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Welcome to the official website of the XXIV Euro-Med Convention "From Land to Sea"!
The three-days event organized by the Grimaldi Group since 1997, aims at promoting European short sea shipping and its beneficial effects in economic, environmental and social terms.
It gathers over 400 delegates, representatives of international and national governmental bodies, top representatives of the logistics, ports, maritime and banking sectors of the Euro-Mediterranean area.



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Professor Kurt Bodewig was appointed European Coordinator for the TEN-T Motorways of the Sea on 16 September 2018.

Prof. Bodewig was previously the European Coordinator for the TEN-T Baltic-Adriatic Corridor between 2014-2018.

He has worked in the German public and private sectors in the transport domain, notably as Federal Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Housing (2000-2002), State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Housing (2000) and as a Member of the German Bundestag (1998-2009).

From 2007-2013 he was the Maritime Ambassador of the EU. He is the Vice-President of the German Road Safety Council (-2010), President of the German Road Safety Association (-2007), President of the Baltic Sea Forum (-2003) and Honorary Consul of Lithuania (-2011).

Born in Vilanova i la Geltrú (Barcelona, Catalonia) in 1968.

Minister of the Territory and Sustainability for the Government of Catalonia, department responsible for environment policy, spatial planning, housing, infrastructures and mobility (2018-2021).

Degree in Construction Sciences and Technologies from Ramon Llull University and Diploma in Technical Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.

Mr. Calvet i Valera has held several different positions within the Government of Catalonia, the most notable of which are that of Director of the Catalan Land Institute (INCASOL) and Chairman of CIMALSA Logistical Centres (2013-2018), public companies engaged in converting land for economic and residential purposes and the development of public housing; Land and Mobility Secretary (2010-2012); Director General of Architecture and Housing (2001-2004) and Head of the Minister’s Cabinet of the Ministry of Land Planning and Public Works (1997-2001).

He has been elected at local level where he has held the posts of Deputy Mayor for Urban Planning, Economy and Treasury of the City Council of Sant Cugat del Vallès (2015-2018) and Councillor of the City Council of Vilanova i la Geltrú (1999-2003).

In the private sector, he has worked in real estate, notably as Vice-president of the Association of Property Developers of Mallorca, Member of the Management Board of IBAVI Balearic Housing Institute and Member of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation of Mallorca.

He has also worked as a teaching fellow on the Master Programme in Building Project Management at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.

With over three decades of professional and academic experience, Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, an international lawyer, is a global leader on maritime law, labour standards and labour law, and law of international organizations. She is a distinguished academic in the field of international law and an international advocate for sustainability and innovation.

Appointed by the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Dr. Doumbia-Henry became the seventh President of the World Maritime University (WMU), a university established within the framework of the IMO. She is the first woman President and the first President from a developing country. As the Chief Executive Officer of WMU, she oversees and directs the operations and administration of the University, positioning it as the global centre of excellence in maritime and ocean education, research and capacity building, taking on board the UNSDGs. Dr. Doumbia-Henry is also a Panel Member for the Rapid Response Labour Mechanism of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

Prior to joining WMU, Dr. Doumbia-Henry held various senior positions at the International Labour Organization (ILO), another specialized agency of the United Nations. During her tenure as Director of the International Labour Standards Department (first woman Director since the establishment of the ILO in 1919), Dr. Doumbia-Henry was responsible for the ILO’s international labour standards policy and for the ILO’s supervisory bodies and procedures governing international labour standards. She led the department to effectively assist the ILO member States on the implementation of their international obligations (more than 400 Conventions and Recommendations) including through technical assistance, advice, research and capacity building programmes. She spearheaded the development of the innovative and historic ILO Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), 2006 which consolidated 68 international labour instruments. The MLC, 2006 as amended has been ratified to date by 97 member States to date representing 91% of the world gross tonnage of ships. Dr. Doumbia-Henry also led the ILO’s participation in a number of IMO/ILO interagency collaborations on several issues of common interest, including the Joint IMO/ILO Ad Hoc Expert Working Groups on Fair Treatment of Seafarers and on Liability and Compensation regarding Claims for Death, Personal Injury and Abandonment of Seafarers.

