WEDNESDAY 18 MARCH 2020

All sessions will take place at the Flanders Meeting & Convention Center (Elizabeth Center)

08:00-17:00 - Registration

08:00-09:00 - Welcome Breakfast 

09:00-09:30 - Welcome Remarks

  • Santiago Garcia-Milà, President, IAPH

  • Annick De Ridder, President, Antwerp Port Authority

  • Patrick Verhoeven, Managing Director,  IAPH

09:30-10:15 - Keynote Address
The Terminal Operator and Shipowner Perspective of Port Challenges

  • Tan Chong Meng
    Group CEO
    PSA International
     

  • Alexander Saverys
    CEO
    CMB

10:15-10:45 - The Global Economic Outlook
Putting 2020 in Perspective

  • Elisabeth Waelbroeck-Rocha
    Chief International Economist, IHS Markit

10:45-11:15 - Morning Networking Coffee Break

11:15-12:30 - Panel Session

View From the Top: A Roundtable Discussion With Port CEOs

 

At a time when addressing climate change is rising to the top of the public agenda, at the same time when business and economic expectations remain high, ports must act convincingly in being transparent, reliable, and innovative in addressing all stakeholder groups. This cannot happen without ports leading in collaboration, which they instinctively know how to do. Achieving decarbonization is a case in port in the requirement for collaboration. As Port of Antwerp CEO Jacques Vandemeiren told the UN Climate Action Summit on Sept. 23 in New York, "There are solutions that can be found. But we won’t find a killer app — it will require this broader coalition." This session will bring together global leaders among seaports to discuss where we're going and what it's going to take to get there.

Session Chair: Peter Tirschwell, Vice President, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

  • Allard Castelein
    President and CEO
    Port of Rotterdam
     

  • Jacques Vandermeiren  
    CEO
    Port of Antwerp
     

  • Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi
    Group CEO
    Abu Dhabi Ports

     

  • Sylvie Vachon
    President and CEO

    Montreal Port Authority

12:30-14:00 - Networking Lunch

14:00-15:00 - Concurrent Breakout Sessions 

ENERGY TRANSITION

How will ports best support investment in and operation of the refining, manufacturing and distribution of energy products amidst the macro energy transition?

DATA COLLABORATION

How can efforts to create successful data collaboration between ports and their customers as well as between each other be accelerated?

RISK AND REPUTATION

How can ports and stakeholders collaborate to prepare for and recover from threats that compromise their business continuity, safety, reputation and ability to serve customers?



 

BUSINESS INNOVATION

A successful cargo port isn’t necessarily a successful maritime city. What business climate needs to be fostered for port cities to be reliable partners for the maritime industry?

 

14:00 - 15:00pm Futureproofing the energy supply chain: How the energy business is changing in response to growing demands for a clean energy future

 

As the climate change agenda accelerates, energy producers are preparing for a drastically different future in terms of what they produce, where they produce it and how it's transported. Local and international regulations — increasingly driven by public pressure — are reshaping how business is done along the energy value chain. Renowned energy analysts will provide insights into where the energy sector is headed and leading figures from the supply chain including ports and shipping companies will discuss how they can best support the refining, manufacturing and distribution of energy products.

  • John Cooper   
    Director General
    FuelsEurope
     

  • Ronan Graham 
    Associate Director, Oil Midstream & Downstream
    IHS Markit

14:00 - 15:00pm Facilitating maritime trade through data sharing

 

Effective data collaboration among governmental and private sector stakeholders could reduce trade costs by 15% and boost global trade by up to $1 trillion a year, with the biggest gains in the poorest countries, according to the World Trade Organization. The IMO's 2018 Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL Convention) requires national governments to introduce electronic information exchange between ships and ports. This will simplify trade and make the logistics chain more efficient for the more than 10 billion tons of seaborne goods per year. Attendees will learn how ports are implementing the IMO's FAL convention, and suggest ways to bring together multiple agencies and authorities involved exchanging data via a single point of contact to create a "single maritime window."

 
  • Julian Abril Garcia
    Head of Facilitation
    IMO

     

  • Pascal Ollivier   
    President
    Maritime Street

     

  • Dr. Noura Al Dhaheri   
    CEO
    MAQTA Gateway/Abu Dhabi ports

     

  • Periklis Saragiotis
    Senior Private Sector Specialist
    World Bank

 

14:00 - 15:00pm Crisis and catastrophe readiness: Preparing ports for worst-case scenarios
 

Given the potential for threats from a multitude of sources including weather, terrorism, ships in distress and social unrest, port authorities must prepare for a wide variety of situations requiring effective disaster preparation and response. In this panel discussion, attendees will hear from experts about the top issues that should be on their disaster management radar and be given guidance on crafting recovery plans.

