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

10:15-10:45 - The Global Economic Outlook

  • 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.

12:30-14:00 - Networking Lunch

14:00-15:00 - Concurrent Breakout Sessions 


How the energy business is changing in response to growing demands for a clean energy future


Getting shipping and port communities to collaborate electronically


Preparing ports for worst case scenarios



Successful cargo port to maritime cluster

14:00 - 15:00pm Futureproofing the energy supply chain


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.


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


  • Pascal Ollivier   
    Maritime Street


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


14:00 - 15:00pm Crisis and catastrophe readiness

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.

  • Martin Baxindale
    Managing Director
    Maritime Technical International

  • Erwin Verstraelen
    Chief Digital Innovation Officer 
    Port of Antwerp


14:00 - 15:00pm Embarking on a transformation


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          

15:00-15:30 - Afternoon Networking Break

15:30-16:30 - Concurrent Breakout Sessions


Is the shipping industry on track to meet the IMO 2050 greenhouse gas targets?


Overcoming Obstacles to True Data Sharing


Preparing for more frequent high impact weather and extreme ocean events


How ports and tech communities can foster innovation together

15:30-16:30pm IMO 2050

The International Maritime Organisation was widely commended in 2017 for reaching an agreement on a global strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ships. Critics currently 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. True criticism or false perception? 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


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

  • Jens Meier        
    Hamburg Port Authority        


  • Geert Dewilde  

15:30-16:30pm Riders on the storm


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 PIANC will debut the results of their 2019 Navigating a Changing Climate survey which highlight 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         


  • Martin Williams
    Technical Director          
    JBA Consulting

15:30-16:30pm Tapping into the startup culture


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 both to the ports and local business communities.

  • Carolien Vat      
    Director/ Co-founder    

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