BNP Paribas Fortis Chair Transport, Logistics and Ports Second Shipping event

The BNP Paribas Fortis chair is pleased to invite you to its event:

“Regulation and its impact on investment decisions in the shipping industry and beyond”

Antwerp, October 22th, 2019


After the successful Shipping event in February 2017 (link), the BNP Paribas Fortis Chair Transport, Logistics and Ports hosts a second shipping event. The topic is “Regulation and its impact on investment decisions in the shipping industry and beyond”.

Over the course of the coming decades, maritime transport could increase particularly as world’s population is anticipated to increase; and subsequently, consumption will continue to grow. To cope with the expected increase in pollution, IMO launches and discusses new environmental rules and regulation (e.g., regulations of Sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions (January 1st, 2020), upcoming regulation on emissions of CO2 and Nox, the Ballast water Convention (adopted in 2004, entry into force 2019), the potential entry into force of Hong Kong Convention (expected in 2020)). To improve the shipping industry’s environmental profile, here, regional (e.g. EU) and local rules are in some cases even stricter. Clearly, competitive advantage will be directly linked with environmental performance of the shipping industry. And how will the actors in the maritime supply chain be affected by it?

The shipping industry are forced to make investments decisions: investing in a new ship, installing approved emission abatement technology (scrubbers, filters,…) on existing ships, opting for alternative fuels (LNG, Hydrogen), making choices of ballast water treatment systems, taking into account ship recycling, … Or is cold ironing (onshore power supply) an alternative solution? Complying with the new regulations therefore involves more spending than shipping has ever had to face. Will the first movers be able to benefit from a competitive advantage?

Aim? To eliminate the ’blind spot’ related to the impact of regulation on the whole maritime chain

What? High level management from the shipping industry (tramping, (container) liner shipping) enter into dialogue with the actors of the maritime chain and discuss case studies that can lead to sustainable co.innovation. As, challenges also bring about opportunities.

Program in development

14h30 – 15h00: Registration


15h00 – 15h15: Welcome, BNP Paribas Fortis

15h15 – 15h30: Welcome, University of Antwerp


15h30 – 16h15: ‘Recent IMO developments with regard to Prevention of Pollution from Ships’ by John Calleya, Technical Officer – Subdivision for Protective Measures Marine Environment Division


16h15 – 16h35: Mr. Alexander Saverys, CMB


17h00 – 17h20: Mr. Robby De Backer, Jan De Nul

17h20 – 17h40: Mr. Rob Harrison, DP World

17h40 – 18h00 Q&A


18h00 – 19h00: Panel discussion, moderated by Prof. dr. Thierry Vanelslander, University of Antwerp, followed by Q&A session and Network drink

Location? Auditorium C204 at University of Antwerp, Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerpen.

Already registered

  • Players maritime supply chain: academic world, associations (ESPO, ESCA, KVNR, IMO, …°), carriers, chamber of commerce, deepsea terminals, government (European parliament, Flemish waterways), financial sector, freight forwarders, inland navigation, IT companies, lawyers, logistic service providers, shippers.
  • Countries: Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Ukraine

If you’re interested, please block this date in your agenda. More information on content will follow later.

The event is accessible to all, free of charge, but requires registration. Interested in this event? click here.

In case you might have any queries, contribution or requirements please do not hesitate to contact me by replying to this email:

Christa Sys
BNP Paribas Fortis chair in transport, Logistics and ports

Guy Haesevoets
BNP Paribas Fortis