Smart Port Technologies

25th April - 20th May 2022

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 course?

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.


  • Digital Transformation
  • Community Building
  • Sustainable Innovations
  • Digital Innovattions
  • KPI’s, benchmarking, Terminal Operating Systems
  • Safety & Security

For whom

  • 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.

Practical details

Format: online
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.

Date: 25/04/2022 – 20/05/2022

Registration fee:
The registration fee 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

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

Deadline to apply for the course: 24/01/2022