EUROPE'S PORTS IN A NEW WORLD

For its 2019 Annual Conference, ESPO is taking you to Livorno. The Port Network Authority of the North Tyrrhenian Sea, host of the event, includes next to Tuscany’s premier port, Livorno, the ports of  Piombino, Capraia, Portoferraio and Rio Marina.

The theme of this 16th edition of the ESPO conference is “Europe’s ports in a new world”.   

The world is undergoing revolutionary changes. Climate change, digitalisation, geopolitical crises and looming trade wars, automation and increased citizens’ engagement are among the main game changers.

European ports are agile and resilient. Port managing bodies are at the same time dynamic, commercial developers and stewards of economic, sustainable and social growth for the wider port community. They have increased responsibility to stay ahead of upcoming developments and address the challenges. European ports are agile and resilient.  Adapting to a new world is imperative. But for many ports that is not enough. As hubs of transport, energy, industry and blue economy, they want to - or are asked to - play a more active role. They can be the ideal matchmaker between all stakeholders in the port ecosystem.

This ESPO conference will set off with an impressive line-up of inspirational speeches drawing up this “new world” we are entering in.

In five subsequent sessions, speakers and audience will be exploring different upcoming game changers in more detail and try to find answers to different questions: what are the new technologies? Who are the new players? How to prepare for a  new trade and geopolitical environment?  What is the future of work in the port sector?  And what can be expected from the new port? What does the port need to be able to play its role? What about policy? What should we  expect from the new Commission and Parliament?

As always, the ESPO conference will feature a combination of high-level and off-the-beaten-track speakers, combined with different discussion moments and interaction with the audience.

Moreover, the ESPO conference is more than just a conference. Also this year we have foreseen different networking moments in the fantastic setting of the Livornese heritage. Imagine discussing the new world and its impact on ports in a beautiful 19th century theatre and, for the Conference Dinner, enjoying the Livornese cuisine with the other delegates in an old medieval Fortress in the middle of the port.

So reasons enough to fill in the registration form now and be part of this annual highlight of the European Port Industry.

The risk landscape is changing rapidly and the 4th industrial revolution is one of the key influences. The winners in all of this will be those who embrace technology and adapt their business models in time; whatever sector you operate in.

Dame Inga BEALE, Former CEO, Lloyd’s of London

PROGRAMME

Europe's ports in a new world

The ESPO Conference will take place in Livorno on 23 - 24 May at Goldoni Theatre.

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08:15

DEPARTURE from hotels to Goldoni Theatre

08:30

REGISTRATION AND WELCOME COFFEE

08:45

OPENING SESSION

Welcome by

Eamonn O’REILLY, Chairman, ESPO
Danilo TONINELLI, Honourable Minister of Infrastructures and Transports, Italy
Enrico ROSSI, President of Tuscany Regional Administration
H.E. Abdulaziz Ahmed ALMALKI, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Qatar  to the Quirinale
Daniele ROSSI, President of Assoporti
Pietro VERNA, Commissioner of the Port Network Authority of the North Tyrrhenian Sea

09:45

Setting the scene 

Keynote address by Dame Inga BEALE, Former CEO, Lloyd's of London

Q&A

10:30

COFFEE BREAK

11:00

SESSION 1: THE NEW WORLD

- Dr Martin STOPFORD, President, Clarkson Research
- Matt STONE, Associate Partner at Mc Kinsey, and Oscar EGERSTRÖM, Underwriter at TT Club: Presentation of "Brave New  world: container transport in 2043", study authored by Mc Kinsey and TT Club

11:45

SESSION 2: NEW TECHNOLOGIES

Moderator: Sotiris RAPTIS, Senior Advisor, ESPO

- Paivi HAIKKOLA, Ecosystem Lead, One Sea Autonomous Maritime Ecosystem: Automation in Maritime Transport and Port Industry
- Dr Steven SHLADOVER, Research Engineer, University of California, Berkeley, Path Program Platooning: The role of truck platooning in improving the efficiency of port-hinterland connections
-  Dr Carlo RAUCCI, Principal Consultant, University Maritime Advisory Services: The different Technological Pathways towards the Greening of the Shipping Sector
- Mattia CECCHINATO, Offshore and Sustainability Analyst, Wind Europe: Ports at the service of the wind industry

