Green Solutions for Sustainable Ports by 2030

Please see below the programme for GreenPort Congress & Cruise 2022, hosted by the Port of Antwerp-Bruges.

Click here to download a PDF Version of the Programme

Places at GreenPort Congress included two day conference attendance, with the choice to attend the cruise stream or the congress stream on day one, a place at the welcome reception, a place at the conference dinner, lunch and refreshments throughout, full documentation in electronic format and a place on the Port Tour.

For further information about GreenPort Cruise Conference and GreenPort Congress, email or call the Events team on +44 1329 825335.





Welcome Reception – Bruges Town Hall



08:00Coffee & Registration 


Opening by Chairman/Moderator

Christopher Wooldridge, Science Coordinator EcoPorts EcoSLC, and Visiting Research Fellow, Cardiff University, UK


Welcome Address by Rik Goetinck, General Director Policy & Strategy, Port of Antwerp-Bruges


Keynote Address



Realising the green transition: how to step up speed on a bumpy road?

Isabelle Ryckbost, Secretary General, European Sea Port Organisation


Decarbonization - A Ship Operator’s perspective

Capt Sameer Bhatnagar, Head of Fuel Transition & Infrastructure, A.P. Moller - Maersk

Decarbonization requires commitment from all stakeholders across the Maritime Logistics value chain to address its unique challenges. It requires more collaboration and a proactive approach to ensure readiness to be able to procure and supply Future fuels. This session will talk about the challenges faced in Decarbonizing shipping from an Owner/Operator’s perspective.


Question & Answer with Presenters and special guests


Coffee & Networking


Session 1: Fuel & energy provision for shipping & cruising


Challenges and chances of ’green’ fuels.

Malte Siegert, NABU Hamburg

NABU will present an overview of the challenges and chances of ’green’ fuels. Considering the need to fulfil the necessary substantial emission decrease to fulfil the Paris goals we will take a look into the future as to which scenario might be the most probable one and which energy providers can play a significant role in sustainable shipping.


Planning a multi fuel future

Arne Strybos, Program Manager Fuel Transition, Port of Antwerp-Bruges

The Port of Antwerp-Bruges is preparing itself for the energy transition of its platform. The transition from oil-based fuels to renewable alternatives presents new challenges but also offers new opportunities. This session will profile the initiatives underway at the Port of Antwerp-Bruges to deliver on decarbonisation and new energy ambitions and targets – in the port environment and in support of different types of transport modes.


Baltic ports for climate

Bogdan Oldakowski, Secretary General, Baltic Ports Organization

The project initiative “Baltic Ports for Climate” as well as efforts of Baltic ports to safe the climate will be presented. The aim of the initiative ”Baltic ports for climate” is to reduce emission of GHG from port and shipping activities in the Baltic Sea Region. The project is a positive response to climate challenges as well as to European Grean Deal and Fit for 55 proposal. A number of Baltic ports have already declared the reduction goals of GHG emission and invested in climate friendly technologies such as OPS.


Clean shipping and the strategic role of port authorities

Jan Egbertsen, Manager Innovation, Port of Amsterdam


Question & Answer Session


Lunch & Networking

Session 2: Cruise Stream

What’s next for the cruise industry – taking a look at the latest in sustainable cruise ships

Moderated by: Valeria Mangiarotti, Director of technical environmental solutions, MedCruise


New future low-carbon fuels.

Linden Coppell, Director of Sustainability, MSC Cruises


A zero-emissions luxury cruise line in the making

Rolf Andre Sandvik, CEO, Northern Xplorer


The Nova Way: Silversea Cruises’ Pioneering Journey into the Future of Sustainable Cruising

Roberto Bruzzone, Senior Vice President of Marine Operations, Silversea Cruises


Question & Answer Session


Coffee & Networking

Session 2: Congress Stream

Green Corridors - A pathway to net zero


Port energy supply for green shipping corridors

Ahila Karan, Decarbonisation Analyst, Lloyd’s Register


Realizing the Clydebank Declaration

Port of Gothenburg - Edvard Molitor, Head of Sustainability
North Sea Port – Daan Schalck, CEO


Innovative digital solutions supporting green corridors

Jon Lane, Environment Manager, RightShip


Question & Answer Session


Coffee & Networking

Session 3: Cruise Stream

Sustainable cruise projects in aid of being carbon neutral by 2050

Moderated by: Valeria Mangiarotti, Director of technical environmental solutions, MedCruise


