• April 24-26, 2024 | Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Louisiana

Ann De Smet

Port of Antwerp-Bruges

Key Account Manager

Ann has been working for the Port of Antwerp-Bruges for over 22 years where she developed a passion for shipping, and breakbulk in particular.

As a Key Account Manager Maritime business, she has a strong customer-driven mentality. She puts her solid experience in breakbulk, dry bulk and roro into practice by assisting customers to find the best solution for their business.

She is one of the driving forces of the Breakbulk club, an information exchange network, exclusively for the breakbulk community of Port of Antwerp-Bruges. She is also member of the Board of the Propeller Club Port of Antwerp-Bruges and a member of Wista Belgium.

She has a grown-up daughter and loves to travel and read.

Sessions With Ann De Smet

Friday, 21 April

  • 11:00am - 11:45am (CST) / 21/apr/2023 04:00 pm - 21/apr/2023 04:45 pm

    Who's on First: Choosing Low- or No-Carbon Fuels and Ship Designs Across a Varied Global Fleet

    What will the green fuel of the future be? Will there be one fuel for all, or a number of potential solutions? How will ports adapt, and what do ship owners and operators need to plan for when it comes to emissions regulations and other aspects of sustainability? The multipurpose sector is a small niche and will follow rather than lead when it comes to green fuel — but not every option makes sense for this fleet. Multipurpose vessel operators, which trade in the most remote corners of the globe, expect to hedge their bets with fossil fuel for some time. Multimillion-dollar newbuilding decisions can't be made quickly, especially in the face of an increasingly complex regulatory environment, evolving commercial realities, and a segment wary of over-investment. Led by Peter Tirschwell, vice president of S&P Global Market Intelligence, this panel of carrier, port, and classification society executives will examine the choices global carriers face, with a focus on the fate of the MPV/heavy-lift fleet.