On 21 and 22 May, ESPO is holding its Annual Conference in Athens, hosted by the Port of Piraeus. The theme of this year’s conference is: No ports no energy; no energy, no ports.
At present, 40% of all commodities handled in European ports are sources of energy. Ports are also vital centres of industry. It is clear that current changes in policy will alter business in European ports. Are ports ready for this change?
The conference will address some key questions: What are the most realistic energy scenarios and how will these affect transport, ports and port industries? How can ports respond to, and benefit from, these developments? How will the shift to alternative energies in maritime transport and other transport modes affect ports? To what extent can Europe’s decarbonisation agenda bring new business for ports? How can ports improve their energy efficiency?
The main players in the European ports industry are already preparing to gather in Athens for this not- to-be missed gathering of the European port industry. The programme is filling-up, with a host of exciting and informative speakers already confirmed.
ESPO is pleased to announce the participation of the European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc and MEP Knut Fleckenstein, the European Parliament’s rapporteur on the Port Regulation, who will offer the audience plenty of opportunity to discuss ports policy.
Other already confirmed speakers, representing a range of interests from politics, academia and industry, are:
Yiorgos Anomeritis, President and CEO of Piraeus Port Authority, Thomas Becker, CEO European Wind Energy Association, Dr. Peter De Langen, Owner and Principal Consultant, Ports & Logistics Advisory, SL, Santiago Garcia-Milà, Chairman, ESPO, Hans-Peter Hadorn, CEO Ports of Switzerland Anne Houtman, Principal Advisor, DG ENERGY, European Commission, Eva Kaili, Member of the European Parliament , Dr. Bart Kuipers, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, Capt. Marc Nuytemans, FNI, Managing Director Exmar Shipmanagement NV, Bogdan Oldakowski, Secretary General Baltic Ports Organisation, Eamonn O’Reilly, Vice Chairman of ESPO and Chief Executive Port of Dublin, John P. LaRue, Executive Director, Port of Corpus Christi Authority, Texas, Carlo Raucci, Doctoral Researcher at UCL Energy Institute, Dimitrios Theologitis, Head of Ports and Inland Navigation, DG MOVE, European Commission , David Whitehead OBE, Director British Ports Association, Tania Zgajewski, Senior Research Fellow, Egmont Royal Institute for International Relations.
All these speakers will engage into a debate with the ports. This year ESPO is pleased to welcome the involvement of Eddy Bruyninckx, CEO Port of Antwerp, Professor Hercules Haralambides, President, Port of Brindisi, Valeriu Nicolae Ionescu, CEO, Port of Constantza, Gitte Lillelund Bech, Director, Danish Ports Association, Eamonn O’Reilly, CEO Port of Dublin, Julian Skelnik, Marketing Director, Port of Gdansk, Jens Meier, CEO, Port of Hamburg, Christine Cabau Woehrel, CEO, Grand Port Maritime de Marseille, Giuliano Gallanti, President, Port of Livorno, Alec Don, CEO, Port of Milford Haven, Stavros Hatzakos, General Manager, Piraeus Port Authority and Victor Schoenmakers, Director Corporate Strategy, Port of Rotterdam. Others to follow.
You can register to attend the ESPO Conference 2015 via the dedicated website, where you can also be kept up to date with all the latest developments
So, save some energy for this vital event, don’t delay and register now!
Athens is waiting for you.