International Port Seminar

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General information

In the previous years, the Port Seminar has shifted its focus from general organisational and management aspects of ports to port planning and port engineering aspects. The theoretical part of the seminar is given at UNESCO-IHE in Delft by lecturers being recruited from port authorities, terminal operators, universities, knowledge institutions and international consultants. They transfer their broad ‘state-of-the-art’ knowledge to the participants by means of lectures, discussions, exercises and a role play (SIM Port*).

Lecture periods are alternated with work visits to ports on the European North-West coast. Probably nowhere in the world will you find such a concentration of outstanding examples of ports varying in size, type, terminal use and management models. Programmed are visits to the ports of Rotterdam, Amsterdam and seaports in Belgium and France.

Sharing experiences is an inherent part of the seminar. The seminar offers a platform where participants can discuss their specific experiences and problems and develop mutual social and business contacts. On the last day a programme is organised where participants share experiences about specific topics in their port or other key issues.

*SIM Port is a computer-supported game, played by competing teams of 3-6 persons, that simulates the real processes involved in planning, equipping and exploiting a 1,000 ha port expansion project over a 30 year period. The participants gain better insight in development strategies in relation to commercial and infrastructural choices.

Learning outcome:

Upon completion, the participant should be able to

  • Learn about the international character of a port; the supply chain and port logisics; economic aspects of ports, and port organisations.
  • Learn about strategic planning; design and construction of port infrastructure; life cycle approach, and port maintenance.
  • Get acquainted with practical aspects of port management and engineering.
Contact Person: Poonam Taneja (Coordinator) (


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Venue: UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education
Delft, Netherlands

Westvest 7, 2611 AX Delft



€ 3.160. 

The course fee includes:

  • All port visits and excursions;
  • 2 nights hotel (shared rooms, single room occupancy possible at additional costs) during the port visits abroad;
  • the Seminar Handbook (hard copy and CD-rom);
  • participation in the SIM Port Simulation Game.


Preferably participants have a technical background and some years of working experience in a port environment. Professionals in (or on their way to) management positions in the fields of port and terminal management, port planning and development, port consultancy, construction and maintenance, are especially welcome at the seminar. A bachelor level and a workable knowledge of English are required to benefit fully from the Seminar.

Application Procedure:

Apply using the online application form.

Application Deadline: 18 March 2016​ - 23.59 (CET)

Grant Opportunities:

Most of the UNESCO-IHE online courses are eligible for NFP fellowships, and candidates from NFP countries are always encouraged to apply for one (Deadline NFP: 14 October 2015). Discounts on the tuition fees are also available and apply to the following:

  • 30% for UNESCO-IHE alumni
  • 30% for UNESCO-IHE G-PoWER partners
  • 10% for UN family staff members
  • 10% for groups of 5 or more (provided that the course starts at the same time and a group application has been sent)


Academic level: Lifelong Learning

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