Conference Programme

GreenPort Cruise and Congress 2018 - Profiting from green initiatives

The 2018 hosts of the 14th GreenPort Congress, the Port of Valencia, are conducting their port activities within a context driven by international environmental regulations making it increasingly important for port authorities, terminal operators, shippers and logistics chains to work together to reduce their emissions and green their operations.

Increased Environmental awareness expressed by an ever-widening range of stakeholders is propagating a wave of change in terms of the range of response options and pro-active initiatives being taken to fulfil environmental liabilities and responsibilities. There is now an established consensus that collaboration between port authorities, terminal operators, city representatives, shippers, and logistics chain managers is essential for effective control of impacts and sustainable development.

This year’s programme will address the ways in which costs and risks associated with the demands of compliance and sustainable development may be reduced to the mutual advantage of the port sector and the wider community – and the environment itself.

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Delegate places to GreenPort Cruise include an invitation to the Welcome Reception. Delegates who attended GreenPort Congress benefit from invitations to the Welcome Reception, Gala Dinner and Port Tour. For further information about the 2018 GreenPort Cruise Conference and GreenPort Congress, email or call the Events team on +44 1329 825335.


GreenPort Cruise, Tuesday, 16 October 2018


 Coffee & Registration
Opening Session


 Chairman's Welcome
Michael McCarthy, Chairman, Cruise Europe


 Port's Welcome
Francesc Sánchez, General Manager, Port Authority of Valencia
Keynote Address


 Keynote Address 
Ioana Statu, Policy Officer, European Commission - DG MOVE


 Larger cruise vessels and new environmental strategies
Valeria Mangiarotti, Director of Environmental Issues, Medcruise

Session 1 - Cruise Port-City-Commercial Port Relationship


 Promoting innovation and sustainability in the cruise industry
Rafael Company, R&D Manager, Valenciaport Foundation


 Increasing tourism and larger vessels
Sacha Rougier, Managing Director, Cruise Gate Hamburg


 Valencia: a cruise friendly city
Maximo Caletrio, Cruise Programme Director, Valencia Tourism




 Coffee & Networking

Session 2 - Planning for the future: Meeting the specialist requirements of the cruise sector


 Meeting the demand for LNG and other environmental factors in terminals
Guillermo Alomar Borràs, Fleet Manager, Balearia


 Reducing port-side emissions
Juan Ignacio Buenestado, LNG Bunkering, Business Development, Naturgy


 Green solutions for cruise ships
Davide Reale, Product Manager in Shore Power, Cavotec


 Discussion – Moderated by Valeria Mangiarotti, Director of Environmental Issues, Medcruise



Session 3 - Port Reception Facilities


 The policy behind PRFs: the future EU legislative framework for PRF for the delivery of waste from ships
Anna Bobo Remijn, European Commission, Directorate General for Mobility and Transport Maritime Safety Unit


 The shipowners' perspective: European Shipowners support the proposal for better waste handling PRFs
Gudrun Janssens, Director – Maritime Safety & Environment, European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)


 PRFs: The port perspective
Paula Cristina Sengo, Environmental Technical Advisor, Sustainability and Estuary, Port of Lisbon





Conference Close



Welcome Reception - Edificio del reloj del Puerto de Valencia


Day One - GreenPort Congress, Wednesday, 17 October 2018


Coffee & Registration
Opening Session


Opening by Moderator


Welcome Address - Aurelio Martínez, Chairman, Port Authority of Valencia
Keynote addresses


World Ports Climate Action Programme
Victor Schoenmakers, Director Corporate Strategy, Port of Rotterdam


The Status of Air Pollution in Ports
Rosa Antidormi, Senior Policy Officer, European Commission - DG Environment


Environmental Report for European Ports 2018
Isabelle Ryckbost, Secretary General, ESPO     


Coffee & Networking

Session 1 - Policy measures: what’s next?

Presentations surrounding the policy impacting ports, liners and terminal operators followed by a roundtable discussion.
Moderator: Rachel White, CEO Secretariat, The International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA)


Isabelle Ryckbost, Secretary General, European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO)


Lamia Kerdjoudj Belkaid, Secretary General, Feport


Antonis Michail, Project Coordinator, World Ports Sustainability Programme, International Association of Ports & Harbours (IAPH)


Obdulio Serrano Hidalgo, Head of Sustainability, Puertos del Estado


Roundtable discussion

  • Global and European Priorities and Goals
  • Decarbonising the Port Environment
  • Translating Green Initiatives into a Profit
  • Port-City - striking the right balance & partnerships


Lunch & Networking

Session 2 - Challenges ahead: the practicalities of meeting them

Session responding to the evolving environmental policies impacting ports; including case studies from ports that are implementing the use of alternative fuels and schemes to limit air and noise emissions.


