Maritime Economics and Business

1 February to 12 February 2021

The course on Maritime Economics and Business focuses on issues that shape the maritime transport market.

  • How is this market organised in practice?
  • What role do the authorities play and how do they impact on the behaviour of shipping companies?
  • How are price and cargo affected?
  • What kind of business strategies do shipowners pursue?
  • How are market forecasts made?
  • Which kind of vessel is best suited for deployment on specific routes and/or loops, or for specific cargo types?

These and other crucial issues are analysed by means of economic tools.

Guest speakers 2020:


  • Capt. Marc Nuytemans (Strategy Advisor at Excelerate TM))
  • Michael Saverys (Chartering Director, Bocimar)
  • Maxime Van Eecke (Chartering Director, CMB NV - Delphis)
  • Prof. dr. Eddy Van de Voorde (University of Antwerp)
  • Dr. Jeroen Pruyn (TuDelft)
  • Dr. Patrick Verhoeven (Managing Director Policy and Strategy at the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH))
  • Patrick De Brabandere (CFO, Exmar)
  • Hugo De Stoop (CEO, Euronav)
  • Capt. Niels Vanlaer (Business Continuity Manager Operations, Port of Antwerp)
  • Bart Mertens (Vice President, Gard AS)
  • Marcella Croes-Schalken (OOS International Team)
  • Yvan Vlaminckx (Managing Director at Fast Lines Belgium/ Breakbulk and logistics transport group)
  • Mr. Van de Vijver (Partner, Ambos NBGO Advocaten)
  • Arjen Pattenier (Manager Logistic Services at Sif Group)
  • Niels Van Berlaer (Business Unit Director, Deme Offshore)
Course coordinator

Course coordinator

Prof. dr. Christa Sys jointly graduated as a doctor in Applied Economics at the Ghent University and the University of Antwerp (December 2010). Her doctoral research dealt with the competitive conditions, the concentration and the market structure of the container liner shipping industry (link). This research was awarded by the Section of Technical Sciences of the Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences with the General Manager Fernand Suykens Prize for Port Studies.

Until October 2013, Christa Sys was scientific director of the Research Centre on Freight and passengers flows. She currently is holder of the BNP Paribas Fortis chair on transport, logistics and ports at the Department of Transport and Regional Economics and promoter of the Chair Dennie Lockefeer. Next, she is course co-ordinator for the courses ‘Business Environment’, ‘Maritime Economics and Businesses’ and ‘Maritime Supply Chain’ at the Centre for Maritime and Air Transport (C-MAT). She also teaches at the Faculty of Business and Economics. Her educational activities focus on (operational aspects of) maritime transport and inland transportation. Her research centres on maritime economics and co-operation and competition in shipping.