This year’s edition of the Baltic Ports Conference will tackle multiple issues currently relevant to the maritime sector in Europe and the Baltic region
On 6-7 September, 2018, policymakers, industry experts and various other stakeholders will meet in Szczecin, Poland, to take part in the Annual Baltic Ports Conference. The event is a key item on Baltic Ports Organization’s agenda and has long served as a platform for exchanging knowledge and experience between the members of the European and Baltic maritime community.
The event will kick off with a session dedicated to economy and trade in Central Europe and the Baltic region. An overview of the current state of the market, along with an analysis of its impact on the European maritime transport sector, will be delivered by Peter Heyman Andersen of Ramboll. His speech will be followed by a closer look at Brexit and its aftermath and all that it entails for the European port sector.
The economy will remain one of the topics after the coffee break, especially as seen from the point of view of port investments and how they correlate with the state of economy in the region. Considering this year’s location chosen for the conference, the impact of a country’s economic and industrial development on the port sector will be further examined with Poland as an example. The session will be rounded up by an experts’ panel, including representatives from BCT Gdynia, DCT Gdansk, as well as the Ports of Szczecin-Swinoujscie, Tallinn and the Port Authority of Centre-North Tyrrhenian Sea.
The day’s last session will cover one of the key topics for the transport sector in Europe – the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) II proposal for the period of 2021 – 2027. After an exciting networking dinner, filled with live music and other attractions, the delegates will once again assemble in the conference hall at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Szczecin, for the second day of speeches and discussions. Energy will remain at the center of attention during the day’s second session, in particular, its supply as an incentive for new investments in the ports. The conference will conclude with a study tour to the LNG terminal in Swinoujscie, offering a unique view into its inner workings.
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