IAPH Insider – 15 July 2021


This edition of IAPH Insider covers:




#IAPH2021: revisit highlights and share your feedback

The 2021 World Ports Conference offered an unprecedented event journey, in the format of a five-day television broadcast with more than 50 sessions featuring over 100 speakers. Because of the scale of the content offered, all conference sessions remain available to watch on demand until 25 July, for those who registered. Below you will find some videoclips with highlights from the conference which you may have missed or want to watch again. Our colleagues at Port of Antwerp have made an enjoyable ‘behind the scenes’ movie which also reflects on the Port Authorities Roundtable that was held during the conference week. We also encourage you to take the post-event survey and share your feedback with us in view of next year’s World Ports Conference, which will be held in Vancouver, Canada, from 16-18 May 2022. You can already sign up for updates today!






Results fourth Risk and Resilience Committee meeting

The IAPH Risk and Resilience Committee met 7 July for its fourth online meeting since its creation last fall. The Committee had a thorough discussion on the successor of the COVID-19 Port Economic Impact Barometer, which is taking the form of a two-pillar ‘Global Port Tracker’. The Committee focused on the concept of the first pillar, which will cover market-related indicators for containers, other cargo sections and cruise. A combination of external and internal data will be used, and regular reports will be provided through the Ports & Harbors magazine. The concept will be further developed in the next weeks, with the aim of having a first report ready in fall. The second pillar consists of indicators related to the three strategic focus areas of IAPH and will be collected through an annual survey. The Risk and Resilience Committee also reviewed the results of a series of interviews held among port executives on resilience policies and business continuity management. The interviews were carried out by PM R&D, a consultancy specialised in risk, crisis and change. To improve the robustness of the exercise, additional interviews will be held end of August / early September. The interviews will provide the basis for the risk and resilience section of the second pillar survey. At the conclusion of the meeting, members paid tribute to the Committee’s Chair Tessa Major, who is leaving Porto do Açu to pursue a new career as Commercial Director Ammonia and Hydrogen Bunkering at Yara, the world’s leading fertilizer company and a provider of environmental solutions. The next meeting of the Committee will be held 28 September, from 7-9 AM CEST.




Results fourth Data Collaboration Committee meeting

The IAPH Data Collaboration Committee met 13 July for its fourth online meeting since its creation last fall. Committee members were joined by Julian Abril, Head of the Facilitation (FAL) Section at the IMO, for a debrief on the latest Facilitation Committee (FAL 45) and the work of the IMO Expert Group on Data Harmonisation. Members also had a discussion on the guidelines on cybersecurity for ports and port facilities, which a dedicated working group had completed under the leadership of Committee chairman Pascal Ollivier, in time for submission to the next Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) of IMO. Members also took note of latest developments on port call optimisation, including the concept of timeslot management (see article below). The next meeting of the Committee will be held 12 October, from 4-6 PM CEST.




Is your port cyber-proof? Take the new P&H poll

The IAPH Data Collaboration Committee will present its latest guidelines on cybersecurity for ports and port facilities at the IMO MSC 104 meeting this October. These guidelines have been developed for the C-Suite level of port management and they are aimed to help CIOs to argue for advanced investments into cybersecurity. For the next edition of Ports & Harbors, and in time for the IMO presentation, we would therefore like to discuss how prepared global ports think they are, should they suffer from a cyberattack on their operations: are you confident your port is readily prepared to cope with the fallout of a potential cyber-attack? Take our poll here!





Time slot management, a solution for port congestion?

Reflecting on current congestion problems in global maritime (container) supply chains, several institutional and academic experts, including from UNCTAD, BIMCO and UN-CEFACT, published a paper introducing the concept of ‘dynamic time slot management’. The paper proposes the use of time slots and data sharing that will empower different parties to make more informed and flexible plans to overcome the disruptions and congestion in the supply chain system and improve supply chain visibility. The authors call for an expansion of the Just-in-Time arrival approach to incorporate a slot management concept that includes a dynamic view and management of JIT arrivals and departures to better manage uncertainties. The IAPH Data Collaboration Committee considered the paper at its meeting earlier this week and decided to collect views from ports that have some experience with timeslot management, including tidal windows and other arrangements. Members are invited to share their experience and feedback on the paper with our Technical Director, Antonis Michail: antonis.michail@iaphworldports.org. You can read the paper on the website of PortEconomics, the portal for research on port economics, management and policy.




