Two-​Week Sem­i­nar and Train­ing Pro­grams on Port Management

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Estab­lished in 1978 and affil­i­ated to Port of Antwerp, Antwerp /​Flan­ders Port Train­ing Cen­ter (APEC) plays a cen­tral role in the trans­fer of port knowl­edge from Flan­ders to the world. With over 9,000 alumni in 140 coun­tries, APEC pro­vides Short-​term, prac­ti­cal ori­ented inter­ac­tive courses on wide range of port related top­ics. APEC is the coop­er­a­tion between pub­lic and pri­vate port com­mu­ni­ties and offers rich exper­tise in the ports of Antwerp, Zee­brugge, Ghent and Ostend.

The train­ing pro­grams include 2 week man­age­ment ses­sions and sem­i­nars on 14 port related top­ics. APEC also orga­nizes study vis­its to var­i­ous ports for groups rang­ing from half to 2 days dura­tion. Some the sem­i­nars are avail­able abroad as well.

Through its coop­er­a­tion with the Flem­ish Com­mu­nity, the Directorate-​General for Devel­op­ment Cooperation/​Belgian Tech­ni­cal Coop­er­a­tion (DGDC/​BTC) and the Province of Antwerp, APEC has estab­lished a broad sys­tem of schol­ar­ships. The Flem­ish Com­mu­nity offers schol­ar­ships for the APEC pro­grams to can­di­dates from all of its part­ner coun­tries worldwide.

