Major chemical, steel & non-ferro companies gather in Antwerp for ‘Young Potentials’ seminar

Publication date: 
30 Aug 2013

Antwerp Port Authority has run its second seminar for ‘Young Potentials’ in logistics at the end of the summer. The two-day event was organised on 28 and 29 august 2013 for logistics professionals from the steel, non-ferrous metals and chemical sectors.

Steel and chemical sectors are both important contributors in the Port of Antwerp’s value added contribution to the Belgian economy, which stands currently above 5 % of total Belgian GDP. These sectors were combined in this seminar in order to provide the participants with a broader perspective and insight into the many activities in the port area.

The event attracted more than 60 participants from 30 major (petro)chemicals, steel and non-ferro companies located in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and France. All had in common an appetite for information and a desire to get to know better the port’s many aspects.

The first day started with presentations on the Port of Antwerp’s strategic advantages, new innovations and investments and sector-specific facilities. These were followed by site visits to Katoen Natie Seaport Terminals, Ineos Oxide and two other steel- and chemicals-related storage terminals, ADPO and Nova & Hessenatie Stevedoring.

Day two started with the address of Marc Van Peel, President of Antwerp Port Authority. Participants then received a presentation on the port’s nautical accessibility and vessel management system and, later that day, visited the Combinant intermodal rail terminal and PSA Noordzee container terminal.

Other event highlight was the visit to the Berendrecht lock – which is currently the world’s largest lock and on the right bank of the Port of Antwerp . At the Deurganckdock, a second lock for access to the left bank of the Antwerp Port is currently under construction and this even larger lock is due to open in 2016.

During the seminar the weather was great and the Port tour by boat scheduled on the evening of the first day saw some excellent networking and fraternising taking place between the “Young potentials” and guests from the Antwerp Port Community companies.

At the end of the event, which was intended and designed to be interesting, useful and enjoyable, participants were honoured with a Certificate of Expertise.

Inge Hageman, Receivable Specialist of Dow Benelux Bvba, resumed her experience: "to visit the port of Antwerp, our neighbouring sea port and gateway to our customers, was a truly exhilarating experience. We highly appreciated the warm welcome extended to us by the Port Authority and they have made us feel at home in our "own" port."

Buoyed by the success of its first two seminars, Antwerp Port Authority wishes to continue the organisation of this introduction programme on a bi-yearly basis and plans also to expand the focus with additional sectors of industry.

The Port of Antwerp aims to further strengthen its position as the leading European port in the steel, non-ferrous metals and chemical sector with this close encounter event with its shippers. Antwerp is Europe’s busiest port for break bulk traffic and is host to the continent’s largest and most diverse petrochemical cluster.