Q&A

12:45

FIRESIDE CHAT between Pino MUSOLINO, President of the North Adriatic Sea Port Authority and Kurt BODEWIG, TEN-T Coordinator for the Motorways of the Sea

13:00

LUNCH

14:15

PRESENTATION OF ESPO MEMORANDUM for the new Commission and European Parliament
Isabelle RYCKBOST, Secretary General ESPO

14:30

SESSION 3: NEW PLAYERS

Moderator: Bogdan OLDAKOWSKI, Secretary General, Baltic Ports Organisation

- Robert HALL, International Partner, Logistics & Industrial, Cushman and Wakefield and Lisa GRAHAM, EMEA Head of Logistics & Industrial Research & Insight, Cushman and Wakefield: Changing face of distribution: the shape of things to come

- Joyce BLIEK, Director of Digital Business Solutions, Port of Rotterdam: Step by step towards a digital port
- Sascha TREPPTE, Head of Business Development and Strategy, Duisburger Hafen AG, Duisport: Developing the European inland Transshipment hub for goods trade with China 
-
Dr Markus KUCKELHAUS, Vice-President Innovation and Trend Research, DHL Customer Solutions and Innovation: Digitalisation and the future of supply chains
- Sam QUINTELIER, Cargo Business Development Manager, Brussels Airport Company: Air cargo transport, a new multimodal partner for ports?

15:50

COFFEE BREAK

16:20

PANEL DISCUSSION

Moderator: Richard BALLANTYNE, CEO, British Port Association

- Faig ABBASOV, Shipping Officer, Transport & Environment
- Marco CONFORTI, Past President of Assiterminal, Vice President of CONFETRA
- Daan SCHALCK, CEO, North Sea Port
- Lisa GRAHAM, EMEA Head of Logistics & Industrial Research & Insight, Cushman and Wakefield
- Sotiris THEOFANIS, Executive Chairman and CEO of the Thessaloniki Port Authority

17:00

COUNTRY PROFILE: Analysis of the Italian Maritime Economy

Alessandro PANARO, Head of "Maritime and Mediterranean Economy" Department, SRM: Analysis of the Italian maritime economy

17:15

END of the first Conference Day

19:30

Bus DEPARTURE from the hotels

Transfer from the following hotels: Max Hotel Livorno, Hotel Rex, Grand Hotel Palazzo, Hotel Granduca

 20:00

 CONFERENCE DINNER 

Venue: Old Fortress, Piazzale dei Marmi, Livorno

Please note that the ground might be uneven and/or slippery. We therefore do not recommend wearing high heels.

 23:00

Bus DEPARTURE from Old Fortress to the hotels

Transfer to the following hotels: Max Hotel Livorno, Hotel Rex, Grand Hotel Palazzo, Hotel Granduca

08:30

DEPARTURE from hotels to Goldoni Theatre

09:00

IMPLEMENTING "USER PAYS" AND "POLUTTER PAYS" PRINCIPLES IN TRANSPORT

Silvia MAFFII, Co-founder and managing director of TRT Transporti e Territorio: Presentation of the EC Study "Sustainable Transpot Infrastructure Charging and Internaitonalisation of Transport Externalities"

Q&A

 09:35

KEY MESSAGE

 From Edoardo RIXI, Vice-Minister of Infrastructures and Transports, Italy

09:45

SESSION 4: THE NEW TRADE AND GEOPOLITICAL ENVIRONMENT

Moderator: Yves ADRIAENSEN, Manager Market Intelligence, Port of Antwerp

- Iana DREYER, Founder and Editor of Borderlex: The new trade environment: impact  on Europe and its ports
- Navy Captain Hans HUYGENS, Head of Military Assessment and Planning, European Union Military Staff (EUMS): The new geopolitical environment: impact on maritime trade and ports 
Mark WATTS, Coordinator of UK Transport in Europe (UKTiE): Brexit: what's next?