Sustainable cruise projects in aid of being carbon neutral by 2050

Martyn Griffiths, Director for Public Affairs, CLIA in Europe


Exploring a Maritime Green Corridor to Alaska: Early lessons on building a regional collaboration toward zero GHG emission cruise ships

Ryann Child (She/Her), Environmental Program Manager, Port of Seattle

In May 2022, the Port of Seattle, City and Borough of Juneau, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Carnival Corporation, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Royal Caribbean Group, Cruise Lines International Association, the Global Maritime Forum, Blue Sky Maritime Coalition, and Washington Maritime Blue announced a commitment to explore the feasibility of the world’s first cruise-led green corridor in the Pacific Northwest of North America. The communities of Sitka, Skagway, and Haines in Alaska and the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority have also joined the partnership. This presentation will share Port of Seattle’s reflections on early lessons from the establishment of this international public-private partnership and preview the opportunities and challenges ahead as this collaborative explores the feasibility of zero-GHG cruise ships serving the Alaska cruise market.



Practical Insights into Shore Power projects

Peter Castberg Knudsen, Partner, PowerCon


Question & Answer Session

Session 3: Congress

Sustainable Partnerships

Moderated by: Jackie Spiteri, Managing Director, Sustainable ESG


We’re all in this together’ – collaborating to deliver sustainable development of port operations.

Christopher Wooldridge, Science Coordinator EcoPorts EcoSLC, and Visiting Research Fellow, Cardiff University, UK

Herman Journée, Chairman, ECO Sustainable Logistic Chain Foundation

This presentation examines the evolving changes in port strategies that are leading to re-definition of the role of ports in regional, national and global economy, and the requirement for cooperation in the acquisition and sharing of knowledge and experience. It also identifies the management procedures that have actually been put in place by ports to achieve such policies, and seeks to establish to what extent does collaboration actually deliver evidenced-based environmental protection and sustainable development?


Ports and cities have same ambitious climate goals

Heidi Neilson, Head of Planning and Environment, Port of Oslo


Pioneers Project

Christian Norden, Consultant, Balance Technology Consulting


Living Ports Project

Carlos Botana, Head of Sustainability Department, Port of Vigo

The Living Ports Project is part of the Port of Vigo strategy to improve coastal resilience and city-port integration. The project is funded by the EU and aims to go one step further in the design and implementation of green infrastructures. 


Circular Economy

Dries Van Gheluwe, Business Development Advisor, Port of Antwerp-Bruges


Question & Answers

 Session 4: Powering ships in port - On-shore power supply panel discussion

16:50 – 17:30

A panel discussion focusing on the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation and FuelEU Maritime aspect of ports & shipping having to have shore power facilities installed by 2030. Featuring Sebastian Ebbing, Technical Advisor, Climate, Marine fuels, Innovation, Funding, VDR , Valter Selén, Senior Policy Advisor Sustainable Development, Cruise and Ferry Network, EcoPorts Coordinator - ESPO, Edvard Molitor, Head of Sustainability, Port of Gothenburg and Mina Papadakis, Managing Director, Heraklion Port Authority


Conference Close


Conference Dinner - Hosted by the Port of Antwerp-Bruges. Please meet outside Le Bois De Bruges, Hotel


08:20Coffee & Registration


Opening by Chairman/Moderator

Christopher Wooldridge, Science Coordinator EcoPorts EcoSLC, and Visiting Research Fellow, Cardiff University, UK


Keynote Address – How terminals are monitoring their emissions

Ms. Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid, Secretary General, Federation of European Private Port Companies and Terminals


EXCLUSIVE LAUNCH - ESPO Environmental Report.

Valter Selén, Senior Policy Advisor Sustainable Development, Cruise and Ferry Network, EcoPorts Coordinator - ESPO


IAPH / WPSP work on decarbonisation of ports and shipping

Dr Antonis Michail, Technical Director, IAPH & WPSP


GreenPort Oceania

Jackie Spiteri, Managing Director, Sustainable ESG


Question & Answer with Presenters


Coffee & Networking


Session 5: Monitoring - How ports can monitor their emissions


Biodiversity and Environmental monitoring at the Port of Dover

Megan Turner, Environment and Sustainability Manager, Port of Dover

This presentation plans to cover brief methodologies of each survey as well as any interesting results and hurdles the port has had to overcome to establish this monitoring programme. It will also cover how this monitoring programme has helped develop the port safely and control our impacts on our surrounding environment. 


