IAPH Coronavirus Webinars get off to a flying start
The first in the series of the IAPH/IHS Markit ‘Coronavirus Webinars’ was broadcasted yesterday. Under the guidance of IHS Markit Vice-President Maritime and Trade Peter Tirschwell, Gene Seroka (Executive Director Port of Los Angeles), Theo Notteboom (Shanghai Maritime University) and Jan Hoffmann (Chief Logistics Branch UNCTAD) discussed how ports could survive and thrive in the post-COVID19 landscape. Rather than casting a negative perspective on the current crisis inflicted by the pandemic, speakers highlighted the opportunities for ports to embrace digitalisation and decarbonisation in the ‘new normal’. Nearly 1200 delegates registered for this first webinar in a series produced by the team behind the World Ports Conference. Two more webinars will be held this summer, respectively on 10 June and 1 July. Subsequent series are planned for autumn this year and spring 2021, leading right up to the 2021 World Ports Conference, which will be held in Antwerp 23-25 June next year.
If you missed the first webinar, you can watch it on demand via this link. Our next Coronavirus Webinar will take place on 10 June, featuring IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim, Quah Ley Hoon, CEO of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and International Chamber of Shipping Secretary General Guy Platten. Ports & Harbors Editor Ines Nastali will guide the panel in a discussion on improving ship-shore relations in the post COVID-19 era, with ports and shipping working together on decarbonisation, trade facilitation and automation.