First meeting IAPH Risk and Resilience Committee
With 30 participants joining online, the inaugural meeting of the new IAPH Risk and Resilience Committee last Tuesday was equally well attended. Committee members agreed on a work plan to achieve the overall objective of assisting ports in devising a business continuity policy that goes beyond daily operational risks and recognises the status of ports as critical infrastructure. Two principal deliverables are envisaged, a set of generic guidelines and a survey that will help determining specific issues for the Committee to work on. Port of Antwerp will be coordinating the work on the guidelines and Port of Açu will coordinate the work on the survey. The aim is to have both deliverables finalised well before the World Ports Conference in June, so that they can be presented there. The Committee also discussed several specific risk and resilience topics, including the impact of COVID-19, extreme weather impact, dangerous goods, and anti-corruption. Martin Benderson, Head of Collective Action and Partnerships at the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) joined the meeting to give an overview of the network’s initiatives and to present the concept of a ‘Global Port Integrity Dashboard’ that will provide an overview and comparison of illicit demands in ports around the world. Committee members nominated Tessa Major (Port of Açu) as chairperson, in continuation of her role as chair of the WPSP COVID-19 Task Force, which now works under the umbrella of the Committee.
The IAPH Board will consider the chair nominations for endorsement at its forthcoming meeting on 24 November. The third new Technical Committee, the Data Collaboration Committee, will be meeting on 16 November, from 3-5 PM CET. IAPH members interested to join any of the new Committees are invited to contact Junichi Takemura: Junichi_takemura@iaphworldports.org