduates specialized in various maritime transport sciences and technologies, in addition to international transport, logistics as well as maritime law. This will offer state-of-the-art specialized educational programs and provide the labor market with calibers in all fields of the maritime industry.  

The Maritime College in Sharjah branch offers undergraduate studies in both practical and theoretical topics of Marine Transportation, leading to a Bachelor of Science Degree and certificates of competency in the following: B.Sc. in Maritime Transport Technology+2nd Mate Certficate of Competency with specializations including: Maritime Technology, Maritime Safety, and Environmental Protection, Offshore Technology, and Shipping and Port Technology. As well as a B.Sc. in Marine Engineering Technology +3rd Engineer Certificate of Competency, and a B.Sc. in Marine Electrical Technology + ETO Certificate of Competency.