Fireside chat between Yves ADRIAENSEN, Manager Market Intelligence, Port of Antwerp, Mike DI BERNARDO, Deputy Executive Director Marketing and Customer relations, Port of Los Angeles and Christine CABAU WOERHEL, Vice-President CMA CGM.

10:50

SESSION 5: NEW PORTS 

Moderator: Matej ZAKONJSEK, Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Violeta Bulc

- Prof Theo NOTTEBOOM, Professor in port and maritime economics and management and Director of Center for Eurasian Maritime and INland Logistics (CEMIL): Characteristics and role of the European ports in a new world
Dr Cleopatra DOUMBIA-HENRY, President of the World Maritime University: Transport 2040: Automation, Technology, employment - the future of work

11:30

COFFEE BREAK

12:00

CLOSING ROUNDTABLE SESSION: NEW POLICY AND POLICY MAKERS

Moderator: Wim VAN DE CAMP, Member of the European Parliament

- Zeno D'AGOSTINO, President of the Port Network Authority of Eastern Adriatic Sea and Vice-Chairman ESPO
- Magda KOPCZYNSKA, Director for Waterborne Transport in Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport within the European Commission
- Eamonn O'REILLY, Chairman ESPO
- Pawel WOJCIECHOWSKI, European Coordinator for the TEN-T Rhine-Alpine Corridor
Lieselot MARINUS, Director Shipping and Trade Policy at ECSA 

12:55

CLOSING of the ESPO 2019 CONFERENCE

Eamonn O'REILLY, Chairman, ESPO

13:10

Announcement ESPO Conference 2020

Ingvar M. MATHISEN, Port Director/CEO, Port of Oslo

13:15

Pick-up of the LUNCH and departure for canal boat tour

Only for participants who registered

13:30

DEPARTURE canal boat tour

15:00

Back from the canal boat tour

15:00

Delegates will have the choice to either go back to their hotel or to join the Port Visit by bus

15:30

ARRIVAL back at hotels

If you are not joining the Port Visit by bus

15:00

DEPARTURE for the PORT VISIT by bus

17:15

ARRIVAL back at hotels

Day 1
09:00
CEO Port of Dublin and ESPO Chairman
Day 1
09:00
Commissioner of the North Tyrrhenian Sea Ports Authority
Day 1
09:45
Former CEO, Lloyd's of London
Day 1
11:00
President of Clarkson Research Services Limited (CRSL) and Director of MarEcon Ltd
Day 1
11:00
Associate partner at Mc Kinsey
Day 1
11:00
Underwriter at TT Club
Day 1
11:45
Senior Advisor Environment and Safety and EcoPorts Coordinator, ESPO
Day 1
11:45
Ecosystem Lead, One Sea Autonomous Maritime Ecosystem
Day 1
11:45
Research Engineer, University of California PATH Program, Berkeley
Day 1
11:45
Principal Consultant, University Maritime Advisory Services
Day 1
11:45
Offshore and Sustainability Analyst, Wind Europe
Day 1
12:45
European Coordinator for the TEN-T Motorways of the Sea
Day 1
12:45
President of the North Adriatic Sea Port Authority
Day 1
14:15
ESPO Secretary General
Day 1
14:30
International Partner, Logistics & Industrial, Cushman and Wakefield
Day 1
14:30
EMEA Head of Logistics & Industrial Research & Insight, Cushman and Wakefield
Day 1
14:30
Director of Digital Business Solutions, Port of Rotterdam
Day 1
14:30
Head of Business Development and Strategy, Duisburger Hafen AG
Day 1
14:30
Vice President Innovation & Trend Research, DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation
Day 1
14:30
Cargo Business Development Manager, Brussels Airport Company
Day 1
16:15
Chief Executive, British Ports Association
Day 1
16:15
Shipping Officer, Transport & Environment
Day 1
16:15
Past President of Assiterminal, Vice President of CONFETRA
Day 1
16:15
CEO, North Sea Port
Day 1
16:15
Executive Chairman and CEO of the Thessaloniki Port Authority
Day 1
17:00
Head of Maritime Transport and Logistic Department at SRM
Day 2
09:00
Co-founder and managing director of TRT Transporti e Territorio
Day 2
09:45
Manager Market Intelligence, Port of Antwerp
Day 2
09:45
Founder and Editor of Borderlex
Day 2
09:45
Coordinator of UK Transport in Europe (UKTiE)
Day 2
09:45
Deputy Executive Director Marketing and Customer relations, Port of Los Angeles
Day 2
10:45
Director of Center for Eurasian Maritime and Inland Logistics (CEMIL), Shanghai Maritime University (SMU)
Day 2
10:45
President of World Maritime University
Day 2
12:00
Member of the European Parliament
Day 2
12:00
Director for Waterborne Transport in Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport within the European Commission
Day 2
12:00
European Coordinator for the TEN-T Rhine-Alpine Corridor

