Nico Vertongen

WeCAPS - Western and Central African Port Security

Team Leader

Nico Vertongen has an academic Master's Degree in Political Sciences (Belgium/Sweden), with a specialization in International Politics. He has experience with macro-economic analyses and maritime traffic and port studies. He started his professional career in 1992 as a research assistant at the University of Louvain. He covered several projects on political and economic transition in Central & Eastern Europe. In 2002 he joined the Antwerp Port Authority, at first within the Research Department and the Port Training Center (APEC), subsequently at the office of the port president. Since 2007 Nico orientated towards international consultancy services on behalf of the port of Antwerp and was appointed Africa Director when Port of Antwerp International was founded in 2010.

Nico Vertongen has solid experience with West and Central African ports since he was in charge of the partnership with the port of Matadi in DR Congo in 2003. For the Port of Antwerp, he has been traveling to the region ever since and has developed a wide knowledge of all major port-related issues on the African continent (management, governance, hinterland connections, public-private partnerships, training, etc.). In 2019, Nico joined the WeCAPS Project (Improving Port Security in Western & Central Africa) as a Port Governance Expert. Last year, he was appointed Team Leader. WeCAPS is funded by the European Commission (Department for International Partnerships) and managed by Expertise France. 

Sessions With Nico Vertongen

Wednesday, 23 June

  • 11:35am - 12:05pm (CET) / 23/jun/2021 09:35 am - 23/jun/2021 10:05 am

    Climate and Energy

    Raising Port Security in West and Central Africa


    The issues around security in African ports have intensified, especially following the recent tragic events in the Middle East with hazardous cargo. What role should port authorities take in collaboration with partners from other countries and alliances in securing their port areas, especially when it comes to hazardous cargo? Learn about the EU WeCAPS initiative in this session which deals with a concrete example of work done with the Port of Dakar.