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Smart Port Technologies

August 30 - October 8


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.

» Download the course overview here!


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.


30/08/2021 – 08/10/2021

The agenda of the course will be communicated before the start. Over the 5 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.



Standard tariff € 1.400
APEC Alumni € 1.260

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

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



Please click here to apply for this course. You will receive a confirmation on scholarships and/or 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: 23/08/2021

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


August 30
October 8
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Carolien De Vries
+32 3 205 2370