Port call optimization proposals take to IMO
Two submissions on port call optimisation are currently being prepared for two major IMO Committee meetings this spring. One submission contains an information paper on Just-In-Time (JIT) arrival of ships, prepared by the Global Industry Alliance, which operates under the auspices of the IMO GloMEEP project. This document outlines in great detail the operational and contractual barriers that prevent JIT arrival from happening in reality and it proposes a series of solutions to overcome these barriers. It will be submitted to the upcoming meeting of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), which will be held from 30 March to 3 April. The other submission consists of a proposal for IMO to develop guidelines for harmonised communication during port calls, prepared by BIMCO and the Dutch government. It will be presented to the meeting of the IMO Facilitation Committee (FAL), which takes place from 20 to 24 April. The Chairman of the IAPH Legal Committee, Frans van Zoelen, and IAPH Managing Director Patrick Verhoeven attended an information session at the IMO headquarters yesterday where both draft submissions were discussed. Based on input received from the membership, Frans and Patrick proposed modifications to the texts, in view of IAPH supporting the submissions going forward.