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Coastlink 2022 - 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



Coffee & Registration


Chairman’s Welcome
Nick Lambert, Director, NLA International

Session 1: Market Sector Overview: Industry Challenges and New Opportunities


Port Welcome Address
Luc Arnouts, Vice President & Director International Networks, Port of Antwerp


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.


It takes two to tango!
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?


Inland Road Freight & Intermodal Networks - a post Brexit analysis
John Lucy, Head of International Transport, Road Haulage Association Ltd
Road Freight connectivity, current challenges & opportunities to enhance intermodal networks.
How Brexit is changing the logistics landscape in the UK & connected EU ports.
How road freight considerations are integral to the success of all multimodal & intermodal solutions.




  Coffee & Networking


  Panel Discussion: Industry Challenges & New Opportunities
Panel Moderator: Nick Lambert, Director, 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 Consultants
Phoebe Warneford-Thomson, Policy and Economic Analyst, British Ports Association
Robert Merrylees, Policy Manager, UK Chamber of Shipping*


  Lunch & Networking

Session 2: Building Connectivity & Networks for the future - linking Short Sea Shipping to Intermodal transport routes



Opening Address

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


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? The answer is Shunt-E, an autonomous locomotive that will speed up procedures, save capacities, better utilise rare infrastructures…


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


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.




  Coffee & Networking


Panel Discussion: Joining the Dots: Connecting short sea shipping with other modes
Panel Moderator: Alex Veitch, General Manager - Public Policy, Logistics UK
Panellists include:

Joost Hintjens – Researcher, Transport, Logistics & Ports Department of Transport & Regional Economics, University of Antwerp
Ewa Klos, Marketing Specialist, Port of Gdańsk
Ron Buitelaar, Chief Commercial Officer, Cofano Software Solutions BV
Jan Cuyt, Business Development Advisor Shipping Lines, Antwerp Port Authority



Conference Day 1 Wrap-Up – Chair



Conference Close


18:00 Evening Drinks Reception

19:00 Conference Dinner

   Day Two - Thursday, 12th May 2022


  Coffee & Registration

Session 3: Looking to the future - Improving Efficiencies through Digitalisation & Innovation



Chairman’s Opening Address
Nick Lambert, Director, NLA International


Gold Sponsor’s Address - NAVTEK Naval Technologies Inc


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.


Any port in a storm: managing risk from climate and operational change
Dr Mark Lawless, Director, JBA Consulting
JBA Consulting’s ForeCoast Marine system has been configured in a highly innovative new service to assist ports in mitigating operational risk, through a combination of advanced simulation and analytics.


The UK’s first Maritime Innovation Hub – how can you reap the benefits?
Ian Blake, Head of Information Technology Port of Tyne
An insight into the UK’s first Maritime Innovation Hub, sited at the Port of Tyne, looking at the efficiencies that can be made through communication, collaboration and innovation in the Maritime Industry.


Presentation title - TBC
Raoul Tan, Senior Business Manager Digital Development, Port of Rotterdam
Sharing our vision on how collaboration and co-creation are vital for the port industry, including multiple digital innovation best practices.




  Coffee & Networking


  Panel Discussion: Digitalisation & Innovation - can we benefit from this now?
Panel Moderator: Nick Lambert, Director, NLA International Ltd
Panellists Include:
James Cowles, Business Development Manager, L3Harris
Norbert Kouwenhoven, Business & IT Consultant
Cathy Hodge, COO & Co-Founder, Smart Maritime Network



Conference Wrap Up - Chairman




Lunch & Networking


13:30 - 16:30


Technical Visit - Short Sea Shipping Terminal Tour incorporating rail and barge intermodal transport links



Gold SponsorNavtek
Port of Tyne    

If you are interested in viewing previous Coastlink programmes, we have a selection below:


Zebrugge - 20-21 February

Dublin - 24 May

Hamburg - 19-20 April
Liverpool - 15-16 June
Bilbao - 6-7 October

Antwerp - 14-15 September

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