May 10 - Earlier today, the Worldwide Project Consortium's (WWPC) 13th annual membership conference in Prague opened with presentations from two of the event's main sponsors, Rickmers-Linie and Ruslan International.

During Rickmers Linie's presentation, representatives confirmed that its recently launched eastbound round the world service will eventually be operated by five ships. It was announced previously that a second ship would enter into the service in May.

Ruslan International's Steve Harvey revealed that this is the 10th anniversary of the airline's association with WWPC and that the last year has been its best ever regarding business with the members of the network.

During member company introduction, Alfredo Sanchez from Venezuela's Totalviax, which has been a member of the WWPC since 2011, suggested that his company's business as a trading company as well as a logistics service provider, could deliver efficiencies for WWPC partners which have business with Venezuela.

Mladen Ganchev from Holleman Bulgaria, said his company still believed in the potential of the Danube river corridor to deliver cost effective and environmentally-friendly logistics services for companies needing to move wheeled cargoes from North and Central European to the markets which surround the Black Sea.

WWPC director, Wolfgang Karau indicated that the presence of 100 or so delegates at the event, representing around 50 countries from across the world; many of them long standing members of the WWPC; was a clear demonstration of the strength of the network .

Others sponsors which will be speaking at the conference will include Hansa Heavy Lift and Sarens.