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Ports Technical, Management & Engineering Seminars & Courses 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 several 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.

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Training Programs


Port Courses

  • Tasks and Responsibilities of Forwarders, Agencies & Shipping Lines (2 weeks): This course pays special attention to important issues like customs administration, VAT and warehousing regulations, licence and legal position of forwarders and freight operators (AFFA, CEB, CLECAT, FIATA), incoterms, financing, insurance and responsibility policies.
  • Port Management (2 weeks): Content includes - Port Management worldwide port models; International Trade; Supply Chain; Change Management; Master planning; Marine operations; IT and technology; Intermodal strategy; Project Management; Economics of Port Operations, Port Pricing, Port Financing; and Health, Safety, Security and the Environment in Ports.
  • Port Business Development & Marketing (2 weeks): The marketing sessions focus on bringing the port to the market, gathering insight in customer needs, identifying the unique selling points and position the port in the marketplace.
  • IT & Port Community Systems (2 weeks): The attention for this course is 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.
  • Legal Aspects in Port Operations and Trade (2 weeks): The program offers a practical training which is based on the daily practices in the port. It focuses on the aspects of international trade, international contracts (and arbitration), logistics, and more.
  • Strategic Master Planning & Concession Policy (2 weeks): The true definition of a master plan is that it explains the reason of existence of a port to the stakeholders involved. The course focuses on the full development of a port master plan and the consequent implementation steps.
  • Container Terminal Management (2 weeks): Private port operators and public port authorities give a detailed overview on issues such 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.
  • Dredging Technologies (2 weeks): This two week seminar covers all essential theoretical and practical aspects with regard to dredging such as: navigating in muddy areas, strategies for the 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.
  • Port Logistics (2 weeks): Port authorities and private port operators discuss into detail various topics such as transport of goods, warehousing, distribution, handling, forwarding and customs regulations in the field of port logistics. Special attention is paid to hinterland relations, integrated logistics, logistic and supply chain management and the handling of dangerous cargo.
  • Port Environmental Policy & Technology (2 weeks): The seminar focuses on international conventions and regulations (IMO, ILO and EU), Code of Practice, ISO certification, waste water policy, dangerous cargo handling and strategic policy debates of port and land use planning.

Executive Courses

  • The main objective of these courses is to train professionals on specific topics in 3 to 5-day programs. Take part in panel debates, interactive roundtables, workshops and high-level discussions. These courses are announced from time to time.

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.
  • 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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