• Three Inspiring Topics

    During the Ports and the City conference three main topics will be discussed trough plenary sessions and workshops.


    Topic 1. Healthy and sustainable urban design

    Lessons learned
    Duisburg, Ghent and Antwerp are good examples of cities fully engaged in inland ports transitions. How did they do that? And if they could develop the area again, what would they do differently?

    Inland ports of the future
    The Rotterdam urban design group “De Urbanisten” is transforming the inland ports of the cities of Deventer and Arnhem into harbour areas of the future. They will present their design study, focusing on climate-neutral area development, healthy urbanization, clean-tech ports, zero emission mobility, circular economy, and sustainable entrepreneurship.

    Zero emission ships
    Port-Liner is a startup company that will introduce the concept of ‘zero emission’ ships to the inland waterways transport sector. In the course of 2018, Port-Liner will bring into operation the first fully electric ships. It involves 110 metre container barges, for services between the main ports of Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Antwerp, and inland terminals. In the workshop we will address the various elements related to this concept, including the technology involved, the economics and the associated infrastructural requirements such as recharging points. The workshop will, inevitably, touch on the specific dynamics of the inland shipping sector at large and how that impacts the broader uptake of this concept.


    Topic 2. Renewable fuels and sustainable energy supply on the quay
    This afternoon we will discuss supplies at the quay combined with a vision on fuel, public transport and vehicles in the city. Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, will give a keynote speech on working together for a sustainable inland shipping sector for a future-proof logistics and distribution network. In the afternoon participants can choose from a variety of workshops that focus on clean and renewable fuels. For example, Jaco Reijerkerk and Klaas Visser from TU Delft will speak about near term technological options for inland shipping, such as hydrogen and fuel cells as a part of zero emission maritime transport. 


    3. The EU and international cooperation
    Friday we will focus on various issues, such as current and future developments in the EU in the fields of clean waterways, clean fuels and urban development. And how to finance a sustainable and clean inland shipping sector. In cooperation with Nijmegen European Green Capital 2018, EU-LIFE Program CLean INland SHipping (CLINSH) and the EU Urban Air Quality Partnership program.