Mercator Media Limited has acquired the Coastlink Network Limited, a neutral pan-European network dedicated to the promotion of short sea and feeder container shipping and how it forms part of a competitive supply chain.
Since 2004, Coastlink has hosted a series of 18 conferences and meetings to maximise the utilisation and potential of shipping networks; achieve an environmentally friendly modal shift to shipping; encourage more services linking ports in European waters; and develop collaboration between shippers, ports, shipping lines and freight organisations.
Andrew Webster, Mercator Media CEO, commented: “Mercator is a great, new home for the Coastlink Network events. It fits very well with what we do and complements our magazines that overlap this marketplace; Port Strategy, The MotorShip and Maritime Journal as well as our events, GreenPort Congress, Propulsion & Future Fuels and the well-known commercial marine exhibition, Seawork.”
Coastlink was established in 2004 by shipping professionals David Cheslin and Gavin Roser. Following its first conference in London that year, Coastlink has subsequently produced or participated in successful events throughout Europe, where professionals can discuss geopolitics, innovation, economic and environmental issues.
Mr Roser, currently ‘Ambassador at Large’ of not-for-profit think tank, The European Freight and Logistics Leaders’ Forum (F&L), will continue as a consultant to Coastlink to ensure its continued relevance.
The next Coastlink conference will be co-located with Seawork, from 11-13 June 2019, in Southampton, UK. More details will be announced in due course.