Programme and themes
Chartering the path to a sustainable maritime future is one of Europort’s primary ambitions. Europort senses the urge to act and feels the responsibility to make things happen. Let’s initiate a deeper understanding of the transition trails that are of vital interest to our maritime ecosystem; from special ships, port logistics to neighbouring industries. Four major themes will dominate the Europort 2021 agenda.
Shipping organizations face intense pressure to operate more efficiently and profitably. A digital revolution that enforces operational efficiency, cost reduction and environmental or security performances has been sweeping across our industry. Europort wants to showcase and explore new digital opportunities and stimulate smart interaction between technology providers and ship owners.
Our industry is a community floating on energy. With ambitious emission goals for an industry that moves almost 90% of global trade, a significant undertaking is ahead of us. Change on this scale requires more than one solution and more than one investor. The city of Rotterdam, its port and region have defined a clear goal for 2050: a sustainable port and industrial maritime complex. Europort challenges the industry to make sustainable waves together.
Our industry is operating in a world of increased complexity and new business areas. Success and competitiveness rely on new insights and a highly skilled workforce that is able to adopt disruptive ideas. Europort makes an active call on young professionals, forward-thinkers, start-ups and next gen-talents to join the conversation, develop revolutionary technologies and help reshaping the future of shipping and shipbuilding.
The global shipping industry is a capital-intensive business. Traditional investors downsize commitment and access to credit lines has become one of the foremost industry challenges. How to handle large scale daily cash flows? How to fund new investments? How to balance supply, demand and asset prices and meet with sustainable goals at the same time? Europort sets the dialogue between capital providers and users; either with a tailored advise or in plenary presentations by financial experts. We provide a new approach where shipowners, yards and suppliers can explore best practices on how to fuel and fund the industry transition trails.
Europort offers an exceptionally in-depth programme in close cooperation with national and international industry partners, innovators and pioneers. Highlights include the Europort Opening Summit, the Mare Forum Ship Finance Conference, Innovation Stage pitches, Masterclasses from C-level captains of industry, Matchmaking, Awards, networking events and a wide range of industry meetings.
There is much to learn and many people to meet during the Europort week. More detailed information about the 2021 programme will be announced in due time. If you are interested to make an active contribution to the programme then please contact the Europort Project Team.