Conference Programme

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BUILDING CONNECTIVITY: SHORT SEA SHIPPING & INTERMODAL NETWORKS

Coastlink is a neutral pan-European network dedicated to the promotion of short sea and feeder shipping, and, the intermodal transport networks through the ports that support the sector.

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DAY ONE - WEDS 11TH MAY 2022

08:20

 

Coffee & Registration

08:50

 

Chairman’s Welcome

Nick Lambert, Director & Co-Founder, NLA International

     
   

SESSION 1: MARKET SECTOR OVERVIEW: INDUSTRY CHALLENGES AND NEW OPPORTUNITIES

09:00

 

Port Welcome Address

Michiel Vermeiren, Manager Maritime Business & Market Intelligence, Antwerp Port Authority

 

     

09:20

 

Keynote Address - Challenges create opportunities

Nils Minor,  General Manager Sales West & Central Europe, Unifeeder A/S

The sustainability factor in transport purchasing is becoming more important for shippers. Shortsea is a solution for shippers to convert conventional road transport into multimodal transport solutions, to decrease carbon footprint on transport. Multiple Unifeeder initiatives on digitalization and innovation, are supporting this by increasing efficiency and visibility to supply chains.

     

09:40

 

From PREthinking to REthinking

Catrien Scheers, Chairman, Fast Group Belgium

What are the opportunities and challenges of Short Sea Shipping. We all dream of a better more sustainable world. How can shipping contribute to achieving the 17 SDG’s?

     

10:00

 

Post Brexit Ro Ro Rebound-disrupting supply chain geography 

John Lucy, Director – Liverpool Freeport, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority 

Post Brexit Ro Ro changes and how has the short sea shipping sector reacted? Routing and modal challenges the short sea routes have experienced so far and opportunities to come. Expected trends in UK-EU Ro Ro traffic.

     

10:20

  Q&A
     

10:40

  Coffee & Networking
     

11:10

  Panel Discussion: Industry Challenges & New Opportunities
Panel Moderator: Nick Lambert, Director & Co-Founder, NLA International Ltd
   


Panellists Include:

Richard Newton, Commercial Director – Logistics, Port of Tyne
Andrea Bucella, Port Labour and Port Operations Unit, North Adriatic Sea Port Authority
Jolke Helbing, Director, Royal HaskoningDHV Ocean Shipping  
Matthew Wright, Policy Manager, UK Chamber of Shipping

     

12:30

  Lunch & Networking
     
   

SESSION 2: BUILDING CONNECTIVITY & NETWORKS FOR THE FUTURE - LINKING SHORT SEA SHIPPING TO INTERMODAL TRANSPORT ROUTES

13:50

 

Opening Address

 Patrick Verhoeven, Managing Director, International Association of Ports and Harbors 
     

14:00

 

Challenges and innovations in last mile port and hinterland railway operations

Dr Iven Kraemer, Head of Department - Port Economy, Infrastructure, Shipping, The Ministry for Science and Ports – Bremen.

How to improve the modal share of rail in ports and hinterland operations? One answer is Shunt-E, an autonomous locomotive that will speed up procedures, save capacities, better utilise rare infrastructures.

     

14:20

 

A look at the recent evolution of Peel Ports

Stephen Carr, Commercial Director, Peel Ports

Liverpool hub - how its role in a smarter, door-to-door supply chain has driven commercial and investment decisions

     

14:40

 

Zeebrugge’s shortsea shipping sustained by a vast state-of-the-art railway network
Lieve Duprez, Chief Officer Shortsea, Port of Zeebrugge

The main shortsea terminals in Zeebrugge are daily linked to the European hinterland – strong focus on Italy - through a high frequency of railway connections. The cargo is shipped to various markets in the UK, Scandinavia, the Baltic region and Southern Europe.

     

15:00

  Q&A
     

15:20

  Coffee & Networking
       

15:50

 

Panel Discussion: Joining the Dots: Connecting short sea shipping with other modes

Panel Moderator: Nick Lambert, Co-Founder & Director, NLA International

   

Panellists include:

Joost Hintjens, Researcher, Transport, Logistics & Ports Department of Transport & Regional Economics, University of Antwerp

Ron Buitelaar, Chief Commercial Officer, Cofano Software Solutions BV

Jan Cuyt, Business Development Advisor Shipping Lines, Antwerp Port Authority

Grégory Brion, Director, Conti-Lines Group / Conti-Invest

     

17:20

 

CONFERENCE DAY 1 WRAP-UP – CHAIR

17:30

 

CONFERENCE CLOSE

18:00

19:00 

 

Evening Drinks Reception at De Ark Restaurant, Antwerpen

Conference Dinner at De Ark Restaurant, Antwerpen

 
     
   

 DAY TWO - THURSDAY, 12TH MAY 2022

    

08:20

  Coffee & Registration
     
   

SESSION 3: LOOKING TO THE FUTURE - IMPROVING EFFICIENCIES THROUGH DIGITALISATION & INNOVATION

     

08:50

 

Chairman’s Opening Address

Nick Lambert, Director & Co-Founder, NLA International

     

09:00

 

Gold Sponsor’s Address - ZEEPORT: Are Zero Emission Electric Ports possible?

Ferhat Acuner, General Manager, NAVTEK Naval Technologies Inc

   

09:10

 

Keynote Address - Port Efficiency and smart communication - key elements for lowering shipping’s carbon emissions
Lars Robert Pedersen, Deputy Secretary General, BIMCO

To reap the benefits from just-in-time port calls and thereby lower the general speed in the fleet, standardisation of communication between ships and ports is a pre-requisite.  BIMCO is engaged with the World Customs Organisation, UNECE and ISO at IMO to develop the necessary elements to enable machine to machine communication in this field.  This talk will elaborate on the potential benefits and what needs to be done.

     

09:30

 

Tyne 2050 and the transformational journey to be a centre of excellence for clean energy, digitalisation, decarbonisation and innovation

Eleni Bougioukou, Innovation Manager – Energy and Sustainability, Port of Tyne

An insight into the delivery of Tyne 2050 and the UK’s first Maritime Innovation Hub, sited at the Port of Tyne, looking at the efficiencies that can be made through digitilisation, decarbonisation and innovation in the maritime industry.

     

09:50

 

Making the port and international trade flows smarter and more efficient

Raoul Tan, Director at Naviporta, Port of Rotterdam
Sharing our insights on how to propel seamless cross border trade between EU and UK, to enable shippers and logistics companies to further optimise their supply chains.

10:10

 

Q&A

10:30

  Coffee & Networking
     

11:00

  Panel Discussion: Digitalisation & Innovation - can we benefit from this now?
Panel Moderator: Nick Lambert, Director, & Co-Founder NLA International Ltd
   

Panellists Include:

Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive, British Ports Association

Norbert Kouwenhoven, Strategy & Innovation Advisor, Dutch Customs Administration

Andre Fabik, Technical Sales Manager, L3Harris


     

12:15

 

CONFERENCE WRAP UP - CHAIRMAN

     

12:30

 

LUNCH & NETWORKING

     

13:30 - 16:30

 
     
     
     
     
     

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