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International Port Strategy

February 22 - April 14


International Port Strategy

This course is a collaboration between APEC, your trusted knowledge partner in the port and maritime industry, Antwerp Management School – C-MAT, Antwerp’s international reference for port and maritime academics linked with the University of Antwerp, and IAPH, the International Association of Ports and Harbors. Through this partnership, we will present a mix of experienced port professionals, academics and global policy makers on the international aspects of port strategy and management.   


Ports are nodal points in the global supply chain, gateways between land and sea. In an ever-changing world, ports must respond to worldwide, regional and local challenges. The past year has taught us more than ever the vital role of ports within the global economy. The crucial function of ports for a country’’s welfare, asks for resilience, and the need for an international strategy to whitstand in times of crisis, trade wars and geopolitical shifts.

Identifying its development environment, creating a unique position that differentiates from the competitors, specifying an international port strategy, and effective executing are essential to your port’s global development. 


In this course, we will reflect on the major global macro-economic and geopolitical trends and analyse their impact on port platforms, from changing global supply chains, to digitisation, climate change and the energy transition. Furthermore, we will zoom in on regional differences and realities in the port sector in China, India, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Europe. Finally, we will evaluate different international strategies within the port industry, and help you to design your own strategy on the international scene.

Key benefits of the programme are:

  • Get up to speed with external and internal influences on ports and supply chains;
  • Understand the major distruptive trends and their impacts on the port platform;
  • Familiarize with the main aspects of developing an international strategy;
  • Get insights on building the international network;
  • Grasp the role of international cooperation in port development;
  • Improve your strategic thinking and make actionable recommendations in the international development of your organisation

» Download the course overview here!


This course is directed towards C-level and strategists of ports, terminal operators, shipping lines, logistics service operators and consultancy firms, who are aiming to broaden their view on the global port industry, as an important node in the global value chain. 


22/02/2021 – 14/04/2021

The agenda of the course will be communicated before the start. Over the 8 weeks, there will be 70 study hours in a combination of readings, recorded content and live sessions. The live sessions will be planned to best suit the availability of the participants as they are an essential part of the learning experience. The sessions offer a unique opportunity to interact with our experts and your co-participants. They serve as a moment of review and discussion of your progress and assignments.



The price includes all course material, personal coaching from our experts during the entire duration of the course and a certificate of completion.

Standard tariff € 1.400
APEC Alumni € 1.260
IAPH Members € 1.120

An additional discount is applicable for multiple participants from the same organisation. Please contact the APEC project executive for more information.

IMPORTANT NOTE: It is not possible to combine multiple discounts & no scholarships are available.



Please click here to apply for this course. You will receive a confirmation with payment information afterwards. There is a maximum of 35 participants per course to ensure the possibility of personal guidance and interaction for each participant.

Deadline to apply for the course: 17/02/2021


February 22
April 14




Tingting Yao