Port Economics and Business

The two-week blocked course on Port Economics and Business (download pdf 2 MB) wants to provide participants with thorough insights and knowledge in the role, the functioning and operations, and the policy-making in relation to seaports. This knowledge is shared by top-level academic staff of C-MAT and its scientific partner network, as well as by high-end practitioners, port authorities and policy-makers, which will actively involve course participants in interactive lecture sessions, field visits and panel debate sessions.

The course deals in detail during the first week with among others the typology and role of port actors, technical-nautical-labour aspects of ports, passenger and freight services, port traffic forecasting, port governance and internationalization, port productivity measurement, port pricing strategies. During the second course week, economic, regulatory, safety, environmental and social policy strategies are dealt with. Specific issues like infrastructure and terminal finance, congestion solving, hinterland strategies and port innovation are tackled.

The course content is based on first-hand research results obtained by members of TPR and its network, as well as the long-lived experience of decision-makers at port terminal operating companies, port authorities, integrated chain operators, port associations, and banks. During the two course weeks, sufficient room will be left for interaction between participants as well as with the various lecturers featuring in the program. The course, through its high-level scientific content, values 6 ECTS credits for Advanced Master programs as well as PhDs upon successful completion of the related assignments.

The course will take place from 20th to 31st March 2017 at the University of Antwerp (see practical information) and will be sponsored by PSA.

Course coordinators

Thierry Vanelslander (°1975) graduated as a doctor in Applied Economics at the University of Antwerp in 2005. He currently is tenure track assistant professor at the Department of Transport and Regional Economics. Until 2013, he was holder of the BNP Paribas Fortis chair on transport, logistics and ports. Until halfway 2009, he was director of the Research Centre on Freight and Passenger Transport, hosted by the Department of Transport and Regional Economics, to which he still is a promoter now.

He is currently course co-ordinator for the courses 'Management of Innovation and Technology' and 'Port Economics and Business' at C-MAT, and 'Transport Economics' at the Faculty of Applied Economics. His research focuses on business economics in the port and maritime sector, and in land and air transport and logistics. His PhD dealt with co-operation and competition in sea-port container handling.

Patrick Verhoeven (°1969) is Secretary General of the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA). Based in Brussels, the organisation represents the national shipowner associations of the EU and Norway.

Prior to joining ECSA in August 2013, Patrick served thirteen years as Secretary General of the European Sea Ports Organisation and seven years representing the interests of terminal operators, ship agents and silo companies at EU level. He started his career working for the Antwerp-based ship agent Grisar & Velge. 

Patrick is guest lecturer at C-MAT, where he coordinates the Port Economics and Business course. He obtained his PhD in Applied Economics in 2015 with a doctoral thesis on 'Economic Assessment of Management Reform in European Seaports’. His present research activities mainly focus on port management and port policy.