08:00-09:30 - IAPH Annual General Meeting (Members only)

09:00-15:00 - Registration

09:00-10:00 - Welcome Breakfast

10:00-11:00 - Concurrent Breakout Sessions 


Ports facilitating shipping's energy transition



Fostering industry-wide coherence on data standardisation



Protecting, maintaining and building your reputation before, during and after a major incident or crisis


Why "landlord port" is no longer a description that works


10:00 - 11:00am Connecting the dots

In 2019 the IMO adopted a resolution inviting Member States to encourage voluntary cooperation between the port and shipping sectors to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ships. While the main responsibility to meet the IMO targets clearly lies with the shipping industry, the port industry has rallied on multiple fronts, providing incentives, facilitating bunkering of alternative fuels and investing in shore-side electric power sources. This workshop session will showcase examples of best practice, including the new configuration of the IAPH Environmental Ship Index and unique initiatives fostered by the World Port Climate Action Program.

  • Eric van der Schans
    Director of Environmental Management             
    Port of Rotterdam


  • Peter Alkema
    Strategic policy advisor and project manager             
    Port of Amsterdam


  • Sacha Rougier
    Managing Director
    (Cruise Gate GmbH)
    Port of Hamburg

10:00 - 11:00am Data Standardisation


Industry adoption of data-sharing in the maritime world is facing speedbumps in the form of contradictory definitions of specific data by individual initiatives. As a result, there is a disconnect between the various enterprises being run within the shipping and port communities, all of whom are seeking to improve efficiency, reduce cost, improve the environmental footprint, and provide better visibility for numerous stakeholders. This intimate panel discussion will seek to spotlight the lessons learned through standardisation of data in comparable sectors such as aviation and wider logistics, with a view to implementing these in the maritime world.


10:00 - 11:00am Effective crisis communications

Crises that can be damaging to reputation can happen any time, but the risk of long term damage can be greatly reduced through preparation. What can you as an organisation do to protect your reputation when threatened by incidents such as a terrorist incident (e.g.suspected smart bomb in a container), a cyberattack (resulting in system outtages), a major vessel-port accident (e.g. collision, bunker leak) or a major cargo incident (e.g. fire, petrochemical or radioactive leak, narcotics find)? This hands-on workshop will put you in the role of journalist, community activist, port critic or social media influencer allowing you to experience how communications experts effectively respond to the inevitable incident or crisis.


10:00 - 11:00am Landlord Ports

The term "landlord port" suggests a port that sits back and collects rent. While that was never a fair description of most seaports, it is virtually obsolete today. Successful landlord port authorities are more entrepreneurial than ever before.This workshop session will delve deeply into the many diverse ways that port authorities develop port land and infrastructural assets, including areas as varied as land valuation, performance clauses, encouraging modal shifts, creating inland logistics infrastructure and facilitating public-private partnerships. Their hybrid nature makes port authorities the perfect leaders in matching investment with community buy-in and environmental constraints. The session will also assess whether as pro-active "developers" port authorities may be returning to in-house provision of certain services and therefore fundamentally altering the basics of the traditional landlord concept.

  • Paul van Eulem
    Maritime & Transport Business Solutions B.V.

11:00-11:45 - Morning Networking Coffee Break

11:45-12:45 - Concurrent Breakout Sessions 



Concept to reality: How ports are taking the lead in data exchange for port call optimisation



Concept to reality: How ports are taking the lead in data exchange for port call optimisation


Embedding a shared safety culture between ship and shore


Innovation in port-to-port relationships.

11:45 - 12:45pm JOINT SESSION

Port call optimisation, including just-in-time arrival of ships, not only has efficiency and safety benefits, but also reduces fuel consumption and emissions. However, there are still challenges to overcome, such as getting buy in from various maritime stakeholders and standardising the plethora of data exchanges. Building on the work of the International Port Call Optimisation Task Force, this workshop session will discuss the implementation of nascent international guidelines and compare digital tools that enterprising ports have successfully developed with customers and service providers.

