Creating resilient maritime ecosystem

Within the BNP Paribas Fortis Chair Transport, Logistics and Ports, current research is focusing on the evolution of supply chain thinking towards a collaborative ecosystem, more specifically the new normal of co.innovation. An important characteristic of a natural ecosystem is resilience. The development of a resilient collaborative maritime ecosystem will allow the sector to face the current disruption and beyond. 

1st BNP Paribas Fortis Port Co.Innovation Happy Hour

Geopolitical risks and trade tensions are currently the main risk in the sector. This development exerts additional pressure on maritime supply chains, forcing (some) existing supply chains to transform. The central topic of this 100% online edition is ‘Trade finance and restructuring of maritime supply chains’.  After the keynote ‘Did COVID-19 push digital handling of documentary products to the next level ?’ of Frank Haak, Head Sales Global Trade Solutions, BNP Paribas Fortis, new scientific insights are shared about ‘Nearshoring’ by Prof. Vanelslander   During this first BNP Paribas Fortis Port Co.Innovation Happy Hour the participants will have the possibility to gain insights from experts and enter into dialogue with peers in order to prioritize a feasible action, recovery and strategic plan with a view to creating a resilient maritime ecosystem. Given the national guidelines for universities, the first BNP Paribas Fortis Port Co.Innovation Happy Hour will also take place 100% online on Thursday 26 November 2020 at 17h00.


2nd BNP Paribas Fortis Port Co.Innovation Happy Hour

 According to the World Economic Forum, the top 5 of most feared economic risks from the pandemic are prolonged global recession, bankruptcy, industry consolidation, failure of industries to recover, a high level of structural unemployment and tight restrictions on cross-border movement. Hence, the central topic is ‘Disruption in supply chains’.

The central topic of the second BNP Paribas Fortis Port Co.Innovation Happy Hour  (also 100% online) focuses on the economic aspects of risk and resilience, is held on January 26th at 17.00. Mr. Tom Hautekiet CEO Port of Zeebruges will start sharing his opinion on the topic 'Supply Chains in the post-COVID19 era'. Next, Prof. Van Woensel, Eindhoven University of Technology and Antwerp Management School will address the following topic “Supply chains in the post-COVID19 era: towards more resilience?”

3rd BNP Paribas Fortis Port Co.Innovation Happy Hour

Within the BNP Paribas Fortis Chair Transport, Logistics and Ports, current research is focusing on the evolution of supply chain thinking towards a collaborative ecosystem, more specifically the new normal of co.innovation. An important characteristic of a natural ecosystem is resilience. The development of a resilient collaborative maritime ecosystem will allow the sector to face the current disruption and beyond. Therefore, ‘Risk and resilience’ is the central theme of a series of Port Co.Innovation Happy Hours that BNP Paribas Fortis Chair Transport, Logistics and Ports is organizing.

The third edition, on 11 March 2021 at 5pm, will focus on the environmental aspect of risk and resilience. History shows that pandemics can lead to a renaissance in art and thinking. Will the current disruption accelerate a new era of co.innovation in service of social and environmental goals? Interested: mail Elisabet Naert (elisabet.naert@bnpparibasfortis.com)