Antwerp, Belgium, will host the PIANC World Congress 2028. This marks the first time the congress will convene in Antwerp, underscoring the city’s growing prominence on the global maritime stage.

The PIANC World Congress, attended by more than 600 professionals, is the premier event for the world’s waterborne transport infrastructure community. With its strategic maritime position and vibrant cultural heritage, Antwerp offers a perfect backdrop for PIANC World Congress 2028. The congress will delve into crucial topics in maritime and inland navigation, environment and sustainability, and recreation and marinas. A special focus will be on climate change, sustainability, innovation, and decarbonisation, aligning with the city’s leadership in these global issues.

Antwerp’s infrastructure and historic yet innovative character provide an ideal setting for fostering dialogue and collaboration among international experts. The city is uniquely poised to facilitate meaningful exchanges between the delegates with its mix of historical charm and cutting-edge facilities.

“Hosting the PIANC World Congress 2028 is a testament to Antwerp’s enduring appeal and strategic importance,” said Tadeja Pivc Coudyser, CEO of Antwerp Convention Bureau. “Under the brand, The City is Your Venue, we are excited to integrate the essence of Antwerp into every aspect of the congress, enhancing the experience of delegates with our unique blend of hospitality and innovation.”

The Congress is expected to attract hundreds of attendees, including leading professionals, researchers, and policymakers involved in the maritime sector. It will also feature technical visits to the Port of Antwerp-Bruges, a hub of sustainable transition and the second-largest petrochemical industry cluster globally.  In addition, technical visits will cover inland navigation infrastructure and other seaports across Flanders.

With excellent connectivity to major European cities and airports, Antwerp’s accessibility will ensure a seamless experience for international visitors.

“We are committed to showcasing Antwerp not just as a host city but as a central player in the maritime and environmental dialogue,” added Antwerp’s Deputy Mayor Koen Kennis. “This event will spotlight our city’s capacity to host large-scale international gatherings and our dedication to advancing sustainable maritime practices.”