Challenges for ports and terminals. What does the future hold?
Malte Siegert, NABU


Industrial sustainability in an internationally merged port

Thomas Desnijder, Energy Policy Advisor, North Sea Port


Air Emissions 
Clean air action plan: overall concept of onshore power/alternative power supply of vessels
Manfred Lebmeier, Senior environmental advisor, Port of Hamburg


Noise Exploration Program to Understand Noise Emitted by Seagoing Ships (NEPTUNES)

Ton van Breeman, Environmental Manager, Port of Amsterdam



Panel Discussion - 10 takeaways on reducing costs and maximising efficiency in terminals

Panel discussion centred around environmental management in terminals


Panellists include:
Sven Valentin, General Manager, MSC Terminal Valencia
Mario Massarotti, CEO, Grimaldi Terminals
Andreas Schruth, Director of Energy and Sustainability Management, EUROGATE


Coffee & Networking

Session 3 - You can't manage what you can't measure

Workshop exchanging views and experience on the measurement and reduction of air pollution and GHG emissions. Session will cover the key steps to implement an Emissions Management and Reduction Plan and experience will be shared on a global basis at a time when a number of ports have set themselves the goal of zero emissions in around 20 years’ time.



Moderator: Chris Wooldridge, Honorary Research Fellow, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University

Speakers include:

Methodology for the calculation of the carbon footprint of a seaport
Raul Cascajo, Head of Environmental Policies, Valenciaport

New Guidance on Carbon Management for Port and Navigation Infrastructure
Douglas Daugherty, Western Region COO & Director of Strategy, Americas, Ramboll Environment & Health

Environmental performance in the EU port sector
Rosa Mari Darbra, Associate Professor, Polytechnic University of Catalonia

Climate Change Adaptation in Maritime Ports, Inland Waterways and Navigation Infrastructure – the need for urgent action
Charles Haine, Technical Director, Maritime team, Environment, WSP, UK & Chair of PIANC Working Group 178 on Climate Change Adaptation



Conference Close



Conference Dinner - Edificio del reloj del Puerto de Valencia


Day Two - GreenPort Congress, Thursday, 18 October 2018


Welcome Coffee


Working Group update and outlook for day two
Chris Wooldridge, Honorary Research Fellow, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University

Session 4 - The Success factors of environmental charging schemes

Environmental charging schemes can influence port environmental performance. This session investigates the application of port infrastructure charges according to environmental or sustainability criteria.


International collaboration on vessel emission reductions through incentive programs and environmental infrastructure
Christine Rigby, Environmental Specialist-Air Emissions, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority


ESI - rewarding ships for overcompliance
Antonis Michail, Project Coordinator, World Ports Sustainability Programme, IAPH


Environmental charging schemes: The road to implementation
Sotiris Raptis, Senior Policy Advisor for Environment and Safety, Ecoports Coordinator, ESPO




Coffee & Networking

Session 5 - Responsible supply chains: the full story

What does it take to coordinate and promote good environmental practices along the supply chain? Session covering responsible supply chain partnerships and lessons learnt.


Responsible supply chains – How to work in partnerships on responsible supply chains (OECD Guidelines and the Dutch Seaports)
Linda van Waveren, CSR Programme Manager, Port of Amsterdam


Sea transport and zero emissions land transport: an opportunity to make future supply chains more sustainable
Heidi Neilson, Head of Environment, Port of Oslo


Sustainable Logistics: Managing cargo flows in a sustainable manner
Conor Feighan, Policy Advisor, Feport




Lunch & Networking

Session 6 - Greening concession bids and renewals

Green criteria are becoming increasingly important in concession bids and renewals. With environmental compliance affecting so many aspects of port activities this session will investigate the proposed changes in the pipeline and their impact.


Sustainable doesn’t have to mean expensive: A more responsible, long-term vision for concession bids
Heidi Neilson, Head of Environment, Port of Oslo


Sustainable Evolution: Balancing environmental needs with business realities
Conor Feighan, Policy Advisor, Feport




Coffee & Networking

Session 7 - Green Technological R&D

Infrastructure, equipment and hardware technical innovation are key to delivering responsible high performance environmental port and terminal practices. This will be discussed together with cost efficiency


Instant air quality data for ports and terminals
Alex Mateo, Business Development - Europe, Envirosuite


LNG fuelled ‘Port Feeder Barge’ for very green container logistics within sea ports
Ulrich Malchow, Managing Director, Port Feeder Barge


Sustainability in Port Operations
Eduardo Prat, Vice-President Crane Upgrade Business Line, Kalmar


Alternative energy sources for mobile plant
Willem Nieuwland, Project Leader, Hyster


Strategies for Zero-Emission Vessels in the Harbour
Georg Franz Matzku, Sales Manager, Stemmann-Technik




Final Working Group update and results of day two
Chris Wooldridge, Honorary Research Fellow, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University


Conference Close


Day Three - GreenPort Congress, Friday, 19 October 2018


Delegates meet for the port check-in process and board boat


Vessel departs Port of Valencia for tour of inner harbour area


Return to shore, delegates disembark


Conference Fee

Cost per delegate (standard rate)

Cruise - One Day event - €585
Congress - Two Day event - €1615
Cruise & Congress - €1875

10% discount for members of official supporters.


Booking Online

Book online here or complete and fax the booking form to +44 1329 550192.
On receipt of your registration, you will be sent confirmation of your delegate place.

Fee Includes

Cruise Fee Includes

Conference attendance on 16th,
Full documentation,
Lunch & refreshments,
Place at the welcome reception on 16th.

Congress Fee Includes

Conference attendance on 17-18th,
Full documentation,
Lunch & refreshments,
Place at the welcome reception on 16th,
Conference dinner on 17th
Place on the port tour

Contact Us

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