Two-Week Seminar and Training Programs on Port Management in Belgium

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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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