INVESTING IN THE PORT OF TOMORROW

What are the main drivers for ports to invest? How to match long investment processes with the rapidly changing supply chain needs? Can port authorities drive the change or are they driven by changes? How to build a strong case for further port development? What are the most appropriate sources of investment to ensure that European ports can continue to play their role as gateways for trade and primary nodes in the logistic chain, as clusters of energy and industry and as major partners on the way towards a carbon-free economy and society?

These are the main issues to be discussed during the 15th edition of the ESPO Conference, hosted by the Port of Rotterdam on 31 May and 1 June 2018.

On 29 May, the Commission is due to adopt the new Connecting Europe Facility proposal, the key EU funding instrument for transport infrastructure. What’s in for ports? The ESPO conference is probably the first occasion to discuss this new proposal with the Commission, Members of the European Parliament, the TEN-T coordinators and the ports. 

As usual, the ESPO Conference is gathering an impressive line-up of high-level experts and inspiring speakers, who will set the scene for lively debates with different port authorities and EU policy makers.

The ESPO conference 2018 is taking place in Europe’s new capital of cool, the city that “makes it happen”, Rotterdam. You can be sure that our host, the Port of Rotterdam, is going to do everything possible to live up to its reputation as Europe’s biggest port. ESPO will be welcoming its guests in the recently renovated Onderzeebootloods, an impressive hall where submarines slipped off the ramp in earlier days.

ESPO conferences are more than just a conference. Also this year, throughout the conference, delegates will have the opportunity to network and will be invited to a very exclusive conference dinner in the remarkable historic setting of the Laurens Church. 

PROGRAMME

Investing in the port of tomorrow

The ESPO Conference will take place in Rotterdam on 31 May - 1 June in Onderzeebootloods.

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08:30

DEPARTURE FROM HOTELS to conference venue

09:00

REGISTRATION AND WELCOME COFFEE

09:20

Conference host of the day: Emmelie ZIPSON

OPENING SESSION

Welcome by

Eamonn O’REILLY, Chairman, ESPO
Allard CASTELEIN, CEO, Port of Rotterdam

09:45

Opening Keynote Speeches

Cora VAN NIEUWENHUYZEN, Dutch Minister of Infrastructure 

Karel DE GUCHT, President, Institute for European Studies (VUB) and former EU Commissioner for Trade and former EU Commissioner of International cooperation and aid: Europe’s future in the global context

Outlook for ports and shipping

Tim POWER, Managing Director, Drewry. Trends in shipping and implications for ports

11:00

COFFEE BREAK

11:30

SESSION 1: THE DRIVERS OF PORT INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS

Moderator: Magda KOPCZYNSKA, Director Maritime, DG MOVE, European Commission

- René BUCK, CEO, Buck Consultants International: Trade Globalisation or Investment Regionalisation? The impact on European seaports
- Michael J. FORD, Chief Compliance Officer,  BDP International: Digitalization in the supply chain
- Jan KEMPERS, Program Manager Sustainable Development, Supply Chain Services,  Heineken:  Shippers as drivers of a sustainable supply chain
-
Steven LAK, Chairman, Deltalinqs

View of the ports

Joachim COENS, CEO, Port of Zeebrugge
Santiago GARCIA-MÍLA, Deputy Executive Director, Port of Barcelona
Jens MEIER, CEO, Port of Hamburg
Nils SKEBY, CEO, Associated Danish Ports

13:00

LUNCH

14:10

Keynote Speech by Beatriz YORDI, Director, European Commission, DG Climate Action, Directorate "European & International Carbon Markets": Decarbonizing the shipping sector: the way forward

14:25

SESSION 2: FINANCING THE DIVERSE PORT INVESTMENT NEEDS 

Moderator: Annaleena MÄKILÄ, Vice-Chair, ESPO

- Andreas BOSCHEN, Head of Department, Connnecting Europe Facility, INEA, Innovation and Networks Executive Agency
- Olivier BRAMAUD GRATTAU, Senior Investment Director at Meridiam, Chairman of the Board at Société des Ports du Détroit: Is private investors participation realistic in the port sector? 
- Stephen O'DRISCOLL, Head of Division – Air, Maritime and Innovative Transport Mobility Department, Projects Directorate, European Investment Bank: Covering the capital market gap
- Miguel OTERO-IGLESIAS, Senior Analyst, International Political Economy, Elcano Royal Institute, Spain: Chinese investment in Europe, A country level Approach

