Dissemination Event

Based on the success of 2012 event, University of Antwerp decided to reiterate a new session aiming at explaining How innovation enables to answer the main challenges of the Ports Industry (notably between players of the Supply chain).

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Following the success of the 2012 event, the University of Antwerp and BNP Paribas Fortis held a second networking event on Thursday 23 April about how key challenges in the port industry can be tackled innovatively.

The idea that the port and maritime sector is less innovative than other sectors can no longer be defended. The fact is that the sector is innovative, but the innovations it produces are not always successful. Some examples illustrate: inland ship with double deck for transport of cars (in the meantime: other destination), indented Berth, allowing (un)loading operations on both sides of the ship, at the Ceres Paragon Terminal in Amsterdam, first prototypes of the foldable container, the innovative airline-style online box-booking ‘youship.com’ of Maersk Line, floating distribution center, harmonization of intermodal containers, internalisation of external costs, etc.

But which conditions need to be met in order for such innovations to be realised successfully? This was the subject of research conducted by the University of Antwerp, in cooperation with a number of university partners around the world, as part of the BNP Paribas Fortis Chair for Transport, Logistics and Ports.

Private operators from ten countries (including IHC Shipyards, DP World Belgium, MSC Belgium, Transport Joosen, Metallo Chimique, Zuidnatie, Wijngaardnatie, ACB group and BCTN) were invited to contribute to the study by sharing and discussing innovative initiatives. This way, the study was able to cover the entire maritime supply chain. In the period 2013-2014, a consortium of seven universities coordinated by the University of Antwerp collected data on 75 port-related innovation cases.

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