For its 2019 Annual Conference, ESPO is taking you to Livorno. You will find below some practical information that might be useful to organise your stay in Livorno. The conference fee is 550 € outside the scope of V.A.T. as per Art.4 paragraph 4 DPR 622/72 (Italian VAT principle law). You can find practical information about the Conference below or in this document

ABOUT THE VENUE

The 2019 Annual ESPO Conference is taking place at the Goldoni Theatre.

Built in the 19th century, the Goldoni Theatre is Livorno's best and most loved theatre. It was designed and built with a glass roof in an effort to capture the essence of both night and day, as desired by the architects who conceptualised it. The building has recently been restored. More than just an architectural landmark and a musical venue, the Theatre also stands out as museum dedicated to the great Livornese composer Pietro Mascagni (Livorno, 1863 - Rome, 1945).

A bit off the beaten track, the Goldoni Theater stands south of the city center, less than 300 meters after crossing the Fosso Reale. A shuttle will bring you from a meeting point near your hotel to Piazza Cavour, which is at 3 minute walk from the conference venue.

ABOUT THE PORT OF LIVORNO – Port Network Authority of the North Tyrrhenian Sea

Livorno is the main port of the Port Network Authority of the North Tyrrhenian Sea.

The ports of the Northern Tyrrhenian Sea – Livorno, Piombino, Portoferraio, Rio Marina, Cavo and Capraia Island – make one of the largest systems of Italian ports for the total traffic handled with over 42 million tonnes of goods and 9 million passengers every year. This particular network of six ports comprising the Port Network Authority of the North Tyrrhenian Sea, established after the passing of Legal Decree n. 169 of 4th August 2016, accounts for over 14% of various types of Italian Port traffic (Ro-Ro, Containers and General Cargo) and holds the national record for tonnage of vehicle traffic and number of commercial vehicles handled. 

It is the leading node not only for vehicle traffic but also for forestry goods and new cars. The Port Network Authority of the North Tyrrhenian Sea is located in the Tyrrhenian and Ligurian seas (also known as the North Tyrrhenian range) and is the most important Italian node for traffic handled as well as a natural logistics node for Tuscany. 

The ports’ proximity to the rich markets of central and northern Italy is their unquestionable strength, while being on the Scandinavian-Mediterranean TEN-T motorway guarantees prime trans-European and international connections. As a result, the port system has a twofold axis, one reaching into core European inland markets and, through north-eastern Italy, into new Central-European production areas; while the other is more Euro-Mediterranean reaching the major islands and the countries on the sea’s southern shores.

More information on the official website.


HOW TO REACH LIVORNO

The 2019 Annual ESPO Conference is taking place in Livorno, Tuscany, Italy.

The easiest way to reach Livorno would be to fly to Pisa or to Firenze and then take a transfer from the airport to Livorno.