View of the ports

Magnus KARESTEDT, CEO, Port of Göteborg
Prof. Aurelio MARTÍNEZ, CEO, Valencia Port Authority
Dan Nicolae TIVILICHI, CEO, Port of Constanza

15:45

COFFEE BREAK

16:00

SESSION 3: BUILDING ACCEPTANCE FOR FURTHER PORT DEVELOPMENT

Moderator: Richard BALLANTYNE, Chief Executive, British Ports Association

- Matteu TURRÓ, Professor of Transport at the Polytechnic University of Barcelona: Do’s and don’ts of CBA - Why a good Cost Benefit analysis should be an integral part of any port investment decision?
- Malte SIEGERT, Head of Environmental Policy, Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU), Federal office, Hamburg: Opportunities and challenges of  working with stakeholders to build acceptance for port development projects
- Tom STRANG, Senior Vice President, Maritime Affairs, Carnival Corporation: How to ensure a sustainable growth of the cruise industry?
Julia MACKIN, Principal Advisor Environment and Sustainability Department, EBRD: Port Expansions in the context of financing by EBRD and its sustainability mandate

View of the ports

Eeva HIETANEN, Director of Communications, Port of Helsinki
Pino MUSOLINO, President, North Adriatic Sea Port Authority
Koen OVERTOOM, CEO, Port of Amsterdam
Lidia SEQUEIRA, President of the Port of Lisbon, President of the Portuguese Association of Ports

17:30

END of the first conference day

DEPARTURE to hotels

19:30

DEPARTURE FOR CONFERENCE DINNER

Guest of Honour: Ahmed ABOUTALEB, Mayor of Rotterdam

08:30

DEPARTURE FROM HOTELS

09:00

WELCOME COFFEE

09:10

Conference Host and Moderator of the day: Rob HEIRBAUT, European Correspondent, VRT

Erik DE NEEF, Chairman Koninklijke Roeiers Vereeniging Eendracht: Investing in efficient, sustainable and safe mooring port operations 

09:20

ROUNDTABLE 1: PORTS AND THE MULTIMODAL AND CORRIDOR-BASED APPROACH

Introduction by:

Catherine TRAUTMANN, TEN-T coordinator North-Sea Baltic Corridor

Paweł WOJCIECHOWSKI, TEN-T coordinator Rhine Alpine corridor

Followed by a roundtable discussion with:
Dirk STEFFES, Senior Vice-President Intermodal, DB Cargo AG
Didier LEANDRI, Chairman, the French Association of Barge Owners and Operators,  Commissioner CCNR
Hervé MARTEL, CEO, Port of Le Havre

10:10

Keynote speech by Herald RUIJTERS, Director at the European Commission, DG MOVE, responsible for investments, innovative and sustainable transport: Presentation of the new Connection Europe Facility

Dr Peter DE LANGEN, Ports and Logistics Advisory and visiting professor at Copenhagen Business School: Presentation of the study on the infrastructure investment needs of European Ports

First reactions by:
Kurt BODEWIG, TEN-T coordinator Baltic-Adriatic corridor
Brian SIMPSON, TEN-T coordinator Motorways of the Sea

Followed by a roundtable discussion with the ports:
Zeno D'AGOSTINO, President of the Port Network Authority of Eastern Adriatic Sea and President of the Italian Ports Association
Eammon O'REILLY, CEO, Port of Dublin and Chairman, ESPO
Ansis ZELTINŠ, CEO, Port of Riga

11:25

COFFEE BREAK

11:40

Keynote speech by Lord Adonis, Brexit: How European infrastructure will be affected

12:00

CLOSING ROUNDTABLE 3: HOW TO MAKE PORTS CHAMPION OF CHANGE?

- Wim VAN DE CAMP, Member of the European Parliament
- Knut FLECKENSTEIN, Member of the European Parliament
- Tim POWER, Managing Director, Drewry

View of the ports

Christine CABAU, CEO, Port of Marseille
Allard CASTELEIN, CEO, Port of Rotterdam
Jacques VANDERMEIREN, CEO, Port of Antwerp

13:00

CLOSING of the ESPO 2018 CONFERENCE

Eamonn O'REILLY, Chairman, ESPO

13:10

Announcement ESPO CONFERENCE 2019

13:15

DEPARTURE FOR PORT EXCURSIONS with light lunch

15:30

ARRIVAL back at hotels

For participants having a flight before 19h00, at Schiphol airport it will be difficult to attend the Port Visit.

