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Smart Port Technologies

September 20 - October 22


It’s hard to imagine the world without them these days: words such as blockchain, augmented reality, artificial intelligence and machine learning have become woven into the warp and weft of our society. In fact, these technologies of the future may also demonstrate their worth in ports. Digitalization and automation bring competitive advantages to ports.

To meet current and future challenges, Port of Antwerp is striving to become smarter, better connected, and better integrated to the wider supply chain system.

This seminar on Smart Port Technologies addresses new innovative business models and concepts and focusses on the trends of technological innovations that have the potential to redefine cross-border trade and accelerate the seamless movement of products and, potentially, create a truly global collaborative environment. We will be sharing practical experiences and strategic thinking on the digital transformation of ports, as new technology brings both opportunities and challenges.

Why this programme?

With this programme,
– You will understand the potential and drivers for automation in ports and terminals,
– You will realise the challenges and perspectives of e-commerce for ports and port operating companies,
– You will understand the set-up of a global logistics chain, in other words a Smart Port Network, which optimizes multitude transport modes,
– You will become familiar with advanced technological solutions, such as Big Data, IoT, AI, Port Community Systems, blockchain, Terminal Operating Systems, and their applications in the port industry,
– You will be able to initiate and further develop digital innovation processes,
– You will understand the importance of cyber security and know how to make your organisation more cyber secure,
– You will understand the impact of technology on safety and security in ports.

During this programme, we will go into the Flanders port area (Port of Antwerp, North Sea Port, Port of Zeebrugge) to get first-hand insights and discuss with the local experts in the field about technological innovation and digital applications in the port sector.


This programme is open to:
– Port professionals, directly or indirectly, engaged in the areas of IT, innovation, digital transformation and smart port development in their port authority or port operating company,
– Anyone would like to know more about advanced technological solutions, such as Big Data, IoT, AI, Port Community Systems, blockchain, Terminal Operating Systems, and their applications in the port industry.

Register now

Course fee: €3.500 
The registration fee covers the tuition fee, documentation, local transport during the seminar, breakfast, lunch and dinner (full board), accommodation at Mercure City South Antwerp**** (14d/13n) and insurance.
International transport, airport transfer, visa costs, extra meals and nights at the hotel are at your own expense. Extra nights at the hotel need to be arranged directly with the reservation desk of the hotel: HB664-RE@accor.com.

Please note that the registration fee must be received by APEC in full; meaning all national and international taxes, bank costs etc. need to be covered by the participant.
Kindly take this into account when completing the transfer, as a deficit in the amount received by APEC will mean admission to the seminar will be denied.


Online: 20/09 – 15/10

Week in Antwerp: 18/10 – 22/10

Final date to apply for a scholarship: 18/08/2021

I work for the marine engineering department at Transnet National Port Authority in Durban, South Africa. I applied for the APEC Smart Port Technologies course to better understand the technologies being implemented in ports around the world. Technology is a driving force behind the rapidly changing global business environment, and I had hoped to gain insight into sustainable solutions to improve port operations. Even though the course had to be conducted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it far exceeded my expectations. The course brought to light the need for integrated systems and technologies to reduce inefficiencies within the port network. Globalisation has flattened the world we live in. We are no longer bound by geographic boundaries, which is why we should take every opportunity to learn from each other. The course exposed me to technologies such as hydro-energy and digital twins – technologies that have not yet been implemented within our own Ports. Apart from specific technologies, the course provided ideas on ways in which to enable innovation within my organisation. The notion of innovation really resonates with me as I believe that through innovation, we can create ports that will remain competitive as we reach the cusp of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.


Over seven weeks, the course allowed me the flexibility to meet work deadlines whilst attending the online sessions. The programme was very well organised and hosted by enthusiastic and knowledgeable individuals. I would highly recommend the course to anyone interested in the future of work, technology and improving port operations. I am currently in the process of completing a dissertation to obtain my MBA qualification, and was glad to be inspired by the content of the course that I decided to centre my dissertation topic around the concept of innovation within ports!


We wish Maxine the best of luck with her MBA qualification!

Are you excited to join the course Smart Port Technologies, you can register here.


Maxine Jacob

Engineer, Transnet Group Capital, South Africa


September 20
October 22
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4 weeks online and 1 week in Antwerp
Zaha Hadidplein 1
Antwerp, 2030 Belgium
+32 3205 2322


Daria Lansink