ESPO Conference 2013

You will find below the presentations given at the ESPO Conference 2013, which took place in Varna (Bulgaria) on 30-31 May. Click on the name of the speaker to see the presentation. 

Day 1: Thursday 30 May 2013

08:00   Registration and welcome coffee

08:30   Special Interest Seminar:  regional cooperation in the Black Sea and beyond

Opening and welcome
Diyan Dimov, Chairman, Black and Azov Sea Ports Association / Executive Director, Port of Burgas

Trends in Black Sea port development
Containers: Eero Vanaale, Consultant, Drewry: Black Sea Container Ports
Cruise: Mikhail Sokolov, First Deputy General Manager, Odessa Commercial Sea Port and Stoycho Dimov, Head of Marketing and European Integration, Port of Burgas
LNG bunkering: Emil Arolski, Project Manager ‘LNG in Baltic and Black Sea Ports’: LNG Bunkering - LNG in Baltic and Black Sea Ports

 Are Black Sea ports ready to face the future ? Panel discussion with
Alexander Atanassov, Country & Sales Manager, Maersk Bulgaria Ltd
Carmen Costache, President, Union of Romanian Inland ports - Incinta Port Bazinul Nou
Sofia Neirynck, CEO, Porteco
Jean-Paul Siccard, Senior Supply Chain Manager Essential Chemicals, Solvay Eastern Europe / Balkans / Russia & CIS countries / Middle East & Egypt

 Moderator: Steven Bouckaert, Senior Manager, MTBS

11:00   Coffee

11:15   Opening session ESPO Conference

Santiago Garcia-Milà, Chairman, ESPO
Vladimir Todorov, Chairman, Bulgarian Port Infrastructure Company

Opening keynote speeches
Kristian Krastev, Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications, Republic of Bulgaria
Kosta Bazitov, Regional Governor, Regional Administration Varna, Republic of Bulgaria

Economic outlook for Europe, shipping and ports
Sylviane Delcuve, Senior Economist, BNP Fortis Bank (Europe): World Economy Today
Prof Dr Theo Notteboom, University of Antwerp ITMMA (ports): Economic Outlook for Ports
Jolke Helbing, Associate Consulting Director, ICF GHK (shipping): Europe: Economic outlook and impact on Ports & Shipping


13:00   Lunch

14:00 Perspectives on co-operative synergies (parallel sessions)

Session A: Integration of ports in infrastructure corridorsSession B: Marketing and promotion of port regionsSession C: International strategies of port authorities

Chair: Isabelle Ryckbost, Director, European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP)

Introduction: Ports & TEN-T Corridors
Remi Mayet, Deputy Head of Unitb Ports Policy, DG Move

OECD Port-Cities Programme
Olaf Merk, Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate, OECD

Greening Corridors
Manfred Seitz, General Secretary, Pro Danube International

Great Axis Rail Networks
Joan Amorós, Secretary General, Ferrmed

Motorways of the Sea
Anna Mihneva-Natova, Director, European Union, International Affairs and Projects Directorate, Executive Agency Maritime 

Chair: Dr Athanasios Pallis, Associated Professor, University of the Aegean - Department of Shipping, Trade and Transport

Marketing West-Mediterranean Ports
Philippe Guillaumet, Strategic Plan manager-European affairs manager, Port of Marseille-Fos

Flanders Port Area
Ilse Hoet, Head of Ports and Water Policy Division, Department of Mobility and Public Works
Flemish Government

Promoting cruise in the Mediterranean
Stavros Hatzakos, President MedCruise

Chair: Larissa van der Lugt, Senior Researcher Port Economics and Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Port of Rotterdam International
Roger Clasquin, Director, PoRint

Port of Antwerp International
Gunther Ginckels, CEO, PAI

Reflections and debate:
Prof Dr Michaël Dooms, Program Director, Unit Management and Strategy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Prof Elisaveta Kalinova, Director, Institute for Maritime Law and Logistics, Varna Free University

15:30   Tea

16:00   Port development through regional cooperation: the CEO Perspective

Roundtable discussion with
Eddy Bruyninckx, CEO, Port of Antwerp
Stefano Bonaldo, Port of Venice
Ramón Gomez-Ferrer Boldova, General Manager, Port Authority of Valencia
Hervé Martel, CEO, Port of Le Havre

Moderator: Prof Dr Theo Notteboom, University of Antwerp ITMMA

17:00   Closing keynote speech

Markku Mylly, Executive Director, European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA): EMSA's role to enhance ports' and maritime economics

17:30   End of the first conference day

19:30   Departure for conference dinner at Kabakum Resort


Day 2: Friday, 31 May 2013

08:00   Welcome coffee

08:30   EU Ports Policy – setting the scene

Chair: Prof Dr Hercules Haralambides, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Port performance indicators
Patrick Verhoeven, Secretary General, ESPO: Port Performance dashboard 2013

Administrative simplification in ports
Alan Long, Chairman, EPCSA: European Port Community Systems Association

Port labour in Europe
Prof Dr Eric Van Hooydonk, Portius / University of Ghent: Port Labour in the EU

09.:30  EU Ports Policy - Keynote speech

Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the European Commission

10:00   Coffee

10:30   EU Ports Policy – presentation and evaluation of the new proposals

Interactive session with representatives of the European Commission, the European Parliament, Member States and EU stakeholder organisations.

Chair: Prof Dr Hercules Haralambides, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Philippe De Backer, Member of the European Parliament
Dimitrios Theologitis, Head of Unit Ports Policy, DG Move: The 2013 European Port Policy
Alfons Guinier, Secretary General, ECSA
Anthony Tetard, Coordinator, IDC-E
Patrick Verhoeven, Secretary General, ESPO

12:00   Closing of the ESPO 2013 Conference

Santiago Garcia-Milà, Chairman, ESPO

Magnus Kårestedt, CEO, Port of Gothenburg, Host of the ESPO 2014 Conference

12:15   Departure to Varna Passenger Terminal for Lunch

14:00 – 16:00  Visit to the Port of Varna