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Europort Masterclass ‘Optimizing efficiency of short sea operations’

Date:                      Thursday 7 November
Time:                      10:00 – 13:30 (incl. network lunch)
Category:            Short sea shipping


Dry cargo, tankers, container ships and RO-RO vessels. The European short sea fleet consists of around 4.800 ships essential for the transport of freight within Europe. In order to comply with regulations and to stay competitive in the future, optimization is vital. Innovations that reduce costs and optimize the capacity of vessels. Digitalization opens a world of new opportunities in doing just that.

Why should I attend?

During this Europort Masterclass you will learn from short sea industry experts about their vision on short sea operations in the future. What innovations are needed to optimize the efficiency of short sea operations? And how will digitalization help the industry in this process? During the network lunch you will have the opportunity to interact with these experts and other attendees.

Who should attend?

Representatives of short sea shipping companies, shipyards and suppliers.

Such as fleet managers, superintendents, sustainability managers, operational managers, naval architects, project managers, surveyors, purchasers and representatives of banks / insurance companies.


10:00 – 10:15: Reception

10:15 – 10:25: Introduction by chairman
Mr. Pieter Boersma, Business director TNO

10:25 – 10:50: The future of sea traffic management
Mr. Ulf Siwe, Communications Officer, Swedish Maritime Administration

10:50 – 11:10: The vessel train, a new concept for short sea transport
Dr. Edwin van Hassel, Senior researcher at the Faculty of Transport and Regional economics,
Antwerp University

11:10 – 11:30: Saving fuel by increasing the efficiency of the vessel propulsion system
Mr. Luuk Hijlkema, Account Manager Marine Business and Services, Wärtsilä

11:30 – 11:50: From shore support to unmanned shipping, a business perspective
Mr. Harm Mulder, Fleet Manager JR Shipping /Seazip Offshore Service

11:50 – 12:20: Discussion

12:20 – 12:30: Closing / Final remarks

12:30 – 13:30: Network lunch


The Europort Masterclasses are jointly organized by Rotterdam Ahoy and Netherlands Maritime Technology and take place in Rotterdam Ahoy (Address: Ahoyweg 10, 3084 BA Rotterdam).  You will find the Europort Masterclass Theatre located in Hall 6.


  • Attendance costs per Masterclass are € 125, – (excl. VAT).
  • If you register for all four Masterclasses a special all-in fee of € 375, – (excl. VAT) applies.
  • Full time students will be able to apply for a discounted fee of € 25, – (excl. VAT) per Masterclass. The cost of attendance includes entrance to the exhibition and a network reception or lunch.

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