29th IAPH World Ports Conference
smartPORT, 29th IAPH World Ports Conference
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Four Conference Days characterised by Intelligent Port Management

How does the development of ship sizes affect global trade and the logistic processes in ports? What alternative actions do the energy transition and the quest for sustainable growth call for? What makes a port a smartPORT? Why are co-operation, transparency and IT more important now than ever before? What are the sectors where growth has reached its limits? These and more questions will be the subject of the 29th IAPH World Ports Conference in Hamburg. From June 1-5, 2015 experts from the business, political and scientific worlds will gather at the internationally most significant conference of the port community to discuss the development of the global economy and the growing importance of intelligent port management. In addition to the sessions the conference host, the Hamburg Port Authority, will offer excursions on which delegates can see for themselves what technologies make the Port of Hamburg a smartPORT.

The IAPH World Ports Conference held at the Congress Center Hamburg (CCH) will kick off with a focus on macroeconomics on Tuesday, 2 June 2015. The first session “Transformation and Challenges in the Global Economy” will explore, from various angles, the impact current global economic developments have on ports, the maritime industry and logistic processes. One result of growing trade flows and the quest for efficiency is the launch of ever larger ships – a trend which will be the subject of a controversial discussion in the session “Bigger Vessels – Bigger Challenges”.  

Day 2 will revolve around the smartPORT. In the morning experts from all over the world will debate issues such as efficiency improvement and sustainable growth through intelligent port management in the session entitled “smartPORT logistics – Challenges and Solutions”. The afternoon session entitled “smartPORT energy – Challenges and Solutions” will focus on economic management that makes careful use of resources: What technologies and alternative actions will reduce the consumption of energy, emissions and costs? What ports have already developed and implemented sustainable processes and where is there a need for action?

Before delegates gather for a tour of the Port of Hamburg on Thursday, June 4th - Day 4 of the conference - various sessions will be on the agenda to discuss the developments and trends in cruise shipping and port legislation as well as ways to achieve cleaner air in ports. The last conference day will link theory with practice: on various tours through the Port of Hamburg participants can discover how, in Hamburg, intelligent port management works in practice.

For an initial overview of the conference agenda click here.