#IAPH2021: integrate disruption in your daily business
Anyone still doubting whether disruption has become part of ‘business as usual’ will have got more certainty after the recent virus outbreak at Yantian container terminal. Only two months after the Suez Canal blockade, this latest disruption will put further pressure on an already fragile supply chain. The World Ports Conference addresses disruption and resilience from various perspectives. IHS Markit senior economic adviser Nariman Behravesh will set the scene at the start of the conference, with a global trade outlook, discussed by maritime economists Turloch Mooney and Theo Notteboom (21 June – 10.10-10.55 AM CEST). Among the specialised technical sessions, the IAPH’s Risk and Resilience Committee will share first-hand findings of in-depth interviews held with ten port executives last month, identifying how they handle resilience and business continuity (22 June – 11.00-11.45 AM CEST). The Data Collaboration Committee session (25 June – 3.55-4.40 PM) will focus on cyber risk and present ten ways to make your port cyber proof. These recommendations are forming the basis of a comprehensive set of guidelines on port and port facility security which IAPH will be presenting to IMO later this fall (see article further below). The executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, Gene Seroka, will be talking about crisis leadership, based on his experience at the height of the pandemic (24 June – 2.25-2.55 PM). We also have dedicated sessions on risk management for nautical services, anti-corruption, African port security, and the regional session for South-East Asia and Oceania is entirely focused on resilience of ports. Make sure to also watch the new president of BIMCO, Sabrina Chao, and the incoming president of IAPH, Capt Subramaniam, in discussion with ITF secretary-general Stephen Cotton on how the maritime industry can work together collectively in keeping supply chains moving in uncertain times (23 June 1.35-2.20 PM).