Alex Van Breedam

Alex Van Breedam

Nik Delmeire

Nik Delmeire

European Shippers' Council
Luc D'Hondt

Luc D'Hondt

Matthew Baldwin

Matthew Baldwin

European Commission
Vicente del Río

Vicente del Río

Valenciaport Foundation
Patrick Renard

Patrick Renard

Knauf Belgium
Hans Augusteijn

Hans Augusteijn

Maersk Group
Alfons Moens

Alfons Moens

Port of Brussels
Geert Pauwels

Geert Pauwels

Michael Henke

Michael Henke

Jan Fransoo

Jan Fransoo

Kuehne Logistics University
Alain Lefebvre

Alain Lefebvre

Ports de Lille
Tom van Lier

Tom van Lier

University of Brussels
Zbigniew Nowik

Zbigniew Nowik

OT Logistics
Lamia Kerdjoudj Belkaid

Lamia Kerdjoudj Belkaid

Ralf-Charley Schultze

Ralf-Charley Schultze



4 October - Day 1


5 October - Day 2


10.30 Registration and coffee

11.15 Welcome

Olivier Auvray, vice-chairman Port of Brussels

11.30 Connecting ports & hinterland

Moderator of the conference, prof. dr. Alex Van Breedam, Supply Chain Futurist, CEO of TRI-VIZOR and multiple award winner for his supply chain orchestration concept, will set the scene for this 13th edition.

11.45 Opening speech: European transport ambitions and multimodality

Matthew Baldwin, Deputy Director-General for Mobility and Transport European Commission

12.05 European Hinterland Logistics, the way forward

Interactive session with a.o.:

  • Nik Delmeire, Secretary General ESC
  • Lamia Kerdjoudj Belkaid, Secretary General FEPORT
  • Theresia Hacksteiner, Secretary General EBU European Barge Union
  • Ralf-Charley Schultze, Director General UIRR

12.35 Making your logistics sustainable

Patrick Renard, CEO Knauf Belgium, states that we should invest more in inland navigation. This leading building materials manufacturer is transporting pallets by water into the cities via new urban transhipment centres. Patrick will share his views why this project is a success for all involved parties within the supply chain

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Efficient empty container management: feasible or not?

Speech by Jan Fransoo, PhD Professor for Operations Management and Logistics & Dean of Research Kuehne Logistics University. Jan addresses the challenge of demurrage and detention fees for efficient emptycontainer management.

14.25 How to optimize your logistics by being smart

Three prominent companies in the field of shipping and logistics share their views how optimization of flows by bundling, digitalization, cooperation and automation leads to new business and high customer experience. How smart are they? Let’s ask!
Speeches and interview:Zbigniew Nowik, CEO OT logistics

  • Hans Augusteijn, Global Head of Intermodal Maersk Group
  • Geert Pauwels, CEO Lineas

15.30 Coffee break

16.00 Smart port of the future

Carles Rua, Head of Strategic and Innovation projects Port of Barcelona

16.20 Ports of the future

The future of (inland)ports looks bright, but challenges lie ahead. Can ports generate more value for customers? How to play a significant role in innovating the supply chain? Collaboration and digitalisation are the key for efficient logistics ports be in the lead?
Round table with amongst others:
Alain Lefebvre, CEO Ports de Lille
Alfons Moens, CEO Port of Brussels

17.00 Cocktail Reception

18.30 Conference dinner

8.30 Coffee

9.30 Welcome

by moderator Prof. dr. Alex Van Breedam, CEO TRI-VIZOR

9.45 Logistics and industry 4.0

What is the impact of the 4th industrial revolution on supply chains? Professor Dr. Michael Henke, Director Enterprise Logistics Fraunhofer-Institut states that the next step toward Industry 4.0 calls for its management

10.10 Logistics innovation through collaboration

ALICE is set-up to develop a comprehensive strategy for research, innovation and market deployment of logistics and supply chain management innovation in Europe. Vicente del Río is Chair of the working group on Corridors, Hubs and Synchromodality Executive Group ALICE and also General Manager of the Valenciaport Foundation.

10.35 horizontal collaboration: yes we can

11.15 Coffee break

11.45 Intermodal choices for short distances

Delhaize has chosen to investigate rail as a transport mode for short distances. Luc D’Hondt, Manager European Transport Optimization Delhaize, shares his views on last mile rail transport and how this effectively

12.10 The way to smart logistics

Tom Van Lier is a research professor in Sustainable Logistics in the research group MOBI at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium. His work concentrates on sustainability impact assessments of transport solutions by means of external cost calculations.
Tom will present outcomes of recent studies why we need to invest in multimodality and sustainable logistics.

12.45 Boat tour Port of Brussels

offered by the Port Authority, including lunch

14.00 End of the 13th edition

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