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ShortSeaShipping connects Europe’s economies and people

The volume of cargo transported in the European Union’s 28 member states (EU 28) adds up to around 3.5 billion ton-kilometers per year. Shortsea and inland waterway shipping carry almost 40 percent of it. Therefore, shortsea shipping plays a particularly strong role in cargo transport among the 28 nations in the EU. Large amounts of freight are not the only thing that shortsea shipping handles; millions of passengers also make use of the numerous European ferry connections. Shortsea shipping connects people and economies, making it a very important factor in the ongoing development of Europe. In the future, cargo volumes will continue to increase, and bottlenecks in the infrastructure, especially traffic congestion on the roads, will become worse, as well.
The conference will focus on three thematic areas that are highly relevant for shipping now and in the future. One of them is “European Market Developments.” In 2019, the upcoming Brexit will most likely have a strong influence on the European shipping market. A central topic in this section will be European and national support programs and initiatives that aim to promote the shift of cargo transport to the waterways. We will be looking at which programs have proved to be worthwhile and what measures could be useful as a supplement or accompaniment to existing subsidy programs. Another aspect here is that shortsea shipping faces stronger regulatory constraints than other modes of transport. A second focus will be on “Innovation.” It will provide information and discussion about issues of sustainability, digitalization, and automatization in shortsea shipping. An emphasis will be on the pioneering role that shortsea shipping plays, particularly in light of strict emission control in the North Sea and Baltic Sea areas. For instance, LNG was first employed as an alternative fuel in shortsea shipping. All areas of industry must reduce emissions. The shipping industry is affected by this, too. The conference will show how shortsea shipping can make a positive contribution to cargo transport’s environmental balance. The third focus, “logistics” will investigate what shippers want from the logistics chain and what challenges and opportunities a shift in transport modes may bring. In addition, initiatives for increased sustainability will be presented.

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The first day: Wednesday, June 20, 2018

(Status June 10th, 2018)


1:00 PM        Opening
2:00 PM  

Welcoming and introduction by the moderator, Conny Czymoch

Current plans and goals of European transport policy in regard to coastal and inland waterway shipping
Antoine Kedzierski, Policy Officer Shortsea Shipping of DG Move, Brussels

2:30 PM  

Session: European Market Development

Southern European Area

The role of RAM / spc Italy in the Mediterranean framework: Marebonus and MedAtlantic Ecobonus initiatives
Francesco Benevolo, Managing Director of RAM Logistica, Infrastrutture e Trasporti Spa – spc Italy  

The Southern European market from the point of view of a shipping company
Michael Berger, Managing Director, MacAndrews Germany

Questions & Answers


Possible impact of the Brexit on Europe and the maritime business
David Leighton – Group Head of Corporate Affairs, Associated British Ports

Stay connected after Brexit
Paul Brewster, Advisor – European Policy spc Ireland (Irish Maritime Development Office)

IHK Nord calls for agreement in shipping between EU and UK
Dr. Ullrich Hautau‚ Policy Advisor, Association of North German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (IHK Nord) / Chamber of Commerce Bremen

Questions & Answers
4:35 – 5:05 PM   Coffee Break

Baltic Sea Region

Status-quo of Interreg-Project EMMA
Stefan Breitenbach, Head of Project Department Port of Hamburg Marketing / Lead Partner EMMA Project

Growing interest in shortsea shipping in Sweden
Joachim Glassell, Director Maritime Forum Sweden - spc Sweden

Questions & Answers

Shortsea Shipping Overseas
Martin Fournier, Executive Director, St. Lawrence Shipoperators / Québec Shortsea Shipping Council

From 6:30 PM  

Evening Reception

Welcoming by the moderator, Conny Czymoch

Welcoming speeches
Knut Sander, Chairman of the board of spc and representing ESN
Norbert Brackmann, German Federal Government Coordinator for the Maritime Industry
Reinhard Klingen, Department Head of Waterways and Shipping in the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure
Lars Schöning, Managing Director, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Luebeck

Introduction sponsors
Baltic Shipping Company
Seaports of Niedersachsen
    Afterwards, there will be time for buffet and networking


The second Day: Thursday, June 21, 2018


8:00 AM        Opening
9:00 AM  

Welcoming by the moderator, Conny Czymoch

Welcoming speech
by Dr. Bernd Buchholz, Minister of Economic Affairs, Transport, Employment, Technology and Tourism  of the State of Schleswig-Holstein

Session: Focus on Innovation – Shortsea Shipping’s Pioneer Role

Introduction by the moderator, Conny Czymoch

For example, the ferry Peter Pan
Hanns Heinrich Conzen, Managing Director, TT-Line

For example, the LNG container vessel Wes Amelie
Gerd Wessels, Managing Partner, Wessels Reederei

First Mover on hybrid Technology
Michael Guldmann Petersen, Senior Vice President Route Management & Operations Scandlines

Questions & Answers

10:30 -11:00 AM   Coffee Break

Sustainable transport – how YARA Birkeland can change short distance shipping
Roger Trinterud, Senior Sales Manager – Autonomy Kongsberg Maritime

Future fuels and powering concepts - Steps towards zero-emission shipping
Jost Bergmann, Business Director MPV, Ship Segments DNV GL – Business Area Maritime

Chances and challenges of innovations and environmental issues from the point of view of Spanish ship operators
Manuel Carlier, President of spc Spain and Director General, Spanish Shipowners Association

Shipping 4.0 – A look at a fundamental leap in innovation for shortsea operators using practical examples
Torsten Westphal, Managing Shareholder ARKON Shipping

Decarbonizing the shipping industry by introducing sustainable biofuels into the marine-mix
Tim Busse, Marine Operations & Business Development Germany Good Fuel Netherlands

1:00 – 2:15 PM  

Lunch Break

Innovations in inland waterway transportation
Martin Deymann, Managing Shareholder Reederei Deymann

Q & A
3:00 PM  

Session: Logistics

Shippers request and actions for sustainability in the logistic chain
Andreas Tonke, Director Transport Management, BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
Knut Sander, Managing Director, Robert Kukla GmbH, international forwarding company, Munich
Holger Seifart, Chairman, German Shipping Council (DSVK) in the Federation of German Industries (BDI)

Summary / Conclusion / Networking
5:00 PM  





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