The day started with a welcome word of our CEO, Jos Gielen, who talked about BDM’s position in the Belgian Marine and P&C market.
The speakers of the day were announced by Wilfried Van Gompel, our Marine Director.
Julia Graham was the first speaker to take the floor. As a self-proclaimed risk addict, she gave us an overview of the activities of FERMA and told us about the future shift of risk management to risk leadership. The following speaker, Christa Sys, handled the growing size of containerships and their economic value as well as the consequences this has for our industry. After a short break we continued on a more technological and social path. The third speaker, Alex Van Breedam, introduced us into the subject of e-commerce and the effects it has on our transport. Finally, Herman Konings talked about trend watching and about what can be expected of the future and of our baby boomers. We can all agree that these four speakers brought interesting topics forward and gave us new views on the current as well as the future transport and marine market.
After the academic part of the day we were led away by three sailors to the Red Star Line Museum. After a windy walk across the borders of Scheldt we arrived in the beautiful entrance hall of the Museum where a pleasant reception with walking dinner awaited us. Everybody got the chance to visit the museum that tells the story of the thousands of immigrants that left Europe through the port of Antwerp. Our last speaker of the day, Philip Heylen, member of the Antwerp city council, pressed on the importance of the Museum and its position in the ever evolving part of Antwerp, Het Eilandje.
We think that everybody will agree with us when we say that this was a truly interesting seminar. We would like to take the opportunity to announce that we will be organizing the fourth edition of our Marine Insurance Seminar on Thursday March 17, 2016.
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