Day 1
09:20
CEO Port of Dublin and ESPO Chairman
Day 1
09:20
CEO Port of Rotterdam
Day 1
09:20
Dutch Minister of Infrastructure
Day 1
09:45
Managing Director, Drewry
Day 1
11:15
Director Maritime, DG MOVE, European Commission
Day 1
11:15
The Business Performance Innovation Network, Program Director & Executive Vice President
Day 1
11:15
Chief Compliance Officer
Day 1
11:15
Program Manager Sustainable Development, Supply Chain Services, Heiniken
Day 1
11:15
President-CEO Port Authority Bruges-Zeebrugge, Belgium
Day 1
11:15
Deputy Executive Director, Port of Barcelona
Day 1
11:15
Managing Director, Hamburg Port Authority
Day 1
11:15
CEO associated Danish Ports
Day 1
14:15
Vice Chair ESPO
Day 1
14:15
Head of Department – Connecting Europe Facility, INEA, Innovation and Networks Executive Agency
Day 1
14:15
Senior Investment Director at Meridiam, Chairman of the Board at Société des Ports du Détroit
Day 1
14:15
Head of Division - Air, Maritime and Innovative Transport Mobility Department, Projects Directorate, European Investment Bank
Day 1
14:15
Senior Analyst, International Political Economy, Elcano Royal Institute, Spain
Day 1
14:15
Head of Strategic Department, Port of Koper
Day 1
14:15
CEO Port of Gothenburg
Day 1
14:15
CEO, Valencia Port Authority
Day 1
16:00
Professor of Transport at the Polytechnic University of Barcelona
Day 1
16:00
Head of Environmental Policy, Naturschutsbund Deutschland (NABU), Federal office, Hamburg
Day 1
16:00
Senior Vice President, Maritime Affairs, Carnival Corporation
Day 1
16:00
Director of Communications, Port of Helsinki
Day 1
16:00
President North Adriatic Sea Port Authority
Day 1
16:00
CEO, Port of Amsterdam
Day 2
09:15
VRT journalist
Day 2
09:15
TEN-T coordinator North-Sea Baltic Corridor
Day 2
09:15
TEN-T coordinator Rhine Alpine corridor
Day 2
09:15
Senior Vice President Intermodal, DB Cargo AG
Day 2
09:15
Président Délégué Comité des Armateurs Fluviale in Paris, the French association of barge owners and operators, as well as Commissioner of the Central Commission for the Navigation on the Rhine
Day 2
09:15
CEO, Port of Le Havre
Day 2
10:15
Director at the European Commission, DG MOVE, responsible for investments, innovative and sustainable transport
Day 2
10:15
Ports and Logistics Advisory and visiting professor at Copenhagen Business School
Day 2
10:15
TEN-T coordinator Baltic-Adriatic corridor
Day 2
10:15
TEN-T Coordinator motorways of the Sea
Day 2
10:15
President of the Port Network Authority of Eastern Adriatic Sea and President of the Italian Ports Association
Day 2
10:15
CEO Port of Riga
Day 2
11:40
Labour peer in the UK House of Lords
Day 2
12:00
Member of the European Parliament
Day 2
12:00
Member of Parliament
Day 2
12:00
CEO, Port of Marseille
Day 2
12:00
CEO, Port of Antwerp

For its 2018 Annual Conference, ESPO is taking you to Rotterdam. You will find below some practical information that might be useful to organise your stay in Rotterdam. The conference fee is 520€ (VAT excluded). 

ABOUT THE VENUE

The 2018 Annual ESPO Conference will take place in the Onderzeebootloods. The hall where submarines slipped off the ramp in earlier days is now an event space for up to 5,000 visitors. The Onderzeebootloods, having recently been renovated, has retained its raw and industrial character. The entire surface area is approx. 4,400 m2. The hall's layout is flexible, offering modern facilities. In terms of access, there are parking spaces behing the hall and watertaxi's link the hall with the centre of Rotterdam. More information here. The Maas river splits Rotterdam in two parts. The conference venue ‘de Onderzeebootloods’ is on one side of the river, while the recommended hotels are on the other side of the river (see map below). Tender boats will bring you to the conference venue – and back. Don't forget to book your free seat on the boat when registrating.  

