THURSDAY 19 MARCH 2020
All sessions will take place at the Flanders Meeting & Convention Center (Elizabeth Center)
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
10:00 - 11:00am Connecting the dots: Ports facilitating shipping's energy transition
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. For the IMO GHG strategy to succeed all parties in the maritime supply chain need to work together. 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. The session will also explore how a critical mass of zero emission fuel bunkering facilities in ports can be established to enable the deployment of zero carbon emission vessels from 2030 onwards.
Eric van der Schans
Director of Environmental Management
Port of Rotterdam
Strategic Policy Advisor and Project Manager
Port of Amsterdam
Managing Director (Cruise Gate GmbH)
Port of Hamburg
Environmental Specialist, Air Emissions
Port of Vancouver
10:00 - 11:00am A Fireside Chat With Google Cloud
10:00 - 11:00am Effective crisis communications: : Protecting, Maintaining, and Building Your Reputation Before, During, and After a Major Incident
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.
President, MTI USA, and Chairman and Founding Partner
Head of Google Cloud Belux
10:00 - 11:00am Why "Landlord Port" Is No Longer a Description
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. This workshop session will delve deeply into the diverse ways 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 also will assess whether as proactive "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
11:45 - 12:45pm JOINT SESSION
From Concept to Reality: How Ports Are Taking the Lead in Data Exchange for Port Call Optimisation
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.
Head Of Operations
Intelligent Cargo Systems
VP Marketing and Sales
Jan Van Dooren
11:45 - 12:45pm Zero Injuries During Port Stays: Embedding a Shared Safety Culture Between Ship and Shore
With pressure to improve productivity at berth, there is a growing risk of accidents involving dockworkers working onboard 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.
Partner & Managing Director
11:45 - 12:45pm When does port consolidation make sense? Innovation in Port-to-Port Relationships
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
14:15 - 15:15pm Nothing to Waste: Ports as Generators of Sustainable Energy
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.
Global Product Manager
14:15 - 15:15pm Futureproofing your organisation: Avoiding Obsolescence in the Digital Age
Digitisation is reshaping the maritime industry including ports and will define how the industry evolves. Technologies such as 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, subsectors such as port authorities, pilots, and ship agents will need to revamp in order to maintain relevance. In this candid fireside chat, our maritime technology expert will outline the likely changes the port sector will see and talk about what stakeholders must do to stay agile.
14:15 - 15:15pm Combating Corruption at Ports by Building on Shipowners' Momentum
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. In this interactive discussion, Cecilia Müller Torbrand, executive director of 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
Maritime Anti-Corruption Network
14:15 - 15:15pm The future of ports in a Changing World
This fireside chat between an internationally renowned port governance expert, a global port operator, and a leading maritime journalist will examine the future of global port governance: Where is the landlord model headed? When does consolidation make sense? What impact will technology have on ports? What is the impact of growing concentration among corporate port operators? How is China's 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?
Session Chair: Peter Tirschwell, Vice President, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
Professor in Port and Maritime Economics and Management
University of Antwerp
15:15-16:00 - Afternoon Networking Break
16:00-17:00 - Panel Discussion
Pursuing a Sustainable Maritime Business Through Cooperation
Hadiza Bala Usman
Nigeria Ports Authority/VP IAPH
CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association)
Women's International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA)