Patrick Verhoeven

International Association of Ports and Harbors

Managing Director

Patrick Verhoeven is managing director of the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH), responsible for policy and strategy. The organization represents about 170 ports and some 140 port-related businesses in 90 countries worldwide. Prior to joining IAPH in 2017, Verhoeven spent 24 years in Brussels representing the interests of shipowners, port authorities, terminal operators, and ship agents at the EU level. He started his career in 1991 with the Antwerp-based ship agent Grisar & Velge. In 2019, he joined the supervisory board of the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority as deputy chairman. Patrick holds a Ph.d. in applied economics and a bachelor’s in law from the University of Antwerp. He is an assistant professor at the university’s Centre for Maritime and Air Transport Management (C-MAT). 

Sessions With Patrick Verhoeven

Tuesday, 1 March

  • 04:00pm - 04:45pm (EST) / 02/mar/2022 12:00 am - 02/mar/2022 12:45 am

    From Ocean to Port: Will Things Get Worse Before They Get Better?

    With container markets heading into their third year of historically disruptive turmoil, everyone from shippers and forwarders to terminal operators and drayage carriers is looking for signs of improvement in service on the water and cargo flow through the ports. Whether it’s port congestion, berth productivity, freight rates, vessel delays, blank sailings, schedule reliability, import volumes, lost capacity, transit times, or inventories, container shipping stakeholders have had to cope with unrelenting pressure in moving goods from origin to destination. Using exclusive data from IHS Markit and shipping analyst Sea-Intelligence, this session will examine the primary service issues confronting shippers while their goods are in transit, from loading at origin to offloading at the berth.