  • From Pisa: take a taxi (30 minutes’ drive) or a train connection from Pisa Centrale to Livorno Centrale (15 minutes). Please note that there is no direct train connection from Pisa airport.
  • From Firenze: take a taxi (1h10 drive) or a train connection from Firenze Centrale to Livorno Centrale (1h15 ride). Please note that there is no direct train connection from Firenze airport to Livorno, you should use the shuttle service (about 20 minutes) between the airport terminal and the centre of Firenze (http://www.aeroporto.firenze.it/en/the-passengers/transport/bus.html).

For the trains, check the official website of Italian railways: https://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en

TRANSFERS HOTEL – CONFERENCE VENUES

As the recommended hotels are spread around the city, bus transfers will be organized from Max Hotel Livorno, Hotel Rex, Grand Hotel Palazzo, and Hotel Granduca to the conference venue (Goldoni Theatre) and to the dinner venue (Livorno’s Old Fortress).

Participants are kindly requested to have a look at this document for an overview of the bus transfers. You can find more information here.

ABOUT THE HOTELS

We are glad to offer our guests special prices for hotel accommodation. Please note that the conference registration does not automatically imply hotel reservation. To book a room, please contact the hotel of your choice directly. Quote ESPO2019 to get the negotiated price. The prices include breakfast, unless otherwise specified in the notes.

Make sure you are aware of the cancellation policy for hotels booking, which are the same as for the registration procedure:

  • Free of charge up to 30th April
  • Between 1st May and 15th May: 50% of the fee will be reimbursed
  • From 16th May or no-show: no reimbursement

View the hotel’s list here

View the map of hotels here.


ABOUT THE PORT VISIT

The Port Network Authority of the North Tyrrhenian Sea has kindly organized a port visit on Friday afternoon, just after the conference.

The planning will be as follows:

  • 13h15 - pick-up of the lunch package and departure for canal boat tour (on a first come, first served-basis in the registration system)
  • 13h30 - departure canal boat tour
  • 15h - back from the canal boat tour

Delegates will have the choice to either go back to their hotel or to join the Port Visit by bus.

  • 15h30 - arrival back at hotels (if you are not joining the port visit by bus)
  • 15h - departure for the port visit by bus
  • 17h15 - arrival back at hotel

Please indicate in the registration form if you would be interested in joining either tours or only one. 


ABOUT THE REGISTRATION FEE

The conference fee is 550 € outside the scope of V.A.T. as per Art.4 paragraph 4 DPR 622/72 (Italian VAT principle law).

You can choose between 2 different methods to pay:

  • By bank transfer: the bank details will be provided at the end of the registration and in the confirmation email.
  • By credit/debit card: you will need to use the PAGO system. If you need help on how PAGO works, you can click here for a step-by-step document guiding you through the process. Please note that there might be an extra fee applying when paying by credit/debit card.

Click here to register to the conference. 

If you need an invoice, please contact espo2019@aracongressi.com


HOW TO CONTACT US?

Please refer to the list below in function of the topic of your question:

  • Questions related to your hotel booking: contact the hotel directly.
  • Questions related to your registration, contact Ara Congressi: espo2019@aracongressi.com or +39 0586 377627 or +39 327 3306771 (mobile) or through Whatsapp (Monday to Friday: 9.30-13.00 and 15.00-18.00)
  • Questions related to the programme: helene.vancompernolle@espo.be



For me the days of the port authority simply acting as a superintendent are gone. Ports must engage with port-based industries and operators to influence and assist in the enormous changes that must come about.

Eamonn O’Reilly, ESPO Chairman

Contact

Please refer to the list below in function of the topic of your question:

  • Questions related to your hotel booking: contact the hotel directly.
  • Questions related to your registration: espo2019@aracongressi.com or +39 0586 377627 or +39 327 3306771 (mobile) or through Whatsapp (Monday-Friday 9.30-13.00 and 15.00-18.00)
  • Questions related to the programme: Helene.vancompernolle@espo.be
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