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    Atlantico Business Development, the independent port promoter and maritime business developer of ARA, is proud to announce the second edition of Ship2ARA.

    The ARA port region is Europe's and the Atlantic's Number One port and logistics cluster, handling almost 900 million tons of seaborne cargo and around 26 million TEU annually. The latter figure amounts to 27% of all TEU handled in the EU.

    Ship2ARA therefore aims to highlight maritime business opportunities as well as the latest and future trends and developments in the many and diverse ports of Flanders and the Netherlands.

    Containerisation, digitalisation, modal shifts, threats and challenges, post-Brexit trade with the UK and Ireland, decarbonisation, bunkering, innovation and other subjects will be dealt with in several editions of Ship2ARA. Each edition will field a different mix of speakers from port authorities, terminal operators and other players in ARA ports, showcasing the enormous drive for innovation in this highly diverse cluster of ports.

    The first edition took place on March 25th 2021 and featured speakers from Rotterdam Short Sea Terminals, Port of Rotterdam, Port of Antwerp, North Sea Port and Kloosterboer.

    The second edition of Ship2ARA will take place on June 17th, from 15.00 - 16.30 hrs CET (ARA) and will field the following (confirmed) speakers:

    Albert-Jan Ars, Commercial Manager Port Operations at Katoen Natie. Katoen Natie's mission is to create maximum added value by providing full service logistics and engineering solutions to a key number of customers all over the world. Services range from offering warehousing solutions to designing, building and operating on-site and multi-customer platforms. In-house knowledge in terms of logistics, engineering and IT makes Katoen Natie most creative, responsive and fast when it comes to customers'​ specific needs. To this end, Katoen Natie decentralized activities and organized business units to serve specific industries, globally, be it with the assistance of local operations. This structure allows for flexible communication with customers and fast decision-making by managers.

    Dolf van Dijk, Commercial Manager of Verbrugge Terminals. Verbrugge Terminals is a leading logistics services provider in the ARA port range with terminals in the ports of Vlissingen, Terneuzen and Zeebrugge. Verbrugge Terminals handles in Terneuzen and Vlissingen more than 14 million tonnes of cargo per year. Verbrugge Terminals focuses on a selective number of product markets: metals/lumber/steel, energy project cargo, noble bulk products and paper and wood pulp. Verbrugge Terminals also offers a wide range of key support services including short- and deep-sea chartering, port agency, cargo agency, liner agency, freight forwarding, road transportation and customs services.

    Dirk Koppenol, Manager Strategy of SmartPort Rotterdam. SmartPort is a binding and supportive factor for the required collaboration to face complex challenges and to fulfil ambitions in the Rotterdam port area. SmartPort is the institution that acts as a driving force, organizer and financier of knowledge development and knowledge dissemination. SmartPort Rotterdam recently published a report on the 10 future smart port trends for 2030-2050, a bonus result of years of researching future trends for the port of Rotterdam with some 400 partners and companies, active in the port area.

    Professor Hercules Haralambides, Maritime Economics & Logistics. Since 1992, Hercules Haralambides is Professor of Maritime Economics and Logistics, having taught at 9 universities, most prominent of which being Sorbonne University, Erasmus University Rotterdam, and National University of Singapore. Currently he is also Distinguished Chair Professor at Dalian Maritime University (China) and Adjunct Professor at Texas A&M University (USA). Hercules is the founder of the Erasmus Center for Maritime Economics and Logistics (MEL) and also the founding Editor-in-Chief of the quarterly journal Maritime Economics & Logistics (MEL). He has written and published over 300 scientific papers, books, reports and articles in the wider area of ports, maritime transport and logistics and has consulted governments, international organizations and private companies all over the world including, for a number of years, the European Commission. In the period 2011-2015 Professor Haralambides was President of the Italian port of Brindisi and at the end of that period (2015) he established “Haralambides & Associates”: a global maritime think-tank engaged in executive education and strategic policy analysis. In 2008, Professor Haralambides was decorated with the Golden Cross of the Order of the Phoenix, by the President of the Hellenic Republic.

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