Dr. Doumbia-Henry began her career at the University of the West Indies, Barbados, as lecturer in law and later worked at the Iran-US Claims Tribunal in The Hague, the Netherlands and the World Bank. Dr. Doumbia-Henry has dual Dominican and Swiss nationality. Her qualifications include Barrister-at-Law and Solicitor, a PhD and LLM from the University of Geneva, and a LLM and LLB from the University of West Indies. She has published extensively on a wide range of international law subjects. Dr. Doumbia-Henry is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

Born in 1956 in Naples, Italy, married with 2 sons and 1 daughter.

Degree in Economics and Commerce obtained “summa cum laude” at the University of Naples in December 1980

General Certificate of Education (scientific studies) obtained at the Military School Nunziatella in Naples

In 2018 he was awarded as Commander of the Order of the Lion of Finland

Offices and functions

President & Managing Director of Grimaldi Euromed SpA

Managing Director of Grimaldi Group SpA

Board Member of Grimaldi Deep Sea SpA

CEO and President of Finnlines Plc

President of Minoan Lines

President of Malta Motorways of the Sea Ltd

President of Euro-Med Ireland Logistics Ltd

President of Salerno Auto Terminal Srl

President of Grimaldi Logística España S.L..

President of Valencia Terminal Europa S.L.

President of Grimaldi Terminal Barcelona S.L.

Board Member and Past President of Confitarma (Italian Shipowners’ Association)

Designed President of International Chamber of Shipping

Vice President of Malta International Shipping Council

Board Member of Atlantic Container Line A.B.

Board Member of RINA SpA

Board Member of Antwerp Euroterminal n.v.

Board Member of Grimaldi Belgium n.v.

Board Member and Past President of the European Community Shipowners’ Associations

Board Member of Interferry Inc

A Civil Engineer from the University of A Coruña and a Law graduate from the Open University of Catalonia, Mar Chao López has an MBA from the Caixanova Business School (today, IESIDE) and has completed her training with numerous degrees in maritime law, logistics and digital transformation. Among them, the titles of Maritime Law and Port Management from the University of A Coruña; Maritime Transport and Port Management by the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Logistics Management by Lloyd's Academy London; and Manager of the Transport of Goods and Travelers for the European Community. She speaks English, French, Galician and Portuguese and, currently, is a professor of the Master in Logistics and Transport at the University of A Coruña.

Since the beginning, in 1991, Mar Chao López has developed her work in the port and logistics field, both in the public and private sectors. Until her incorporation as Director of Operations in Puertos del Estado, she served as Commercial and Business Development Director at the Port Authority of Valencia. Likewise, in the private sector, she has been General Director of the Reyser Group, a leading port services operator. In the public sector, she has worked for the Port Authority of A Coruña, as Head of the port services unit; and in the Vigo Port Authority, as Head of the port operations division and Head of the operations department. Between December 2006 and March 2009, she held the position of General Director of transport of the Xunta de Galicia, being a Counselor in the Ferrol Port Authority and assuming the presidency of Portos de Galicia.

Aurelio Martínez (Zaragoza, 1947). Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Valencia since 1981. In 1989, Aurelio Martínez was appointed as the Valencian Regional Government’s Director-General of the Economy and Financial Policy, and two years later, as the Director of the Economy Department for the Spanish Prime Minister’s Office.

In 1995, he was appointed as the Valencian Regional Minister for the Economy and Finance, and Chairman of the Valencian Institute of Finance. From 1995 to 1999, he was a Councillor for the Socialist Group on the Valencia City Council.

From 2000 to 2004, he was Director of the International Economic Environment Observatory (OCEI), and from 2004 to 2009, he was the Chairman of the Spanish Official Credit Institute (ICO).

In July 2009, he was appointed as the Chairman of Navantia and in 2011, as the Chairman of Sociedad Estatal Loterías y Apuestas del Estado (SELAE), the Spanish State Lottery Company.

In 2013, he was appointed as the Chairman of the Valencia Football Club Foundation, a position he left in 2014 when the club was sold.

He was appointed as the Chairman of the Port Authority of Valencia on 14th August 2015.

From 1981 until 1987 – Commercial Director and then General Manager of Alisur S.A., a shipping company based in Spain.

From 1987 until 1989 – Fast Ferry Manager of Flebasa, a shipping company based in Spain.

From 1989 until 1995 – Managing Director of all the Shipping Company within the Rodriquez Group.

From 1994 until 1997 – Co-Founder and Managing Director of Ustica Lines S.p.A., a shipping company based in Trapani, Italy.

