Hosted by the Port of Antwerp, Coastlink will be held in the prestigious Port House building on 29th & 30th September 2021. The Coastlink conference is dedicated to the promotion of short sea and feeder shipping and the intermodal networks through the ports that support the sector - aligning well with the Port of Antwerp’s strategy and focus on short sea shipping and sustainability.

To open the conference, Luc Arnouts Vice President & Director International Networks at the Port of Antwerp will deliver the welcome address to delegates on behalf of the port.

What to expect at Coastlink

Session 1 – Industry challenges and new opportunities for short sea & feeder shipping

In the opening session our expert speakers will consider the environmental and political challenges facing the industry and the new opportunities evolving. As one of the market leaders in feeder and short sea services, Nils Minor, General Manager Sales West & Central Europe, at Unifeeder A/S will deliver the keynote and provide his insight on the efficiencies being gained through more sustainable transport routing. Joining Nils are speakers from Fast Group Belgium; The Road Haulage Association; Port of Tyne, Royal Haskoning DHV and British Ports Association.

Session 2 - Building connectivity and networks for the future

Patrick Verhoeven, Managing Director, International Association of Ports and Harbors will provide the opening address at the afternoon session. Presenting in this session are speakers from Port of Zeebrugge; Peel Ports; and The Ministry for Science and Ports – Bremen. Featuring key discussion on the connectivity between short sea and intermodal transport routes through the ports – Alex Veitch, General Manager - Public Policy, at Logistics UK will drive the debate in the panel session with our leading industry experts.

Session 3 – Improving efficiencies through Digitalisation and Innovation

Lars Robert Pedersen, Deputy Secretary General, at BIMCO opens with the Keynote on Day 2 looking at the standardisation of communication between ships and ports. Joining Lars Robert in this final session are the Ports of Tyne and Rotterdam; JBA Consulting; and IBM/Tradelens – looking at ways the industry is using digitalisation and innovation to collaborate and work effectively to drive efficiencies in the supply chain.

As short sea and feeder routes continue to expand and increase across the market, now is the time to collaborate and join the discussion at Coastlink. Register today to book your delegate place or contact the Coastlink Team on +44 1329 825335 or email