International Shipping and Maritime Trade Seminar

International Shipping & Maritime Trade
  • Antwerp, Belgium
  • 16 Oct 2024 2 days
  • Available seats 24
  • Payment: visa visa visa visa

Course price

BIMCO member EUR 1320
Non-member EUR 1750


10% group discount is available for registering 3 or more participants from the same company. Cannot be combined with any other discount.


The training programme has been specifically tailored to meet the needs of individuals who require an understanding of the maritime industry within a condensed two-day timeframe. It is designed especially for professionals in the public and political sectors. Still, it will be suitable for a wide range of professionals with a vested interest in learning more about the maritime and shipping sector.

The programme has been developed jointly by the Antwerp Maritime Academy, The Belgian Shipowners Association, and BIMCO. Each organisation contributed unique skills to enhance the programme's quality and relevance.

The programme is practical in scope, with a visit to the Port of Antwerp and presentations on contemporary topics like global regulations affecting shipping and their commercial strategies, sustainability efforts in shipping, and an overview of shipping as a critical infrastructure component in global trade.

What will you learn?

Day 1: The Structure of the Maritime Industry.

The first day starts with an essential exploration of collaboration in the maritime industry. We will cover the roles of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and the vital collaborations between a range of diverse stakeholders and political interests. Learn about a wide range of cost-efficiency strategies applied by the maritime industry and how shipowners are working to make operations more effective through ship and crew management entities.

Dive deeper into the industry's commercial aspects, understanding vessel types, international trading patterns, and various roles of different vessels. We will cover the complexities of maritime activities in the energy and offshore sectors and gain insights into the critical aspects of shortsea shipping and specialised carriers moving, e.g., cars or project cargoes requiring lifting heavy pieces of equipment weighing many hundred tons.

The day concludes with a thorough examination of international regulations, covering key maritime conventions like SOLAS, STCW, UNCLOS, and MARPOL. Understand the environmental protection initiatives, seafarers' rights, and welfare standards that shape the industry. We will examine how the maritime industry works with sustainability, focusing on decarbonisation, the importance of new fuel types, and how new propulsion systems aim to revolutionise maritime transportation. Explore how the transformation of the regulatory landscape aims to promote sustainability through collaboration with the maritime industry and its stakeholders.

Day 2: The Commercial Aspects of Ship Operation and Infrastructure of Shipping

Day two is focused on the commercial aspects of ship operations, chartering, and maritime economics. Throughout the day, the program covers the nuances of chartering, market trends, and the impact of economic factors on business decisions. Explore how risk management strategies and the effects of market volatility impact global environmental considerations.

Transitioning into the vital area of port operations, the programme explores vessel handling, cargo management and how international IMO conventions ensure safety both in port and at sea. Discover the role of technology, data analytics, and automation in optimising port operations, paving the way for a future where efficiency and innovation go hand in hand.

As a particular highlight, embark on a guided tour of the Port of Antwerp. Witness theory turning into practice as you step aboard a vessel, gaining firsthand insights into international maritime operations.

Why choose to participate?

Comprehensive Industry Insight: Gain a deep understanding of the maritime industry, covering global regulations, commercial strategies, sustainability initiatives, and essential infrastructure.

Expert Collaboration: Benefit from the combined expertise of Antwerp Maritime Academy, The Belgian Shipowners Association, and BIMCO. Each organisation has contributed unique skills, ensuring a high-quality and relevant training experience.

In-Depth Learning Experience
: Explore the intricacies of maritime collaboration, cost-efficiency strategies, vessel categories, trading patterns, and international regulations. Learn about cutting-edge topics such as decarbonisation efforts, alternative fuels, and innovative propulsion systems.

Commercial Focus: Understand the commercial aspects of ship operations, chartering, and maritime economics. Learn about chartering types, market trends, risk management strategies, and insights into market volatility and environmental considerations. Explore the vital role of technology, data analytics, and automation in optimising port operations for enhanced efficiency.

Hands-on Practical Exposure: Enhance your learning with a guided tour of the Port of Antwerp. Step aboard a vessel to witness theory in action, gaining first hand insights into international maritime operations. This immersive experience not only educates but also broadens your horizons, allowing you to comprehend the complexity of maritime operations.

How will this course help your professional development?

The program provides an unparalleled learning opportunity. In just two days, participants will explore the core aspects of the maritime industry, including global regulations, commercial strategies, sustainability initiatives, and how essential infrastructure supports international shipping. By examining topics such as the structure of shipping, cost-efficiency strategies, vessel categories, and international regulations, attendees will gain an essential understanding of the industry's complexities.

Course certification

Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

Course materials

BIMCO issues electronic course files as Adobe PDF files, enabling you to make personal notes. All documentation and presentations will be in English. Course access details will be provided once you complete registration.


Christian Hoppe

Christian Hoppe

Gudrun Janssens

Gudrun Janssens


Peter Grube

Peter Grube


  • Antwerp Maritime Academy
  • Noordkasteel-Oost 6
  • 2030 Antwerp
  • Belgium

The fee includes coffee breaks, lunch and course materials, but not transport or accommodation, which should be arranged by the participant directly with the hotel.

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