From 1997 until 2006 – Member of the Board and Sales & Marketing Director of Rodriquez Cantieri Navali S.p.A., a shipbuilder company based in Messina, Italy.

From 1998 until 2017 – Honorary Spanish Consul for the region of Messina, Italy.

From 1999 – Co-Founder of Balearia, a shipping company bases in Denia, Spain.

From 2007 until 2011 – Director Ferry Division of Unitramp Shipbrokers based in Naples, Italy.

From 2011 until 2013 - Member of the board of Hellenic Sea Ways, a shipping company based in Pireus, Greece.

From 2011 till july 2015 – Chairman and Managing Director of Tirrenia – Compagnia Italiana di Navigazione spa, a shipping company based in Naples, Italy.

From July 2015 till 2017 – Managing Director of Liberty Lines spa, a shipping company based in Trapani, Italy.

From 2015 till 2017 – Member of the Board of Confitarma, the Italian Shipowners Association.

From March 2016 till 2017 – President and Managing Director of Siremar – Società Navigazione Siciliana, a shipping company based in Palermo, Italy.

From Jan 2018 till April 2020 – Member of the Board and General Manager, Operations of Balearia – Eurolineas Maritimas, a shipping company based in Denia (Alicante) – Spain.

From April 2020 till present – Managing Director and founder of Malta Shipbroker International Ltd, a brokerage company based in Malta.

From May 2021 till present – Managing Director of Trasmed GLE SL, a shipping Company based in Valencia – Spain.

President of the North Central Tyrrhenian Sea Port Authority and President of the North Adriatic Sea Port Authority from 2017 to 2020, he was born in Venice in 1978. He graduated in 2006 in Law at the University of Bologna and completed an LLM in "International Commercial and Maritime Law" at the University of Wales, Swansea, in 2010. 

From September 2019 he is a Lecturer in Maritime Law at the School of Law – University of Bologna.

From June 2018 he is Vice President of MedPorts, an association that gathers ports from all around the Mediterranean Sea with the aim of fostering and enhancing trades and relations among them.

From April 2018 he is an affiliated member of the Erasmus China Business Centre of the Rotterdam School of Management - Erasmus University.

From May 2018 he is the Chairman of the European Chapter of the Global Institute of Logistics, a think-tank of logisticians and professionals who act as a global knowledge network committed to supporting the Institute's mission of contributing to the resolution of legacy challenges in global logistics.

From 2017 he is a board member of AIVP (Worldwide Network of Port Cities), the only international organisation that, for 30 years, has been bringing together all the public and private development stakeholders in port cities.

Until March 2017, he worked as Corporate Insurance Risk Manager for the Middle East area at Hapag-Lloyd, based in Singapore, with the tasks of managing, coordinating and controlling all cargo and P&I claims, and coordinating the loss prevention management of the area.

From 2012 to 2016 he worked as Senior Claims Manager and Average Adjuster at Atlantis International Services NV, in Antwerp, in charge of providing legal advices and counsel on international transport claims, with a particular emphasis on cargo claims, P&I claims, H&M claims and GA and Salvage casualties.

Between 2011 and 2012 he worked as Sales and Contracts Manager at Mechel Service Belgium BVBA in Antwerp, a multinational leading in the production and sale of steel and ore materials. Here he dealt with the development and expansion of the Spanish, Portuguese and Scandinavian markets. He was also responsible for planning and supervising sales, organizing the logistic chain and providing a full customer-oriented service.

From 2018 he is a Member of the AIDIM, the Italian Association of Maritime Law.

From 2015 he is an Associate Member of the Association of Average Adjusters - United Kingdom.

From 2014 he is a member of Belgische Vereniging voor Zeerecht.

Esben Poulsson is Chairman of The International Chamber of Shipping, the London based Association whose membership comprises approximately 80% of the world fleet. 

Mr. Poulsson is also Executive Chairman of ENESEL PTE. LTD., a Singapore based ship owning entity, of a fleet of large container vessels all under the Singapore Flag.  He has worked in the maritime industry for over 45 years and has held a variety of senior management positions in Hong Kong, London, Copenhagen and Singapore.

Aside from his Chairmanship of Enesel Pte. Ltd., he is a Non-Executive Director of Nordic Shipholding A/S, Copenhagen, BW Epic Kosan Ltd., Singapore and Finnlines PLc., Helsinki.  He is non-executive Chairman of Cambiaso Risso Asia Pte. Ltd., Singapore and of Tamar Shipmanagement Ltd., Hong Kong and serves on the Board of the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).  He is also Senior Advisor to the Chairman of X-Press Feeders Ltd.

He is immediate past President (2019) of the Singapore Shipping Association and is an Advisory Panel Member of the Singapore Maritime Foundation.

Hiro Yamada joined the IMO Secretariat in 2005 and engaged in various technical and operational matters in the Maritime Safety Division (MSD) as the Secretary of some Sub-Committees under MSC (Maritime Safety Committee) and MEPC (Marine Environment Protection Committee).  In October 2018, he was appointed as Director of Marine Environment Division (MED). 

As the Director of MED, he has to deal with many environmental challenges, in particular, reduction of GHG emissions from ships, marine plastic litter and various ocean issues.

Andrea Annunziata is a lawyer and an expert in logistics and transport economics.

In the 2001 Italian political elections he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies in Campania.

In the Prodi II Government he held the role of Undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport.

From 2006 to 2008 he was President of the National Council of Transport and Logistics.

From 2008 to 2016 he was President of the Port Authority of Salerno.

From 2009 to 2014 he was President of the Med Port Community.

From 2017 to 2021 he was President of the Port Network Authority of Eastern Sicily (Ports of Augusta and Catania)

Since February 2021 he is President of the Port Network Authority of the Central Tyrrhenian Sea (Ports of Naples, Salerno and Castellammare di Stabia).

Guido Grimaldi was born in London in 1983 and he is married with one son and two daughters.

He studied at the University of Naples Federico II obtaining a Degree in Economics in 2005.

Furthermore he has enlarged his professional background in transport and logistics field by attending the MBA Master “Automotive Logistics” of ECG Academy (European Vehicle Logistics Association).

Personal interests in art, reading and horses.

After his studies he immediately started working at the Grimaldi Group, founded by his grandfather together with his brothers in the late 40’s.

Currently, Guido Grimaldi is the Corporate Commercial Director of Grimaldi Short Sea Shipping, Finnlines, Minoan Lines and Malta Motorways of the Sea and Trasmed GLE, President of the agencies Grimaldi Sardegna, and Grimaldi Catania, Member of the Board of Directors of Finnlines, Member of the Board of Directors of Valencia Terminal Europa, Member of the Board of Directors of the Grimaldi Marangolo Terminal Catania, Member of the Board of Directors of Grimaldi Logistica Genova, Member of the Board of Directors of Grimaldi Maroc, Member of the Board of Directors of Grimaldi Tunis.

He is also President of ALIS, Logistics Association of Sustainable Intermodality, a reference association for the entire people of transport and logistics, whose aim is promoting the development of intermodality and sustainable mobility at national and European level since its establishment.

ALIS represents shipping companies, road haulage companies, railway companies, terminal operators, freight forwarders, transport and logistics services providers, interports, ITS, ports, airports, universities and research centres. Today ALIS network counts 1,600 members and associated companies, over 196,000 workers, a fleet of over 134,000 vehicles, over 140,500 maritime connections yearly and 130 lines of Motorways of the Sea, 200,000 railway connections yearly and over 160 railway lines, with a turnover aggregate of € 32 billion.

Other functions

President of the Technical Group on Ecological transition, naval technology, regulation, research and development of Confitarma (Italian Confederation of Shipowners)

Member of the General Council of Confitarma (Italian Confederation of Shipowners)

Member of the Council of Federazione del Mare (Italian Maritime Cluster)

Member of the Short Sea Panel of ICS (International Chamber of Shipping)

Member of the Board of Directors of the University of Naples Parthenope

Member of the Aspen Institute

Member of the Advisory Board VolaNapoli Onlus

Member of the Board of Directors of Grimaldi Onlus Foundation

Honorary President of the Association “Un Calcio per Tutti Onlus”

Brand Ambassador of “Fierecavalli” Jumping World Cup

Ugo Salerno is Chairman and CEO of RINA Spa, inspection, certification and consulting engineering multinational.

Following his honours degree from the University of Naples in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in 1976, he moved to Genoa’s to work for Italcantieri S.p.A.

In1980, he starts working for Fermar Spa in Ravenna, first as Superintendent and later as Technical Manager.

In 1988, he became Fleet Manager of Bulkitalia, part of the Coeclerici Group.

In 1994, he became CEO of Fermar Spa, at the time acquired by Coeclerici.

