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26th of September 2023

Port city – Antwerp / Belgium

BCO Conference 2023 to be hosted in Antwerp


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The Belgian port city of Antwerp is not only the capital of the province of the same name and one of the most important seaports in Northern Europe, but also the venue of the now 6th BCO Conference. At the invitation of the XSTAFF GmbH, more than 100 top managers and executives from globally operating industrial and trading companies will meet at the Felixpakhuis event center to highlight current trends and developments in the container and ocean freight industry. Renowned speakers will present innovative ideas and concepts on topics such as current economic developments, innovative technologies, and sustainability – topics that can be discussed later on in greater depth on best-practice examples. An interesting supporting program, initiated by this year’s hosts, the Port of Antwerp & Bruges, rounds off the event.

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Program BCO Conference

9:15 a.m.


10:00 a.m.

Start of the BCO Conference: organizational details
Christian Horn, Communications Officer XSTAFF GmbH

10:10 a.m.

Opening and outlook
Stephan Schiller & Antonios Rigalos,
Managing Partner XSTAFF GmbH

10:30 a.m.

The impact of innovation on logistics and Supply Chain Management
Dr. Martin Schwemmer,
Managing Director Federal Logistics Association e.V.

11:00 a.m.

Future is now. Sustainability and the economy
Dr. Günther Bachmann,
former Secretary General to the German Council for Sustainability

11:30 a.m.

Coffee Break and exhibition walk

12:00 p.m.

The green shipping corridor
Jan Cuyt
Business development advisor – Coordinator Maritime Business
Port of Antwerp/Bruges

12:30 p.m.

Sustainability in daily work
Pieter Leonard, Capability manager transport, Colruyt

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Lunch and exhibition walk

2:30 p.m.

China inside – Challenges and Opportunities
Felix Lee, Editor, Table Media

3:00 p.m.

Outlook for the shipping industry
Jan Tiedemann, Senior Analyst, Alphaliner

3.30 – 4:15 p.m.

Coffee Break and exhibition walk

4:15 p.m.

Analysis and forecasting of ship delays in Asia-Europe traffic
Christian Boekhoff, IT expert XSTAFF GmbH

4:45 p.m.

New technologies for the industry: ChatGPT
Dr. Max Pillong, Business Director Lufthansa Industry Solutions

5:15 p.m.

Closing Words
Stephan Schiller & Antonios Rigalos,
Managing Partner XSTAFF GmbH

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Get together (Drinks, Fingerfood)


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By public transport

By train

  • Antwerp Central Station
  • 20 minutes on foot or by bike, bus or streetcar

By bus

  • Bus 34 (Zuid – Berchem – Borgerhout – Zuid)

By streetcar

  • Streetcar 7 (Mortsel – Eilandje)

By bike

If you don’t own a bike in Antwerp, you can rent one for €5 per day.

The nearest rental stations:

  • Godefriduskaai station, 1 minute walk
  • Station MAS (Godefriduskaai – Oostendekaai, 2000 Antwerp), 2 min. walk

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