International Port Strategy

From 15/04/2024 to 17/05/2024

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From 15/04/2024 to 10/05/2024
From 13/05/2024 to 17/05/2024
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The course “International Port Strategy” is a joint endeavor brought to you by a dynamic collaboration between APEC (Antwerp/Flanders Port Training Center), Antwerp Management School-AMS powered by C-MAT (Center for Maritime and Air Transport) and IAPH (International Association of Ports and Harbors).


Ports play a vital role in the global supply chain as the connection between land and sea. In an increasingly dynamic world, ports must adapt to global, regional, and local challenges. The past year has emphasized the essential role of ports in the global economy and the importance of having a resilient and comprehensive strategy in the face of pandemics, trade conflicts, and changing geopolitical conditions. 

For whom

This course is designed for C-level executives, strategists, and other professionals from ports, terminal operators, shipping lines, logistics service providers and consulting firms. This course intends to provide a thorough comprehension of the global port industry as a key component of the global value chain. 


The International Port Strategy programme will explore the impact of major global macroeconomic and geopolitical trends on port platforms, including shifts in global supply chains, digitization, climate change and the transition to renewable energy. Participants will gain insight into how these trends are shaping the port industry and the strategies needed to navigate them successfully. 

It will examine the unique regional challenges faced by the port industry in different parts of the world, including China, India, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Europe. Participants will have the opportunity to visit key players in Antwerp and gain insights from various stakeholders in the supply chain. The course will be led by international experts in the port and maritime industry and local experts from Antwerp, providing participants with a comprehensive and diverse perspective through in-depth discussions on various topics. 

The course contains 6 modules:

Global macro-economic and geopolitical shifts
  • Find out more about the major trends affecting the maritime and port industry, including demographic shifts, changes in commodity trading, the effects of globalization and deglobalization, the liberalization of trade and cross-border trade, etc.
Reflections on climate change, energy transition & sustainability
  • Learn more about energy transition, as the world is currently moving away from an economy that relies heavily on oil and gas towards a carbon-neutral and circular economy. Climate change is causing notable effects on ports and it’s crucial to address these challenges in order to ensure a sustainable future.
Changes in the global supply chain
  • Global supply chains are facing disruptive trends such as nearshoring, regionalization, and changes in total cost models. E-commerce and digitalization are affecting the holistic approach to hinterland and corridor development. 
Regional evolutions in port development
  • Dive into various regional perspectives on port reform and development..
Port management & strategies
  • Measure the concrete impact on ports and defining strategies to respond accordingly.
Perspective of the various actors in the supply chain
  • Determine the role, collaboration models, strategies and actions of the major actors in the internation­al realization of ports: shipping lines, ports, global terminal operations, land transport operators.