IAPH Insider – 16 September 2021


This edition of IAPH Insider covers:




This week’s Insider highlights with MD Patrick Verhoeven




Join our cyber webinar today at London Shipping Week

We are delighted to externally launch the IAPH Cybersecurity Guidelines for Ports and Port Facilities later today at London International Shipping Week to coincide with our IAPH Webinar ‘Moving from reactive to proactive cyber resilience’. IAPH members in other time zones who cannot make the event on UK time (12.30 BST) can watch the webinar here. Our sincere thanks go to Hamburg Port Authority CEO Jeans Meier, MPA Singapore CIO Chin Yong Koh and Port of Los Angeles CIO Lance Kaneshiro for their contributions, with our IAPH Data Collaboration Committee Chair and cybersecurity champion Pascal Ollivier moderating this 45 minute deep-dive.





Don’t miss our single window event for C-S America ports

We are pleased to announce that we have teamed up again with the Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP) of the Organization of the American States (OAS) to organise a second regional webinar for ports in South and Central America, in the form of a round table discussion. The webinar will address the maritime single window concept and its importance as a port imperative. Moderated by Pascal Ollivier, chairman of the IAPH Data Collaboration Committee, representatives from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the Antigua and Barbuda Port Authority, and both the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism and the National Port Authority of Peru will speak about the advantages, benefits, and challenges of maritime single windows as well as the importance of inter-governmental collaboration for its success. The event will be held on Wednesday, September 29, at 11:00 AM Washington, D.C. (10:00 AM Mexico City). The programme can be found below and on the OAS-CIP website. Participation is free of charge, you can register here.





IHS Markit research insights in container port congestion

In their latest Port Performance Insights research note, the maritime and trade team of IAPH associate member and events and media partner IHS Markit have undertaken a data-based examination of gaps in efficiency between major container ports in different world regions, providing insight into the direct operational causes of the current congestion problems at global container ports and where to start looking for solutions. The data show a much higher percentage of calling vessels required to drop anchor at large North American ports in the first half of 2021 compared with counterparts in Asia and Europe, and when they do, the average number of hours they need to wait before getting a berth is five times more than Asia and three times more than Europe. The report also indicates that berth productivity at the Asian ports is consistently around one third higher than North America and around 25% higher than Europe. These differences are in part due to round-the-clock operations that add vital operating hours so work can be completed more quickly at Asian ports. Cost and availability of labour are important factors too. Quality terminal assets and sufficient physical capacity to handle sudden surges in demand is an obvious requirement for efficiency, but the report indicates that spending on infrastructure alone is not going to be the solution. All major ports have room for efficiency gains through smarter leveraging of digitalisation and data-sharing to streamline processes and improve coordination between the many actors involved in complex processes such as port calls. The current congestion phenomenon is speeding up programs of this type and the trend is bolstered further by the industry decarbonisation agenda with initiatives like port call optimisation already identified by the IMO as an important strategy to reduce global emissions from container shipping. As port and terminal operators come under increasing pressure to investigate and improve, IHS Markit expects to see more programs around initiatives like automation, extended operating hours, and process improvement through leveraging of digitalisation and data-based analysis. The phenomenon will almost certainly result in changes in the structure of supply chains. Shippers and their logistics partners are increasingly concerned with port performance and undertaking more programs around risk profiling of gateways and looking carefully into alternative transportation and sourcing options. The full research note can be downloaded free of charge here on this LinkedIN post.




ICS and Intercargo propose carbon levy for shipping

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and Intercargo, the specialised trade association of dry bulk carriers, have issued a proposal to the IMO for a levy-based market-based measure (MBM) to expedite the uptake and deployment of zero-carbon fuels . The proposal was submitted for consideration by the IMO Intersessional Working Group on Greenhouse Gas Emissions that will be taking place 18-22 October. The ICS and Intercargo proposal comments on an earlier proposal by the Marshall and Solomon Islands, while differentiating itself from it on some key elements. It suggests the establishment of a global levy-based MBM, based on tonnes of CO2 emitted by ships of 5,000 gross tonnage and above, to contribute to an IMO Climate Fund. Regarding the architecture of this fund, the co-sponsors suggest building on the IMO Research Fund as introduced in the industry’s proposal for an International Research and Development Board that will be considered for adoption at the next IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee meeting in November (MEPC 77). It is interesting to note that the proposal does not specify a contribution per tonne of CO2, stating that detailed consideration is still needed on the rate, value, and purpose of such contributions. The submission includes however a comprehensive package of suggested amendments to MARPOL Annex VI, plus accompanying guidelines, for the establishment of such a mandatory system of IMO climate contributions to be made to an IMO Climate Fund. Regarding the use of revenues, the proposal prioritises support towards the rapid development of the required bunkering infrastructure, so that new fuels can be made available globally and from as many ports as possible. It is worth noting at the same time that the co-sponsors emphasise that the commercial development of relevant technologies, fuels, propulsion systems and related bunkering infrastructure are the responsibility of other stakeholders. Members of the IAPH Climate and Energy Committee received the full text of the ICS-Intertanko proposal and will be discussing a possible response in view of the upcoming IMO meetings.




Lloyd’s Register report on maritime energy transition

At London International Shipping Week, Lloyd’s Register presented a new report looking at the maritime energy transition and what needs to happen now to deliver meaningful action on decarbonisation. The report sets out five key elements, including global regulation to support industry-wide action and overcoming barriers to scale infrastructure. The report was produced in association with Longitude, the research unit of the Financial Times. It brings together expert views and insights from the public and private sector across global supply chains, looking at what the maritime industry needs to do to move to a zero-carbon future. You can download the report free of charge via the Lloyd’s Register website.




