Allard Castelein

Allard Castelein

Port of Rotterdam
Erich Staake

Erich Staake

Daan Schalck

Daan Schalck

North Sea Port
Alex Van Breedam

Alex Van Breedam

Adina Vălean

Adina Vălean

European Commission
The European Conference on the future of inland transport, terminals and ports


Ports & Hinterland Europe 2021: Resillient, Flexibel and Connected chains

The impact of the pandemic on supply chains and logistics is huge. Times of crisis lead to further consolidation, with international trade at an all time low. What we need are flexibel, resisillient and connected supply chains and hinterland logistics products that can contribute. Creativity, rethinking business and new business models might eventually be what the logistics sector actuallu needs to further innovate, so opportunities lie ahead as well. Plenty of topics to discuss at the C-level Ports & Hinterland Europe 2021 in Ghent, Belgium.


Host port 2021: North Sea Port

The Ports & Hinterland Europe conference 2021 now moves to North Sea Port. It is the number 3 port in Europe for added value in the amount of 14.5 billion euros. As a central hub in Europe, multimodality and diversification in the types of goods transported are our the ports chief concerns. Thanks to our central location in Western Europe, businesses and their trade partners are able to optimally serve the European hinterland. You are welcome in Ghent!

First confirmed speakers Ports & HInterland

  • European commissioner for Mobility and Transport Adina Vălean
  • Daan Schalck, CEO North Sea Port
  • Allard Castelein, CEO Port of Rotterdam
  • Erich Staake, CEO Duisport
  • Christian Drenthen, Board Member for Land Transport DB Schenker

Chairman of the day is supply chain futurist Alex Van Breedam, CEO Tri-Vizor



Curious about the previous editions of this event?

Former speakers:
'Can ports be the hub for the physical internet? We need to establish a compensation system for the private companies to have them on board'
- Vicente del Rio, GM Valenciaport Foundation

'It is not my job to make money with shipping. We need partners to make the shift to inland waterway transport possible.'
- Patrick Renard, CEO Knauf Belgium

'I cannot predict 20 years from now, but for the next 5 years people matter most in the migration to industrie and logistics 4.0.'
- Prof. dr. Michael Henke, Fraunhofer IML