Standardisation of communication between ships and ports is essential for the optimisation of port calls - according to Lars Robert Pedersen, Deputy Secretary General of BIMCO, who will deliver the keynote address on Day 2 at Coastlink.


Lars Robert will present in the Session focussed on ‘Looking to the Future - Improving Efficiencies through Digitalisation and Innovation’. He will discuss how to reap the benefits from just-in-time port calls and thereby lower the general speed in the fleet, and how 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.

Lars Robert Pedersen joined BIMCO as Deputy Secretary General in 2010 and is currently responsible for BIMCO’s technical and operational activities including membership services, technical and nautical issues, and security. His role encompasses responsibility for regulatory developments related to ship operation at international, regional and national levels. Before joining BIMCO, Lars Robert was involved in the technical management of the Maersk fleet of container ships at A.P. Moller-Maersk.

Attend Coastlink and network with key industry professionals from the Ports of Antwerp, Zeebrugge, Rotterdam, and Tyne, as well as industry professionals from Peel Ports, L3 Harris, and Fast Group Belgium. Book your delegate place online and take advantage of all that Coastlink has to offer in 2021. Delegate places include:

 Conference attendance on both days
 Place at the Conference Dinner on the evening of Day 1 – 21st April 2021
 Place on the Technical Visit at the Port of Antwerp, on the afternoon of Day 2 – 22nd April 2021 which will include a tour of the short sea shipping terminal
 Conference Handbook & full documentation in electronic format
 Lunch and refreshments on both days
 Networking Opportunities throughout the event

More information on the event and how to book your place can be found on the Coastlink Website. Alternatively, please call the team on +44 1329 825335 or email