The Port Executive Course



The PortExecutive Seminar is a two-day executive training program exploring challenges faced by port managers and regulators.
It provides an in-depth analysis of the port competitive environment, port governance, private-public partnership and port supply
chains provided by leading academic experts and practitioners.
Join a unique series of interactive sessions involving a unique mixture of decision-makers, the highly experienced PortEconomics
team and industry representatives (shipping lines and port authorities), that will update you on state-of-the art developments
in the port world and inform your future professional activities.
Who should attend?
Managers and staff of private and public bodies involved in port management, operation, planning and development. Private
consultants interested in developing a portfolio of port projects.

The seminar will be hosted at the EUROMED MANAGEMENT premises in Marseille France.
Euromed Management, Immeuble Grand Large 7 Boulevard de Dunkerque 13002, Marseille, France.
Contact for Further information:
Marie-Carmen Pascual
E. [email protected]
T: +33(0) 491 827912 / Fax: +33 (0) 491 827918
About PortEconomics:
PortEconomics is a web-based initiative aiming to advance knowledge exchange on port economics, management and policies.
Established by maritime economists affiliated to academic institutions, it provides accessible research, education, information,
and network-building material on critical issues of ports. The main objectives of PortEconomics are: (a) to develop
and promote resources for increased quality port studies; (b) to disseminate the activities and cutting-edge port research and
analysis conducted by the group members and associates; and (c) to foster a knowledge exchange network of scholars, policymakers,
practitioners and students interested in port studies.
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. 09:00 . 09:30 Coffee and registration.
. 09:30 . 10:00 A round of introductions – sharing of experiences @ port.
. 10:00 . 11:30 Shipping in crisis: a chance for many ports (Pierre Cariou).
. 12:00 . 14:00 A look inside the box-handling world: terminal operator strategies and
terminal concessions (Theo Notteboom).
. 15:00 . 17:00 When picking up the phone is no longer sufficient; New roles for port
authorities (Peter de Langen).
. 20:00 The PortEconomics Dinner party.
. 09:00 . 11:00 Measuring port performance: how to move from collecting statistics to
identifying and measuring crucial performance indicators .and act on
them (Peter de Langen / Thomas Vitsounis).
. 11:30 . 13:00 Port Policy in turmoil: Cease the opportunities (Thanos Pallis).
. 14:00 . 15:30 Joined by the industry . Roundtable I: on strategic challenges for shipping
lines, terminal operators and other market players.
. 15:-30 . 17:00 Joined by the industry . Roundtable II: On strategic challenges for portauthorities.
Interactive Sessions responding to the real needs
of port executives.
The PortExecutive Course A two day executive training program by PortEconomics
The Programme
Day 1: Thursday 28 June 2012
Day 2: Friday 29 June 2012
Hosted by: With the support of: 28-29 June
The PortExecutive Course A two day executive training program by PortEconomics
Prof. Theo Notteboom
Theo has nearly 20 years of experience in port-related research and education. He is president of ITMMA (an institute of the
University of Antwerp), professor at the University of Antwerp, a part-time professor at the Antwerp Maritime Academy, a
visiting professor at Dalian Maritime University in China and World Maritime University in Sweden and formerly holder of the
MPA visiting professorship in port management at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He is also President
of International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME), co-director of the initiative and Chairman of
the Board of Directors of Belgian Institute of Transport Organizers (BITO), an institute of the Belgian Federal Government. He
received six awards for his academic work. Theo Notteboom is a regular invited expert to the OECD, the European Sea Ports
Organization (ESPO) and other leading organizations in the field. He also is Associate Editor of the flagship journal Maritime
Policy & Management and a member of the editorial boards of four other leading academic journals in the field.
e-mail: [email protected]
Ass. Prof. Pierre Cariou
Pierre Cariou is Associate Professor at the Marseilles Business School (Euromed Management). He is visiting professor
at Shanghai Maritime University and the World Maritime University in Malmo, Sweden. Prior to this, he held the French
Chair in Maritime Affairs at the World Maritime University in Malmo, Sweden, where he was in charge of Shipping and Port
Management specializations. From 2001 to 2004, he was Associate Professor in Economics at the Faculty of Economics
of Nantes (France). He completed his PhD in 2000 on liner shipping strategies and has since then contributed to several
reports for private companies, the French Parliament (Commissariat General du Plan) and for the Port Authority of Nantes.
His main research interests are shipping or port economics and maritime safety.
e-mail: [email protected]
Prof. Peter De Langen
Prof. Dr. Peter W. de Langen works at Port of Rotterdam Authority, department Corporate Strategy, as senior advisor and is
involved in various strategic renewal projects. He also holds a part-time position as professor Cargo Transport & Logistics,
at Eindhoven University of Technology. He publishes articles on port selection, port policy, and international transport &
logistics chains in academic journals. Peter co-directs a dissemination platform for port research at www.porteconomics.
eu and chairs the Dutch inland shipping innovation council.
e-mail: [email protected]
Dr. Thomas Vitsounis
Thomas is Research Fellow (Jean Monnet in European Port Policy) at the Department of Shipping, Trade and Transport
(STT), University of the Aegean, Greece. Following the completion of a PhD research on balanced port performance
analysis, Thomas has published on port users and service providers interactions and relationships, and conducted research
on the measurement of perceived port value. An expert in port performance measurement and users¡¯ satisfaction, his
scientific interests also include liner shipping competition and international maritime policy. Since 2010, Thomas plays a
key role in the flagship European Commission funded project ¡°Port Performance Indicators: Selection and Measurement .
PPRISM¡±, undertaken by ESPO and researchers from several European Universities. Finally, Thomas acts as advisor to the
Secretary General for Ports and Port Policy (Greece) since summer 2011.
e-mail: [email protected]
Patrick Verhoeven
Patrick Verhoeven started his career in the maritime sector in 1991, working in various departments of the Antwerp-based
ship agent Grisar & Velge. In 1993 he moved to Brussels where he was the first Secretary of the Federation of European
Private Port Operators, a position which he held for seven years. During this period he also represented the interests of
ECASBA – the European association of ship brokers and agents.In 2000, Patrick Verhoeven was appointed Secretary General
of the European Sea Ports Organisation. ESPO represents the port authorities, port associations and port administrations
of the seaports of the European Union. In parallel to his activities for ESPO, Patrick Verhoeven is currently preparing a
doctoral thesis at the University of Antwerp on port management reform in Europe.
e-mail: [email protected]
Dr. Thanos Pallis
The Scientific coordinator of the Jean Monnet Action on European Port Policy and Ass. Prof. at the Department of Shipping
Trade and Transport (STT), of the University of the Aegean, Greece since 2003, Thanos is the author of the acclaimed book
¡°European Port Policy¡±. He has an extensive international experience in port policy and economics that includes research
and visiting professorships in Canada (Dalhousie University), USA (Fulbright Research Fellow, Columbia University, New
York, US), and Belgium (ITMMA – University of Antwerp). In 2011 he was appointed Secretary General for port policy in
Greece and since then is involved in shaping the future of the EU port policy. In 2012 he finalised a major UNCTAD study
on utilising FDI in developing ports. Thanos is a regular contributor to OECD, and ESPO discussions shaping the port sector.
e-mail: [email protected]
The Instructors
Hosted by: With the support of: 28-29 June 2012