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ACP workshop


“ Our company Ports & Logistics Advisory (PLA) and PortEconomics had the privilege to provide another well-evaluated course. This course was about business development for port/industrial/logistics complexes, with specific attention for issues as drivers of change, the use of concessions, stakeholder management and business development capabilities. Four PortEconomics members, Peter de Langen, Michael Dooms, Theo Notteboom and Jean Paul Rodrigue provided the interactive one-week-training-program, with various workshops. PLA was responsible for the course development and execution. The course participants were Panama Canal Authority (ACP) employees involved in business development. The Panama Canal Authority is in charge of developing the whole canal zone and therefore has ample opportunities to develop new business. The course was very well evaluated by the participants, with an average score of over 9.5! The PortEconomics experts also had an interesting informal exchange of ideas with the Management team of ACP”.


PLA provided a course on port management & development in Portugal

PLA provided another well-evaluated course on port management & development, in Portugal (Setúbal and Sines) in November 2015. During one week, PLA team (led by its principal consultant Peter de Langen) provided the course on Port Management & Development, organised by the Portuguese Ports Association, Port of Setubal, Port of Sines and Lisbon University Economics & Management School, together with Ports & Logistics Advisory to participants who came from several Portuguese port authorities and other port related companies.

The course brought to the attendants the opportunity to get deeper knowledge about port management & development. Participants applied new insights and tools during several workshops. Furthermore, the participation of experts with deep insights in the Portuguese ports industry, such as Vítor Caldeirinha –the president of the Port Authority of Setúbal and Sesimbra- and Joao Franco –the president of the Port Authority of Sines- was highly valued by the participants. Finally the participants had a tour around the Ports of Setúbal and Sines.

Course in Portugal Course in Portugal




Port distance learning programme

A new distance learning course has been launched by leading port scholars to help further knowledge about port development and management.

The course has been developed by seven leading academics that jointly cooperate in, the web-based initiative aiming at developing and disseminating knowledge about seaports.

One of the contributors, Peter de Langen, is the owner and principal consultant of Ports & Logistics Advisory, a small Rotterdam based consultancy firm and also works part-time as professor of Cargo Transport & Logistics, at Eindhoven University of Technology. He is also a regular contributor to Port Strategy.

He said: “This course allows participants to learn when and where they want. There is another distance learning programme, but that course works mostly with industry practitioners, this initiative works with leading academics. This course brings together leading academics for different universities with a track record in industry oriented research and executive education. The strong involvement of leading scholars working in Isa, North America and Europe is unique.”

The distance learning programme consists of self- studying readers, a large number of short video lectures and individualised assignments. Four core modules provide core concepts and insights, participants can chose four additional electives of more specialised topics.

It is being targeted towards individuals working or with the ambition to start working in the ports industry. A secondary audience consists of academics that want to increase their knowledge for teaching and or research.

The other contributors to the course include: Theo Notteboom, Thanos Pallis, Pierre Cariou, Michael Dooms Jean-Paul Rodrigue and Francesco Parola. They frequently contribute to industry reports and conferences, publish widely read opinions and have experience in leading executive education programmes worldwide.

This new programme is a further cooperative step following the successful introduction of the Port Executive Seminar organised annually since 2010.

Participants can start on the course from 1 September 2015 onwards.

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Port executive course

Organized by the web-based initiative PortEconomics, where Peter de Langen is co-director, the two-days Port Executive Seminar took place in Naples in October 2014. The course provided to the participants, including PLA consultant Jordi Caballé, the opportunity to enhance their knowledge on terminal operations and port authorities strategies. Peter provided two course contributions and moderated the round table discussion with the participation of the president of Port Authority of Naples, a senior manager of Grimaldi Group, the President of Naples Association of Ship Agents, and the Vice President of Contship Italia.


Port executive course

Port executive course