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New decade, new challenges for port professionals

Facing the headwinds of international threats, polarization and trade wars, even successful port cities like Antwerp must find new approaches to innovate and network, if they want to stay at the top table of global ports.


A new decade has brought new challenges for both ports operators and port communities – today, data collaboration and energy transition are arguably as critical to future success as throughput speed and berth construction.


Facing an evolving and even conflicting set of business priorities, port professionals need somewhere they can gain practical knowledge directly from experts that will help to transform their operations; that’s where the IAPH World Ports Conference 2020 comes in. The event is coming to Antwerp this March 17-19th in a totally new format, bringing together a broader maritime and logistics audience than ever before.


The three-day conference agenda looks to the future of ports, asking where the landlord model is headed, and when consolidation makes sense, and analyzing the impact of trade policies from economic superpowers such as China; attendees will hear C-suite views on how to make the transformation from successful cargo port to maritime cluster. But there are also practical sessions on how to share data while maintaining a competitive edge, and how to use owner-operator lessons to reduce injuries during port stays while maintaining productivity at berth.


The Port of Antwerp is the Host Sponsor for the World Ports Conference 2020, and the themes of the conference will resonate strongly with any stakeholder in the port city’s success. Flemish Prime Minister Jan Jambon has emphasized that innovation, entrepreneurship and collaboration are essential to keeping the Flanders region in the top league of high-performing Northern European economies, even following a seventh year of record-breaking cargo volumes at the port.


Jambon is scheduled to speak at the event, alongside the UK Minister for Maritime Nusrat Ghani. With the UK looking its future outside the European Union, both ministers will be sharing their strategic approaches on how to maintain trade effectiveness amid a sharpening trend toward ‘devolved’ political and economic power.


In fact, the event boasts an impressive array of speakers including IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim, Guy Platten (International Chamber of Shipping), Tom Boardley (CLIA Europe), Despina Theodosiou (WISTA International), global port operators Chong Meng Tan (PSA International), Clemence Cheng (Hutchison Port Holdings) and shipowners Emanuele Grimaldi and Alexander Saverys, as well as other leading global industry figures from ports, shipping and logistics.


With an agenda focused on innovation and profitability, it is sure to be a must-attend event for all maritime professionals in the region. You can register here.


And there’s a special offer for the Antwerp Port Community – members of Alfaport Voka and CEPA can receive special rates for attendance at the World Ports Conference 2020. Just contact our Help desk for more information.

Discover the full programme.


Register now to ensure your attendance at 2020’s leading port conference.


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