Building transparency, predictability and trust.

  • Rising to new demands of customers, communities and stakeholders.


The 2020 World Ports Conference will bring together leading ports, their customers and stakeholders as well as regulators in a world-class interactive event to imagine and deliver a future where ports lead in energy transition, data collaboration, reputation management and business innovation.

The three-day conference will feature a mix of panel discussions, one-to-one conversations, hands-on workshops and specialised working events to showcase unique, practical insights from business leaders who have engaged in successful and sustainable cross-industry collaboration. Our goal is to ensure that attendees from various backgrounds understand how best to create genuine trust, boost transparency and increase reliability both internally and externally.


Energy transition

  • Ports and the energy industry: how will ports best support investment in and operation of the refining, manufacturing and distribution of energy products amidst the macro energy transition?

  • The ship-shore interface: how can ports play their part in facilitating the shipping industry to achieve IMO decarbonisation targets while meeting urgent sustainability demands of communities?

  • How can ports become trusted centres of carbon-neutral energy creation and consumption for themselves, their clients, investors, cities and communities?


Data collaboration

  • How can efforts to create successful data collaboration between ports and their customers as well as between each other be accelerated?

  • What needs to change for data standards to be more quickly created and implemented?

  • How will ports navigate competition with such unprecedented ability to collaborate?

  • How can enhanced data collaboration support improved port call optimisation?

  • How can ports prepare for unintended consequences of the digital environment, including disruptions of existing roles?


Risk and reputation

  • How can ports and stakeholders collaborate to prepare for and recover from threats that compromise their business continuity, safety, reputation and ability to serve customers?

  • How best to protect against high-impact weather events that can disrupt operations, create safety hazards and damage cargo and infrastructure?

  • What steps should be taken to build and maintain reputation and trust before, during and after a crisis involving pollution, criminal activity, accidents or other occurrences?

  • Safety isn’t just helmets, goggles and gloves, it’s culture: how can ports embed an everyday, ongoing, unwavering commitment to safety embracing all aspects of work and integrated deeply into operations?

  • Just say no: corruption undermines everything a port is trying to achieve; security, business confidence, trust and reputation. How to stop corruption in its tracks.


Business innovation

  • A successful cargo port isn’t necessarily a successful maritime city: what business climate needs to be fostered for port cities to be reliable partners for the maritime industry?

  • How can port communities and cities foster innovation together?

  • The new landlord model: how can port authorities maximise sustainable value from port land and infrastructural assets?

  • Can we get beyond ‘sister-ports’? Has the time finally come for commercial port networks to really take off and claim their place in global supply chains?

  • Are mainstream port governance models still fit for purpose? Is there a shift towards a new public-private equilibrium?