IAPH Insider – 2 September 2021


This edition of IAPH Insider covers:




IAPH issues cyber guidelines for ports and port facilities

We are delighted to announce the launch of the IAPH Cybersecurity Guidelines for Ports and Port Facilities. Written by foremost experts from IAPH member port authorities and associate member cybersecurity specialists as well as contributors from the World Bank, the 84 page document is the culmination of four months of intense work. Our sincere thanks go to our members as well as the chairman of the IAPH Data Collaboration Committee Pascal Ollivier who led the team. The guidelines will serve as a crucial, neutral document for senior executive decision makers at ports who are responsible for safeguarding against cybersecurity risks as well as ensuring the continued business resilience of their organisation. The document aims to assist ports and port facilities to establish the true financial, commercial and operational impact of a cyber-attack. It also is intended to help ports and port facilities make an objective assessment on their readiness to prevent, stop and recover from a cyber-attack. The guidelines also address the very difficult question of what port organisations need in terms of resources to effectively manage cybersecurity risks. The document, which is aimed at both technical and non-technical audiences, is designed to create awareness among the C-level management of port authorities of the need to address the issue of cybersecurity and to offer a pragmatic and practical approach to dealing with cyber threat actors. The guidelines have been submitted to both the IMO Facilitation and Maritime Safety Committees for consideration and this first version will now be disseminated throughout the industry, with IAPH fully anticipating the guidelines to become an active, living document with regular updates and editions from the 22-strong editorial team.





IAPH port cyber webinar at London Shipping Week

In support of the launch of the IAPH Cybersecurity Guidelines for Ports and Port Facilities, we are organising a free-to-attend, 45 minute online session at the London International Shipping Week which will take place on Thursday 16 September between 12.30 and 13.15 British Summer Time (BST). During that session you will get C-level strategic insights from port authorities who were key contributors to the guidelines on how to deal with the port cybersecurity threat. The session includes an overview of the five steps towards cyber resilience with Jens Meier, CEO Hamburg Port Authority and IAPH regional vice-president for Europe, an assessment of risk and vulnerabilities with Chin Yong Koh, chief information officer at the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, and the ‘sharing as exchanging’ approach to cybersecurity information in a port community with Lance Kaneshiro, chief information officer at the Port of Los Angeles. The session is aimed at both technical and non-technical port professionals and will be moderated by Pascal Ollivier, the chairman of IAPH’s Data Collaboration Committee and president of Maritime Street. You can register from anywhere in the world for the event here.





P&H cover interview: Gene Seroka on supply chain crisis

The cover interview of the September-October issue of your favourite port lifestyle magazine features Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, who spoke to us about the congestion issues the maritime supply chain currently faces and how IAPH and many stakeholders can work together to make the market more resilient. Other highlights in the latest edition of Ports & Harbors include an interview with Robin Li Yubin, deputy general manager of our new member China Merchants Port Holdings, a deep dive into the critical issue of cybersecurity with opinion pieces, a readers’ poll, and analysis coinciding with the launch of the IAPH Cybersecurity Guidelines. This edition also contains a project focus on South Africa as well as an analysis of Sub-Saharan trade opportunities. On the lighter side, we have IMO secretary-general Kitack Lim answering ten personal questions and a tale of an ancient Roman port. And we used the summer holidays to review a harrowing tale of Antarctic exploration. Finally, we are proud to introduce two new features. We welcome Paddy Rodgers as our first P&H columnist. With his column, the former Euronav tanker CEO and present director of the Greenwich National Maritime Museum will be providing us with his robust views on the maritime industry, starting with an interesting perspective on scale in shipping. The feature ‘In Court’ presents lessons from court proceedings and alternative arbitration, starting with an insolvency case. You can read the online version of the magazine here.





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.





IAPH to join IMO-UNEP-Norway Emission Forum

The IMO-UNEP-Norway Zero-and Low-Emission Innovation Forum is a three-day online global platform aimed at championing innovation to accelerate the transition of the marine sector towards a zero- and low-emission future. It will be held on 27-29 September at 12-3 PM British Summer Time (BST) and focus on addressing specific needs of developing countries, especially Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The Forum is supported by the government of Norway, the IMO secretariat and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in order to promote innovation by providing a global platform to exchange best practices and fill necessary gaps by gathering ideas and latest developments from all competent international policy makers. IAPH managing director Patrick Verhoeven will join a panel session on 29 September to discuss cooperation needs in relation to both R&D and investment between key players in the maritime value chain. You can find the full programme on the IMO website. Registration is free of charge and can be done via this link.