With Coeclerici he held several executive positions including CEO of Coeclerici Shipping, Coeclerici Logistics since 1996 and Vice President of Coeclerici Trading.

He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of RINA S.p.A. in 2002 and, from 2012, also Chairman. Through a complex restructuring process and relaunching of the company, he diversified the business and led RINA to internationalization.

He’s been Chairman of IACS (International Association of Classification Societies).

He’s been Director of VSL Investment Fund, Fondazione Ansaldo and of Cassa di Risparmio della Spezia S.p.A.

He was member of Confidustria Nazionale and Director of UCINA - Unione Nazionale dei Cantieri e delle Industrie Nautiche e Affini.

He has been a Director of ITIC P&I Club (International Transport Intermediaries Club Limited).

He is Councillor of the Galliera Hospital in Genova and Chairman of Promostudi La Spezia – Participation Foundation for the Promotion of Higher Education Studies in La Spezia.
Since 2013 he is member of the TIC Council Global Board (formerly IFIA - International Federation of Inspection Agencies).

In 2013 he was also appointed Cavaliere del Lavoro della Repubblica Italiana (the highest civil honour in Italy). Since October 2019 he is the Chairman of the Gruppo Ligure dei Cavalieri del Lavoro.


Port of Ravenna Authority

February 2019  - May 2021



Board Member
MGM LINES Srl – Milan (Italy)

2014 - 2016

Deputy Chief Executive Officer
GSP OFFOSHORE S.A. – Constanța (Black Sea – Romania)

2012 - 2014

Managing Director
Rosetti Marino SpA – Ravenna (Italy)

2008 - 2012

Chief Executive Officer
Eni Finance International SA – Brussels (Belgium)
Eni Finance USA Inc. – New York (USA)

1996 - 2008

Financial Director
Saipem SpA – San Donato Milanese (Italy)


Involved in administrative, tax and corporate activities with increasing responsibilities leading to his appointment as Head of the Group's financial activities.


European Coordinator
Managing Director
Commercial Director
Managing Director
Chairman & Ceo


DAY 1OCTOBER 7, 2021
Arrival of guests at Valencia Airport
Accommodation at the Westin Valencia and Sorolla Palace Hotels
Dinner at the respective hotels
DAY 2OCTOBER 8, 2021
Transfer to Palacio de Congresos
(from the Westin Valencia Hotel only; departures every 10 minutes)
Conference registration
Beginning of XXIV Euro-Med Convention From Land to the Sea

Palacio De Congresos (Auditorium 1)
Panel Debate "The decarbonisation of the European maritime industry: challenges and prospects"
Cofee Break
Panel Debate "MoS in the Western Mediterranean and their role in Europe's Transport System"
Palacio de Congresos
Press conference
Palacio De Congresos (Auditorium 3)
(for the media only)
Grimaldi Agents' General Meeting
Palacio De Congresos (Auditorium 1)
(for the Grimaldi Agents and staff only)
Transfer from all the hotels to the Hemisfèric - Ciutat de les Arts I Les Ciències
Grimaldi Excellence Awards Ceremony. Gala Dinner

L'Hemisfèric - Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències
(formal dress)
Transfer from all the hotels to Masia De Xamandreu
DAY 3OCTOBER 9, 2021
Guided tour of Valencia’s old town and of the port terminals VTE and Trasmed GLE. Lunch
(registered guests only)
Grimaldi Agents' Meetings
Sorolla Palace Hotel
(for the Grimaldi Agents and staff only)

Transfer to Sorolla Palace
(from the Westin Valencia Hotel only; departures at 09:00/09:30/10:30)
Med-Waf Deep Sea Lines Agents' Meeting

(“Gran Pinedo” meeting room)
Adriatic Lines Agents' Meeting
(“Palmeretes” meeting room)
Euro-Med & Med-North America Agents' Meeting

(“Perellonet+Las Arenas” meeting rooms)
Transfer to the Westin Valencia Hotel
(for the Westin Valencia Hotel guests only)
Transfer from all the hotels to Masia De Xamandreu
(casual dress)
Transfer from all the hotels to Masia De Xamandreu
DAY 4OCTOBER 10, 2021
Departure and transfer of guests to Valencia airport


The XXIV Euro-Med Convention will be held from 7th to 10th October 2021.


Palacio de Congresos
Avinguda de les Corts Valencianes, 60 - 46015 València