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Program and registration to FEPORT Sixth Annual Stakeholders’ Conference – December 1st, 2021

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Program and registration to FEPORT Sixth Annual Stakeholders’ Conference – December 1st, 2021

Program and registration
FEPORT Sixth Annual Stakeholders’ Conference

Brussels, December 1st, 2021

COVID-19: A crash test for the resilience of the maritime logistics chain?

Dear Madam, Dear Sir,

Dear colleagues, Dear guests,

We are pleased to invite you to join our Sixth Annual Stakeholders’ Conference, which will take place on the 1st of December, 2021.

As already announced, this year’s topic will be “COVID-19: A crash test for the resilience of the maritime logistics chain?”, and the Conference will be a valuable opportunity for experts and representatives of the maritime logistics sector as well as institutional stakeholders to exchange and reflect upon COVID-19 consequences on the sector.

Our event will consist of two sessions from 9:00 to 13:30 and will include keynote speeches and two panel discussions involving representatives from different industries as well as institutional stakeholders.

Each session will include two keynote addresses followed by a panel discussion.
In the first session, our speakers will present the general outlook for the maritime logistics sector and the perspective from the port sector. We will also know more about seafarers and how they have gone through the crisis.

A lot is currently said about congestion in ports. So we will try to better understand  the causes of the phenomenon.

Disruption in the maritime logistics chain is causing a hassle for all stakeholders. Hence the necessity to have a dialogue to better understand each other’s constraints.
In the second session, we will try to figure out how the future will look like and whether a so called “pre-COVID normality” belongs now to the past. It will be useful to also understand whether the crisis impacted the geopolitics of trade and how the EU is reacting to the trade tensions between China and the US.
Regarding recovery and the path to zero emissions, our speakers will share their insights about the existing means to face the challenges and whether the mobilized resources can reasonably allow us to engage in an energy transition that will preserve the competitiveness of EU Companies and businesses.

Conference Program
9:00     Opening message
               Mrs Adina Valean, EU Transport Commissioner
               Opening speech
                Mr Gunther Bonz, FEPORT President

9:30      Session 1: What has happened in 2020 and 2021
               Ms Anna Maria Darmanin, ETA Secretary General
                Mr Mike Garratt, Chairman of MDS Transmodal
                Mr Jordi Torrent, Strategy Director of Port of Barcelona

10:00   Panel discussion
               Mrs Jutta Paulus, Member of the European Parliament
               Mr Mark Dickinson, Secretary General of Nautilus
               Mr Eric Caris, Director of Cargo Marketing of Port of LA
               Mr Jens Roemer, Managing Director of Hartrodt
               Mr Patrick Kockx, Managing Director of CMA CGM Belgium (tbc)

11:00   Coffee Break

11:15     Session 2: Recovery and path towards climate neutrality and growth 
              Ms Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid, FEPORT Secretary General
               Mr Indra Vonck, Senior Manager at Deloitte
               Mr Philippe Le Corre, Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for
               International Peace

11:45   Panel discussion
              Mrs Vera Tax, Member of the European Parliament
              Mr Federico Banos-Lindner, Vice President of External Relations of DP World
              Mr Jaap Gebraad, Executive Director of Waterborne Technology Platform
              Ms Sofia Papantoniadou, Feedback to Policy Coordinator for CEF – Transport,
              Representative from Eurelectric

12:45   Wrap up
              Ms Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid, FEPORT Secretary General

13:00   Closing speech
              Ms Magda Kopczynska, Director Waterborne Transport of DG MOVE

The Conference will be held in a hybrid format and most of our speakers and Brussels based guests will join in person in Brussels.

Please note that due to the limitation in terms of subscriptions, we encourage you to register through the link below at your earliest convenience. In case of impossibility to attend, we kindly ask you to cancel your attendance thus enabling us to allow other persons on the waiting list to attend.

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We look forward to your participation to our event. You can have access to the Conference website pagehere.

Looking forward to welcoming you.

Kind regards,


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