IAPH signs up to decarbonisation call

The Getting to Zero Coalition launched a global call to action this summer to address the urgency to decarbonise the maritime sector and to influence the policy discussions and actions at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference and the IMO during this crucial year for climate action. The call to action was developed by a multi-stakeholder taskforce, convened by the Getting to Zero Coalition with members from the entire maritime ecosystem including shipping, chartering, finance, ports and fuel production. The main message is that shipping must align with the Paris Agreement temperature goal and fully decarbonise using net-zero energy sources by 2050, as opposed to the current 50% reduction target of the IMO. Signatories to the call to action pledge that an urgent and equitable decarbonisation of the maritime supply chain by 2050 is possible and necessary. They also confirm that the private sector is leading the way and taking concrete actions to make zero emission vessels and fuels the default choice by 2030, and decisive government action and enabling policy frameworks are needed now to reach our 2030 and 2050 ambitions. The call to action will be launched ahead of the next UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) which will be held in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November this year, to send a message to governments about the urgency of shipping decarbonisation. IAPH is an official supporting organisation of the Getting to Zero Coalition. We have signed the call to action, and we encouraged IAPH member ports to do so as well. The initial launch of the call is planned for later this month, in conjunction with the UN General Assembly. The call to action will then be delivered to governments with additional signatures in advance of COP26 and IMO meetings later this year. Ports that missed the 1 September deadline for the initial signing can flag their interest to the Getting to Zero Coalition at cop26@globalmaritimeforum.org.




World Bank-IAPH digitalisation report issued in French

In the joint report, Accelerating Digitalisation: Critical Actions to Strengthen the Resilience of the Maritime Supply Chain, the World Bank and IAPH describe how collaborative use of digital technology, and improved cybersecurity, can help streamline all aspects of maritime transport, from cross-border processes and documentation to communications between ship and shore. The French translation of the report came about under the supervision of Pascal Ollivier, chairman of the IAPH Data Collaboration Committee. It is now available for download. With maritime transport carrying over 11 billion tons of cargo, and 90 percent of all merchandise trade, the report shows that broader and more consistent digital collaboration and synchronisation between private and public entities across the maritime supply chain will translate into significant efficiency gains, improved competitiveness for countries, safer and more resilient supply chains, and lower emissions. Click here for both the English and French versions of the report.




Container packing guide available in six languages

In striving for greater awareness and usage of the IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTU Code) and to improve safety in the intermodal supply chain, the Cargo Integrity Group (CIG) has published its Quick Guide to the CTU Code, and its accompanying Container Packing Checklist, in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. The CIG consists of ICHCA International, Global Shippers’ Forum, TT Club, World Shipping Council and Container Owners Association. The production of a Quick Guide along with a Checklist of actions required of those packing cargo in freight containers, is pivotal to achieving safe and secure transport. This is to create a better understanding of the complex dangers that may result from poorly packed or mis-declared cargo. The flexibility of containerised trade, and its efficiency in the movement of goods means that individuals, many of them located kilometres from the ocean, and with little knowledge of maritime operations, or indeed other modes of transport, are tasked with packing containers with a hugely varied range of goods. Enabling access to safety guidelines, in their own language is therefore crucial. In addition to these efforts, the CIG partners are seeking changes to the relevant regulatory requirements in order to improve their effectiveness. The group hopes to encourage monitoring of packing performance through cargo screening and more effective container inspection regimes. The Quick Guide and Checklist are available for download here. CIG is planning further translations in future.




Welcome to new member BM Bergmann Marine

We are pleased to announce that BM Bergmann Marine has joined IAPH as an associate member. Based in Germany, BM Bergmann Marine provides its clients with a large variety of consultancy services mainly in the maritime industry by a team of experts with a broad range of expertise in various areas of sea transport, organisational development, and team building and optimisation. You will find more information about our new member on their company website.





Vacancy vice-president Central and South America

Our vice-president for Central and South America, Tessa Major, announced in July that she was leaving her position as director international business & innovation at Porto do Açu to become commercial director ammonia and hydrogen bunkering at the Norwegian company Yara International. During her tenure at IAPH, Tessa also chaired the Risk and Resilience Committee, which built on the COVID-19 Task Force that she initiated in the early weeks of the pandemic. We sincerely appreciate Tessa’s leadership and significant contribution to the work of IAPH and wish her all the best in her new role. As a result of Tessa’s departure, the vice-president position for Central and South America has become vacant. A re-election process has been initiated, calling upon members from the region to self-nominate. A new VP is expected to be elected late October-early November. Members of the Risk and Resilience Committee will be invited to propose a new chairperson at their forthcoming meeting on 28 September.





Single window webinar for Central-South America ports

In cooperation with the Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP) of the Organization of the American States (OAS) we will be organising a webinar for ports in Central-South America on 29 September. The theme is maritime single window development, and the programme will feature contributions by the IMO as well as governments and ports from the region. Members are invited to save the date already; more details will be available soon.




