PortEconomics co-director Theo Notteboom moderated the ‘Port Lunch Flanders’ event in Antwerp. Some 140 participants joined the event which was organized by Management Producties. One of the highlights of the day was a panel discussion with Ben Vree, CEO APMT Europe and Maurizio Aponte, executive director Europe at MSC.
The discussion was focused on their expectations for the container market in Europe, the door-to-door philosophy of shipping lines and terminal operators and the desirability and the potential benefits of port cooperation for shipping lines and terminal operators. Another highlight of the day was a panel debate with Eddy Bruyninckx (CEO, Port of Antwerp), Joachim Coens (CEO, Port of Zeebrugge) and Peter Mortier (Adjunct Director-General, Port of Ghent) on the challenges facing the three major Flemish ports. The panel discussion particularly focused on the market volatility and the reactions of ports, the industrial developments in ports and port cooperation.