Frans van Zoelen

IAPH Legal Committee / Port of Rotterdam

Chair IAPH Legal Committee Special Projects – Head Legal Emeritus Port of Rotterdam Authority

Frans van Zoelen is Head Legal Emeritus of Havenbedrijf Rotterdam N.V. (Port of Rotterdam Authority) and now assigned to Special Projects. He is a Legal Counselor to the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) ( and chairs the IAPH Legal Committee. In the Netherlands Frans van Zoelen chairs the Dutch Legal Network for Shipping and Transport (, and is a member of the Board of the Dutch Transport Law Association (

Frans van Zoelen holds a master’s degree in civil and public law from Erasmus University Rotterdam, and has additional specializations in real estate law, company law, competition law, and maritime law. With a master’s degree in public administration from the Nederlandse School voor Openbaar Bestuur and Financial Master Classes for Lawyers at Nyenrode Business University, Frans van Zoelen also has developed an expertise and strong interest in how the public and private sector interface, a focus essential for navigating complex port and industrial environments.

Frans van Zoelen lives in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, together with his wife and son.

Sessions With Frans van Zoelen

Friday, 25 June

  • 03:55pm - 04:40pm (CET) / 25/jun/2021 01:55 pm - 25/jun/2021 02:40 pm


    IAPH Technical - Ten Ways to Make your Port Cyberproof


    With many recent high-profile cyberattacks on numerous ports and their communities, how can ports become more proactive rather than reactive to this ever-increasing threat to business continuity? In this session, you will obtain insight into best practices by some of the world's most advanced and secure ports ahead of the publishing of the IAPH cyber security guideline for ports being prepared for IMO consultation at their Maritime Security Committee