Current Issues in Ports and Terminals Post Covid-19


Summer Academy - Current Issues in Ports and Terminals Post Covid-19

Summer Academy - Current Issues in Ports and Terminals Post Covid-19



11  - 15 September 2023
Malmö, Sweden


Ports play an important role in the modern economy, including making a substantial contribution to hinterland development. Over the past couple of decades, there has been unprecedented growth in many ports, together with their prosperous hinterland economic development being increasingly integrated into the global market. For example, in Asia several ports have evolved rapidly into efficient shipping and trade hubs at regional and global levels. Scattered worldwide, ports have always been an indispensable element for connecting production and consumption and today play a major role in supporting global supply chains. For an economy, it is an important task to fully utilize this strategic asset, join the global supply chain and facilitate trade with other economies. Looking ahead, the globalization trend slowly declines, sustainable development is being increasingly challenged by climate change, and growth opportunities become harder to seize. These factors make the task of utilizing ports effectively even more crucial, especially for developing economies. Theoretical reflection and insights on related issues from successful port operations are of great value to inform the development of thriving ports for the future. This requires a review of the role of a port from the perspective of:

  • the land and sea interface;
  • an industry cluster;
  • a logistics and information hub;
  • a sustainable energy hub.

The Current Issues in Ports and Terminals Post Covid-19 course will address the latest port development and investigate a number of relevant topics in depth. We will discuss how to turn challenges into opportunities, strengthening port competitiveness and contributing to hinterland economy. The selected topics include:

  • Port performance in business and operations, with a focus on efficient and sustainable transport systems
  • Resilience in Port and Maritime Logistics to cope with disruptions and shocks such as the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Green port corridors to be implemented by ports to link shipping, port and hinterland
  • Decarbonization efforts by ports, to establish renewable energy supply chains
  • Financial and socio-economic appraisal of sustainable port development projects
  • Port digitalization and automation for the future digital logistics business

About the Summer Academy

The World Maritime University (WMU) is a unique academic institution, founded within the framework of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations. The University has a reputation for bringing together stakeholders such as academics, researchers, professionals, and industry to explore cross-cutting topics facing the maritime industry. The WMU Summer Academy provides a unique opportunity for these stakeholders to gather and share knowledge, as well as collaborate on potential solutions that will directly benefit the maritime industry.


The WMU Summer Academy course on Current Issues in Ports and Terminals Post Covid-19 is coordinated by Professor Daniel Moon and delivered by a team of WMU faculty and external experts.


During the Current Issues in Ports and Terminals Post Covid-19 course, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Gain a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of port business and management;
  • Familiarize themselves with the extended network in which a port operates;
  • Understand the different economic, managerial and strategic challenges faced by ports;
  • Digest the successful innovations in the port industry and become familiar with the range of enabling factors for port competitiveness;
  • Reflect on the development trends and the potential turning points, as well as the required preparation to embrace the changes;
  • Develop an appreciation of socio-economic port project appraisal, thereby helping port authorities to develop business cases which are better designed to help government decision making;
  • Achieve an in-depth understanding of project finance from the view of development institutions and agencies, such as multi-lateral development banks and Export Credit Agencies.


This Summer Academy course is open to individuals interested in gaining a thorough understanding of the port business, management and finance and those interested in acquiring further skills for career development. This includes graduate/PhD students, researchers, and other academics, as well as industry professionals (port managers, public administrators, policy makers, terminal operators, logistics service providers, port technology providers) and other individuals engaged in port management and trade facilitation.

Key Facts

Key Facts


Participants are awarded a Certificate of Completion and receive an official programme from the WMU Summer Academy that outlines the topics covered.

Course Structure

Day 1 - Port Performance & Operational Resilience

Morning (09:00 - 12:30)  -  Daniel Moon

Afternoon (13:30 - 17:00)  -  Hassiba Benamara, Mark Assaf

Day 2 - The Financial and Socio-economic Appraisal of Sustainable Port Development Projects

Morning (09:00 - 12:30)  -  Iven Krämer

Afternoon (13:30 - 17:00)  -  Iven Krämer

Day 3 - Decarbonization & Energy Hub

Morning (09:00 - 12:30)  -  Aykut Ölcer

Afternoon (13:30 - 17:00)   -  Fabio Ballini

Day 4 - Green Corridors & Port Digitalization

Morning (09:00 - 12:30)  -  Pierre Cariou

Afternoon (13:30 - 17:00)  -  Gang Chen

Day 5 - Port Visit (CMP), Networking and Wrap-up

Presentation of certificates and free afternoon




Participants should be at the end of their course of study, or have already completed their master’s Studies or PhD and/or have several years of equivalent professional experience in the field.

Participants will be selected based on curriculum vitae, academic and professional career, and letter of motivation.

Please note, the WMU Summer Academy course is delivered in English and participants should be able to follow the delivery of the course in this language.


Course Dates: 11 - 15 September 2023
Application Deadline: 31 July 2023

*Late applications may still be considered subject to availability. We recommend submitting your application as early as possible to increase your chances of acceptance.


Full  -  $ 2,500 (full payment by 31 July 2023)
Students/WMU Alumni -  $ 1,250 (full payment by 31 July 2023)

Fees include:

  • in-class attendance with access to learning material
  • refreshments (morning and afternoon coffee breaks) and lunches provided during the programme delivery

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All applications must be completed online. Paper applications are not available.

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