Atlantico Business Development is pleased to announce the Portugal Ports & Maritime Sector Seminar, to be held on June 9th 2015, in Rotterdam. At this seminar we will be highlighting the opportunities for investment in and doing business with the Portuguese ports and maritime sector, showing the best Portugal has to offer in this field.
Portugal is back!
Portugal is finally emerging from the financial crisis. In the 2015-2017 period, the Portuguese economy is projected to grow between 1.5-2.0% annually. The country's economy has reinvented itself. Exports have been growing fast over the last few years, especially from the agribusiness sector. Among the most interesting business opportunities for foreign companies are the ports and logistics sector, fisheries, tourism, manufacturing (including excellent nearshoring or reshoring options) and agribusiness.
Portugal rediscovers its maritime opportunities
Over the past few years Portugal has also rediscovered its maritime past and future. Business opportunities abound in the ports and logistics sector, fisheries and aquaculture, as well as in cruise shipping and other forms of nautical tourism.
Ports and Logistics
After several years of reform and modernisation, Portugal’s ports are definitely on the right track. The country’s combined ports handled no less than 83 million tons in 2014, up from just 61 million tons in 2009. And there is still plenty of room for growth. Both Leixões (Porto), Lisbon and Sines will expand their existing container terminals and overall port capacity. In these ports new greenfield terminals are being developed as well.
Meanwhile the fast growing deep sea container terminal at Sines (run by Singapore Ports), is set to get its dedicated direct cargo rail link to its Spanish hinterland before 2020. A connection to Lisbon may be added later as well. The project will be funded by the EU. The cargo department of CP (the Portuguese railroads) will be privatized soon.
New cruise terminals have also been developed for Leixões (Porto), Lisbon (Santo Apolônia), the Algarve (Portimão), the Azores (Ponta Delgada) and Madeira (Funchal). The country is also investing in a string of new marinas.
MAR, the International Shipping Register of Madeira, is now the fourth biggest and fastest growing shipping register in the EU. It provides an attractive and excellent flag option, with all the advantages of remaining within the European Union.
Oil & gas
Though relatively modest offshore exploration is taking place, Portugal has good potential to become an oil & gas storage, shipping and services platform. The country is well situated between several markets in Europe, Africa and the Americas. There are also excellent bunkering facilities.
Costs & Registration
Do you want to be part of this event? You are very welcome, but registration is required. Please go to our special booking page. Fee per participant is Euro 95,00 plus Euro 19,95 VAT.
The Portugal Ports & Maritime Sector Semina is sponsored by the DRAVOSA dredging company. The seminar was made possible by participation of the following companies and organisations:
The Portugal Ports & Maritime Sector Seminar will line up key speakers from the ports of Leixões, Lisbon and Sines, the Madeira Ship Register MAR, as well as from Portugal’s main logistics companies ETE/Navex and Tertir and Galp Energia and PWC Porto.
Speakers will illustrate the port and logistics developments in and around Portuguese ports and point out the country’s unique maritime connections.
They will also highlight business opportunities for Dutch exporters, transporters and maritime businesses, as well as the advantages of registering your vessels in Madeira.
Speakers will also sketch developments in cruise shipping and nautical sports in mainland Portugal and the islands (including new and future cruise terminals and marinas)
To find out more about the speakers you are welcome to download the event brochure.
This Atlantico Business Development event is sponsored by the DRAVOSA dredging company
For more information on the event please contact Arnout Nuijt, Atlantico Business Development: tel.: +31 (0)6-21226690, or e-mail email@example.com
Do you want to be part of this event? You are very welcome but registration is required. Please go to our special booking page.
Fee per participant is Euro 95,00 plus Euro 19,95 VAT.
The Portugal Ports & Maritime Sector Seminar will take place in the Auditorium of the Rotterdam Chamber of Commerce, Blaak 40, Rotterdam. The English language will be used all the time. The following program is envisaged (version as per May 31st):
13.30 hrs: Arrival & registration of participants;
14.00 hrs: Start of Program: Moderator’s Welcome
14.05 hrs: Miguel Marques, Partner PWC Porto:
"The State of the Portuguese Maritime Sector"
14.15 hrs: João Silva, Director Navex Shipping, Grupo E.T.E. Logística:
“The ETE Group and NAVEX Shipping Company”
14.35 hrs: Albrecht Gundermann, Managing Partner EUROMAR
“Growing Portugal’s Merchant Fleet“
14.55 hrs: Susana Broco, Senior Trader GALP Energia, Lisbon:
“Bunkering in Portugal, now and in the future”
15.15 hrs: Coffee Break
15.30 hrs: Jaime Vieira dos Santos President Leixões Port Community
“Developments in the Port of Leixões”
15.50 hrs: Manuela Patrício, Director Port Terminals, Port of Lisbon;
“Port of Lisbon - revamping opportunities”
16.10 hrs: João Franco, CEO, Port Auth. of Sines & the Algarve:
“Developments in the Port of Sines”
16.30 hrs: Panel discussion with all previous speakers;
17.00 hrs: Networking cocktail;
18.00 hrs: End of program.