  • Astrid Dispert   
    Technical Adviser           


  • Emma Mark      
    Head Of Operations      
    Intelligent Cargo systems


  • Lene Vesterlund             
    VP Marketing and Sales


  • Jan Van Dooren


1:45 - 12:45pm Zero injuries during ports stays

With pressure to improve productivity at berth, there is a growing risk of accidents involving dockworkers working on board ships, as well as ship crews while ships are docked. Poor communication, lack of focus on situational awareness and failure to address observed unsafe acts can have lethal consequences. In this hands-on workshop, attendees will learn how to apply lessons from an owner operator that experienced casualties and decided to take action by launching a program with ports to address this important gap in safety.

  • Erik Green         
    Partner & Managing Director         

1:45 - 12:45pm When does port consolidation make sense?

An in-depth exploration of ports collaborating with each other, ranging from targeted, opportunistic cooperation to much deeper integration. This session will include a top-down case, where government took the initiative, as well as a bottom-up case where local port authorities decided it was in their joint interest to cooperate. The session will cover an explanation of the needs for consolidation, success factors and potential pitfalls. With ample opportunity for detailed questions, the session will be rich in providing information and inspiration to ports considering various forms of collaboration.


12:45-14:15 - Networking Lunch

14:15-15:15 - Concurrent Breakout Sessions


Ports as generators of sustainable energy


Avoiding obsolescence in the digital age


Combatting corruption at ports by building on shipowners' momentum


The future of ports in a changing world

14:15 - 15:15pm Nothing to Waste


What is waste for one, is a resource for another. Being clusters of maritime, logistics and industrial facilities, ports are hotspots for sustainable energy creation, consumption, reuse, remanufacturing and recycling of end-of-life products. Based on successful experiences worldwide, participants will learn from this hands-on session how ports can become trusted matchmakers and facilitators for "circular economy" initiatives that benefit clients, investors, cities and communities.

  • Roberto Bernacchi         
    Global Product Manager             


14:15 - 15:15pm Futureproofing your organisation


Digitization is reshaping the maritime industry including ports and will define how the industry evolves going forward. Technologies like Artificial Intelligence, the Cloud and 5G cellular networks are bedding in to the port sector. As technology becomes the backbone of the wider maritime landscape, sub-sectors such as port authorities, pilots, ship agents and others will need to revamp in order to maintain relevance. In this candid fireside chat, our maritime technology expert will outline the likely changes that the port sector will see and talk about what stakeholders must do to stay agile.

14:15 - 15:15pm Combatting corruption


Ports' ability to grow and provide economic value for all their stakeholders is undermined by undetected corruption, which increases costs for port users who will look for alternatives elsewhere and causes long term reputational damage. The Maritime Anti Corruption Network, which is creating a new Global Port Integrity Index, will share practical advice to combat corruption and will highlight initiatives taken by organizations to detect, identify, reduce or even eradicate corrupt and/or fraudulent activities at ports.

  • Cecilia Müller Torbrand
    Executive Director
    Maritime Anti-Corruption Network

14:15 - 15:15pm The future of ports

A fireside chat between an internationally renowned port governance expert, a global port operator and a leading maritime journalist about the future of global port governance, addressing questions such as: Where is the landlord model headed? When does consolidation make sense? What will be technology's impact on ports? What is the impact of growing concentration among corporate port operators? How is China ports policy evolving? Is there a need for global port regulation and, if so, in what areas? What will be the impact of trade policies on ports' future development?

  • Theo Notteboom           
    Professor in Port and Maritime Economics and Management
    University of Antwerp

15:15-15:45 - Afternoon Networking Break

16:00-17:00 - Closing Panel Discussion

Cooperation ports and shipping for a sustainable maritime sector

  • Emanuele Grimaldi   
    Managing Director         
    Grimaldi Group


  • Hadiza Bala Usman      
    Managing Director      
    Nigeria Ports Authority/VP IAPH


  • Clemence Cheng          
    Executive Director
    Hucthison Port Holdings

17:00-20:00 - Drinks Reception and Walking Dinner