Heading towards a more competitive Portugal was the central theme of the Siemens Business Conference, a venue focused on the 300 managers of Siemens Portugal, which took place in Portimão.
The CEO of APS, João Franco, was one of the speakers and presented his vision on the future of the port sector and how it can contribute for an increase on the country’s exports, bearing in mind the key role of the ports in the exchange of goods among the different regions of the world.
The remarkable development of the containerships and their impact on ports, especially in what regards the ULCC – Ultra Large Container Carrier, the role played by the shipowners and terminal operators, the recent alliances among shipowners and the analysis of the chief indicators of the sector, where some of the key notes of Mr Franco’s presentation.
In this frame, the positioning of the Port of Sines was the ideal example of how Portugal is integrated within this large scale transport development logic, allowing connecting the national export market to the whole world, thanks to direct regular lines, operated by the biggest vessels in the world, which provide high scale economies in transportation.
The capability to offer a digital port business and the need to provide integration with the different means of transport were other issues approached, which contributed to an interesting debate, under the moderation of the journalist Camilo Lourenço.