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
10:15-10:45 - The Global Economic Outlook
Putting 2020 in Perspective
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
President and CEO
Port of Rotterdam
Port of Antwerp
Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi
Abu Dhabi Ports
President and CEO
Montreal Port Authority
12:30-14:00 - Networking Lunch
14:00-15:00 - Concurrent Breakout Sessions
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.
Associate Director, Oil Midstream & Downstream
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
Dr. Noura Al Dhaheri
MAQTA Gateway/Abu Dhabi ports
Senior Private Sector Specialist
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
Maritime Technical International
Chief Information Security Officer
Port of Antwerp
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.
Erik W. Jakobson
Partner and Chair
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
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.
International Chamber of Shipping
Head Of Research
Global Maritime Forum
Director of Maritime Safety and Standards & Permanent Representative of the UK to IMO UK Government
John Michael Radziwill
CEO and Chairman
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
Hamburg Port Authority
Geert De Wilde
International Port Communication Systems Association
Chief Commercial Officer
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.
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.
Director and Co-founder