Ports in the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Marmara Sea and Adriatic Sea are undergoing enhanced expansion in order to respond to growing demands from the shipping lines. Noppen - after successes of Port Expansion events in India and China – organized the Port Expansion Summit in Istanbul on 5th & 6th of April 2012. The Summit was attended by over 180 key market players, port authorities, construction groups, investors, engineering companies and equipment providers. Association partners were: Port Technology, Black and Azov Seas Ports Association (BASPA), North Adriatic Ports Associations (NAPA) and Turkish Chamber of Shipping. Chairman of the event was Rony Saab, President with BASPA.
Opening speech at the summit was given by Ahmet Cüneyt Selçuk, Chief Project Director with ISPAT (Investment Support and Promotion Agency under the Prime Ministry of The Republic of Turkey). Given the international audience, his presentation about Turkey and its macro-economic situation was well received. Arthur Nitzevych, Partner from International Law Offices, drafted an overview of the Ukrainian Ports Projects. Özgür Kalelioğlu, Group Manager for Port Services – Arkas Holding, gave a very warmly welcomed presentation about his experience and planning with regards to needed upgrades. Later in the day NAPA was represented by the Vice-President of the Port of Rijeka Authority, Bojan Hlača. He stressed the fact how efficient cooperation between all NAPA Ports is forming a strong, crucial ports conglomerate. Asım Cillioğlu, CEO of Riport Rize SeaPort delivered a long, detailed insight in the logistics challenges and solutions his port is facing, also pointing out the beneficial geographical location near Georgia. In the Day One closure panel: Stavros Hatzakos from Pireaus Port Authority, Asim Cillioglu from Riport Rize SeaPort and Niyazi Zalgi, Regional Director from International Port Management (IPM) Group, under passionate guidance from Rony Saab from BASPA, discussed Ports Strategies and Key Expansion Aspects for the region. Particular topic that appeared was the growth potential in passenger travel and cruises.
Prominent industry leaders introduced their technologies and equipments throughout the 2-day program: Hyster spoke about rental services, Intrasoft elaborated on Port Management Solutions, Siemens discussed advantages of their Low Carbon Footprint RTGs, Cargotec presented their efficient reachstackers and yard equipments, Anupam – MHI introduced innovative equipment automation solutions, ArcelorMittal showed how sheet piling can be an intelligent alternative for berth expansion, Terex-Fuchs stressed cost benefits of their loading equipments, Dijitalis brought an eye-opening presentation about tailored simulations improving operations speed and efficiency, ABB tackled the power supply challenges and Conductix-Wampfler mainly spoke about eco-efficient terminals.
On day 2, the conference program started with a Financial Focus: EBRD Principal Banker, Hüseyin Özhan, discussed financing methods and principles; Caroline Van Doorn, Senior Advisor European & International Affairs from the Port of Rotterdam, walked the audience through her Port`s Master Plan; Peter Van Den Dries, Technical Environmental Manager, Port of Antwerp, explained innovative. technologies and systems used for Ship Waste handling in the Belgian Port. The many questions that came from the audience indicate how hot and complex the waste challenge can be.
In the afternoon STFA Construction Technical Manager, Serbülent Gürer brought insightful case-studies about berth expansion; his presentation was followed by Ibrahim Dölen who is Deputy General Manager, Head of Ports and International Transport Division with Borusan Lojistik, he stressed the discrepancy between the forecasted growth figures and realistic needs. Closing the event were Yuriy Yurievich, Deputy Director Port Operation Services, Odessa Commercial Sea Port and Stavros Hatzakos from Piraeus Port Authority. The former showed the Ukrainian Port`s expansion projects and the latter discussed the positive outlook and continued investment for Greece despite the political turmoil.