HERO_Rotterdam and the Hull-Humber Ports

Port Call Strong connections, many opportunities

2022-03-09T09:00:00 2022-03-09T10:30:00

Still going strong: The many connections between Rotterdam and Hull

Rotterdam is the gateway to and from Europe and a major hub for the UK. The wide range of Ro-Ro connections and short sea routes is a key asset and includes an impressive number of scheduled services. Excellent integrated facilities, including from the City-Hub, ensure highly efficient supply and distribution links to the hinterland.

The Hull/Humber region is a vital link in the chain between the UK and the European mainland. Making the most of the opportunities on offer requires knowing each other well and exploring the benefits of further cooperation.

This is the primary goal of the Port Call on 9 March as we zoom in on the strong connections between Rotterdam and the Hull/Humber region. We will also discuss together the latest traffic figures from the Port of Rotterdam and reflect on the current state of play, especially the latest post-Brexit customs rules and the benefits of digital tools.

In addition, the Port Call will take a close look at the independent blockchain platform Naviporta and its Quay Connect application, an automated service for the export of fresh goods to the UK. Last but not least, a representative from the Port of Hull will give an update on the very latest developments in that region and explain the Humber Freeport concept.

Ample time will be set aside for a Q&A and the event will be concluded with a speed dating session so that participants can set out their stall in person.

Don’t miss this valuable Port Call!


Albert Straatman – Managing director at Rotterdam Port Promotion Council

Patrick Gommers – Business Manager at Naviporta
Patrick is passionate about smart software solutions that enable the global maritime industry workforce to be more efficient, safe and productive. He likes to make ports, terminals and shipping companies smarter via big data and artificial intelligence solutions.

Annemieke Hol - Business manager logistics at Port of Rotterdam
Annemieke has been working for the Port of Rotterdam for several years, prior to which she was a controller and consultant. Having performed various roles in projects, logistics and rail, Annemieke is currently responsible for the RoRo and short sea segments in Rotterdam along with their close ties to the UK.

Dafydd Williams - Head of Policy, Communications & Economic Development (Humber)
Dafydd joined ABP in January 2017 as the Head of Communications and Corporate Affairs for the Humber. He is responsible for all ABP Humber’s external relations, policy developments and partnership working.

Prior to ABP, Dafydd worked for eight years for Yorkshire Water in various roles including latterly as Group Head of Corporate Affairs.  He has previously worked for PR agencies, managing accounts for several big-name clients in the housing, retail, energy and transport sectors.

Dafydd is the former Leader of City of York Council and has extensive political experience having worked for MPs and ministers between 1999 and 2007. He is also a magistrate in York Magistrates Court.



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08:45 - 09:00 uur
Digital doors open
09:00 - 10:00 uur
Port Call International
10:00 - 10:30 uur
Speed date sessions
10:30 uur
Online meeting ends.