|IAPH observes the 60th anniversary!
IAPH observed its 60th anniversary on November 7, 2015. On this day back in 1955, IAPH was founded in Los Angeles, USA, with some 100 delegates from 38 ports and maritime organizations in 14 countries gathering to announce the birth of IAPH. Over the past six decades, IAPH has steadily developed into a global alliance of ports, representing today some 180 ports and some 140 port-related businesses in 90 countries. The member ports together handle well over 60% of the world's sea-borne trade and nearly 70% of the world container traffic.
New online publications available
A couple of special committee reports have recently been published by IAPH on two hot topics of container terminal automation and business continuity plan (BCP), as follows.
■ The Study on Best Practices of Container Terminal Automation in the World
■ Report on the Survey Results on Business Continuity Plan (BCP) in Ports (in the event of any threats, interruptions or disasters)
The former is a product of research and study by Port Operations and Logistics Committee and the latter by Port Safety and Security field survey. IAPH members with password can download the reports.
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New IAPH President sworn in
Mr. Santiago Garcia-Milà, Dy. Managing Director of Strategy & Development, Autoritat Portuària de Barcelona, Spain, was elected new IAPH President for a two-year term of 2015 – 2017 at the Plenary Session on 4 June. He will serve as IAPH President until the end of next IAPH World Ports Conference, Bali, Indonesia, May 2017.
At the Plenary, IAPH adopted two business resolutions on ship recycling to promote safety and efficiency and on enhancing and empowering women in the industry.
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29th IAPH World Ports Conference
Smart conference in a smart port city
More than 900 delegates and accompanying person from across the world gathered in Hamburg to attend the 29th IAPH World Ports Conference in Hamburg, Germany, 1- 5 June, under the conference banner theme of “City of Hamburg – Calling at the smartPORT”.
Hamburg Port Authority (Mr. Jens Meier, Chairman of the Management Board), the conference host, provided an excellent stage to debate where the port industry will be heading for in the near future, covering such topics as megaships and their impacts, trends of global economy, global port competition, clean port air solutions, cruise, etc. The debate was further enriched and reinforced, thanks to a wide variety of first- class guest speakers representing terminal operators, shipping lines, logistics service providers, transport consultants, futurology, politics, science, etc.
More details are found on the conference website.
■ Video clips
The Hamburg conference was smart in that our host introduced for the very first time in the history of IAPH conferences a new IT application enabling the participants to view the conference program, presentations, etc. on their mobile phones and tablet computers and to interact with speakers and moderators via “Live polls” at working sessions on a real-time basis.
Our host provided the delegates with an excellent future vision of what a smart port would be like today and tomorrow through not only the conference sessions but also the port tours organized separately featuring port infrastructure, VTS, logistics services, On-Shore Power and Cruise.