Training Programs

Stan­dard Two-​Week Programs

  • Port Man­age­ment: The sem­i­nar on Port Man­age­ment cov­ers all essen­tial aspects of mod­ern man­age­ment in the port. Strate­gic pol­icy issues such as mas­ter plan­ning, pub­lic and pri­vate port respon­si­bil­i­ties har­bor mas­ter duties, safety and secu­rity, mar­ket­ing and pro­mo­tion, ter­mi­nal man­age­ment and logis­tics are tack­led from a pub­lic and pri­vate port point of view.
  • Cus­toms, Taxes and Trade Affairs: The sem­i­nar will tackle the var­i­ous cus­toms aspects such as the inter­na­tional and Euro­pean approach, the pro­ce­dures, the duties and respon­si­bil­i­ties but also the cer­tainty, the rights and the pos­si­bil­i­ties for sim­pli­fi­ca­tion and facil­i­ta­tion in an envi­ron­ment of Mod­ern­ized Bor­der Man­age­ment, wherein part­ner­ship is one of the key pillars.
  • Port Secu­rity: The sem­i­nar on Port Secu­rity cov­ers all essen­tial aspects of secu­rity of ships, their cargo, the pas­sen­gers and the port ter­mi­nals. Top­ics such as port state and flag state con­trol, the role of cus­toms and police, bor­der sur­veil­lance, ter­mi­nal secu­rity, con­tin­gency plan­ning and informa­ti­za­tion and safety are devel­oped in close coop­er­a­tion with the mar­itime police, cus­toms admin­is­tra­tion, fire depart­ment and the port authorities.
  • IT and EDI in Port Busi­ness: The sem­i­nar on IT & EDI in Port Busi­ness cov­ers sev­eral aspects in the field of infor­ma­tion and com­puter appli­ca­tions in cur­rent port oper­a­tions. Atten­tion will be paid to sys­tem and sup­ply chain man­age­ment, cost account­ing, radio and radar com­mu­ni­ca­tion, elec­tronic data trans­fer, plan­ning pro­ce­dures, cor­po­rate infor­ma­tion sys­tems and other IT appli­ca­tions in port business.
  • Nau­ti­cal Acces­si­bil­ity & Mar­itime Traf­fic Man­age­ment: The fol­low­ing issues will be cov­ered - role and respon­si­bil­i­ties of the Agency for Mar­itime and Coastal Ser­vices and other par­ties involved, Traf­fic man­age­ment and “chain approach”, Pilotage, Ship­ping Assis­tance Ser­vice and VTS, Coast guard, Coastal Safety Plan, Hydrog­ra­phy, Car­tog­ra­phy, Bea­con­ing, etc.
  • Con­tainer Ter­mi­nal Man­age­ment: The sem­i­nar on Con­tainer Ter­mi­nal Man­age­ment cov­ers all essen­tial the­o­ret­i­cal and prac­ti­cal aspects of con­tainer ter­mi­nal oper­a­tions. Pri­vate port oper­a­tors and pub­lic port author­i­ties give a detailed overview on issues as quay-​wall infra­struc­ture, tech­ni­cal ter­mi­nal man­age­ment, crane and lift­ing mate­ri­als, con­tainer ter­mi­nal con­fig­u­ra­tion and lay-​out, com­put­er­ized oper­a­tional sys­tems, inter­modal shifts and gen­eral con­tainer policy.
  • Port Envi­ron­men­tal Pol­icy & Tech­nol­ogy: This sem­i­nar offers a spe­cial­ized pro­gram on the grow­ing impor­tance of envi­ron­men­tal issues and applied tech­nol­ogy in ports. Cur­rent eco­log­i­cal chal­lenges are dis­cussed, both from the point of view of the author­i­ties and the port users. The sem­i­nar focuses on inter­na­tional con­ven­tions and reg­u­la­tions (IMO, ILO and EU), Code of Prac­tice, ISO cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, waste water pol­icy, dan­ger­ous cargo han­dling, as well as on strate­gic pol­icy debates of port and land use planning.
  • Tasks and Respon­si­bil­i­ties of For­warders, Agen­cies and Ship­ping Lines: This is a prac­ti­cal course for pro­fes­sion­als in the field of above men­tioned trans­port activ­i­ties. Spe­cial atten­tion is paid to impor­tant issues of cus­toms admin­is­tra­tion, VAT and ware­hous­ing reg­u­la­tions, license and legal posi­tion of for­warders and freight oper­a­tors (AFFA, CEB, CLE­CAT, FIATA), incoterms, financ­ing, insur­ance and respon­si­bil­ity policies.
  • Dredg­ing Tech­nolo­gies: The two week sem­i­nar cov­ers all essen­tial the­o­ret­i­cal and prac­ti­cal aspects with regard to dredg­ing such as nav­i­gat­ing in muddy areas, strate­gies for dump­ing of dredged sed­i­ments, the var­i­ous types of dredgers, dredger sim­u­la­tors, main­te­nance dredg­ing, large scale projects, spoil recy­cling, main­te­nance of dredgers, con­struc­tion of dredgers, tech­ni­cal aspects and new devel­op­ments, tech­ni­cal renovation.
  • Inland Water­ways Trans­port: It focuses on all aspects of inland water­ways nav­i­ga­tion in Bel­gium and Europe, on the rela­tion­ship between port oper­a­tions and trans­port by barge, and on the man­age­ment and oper­a­tion of inland inter­modal terminals.
  • Port Engi­neer­ing: The sem­i­nar is a spe­cial­ized tech­ni­cal train­ing course on sev­eral aspects of port plan­ning, design, access, hydro­dy­nam­ics, berthing, moor­ing and fend­er­ing devices, port infra­struc­ture, dredg­ing tech­nol­ogy, envi­ron­men­tal and safety aspects (issues such as oil spills and geomorphology).
  • Break Bulk Cargo: The sem­i­nar will tackle the var­i­ous aspects such as the role of ship­ping lines - ship­ping agents and for­warders, doc­u­ment flow, insur­ance, advan­tages and devel­op­ments in the sec­tor, spe­cific port labor issues with regard to the han­dling of break bulk cargo, inter­modal con­nec­tions, choice & use of equip­ment, cus­toms, orga­ni­za­tion of a gen­eral cargo terminal.
  • Port Logis­tics: The sem­i­nar is an inte­grated course on all aspects of mod­ern logis­tics in rela­tion to the mar­itime busi­ness. Port author­i­ties and pri­vate port oper­a­tors dis­cuss in detail top­ics such as trans­port of goods, ware­hous­ing, dis­tri­b­u­tion, han­dling, for­ward­ing and cus­toms reg­u­la­tions in the field of port logistics.

APEC Scholarships

Schol­ar­ships offered by the Flem­ish Com­mu­nity: Can­di­dates for the APEC-​standard sem­i­nars from coun­tries with bilat­eral frame­work agree­ments can apply for such a schol­ar­ship (3.000 EURO), cov­er­ing the hotel costs, all meals, reg­is­tra­tion fee, doc­u­men­ta­tion, local trans­port and insurance.

Schol­ar­ships of the Bel­gian Tech­ni­cal Coop­er­a­tion (BTC): Each year, the Bel­gian Devel­op­ment Coop­er­a­tion awards a num­ber of schol­ar­ships to its part­ner coun­tries worldwide.

The Province of Antwerp grants schol­ar­ships: The Province of Antwerp grants a lim­ited num­ber of schol­ar­ships, mainly related to the French speak­ing sem­i­nars of APEC.

Schol­ar­ships of the Inter­na­tional Asso­ci­a­tion of Ports and Har­bors: Mem­bers of IAPH can receive finan­cial assis­tance to attend an APEC sem­i­nar. Upon request you will receive the bur­sary scheme for IAPH mem­ber port staff in devel­op­ing countries.

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