ABOUT THE PORT OF ROTTERDAM

The objective of the Port of Rotterdam Authority is to enhance the port’s competitive position as a logistics hub and world-class industrial complex. Not only in terms of size, but also with regard to quality. The Port Authority is therefore leading the transition to sustainable energy and it is committed to digitalisation in order to make the port and the supply chain more efficient. The core tasks of the Port Authority are to develop, manage and exploit the port in a sustainable way and to deliver speedy and safe services for shipping. More information on the official website.

ABOUT THE HOTELS

Rooms have been pre-booked at three centrally-located hotels. The hotels are located on 2/3 minutes’ walking distance from the tender boat pier and 8 minutes’ walk from the dinner location.

Special prices have been negotiated with the hotels MainPort/Inntel and Thon for the nights of 30-31 May and 1 June. Should you need hotel accommodation, please book your room directly with the hotel:

  • MainPort/Inntel: online through this link (price range 120€ - 200€) - deadline for booking: 7 May
  • Thon Hotel: send a mail to reservations@thonhotels.nl (with code: ESPO Event) (price range 125€ - 150€) - deadline for booking: 13 April

The deadline for booking is 13 April (Thon hotel) and 7 May (MainPort/Inntel). After this date, the hotels will charge current counting prices. Bear in mind that these hotels are very popular by tourists and may run out of rooms quickly. 

More information about the hotels can be found on the hotels' website: MainPort/Intell and Thon

TRANSPORT - BOAT TRANSFERS

If you are staying in one of the hotels in the city-centre

The Maas river splits Rotterdam in two parts. The conference venue ‘de Onderzeebootloods’ is on one side of the river, while the recommended hotels are on the other side of the river (see map below). Tender boats will bring you to the conference venue – and back. The boat transfers are included in the conference fee. On the hotels' side, the boats stop close to Erasmusbridge.  

Please state in your registration if you will make use of the transfer service by tender boat to and from the conference location.

If you are coming by car

  • Option 1: there are plenty of free parking spaces available near the conference venue (see map below). If you come by car to the conference venue, there is no need to register for the transfer service by  tender boat.
  • Option 2: there is a paid parking garage at the foot of the Erasmusbridge, a few steps from the three hotels. Please state in your registration if you will make use of the transfer service by the tender boat.


PARTNER PROGRAMME

Turbo Tour: The big 4 in 1 tour 

Rotterdam is the city of architecture! Visit the most famous icons of Rotterdam in one neat and compact tour. A guide will take you to see and go into the city’s top architecture on a two-and-a-half-hour tour. You will be allowed onto floors of buildings otherwise off limits, visit Rotterdam Zuid and Noord, and you will hear the building history of the city from the year 1300 untilnow. This tour includes a coffee break on a roof terrace in the Markt hall. This multifaceted Turbo Tour is spectacular!

Practical details: Friday 1 June, from 09:00 – 12:00

Price: 35€

WHERE TO EAT

Where can you find the tastiest burger in Rotterdam? Who serves the best coffee or the most exciting cocktails? And which restaurant should you patronise for a truly exceptional experience? Check out this 'hit list' of lunchrooms, coffee lounges, cocktail bars, restaurants, markets and food events. 

https://en.rotterdam.info/drinks-dining/

WHERE TO SHOP

As befits a world city, Rotterdam is an incredible place to shop. The extensive selection of shops available range from (inter)national chains over brand and concept stores to trendy local shops. In the city centre, most shops are open 7 days a week.

https://en.rotterdam.info/shopping/where-to-shop-in-rotterdam/

WHAT TO VISIT

If you love architecture, Rotterdam is definitely worth a visit. In the city centre, historic buildings and characteristic post-war reconstruction architecture clash cheerfully with the hypermodern skyscrapers built in more recent decades. The Cube Houses, Erasmus bridge, Rotterdam Central Station and the Markthal: visit them by yourself or book one of the many (guided) city tours.

https://en.rotterdam.info/architecture/

Rotterdam has a rich cultural life. Renowned museums, art institutions and galleries display the most controversial art, both old and new. Outdoors you also come across the most beautiful artworks and graffiti.

https://en.rotterdam.info/art-culture/

The challenge ports everywhere face now is to implement projects which often are financially unattractive to the port authority and even less attractive to external investors but which are essential for wider societal and economic reasons. The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is the essential means to resolve this conundrum.

Eamonn O’Reilly, Chairman of ESPO

Contact

If you have questions regarding your registration, please contact espo@invitado.nl. If you have question regarding your accomodation, please contact your hotel directly. If you have any other questions, please fill in the form below. 

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