Port Economics and Business

Port economics and business C-MAT specialisation courseThe course was live broadcasted last March 2020!
Prof. Vanelslander and prof. Verhoeven, together with many guest lecturers offer the students the complete programme via e-platform. 
This way interaction is still possible between professors and students!

11 January to 22 January 2021

The two-week blocked course on Port Economics and Business 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.

You have the option to register for one week course:

  • First week: Policy, governance and strategy
  • Second week: Operations, innovation and performance



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Course coordinators

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 is Managing Director of the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH), responsible for policy and strategy. The organisation represents about 170 ports and some 140 port-related businesses in 90 countries worldwide. Prior to joining IAPH in 2017, Patrick spent twenty-four years in Brussels representing the interests of shipowners, port authorities, terminal operators and ship agents at EU level. He started his career in 1991 with the Antwerp-based ship agent Grisar & Velge. Patrick holds a PhD in applied economics and a bachelor in law from the University of Antwerp. He is assistant professor at the university’s Centre for Maritime and Air Transport Management (C-MAT).