Session Chair: Richard Jackson, Director, Research and Analysis, Economics and Country Risk, IHS Markit

  • Martin Baxindale
    Managing Director
    Maritime Technical International
     

  • Yannick Herrebaut
    Chief Information Security Officer 
    Port of Antwerp

     

  • Todd Hills
    MPS-ISAO Intelligence Officer
    Maritime & Port Security Information Sharing & Analysis Organisation

 

14:00 - 15:00pm Embarking on a transformation from successful cargo port to maritime cluster

 

Across the globe many examples of successful cargo ports can be found, but only a few examples of successful maritime clusters: cities that have brought together into an interconnected ecosystem a diverse community of maritime services ranging from ship agents and classification societies to maritime, finance, law and insurance. Although a historic port is usually the foundation, a focused and long-term effort by the seaport in partnership with government entities is required to create a business environment that attracts and maintains a true maritime cluster that feeds on itself in delivering benefits to the community and its participants. In this session experts who have been down this road will share their experiences.



SESSION SPONSOR:

  • Erik W. Jakobson           
    Partner and Chair          
    Menon

     

  • Tan Cheng Peng        
    Director Port Policy       
    Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

15:00-15:30 - Afternoon Networking Break

15:30-16:30 - Concurrent Breakout Sessions

ENERGY TRANSITION

How will ports best support investment in and operation of the refining, manufacturing and distribution of energy products amidst the macro energy transition?

DATA COLLABORATION

How can efforts to create successful data collaboration between ports and their customers as well as between each other be accelerated?

RISK AND REPUTATION

How can ports and stakeholders collaborate to prepare for and recover from threats that compromise their business continuity, safety, reputation and ability to serve customers?

BUSINESS INNOVATION

A successful cargo port isn’t necessarily a successful maritime city. What business climate needs to be fostered for port cities to be reliable partners for the maritime industry?

15:30-16:30pm IMO 2050: Is the shipping industry on track to meet the greenhouse gas targets?

The International Maritime Organisation was widely commended in 2018 for adopting a global strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ships. Some critics claim that industry and member states have been dragging their feet since then by spending an overly long time on short-term efficiency measures, while kicking the big discussion on market-based measures and low and zero carbon fuels in the long grass. On the other hand, a powerful coalition of shipping companies, ports, technology providers and energy suppliers has recently pledged to make zero emission vessels on deep sea trades a reality from 2030 onwards. A panel of government and industry experts will take stock of current progress and will discuss the major hurdles that need to be taken to reach the IMO targets in time.

 
  • Guy Platten
    Secretary General
    International Chamber of Shipping

     

  • Kasper Søgaard
    Head Of Research
    Global Maritime Forum

     

  • Katy Ware
    Director of Maritime Safety and Standards & Permanent Representative of the UK to IMO UK Government

     

  • John Michael Radziwill  
    CEO and Chairman       
    Goodbulk

     

15:30-16:30pm Competition vs. Collaboration: Overcoming obstacles to true data sharing
 

In the nascent and rapidly evolving world of data sharing, what is the best way to share information for collaboration while maintaining a competitive edge? This session will showcase four platforms that have proven successful at providing a space for data interactions between various parties, including port authorities, terminals, shipping lines and technology/equipment providers, followed by a discussion about best practice.

Session Chair: Eric Johnson, Senior Editor, Technology, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

 
  • Jens Meier        
    CEO
    Hamburg Port Authority        

     

  • Geert De Wilde  
    CEO      
    NxtPort

     

  • Richard Morton   
    Secretary General  
    International Port Communication Systems Association
      

  • Robin Jaacks
    Chief Commercial Officer
    Ocean Insights

15:30-16:30pm Riders on the storm: Preparing for more frequent high impact weather and extreme ocean events
 

Climate change is having a growing impact on ports in the form of rising sea levels, frequent storms of increasing intensity, and other climate threats to their fixed infrastructure. In this session, IAPH and the Waterborne Association for Transport Infrastructure (PIANC) will unveil the results of their 2019 Navigating a Changing Climate survey, which highlights catastrophic incidents that have occurred and actions taken in response by ports and their stakeholders including governments. We will also hear from leading port authorities on their preparation for climate events and look at specific instances of disaster management.

 
  • Jan Brooke        
    UK Representative         
    PIANC

     

  • Martin Williams
    Technical Director          
    JBA Consulting

     

  • Sean M. Dalton
    Head of Marine Underwriting North America        
    Munich Reinsurance America Inc.

15:30-16:30pm Tapping into the startup culture: How ports and tech communities can foster innovation together

 

The idea that maritime is a technological backwater is increasingly out of touch. Tech innovation, startups, and incubators in many seaport cities are actively developing new business models, leveraging new technologies and finding solutions to longstanding problems. Ports themselves are nurturing this innovation, tapping into expertise and funding to foster pioneering technologies that contribute to the vitality of the port. This session will showcase examples of successful port-tech collaboration that is making a meaningful difference to the ports and local business communities.

 
  • Carolien Vat-Sandee      
    Director and Co-founder    
    PortXL

18:30-23:00 - Gala Dinner and World Ports Sustainability Awards
Location: Handelsbeurs Antwerp