IAPH president spoke at Transport Events webinars

IAPH president Capt Subramaniam joined two sustainability webinars last month organised by IAPH associate member Transport Events. Sponsored by Port Klang Authority, the first webinar, held 19 August, focused on shaping resilient, safer and smarter ports in a post-pandemic era. The second webinar took place on 26 August and was hosted by Solomon Islands Ports Authority, addressing climate change impact on Pacific Ports and future sustainability. Speakers at the latter event also included IAPH members Eranda Kotelawala (CEO Solomon Islands Ports Authority) and Mike Gallacher (CEO Ports Australia). The presentations of the 19 August webinar are available here and those delivered on 26 August can be found here.




IAPH joined very first GreenPort Australia event

On 1 September, IAPH technical director Antonis Michail spoke at the first ever GreenPort Australia and wider South East Asia webinar “Driving the principles of sustainability” organised by Mercator media and hosted by the Port of Newcastle. Antonis joined fellow panellists Jackie Spiteri, Port of Newcastle senior manager ESG, Mike Gallacher, Ports Australia CEO, and Declan Clausen, City of Newcastle deputy lord mayor, to discuss key topics and principles of sustainability in ports. Moderated by Will Glamore, PIANC chairman for Australia and New Zealand, the panellists addressed the application of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in ports, energy transition, data sharing and the importance of creating partnerships to address sustainability in ports. Antonis highlighted IAPH’s World Ports Sustainability Program,(WPSP) approach on integrating the UN SDGs in port governance and the IAPH work and initiatives on Climate and Energy and Data Collaboration in particular. Panellists unanimously agreed on the crucial role of stakeholder involvement and partnerships in addressing sustainability in ports. The webinar was very well attended with over 350 registrations from all over the world. As a follow-up, an in-person GreenPort Congress will be taking place in Newcastle Australia in 2022. Antonis will also be delivering a keynote address at the forthcoming GreenPort Europe Congress, which is to be held as an in-person event in Piraeus, Greece, from 20 to 22 October. More information on the programme can be found here.




Don’t miss the 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.




World Ports Conference presentations available

Whilst the on-demand availability of this year’s online World Ports Conference has elapsed, members are still able to access presentations at the ‘library’ section of the Members Only Area of the IAPH website alongside proceedings which contain full biographies of all speakers. Next year’s World Ports Conference will be held in Vancouver, Canada, from 16-18 May 2022. You can already sign up for updates today!





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: Port of Beirut, North Sea Port, Port of Gdansk Authority, Administração dos Portos de Sines e do Algarve, Autoridad Portuaria de Sevilla, Autoridad Portuaria de Huelva, Port of Duqm Company, Port of Amsterdam, Durrës Port Authority, Port of Rotterdam Authority, Autoridad Portuaria de la Bahìa de Algeciras, Bremenports, Freeport of Riga Authority, Port Authority of Genoa, Port of Bergen, Autoridad Portuaria de Bilbao, Authority for Transport in Malta, Ports of Cabo Verde, Port Autonome de San Pedro, Baku International Sea Trade Port, Oslo Port Authority, Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Cyprus Ports Authority, Kenya Ports Authority, Autoridad Portuaria de Valencia, Gibraltar Port Authority, Port of Göteborg, Port of Helsinki, Hamburg Port Authority, Nigerian Ports Authority
  • America Region: Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Halifax Port Authority, Port of Los Angeles, Canaveral Port Authority, Georgia Ports Authority, Port of San Diego, Port of Seattle, Montreal Port Authority, Autoridad Marítima de Panamá 
  • Asia and Oceania Region: South Port New Zealand, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Solomon Islands Ports Authority, Port Klang Authority, PSA International, Westports Malaysia, Ports of Auckland, Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Johor Port Authority, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, Ulsan Port Authority, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Abu Dhabi Ports, Ports and Maritime Organization Iran, Yeosu Gwangyang Port Authority, Guangzhou Port Authority, China Merchants Port Holdings Company, Philippine Ports Authority, Lyttelton Port Company, Gladstone Ports Corporation, Incheon Port Authority, Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries Korea, Kuwait Ports Authority, Ports of Auckland




World Maritime News

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

  • Supply chain disruption is expected to continue
  • Carriers will seek higher contract rates to extend profitability
  • Opinions on US shipping regulation reform
  • Maersk’s decarbonisation programme with renewable methanol
  • Orders for LNG-fueled container ships and LNG as a transition fuel
  • Singapore launches global centre for maritime decarbonisation
  • Logistics platform extends reach to Southeast Asia




Calendar of Events

IAPH events and events where IAPH is represented