How ports can monitor their emissions – Shoreham (UK), a case study

Paul Martin, Director of Maritime, AqualisBraemar LOC

Calculating and tracking emissions of Greenhouse Gases and Pollutants in a port, is a time consuming, but worthwhile exercise. The data collected can be used to inform capital expenditure decisions, through the lens of a port’s Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance. Tracking emissions using an online portal, can make the task significantly easier.


Pieter Roefs, Environmental Expert, Port of Antwerp-Bruges


Question & Answer Session


Lunch & Networking


Session 6: Ports/Terminals: Transitioning to Clean Fuels – The key Steps


PWRSwäp De-risks Decarbonization Actions for Marine Industry

Brent Perry, CEO, Shift Clean Energy

Shipping and inland waterways account for a substantial portion of worldwide CO2 emissions. Viable electric solutions are the way forward in the journey to decarbonising the maritime industry. Shift’s PwrSwäp offers a safe, scalable, cost-efficient, and risk-free solution


Operational impact of electric cargo handling equipment

Mette Kjems Baerentzen, Head of Sustainability, Kalmar


ZeroEmission@Berth A German Ports Innovation Competition

Manfred Lebmeier, Senior Environmental Advisor, Hamburg Port Authority


An integral view on green energy for ports and marine applications

Alex Ruijs, Senior Consultant Electrical Power & Energy, Royal Haskoning


Question & Answer Session


Coffee & Networking

 Session 7 Steam 1: Ports and AI - How digitalisation can be used for further improvement

Moderated by: Jackie Spiteri, Managing Director, Sustainable ESG


Digital Cooperation: the Shape of Sustainable Ports

Ali Nicholl, Head of Communication and Engagement, IOTICS

From the development of a cooperative digital ecosystem at Portsmouth International Port we’ll show an approach to learning at scale, sustainability and energy transition. Exploring how to share understanding of assets, and their environment, across ecosystems securely, flexibly, at scale.


Port Greening and Digitalisation for Sustainable Klaipeda Port Expansion

Algis Latakas, CEO, Port of Klaipeda 

Large-scale Klaipeda Port expansion plans requires new port greening strategy, therefore, digitalisation as a main pillar to controls and implement port greening was launched. Most important technologies: GeoSpatial E-Map with full coverage of environmental control, remote pilotage and underwater drones


Innovation and digitalisation as drivers to build the Port of the Future

Piet Opstaele, innovation enablement manager, Port of Antwerp-Bruges


Question & Answer Session

Session 7 Stream 2: Working Group – Achieving and demonstrating Sustainable Development in the port sector


Workshop Co-facilitators: Christopher Wooldridge (Cardiff University - UK) and Jason Sprott (Sprott Planning & Environment - Australia)

The workshop will detail the importance of ‘Sustainability’ for ports - and will include statements on strategic policy from Heidi Neilson (Port of Oslo), Antonis Michail (IAPH/WPSP) and Herman Journee (EcoSLC/ EcoPorts). Having established the global perspective and the need for collaboration, the workshop will deal with the challenge of linking policy to practice through effective implementation at local level by focussing on ‘Materiality Assessments’ - i.e. identifying the most important issues for ‘Sustainability Strategies’. It will show ‘real-life’ examples of Materiality Assessments and provide participants with the tools to undertake assessments in their own context. An interactive session will draw-out participants’ views on the material issues facing the sector - both now and into the future.

16:40Conference Wrap up by Conference Chairman/Moderator
Christopher Wooldridge, Science Coordinator EcoPorts EcoSLC, and Visiting Research Fellow, Cardiff University, UK


Conference Close


Technical Visit


Bus departure in front of Hotel Le Bois de Bruges



Visit to Bastogne Terminal of International Car Operators (Inner port)


Visit to Fluxys Terminal – H2 & CO2 Programme


Visit to outer port


Arrival in Bruges at Hotel Le Bois de Bruges


Cost per delegate (standard rate)
Cruise - One Day event - €1045
Congress & Cruise - €2050

10% discount for members of official supporters.



Book online here or complete and fax the booking form to +44 1329 550192.
On receipt of your registration, you will be sent confirmation of your delegate place.


Cruise Fee Includes
Conference attendance on 18th,
Full documentation,
Lunch & refreshments,
Place at the welcome reception on 17th and place at conference dinner on 18th.

Congress Fee Includes
Conference attendance on 18th-19th
Full documentation,
Lunch & refreshments,
Place at the welcome reception on 17th,
Conference dinner on 18th,
Place on the port tour on 20th


For further information on exhibiting, sponsoring, or attending the conference, contact the Events team on: +44 1329 825335 or


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