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). You can find practical information about the Conference here.
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
The deadline for the hotel block booking is now over. However, we can suggest the following hotels:
Preferred hotels (centrally-located):
Other hotels (longer walking distance of the ESPO boat transfer service):
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 ESPO 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.
The tender boats arranged by ESPO to bring you to the conference venue leave at 08:10, 08:15, 08:25, 08:30 and 08:35 (free of charge) from the Spido pier. Boat transfer back to the hotel is arranged as well at 17:45 and at 18:00 on Day 1 and 15:00 on Day 2 (free of charge, see map below). The last boat cannot have you all, which is why it is highly recommended to travel in time and not to count on the last boat. For more information, click here.
If you wish to take the boat outside the timetable arranged by ESPO, this is possible but the transfer will not be free of charge. You can see the different possibilities below:
- Watertaxi: click here
- Waterbus: click here. You can view the timetable here.
- Taxi RTC: click here
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.
FRIDAY AFTERNOON PROGRAMME
On Friday afternoon (1 June), the Port of Rotterdam offers you different excursions to truly experience the vibrant Port of Rotterdam. You will get the possibility to sign up for one of the following excursions directly on site during the conference (this is included in the conference fee). To give you an idea of the different suggestions, you can have a look here.
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 until now. 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