Our new P&H poll: a bonus-malus system for port dues?

With November playing host to two significant meetings pertaining to the global journey of emission reductions, COP26 and IMO’s 77th Marine Environment Protection Committee meeting, we want to look at voluntary — or even mandatory — measures ports can introduce to expedite this journey. With them being gateways to the world, ports also have the opportunity and responsibility to foster sustainable business practices among shipping as well as transport companies. For the November-December edition of Ports & Harbors, we therefore want to discuss if port authorities should introduce differentiated port dues (both positive and negative) that are based on the carbon footprint of the fuel a shipping company uses. This is aimed at encouraging low emission fuels and aid with reducing toxic air pollution. Our question to you: should ports consider a bonus-malus system based on the environmental performance in terms of air and GHG emissions? Click here to submit your answer to this month’s poll.





Welcome to new members Sinay and Sustenuto

We are delighted to welcome two new associate members from Europe. The French company Sinay provides data-driven applications through one single, all in one cloud-based platform, helping maritime actors reducing their environmental impact and improving their business efficiency. Based in Brussels, Belgium, Sustenuto specialises in sustainability consultancy services coaching companies and organisations in developing and implementing corporate social responsibility, organising training, and conducting policy studies and research, all in the field of sustainability.





WPSP award-winning project homePORT at ITS

homePORT, the recent WSPS Award-winning project from Hamburg Port Authority is set to open and make its debut as part of the ITS World Congress in Hamburg in October. The congress is focused on smart mobility and the digitalisation of transport and will be an in-person event from 11-15 October. Located in the heart of the port of Hamburg, homePORT is an innovation campus and urban maritime real laboratory for port stakeholders, academia, tech companies and start-ups with a free space to experiment and collaborate with one another. Attendees on site at the homePORT campus will get to see actual demos of air cabs, parcel delivery from the air and data collection by drone, autonomous infrastructure management solutions on and under the water as well as mobile 3D printing solutions. IAPH members are warmly welcome to visit homePORT and can register here for the full congress or alternatively register for free on the ITS Public day on October 14. You can watch the homePORT project movie produced for the WPSP Awards below.





IAPH joined Canadian Ports Association panel

The Association of Canadian Port Authorities (ACPA) held annual conference in virtual format earlier this week, under the theme ‘Coming out of Covid’. IAPH Managing Director Patrick Verhoeven joined the opening session in a panel discussion with Chris Connor, President and CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), moderated by ACPA President Wendy Zatylny. The debate focused on the current supply chain crunch and ways for ports to strengthen their resilience. Patrick and Chris also discussed the role ports can play in decarbonising shipping and other vehicles. ACPA is the leading voice of Canadian ports, representing the interests of the 17 port authorities that make up Canada’s National Ports System. More information can be found on the ACPA website.




Schedule of autumn Technical Committee meetings

Following their initial cycle of meetings, the three strategic IAPH Technical Committees that were established last year are set to continue their work this fall. The Risk and Resilience Committee kicks off with a meeting on 28 September which will discuss the results of an in-depth analysis of ports’ approach to risk and complete the preparatory process of the Global Port Tracker, the successor to our COVID-19 port impact barometer. The Data Collaboration Committee is next on 12 October with the follow-up of our new cybersecurity guidelines and collaboration between port and customs authorities on the agenda, among other topics. Finally, the Climate and Energy Committee will meet on 26 October, ahead of the crucial 77th IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 77) meeting and the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26). Make sure not to miss these meetings and note the dates in your diary already. Agendas and documentation will be sent to Committee members in due course. If you would like to become member of one of the Technical Committees, please contact our colleague Masahiro Yoshimi at m_yoshimi@iaphworldports.org.




Member Port News

In this edition’s round up of member port news, you will find stories from the following IAPH members: 

  • Europe and Africa region: Freeport of Riga Authority, Hamburg Port Authority, North Sea Port, Port of Amsterdam, Autoridad Portuaria de Sevilla, Autoridad Portuaria de Huelva, Autoridad Portuaria de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Durrës Port Authority, HAROPA (Harbours of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris), Port Autonome de San Pedro, Port of Beirut, Port of Helsinki, Port of Rotterdam Authority, Nigerian Ports Authority, Port of Gdansk Authority, Oslo Port Authority, Autoridad Portuaria de Valencia, Administração dos Portos de Sines e do Algarve
  • America Region: Autoridad Marítima de Panamá, Montreal Port Authority, Port of San Diego, Port of Seattle, Montreal Port Authority, Halifax Port Authority
  • Asia and Oceania Region: Marine and Water Bureau, Government of Macau, Ports and Maritime Organization Iran, Ulsan Port Authority, Ports of Auckland, Solomon Islands Ports Authority, Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Maldives Ports, Busan Port Authority, Busan Regional Office of Oceans and Fisheries, Incheon Port Authority, Port Nelson, Guangzhou Port Authority, Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries Korea, Yeosu Gwangyang Port Authority, Abu Dhabi Ports, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Incheon Regional Office of Oceans and Fisheries




World Maritime News

These maritime news stories made the headlines over the past two weeks: 

  • Green shipping group sees methanol bet as a step in the right direction
  • LPG as an alternative for transition fuels
  • Stakeholders’ opinions on carbon dioxide levy on ships
  • FMC meets with global regulators on shipping bottlenecks
  • Owners explore the feasibility of carrying containers on capes
  • New Guides aims to help ports test cyber security




Calendar of Events

IAPH events and events where IAPH is represented