Call to action to fully decarbonise shipping by 2050

The Getting to Zero Coalition has launched a new global call to action 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 will pledge that an urgent and equitable decarbonisation of the maritime supply chain by 2050 is possible and necessary. They will 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 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, and we have been invited to sign the call to action and to encourage individual ports to do so as well. There will be an initial launch in late September 2021, in conjunction with the UN General Assembly. Therefore, the deadline to become a signatory is Wednesday 1 September. The call to action will then be delivered to governments with additional signatures in advance of COP26 and IMO meetings later this year. IAPH member ports interested to join the call to action are invited to contact Ms Louise Dobler of the Getting to Zero Coalition, with reference to IAPH: cop26@globalmaritimeforum.org




Check out the latest ESI scores

The scores for the ships enrolled in the IAPH Environmental Ship Index (ESI) for the quarter starting 1 July 2021 were released two weeks ago. Compared to the previous quarter, the number of ships with a score of 20 or more in the database increased from 4,474 to 4,623 and the number of incentive providers rose from 56 to 59. The ESI was established in 2011 and identifies seagoing ships that perform better in reducing air emissions than required by the current emission standards of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Is your port already part of the ESI programme? If not, find out more on the ESI website or contact the ESI team at admin@environmentalshipindex.org.





ILO Sectoral Brief on ports and COVID-19

The International Labor Organization (ILO) recently produced a sectoral brief on ports and COVID-19. During the pandemic, ports have had to adjust to the reality of volume fluctuations, worker shortages, the implementation of occupational health and safety measures for dockers and shore personnel, and the adoption of teleworking and remote operations for office workers. The shock of the COVID-19 pandemic has left no port unaffected, while exacerbating certain existing challenges. The report indicates that ports have been heavily impacted by COVID-19 and developments in the shipping sector, where some shipping lines have gone into ‘survival mode’, affecting markets, with knock-on effects that may be felt for years to come. The report further points at volatility which may push some ports to reassess their business models. Although the pandemic has strengthened the case for further investment in digitalisation and innovation, ports are under intense pressure to reduce costs and be more attractive to the supply chains that use their infrastructure. The ILO Brief refers extensively to the work of IAPH, both the regular COVID-19 port economic barometer reports and the survey on the implementation of the IMO FAL Committee. You can consult the report here.




ICS initiates Maritime Barometer survey

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has initiated a Maritime Barometer survey for evaluating current trends in the maritime industry and to gain valuable insights into important issues from maritime leaders that are shaping the future of the industry. Question topics include decarbonisation, the impact of the pandemic and how the maritime industry will manage the world’s shifting geopolitical landscape. The anonymous survey will form the basis of the inaugural ICS Maritime Barometer report that will be released early 2022. It will provide vital intelligence for those developing business strategies or formulating the policies and priorities that drive national, regional and global decision making. The survey closing date is 31 August 2021. We encourage senior leadership of IAPH member ports to take the survey, which is available here.




Xinhua-Baltic index ranks Singapore no1 shipping centre

The Xinhua-Baltic International Shipping Centre Development Index, published by Chinese news agency Xinhua and global maritime data provider Baltic Exchange, has ranked Singapore as the top global shipping centre for the eighth year running. The index is an independent ranking of the performance of locations around the world that provide port and professional services to the shipping industry. Singapore has been rated as the top location due to the size of its port, number of internationally focused shipbrokers, financiers, lawyers and insurers based there and its supportive government policies. Despite a significant drop in global trade and business disruptions in 2020 due to the pandemic, the relative positions of the world’s leading maritime centres have remained unchanged. London, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Dubai were the next four strongest centres, as they were the prior year. The rankings take in port factors including cargo throughput, number of cranes, length of container berths and port draught; number of players in maritime support businesses such as shipbroking, ship management, ship financing, insurance, and law as well as hull underwriting premiums; and general business environment factors such as customs tariffs, extent of electronic government services and administration, ease of doing business and logistics performance. Overall, 43 locations were rated with Singapore achieving a score of 97.2. The average score for a location was 58.8 points. IAPH’s Communications Director Victor Shieh contributed to the Xinhua-Baltic report with an article on keeping ports operational during the pandemic, based on the IAPH COVID-19 Economic Impact Barometer. Click here to download a copy of the report.




IAPH 2021 honorary members elected

IAPH’s regular and honorary members elected four new honorary members to praise their meritorious achievements at IAPH. They received their honorary memberships from President Subramaniam Karuppiah. First is former IAPH President Santiago Garcia Milà (Port of Barcelona). Next to his six year mandate as IAPH President, Santiago also served as Vice-President from 2009 to 2015 and as Chairman of the Trade Facilitation and Port Community System Committee, from 2005 to 2009. The honorary membership was also bestowed on Frans van Zoelen (Port of Rotterdam), who was IAPH’s Head Legal Counsellor from 2014 to 2021 and Chairman of the Legal Committee from 2005 to 2021. Prior to that he served as Deputy Legal Counsellor and Vice-Chairman of the Legal Committee. Next is Dov Frohlinger (Israel Ports Co.) who chaired the Ports Finance & Economics Committee from 2012 to 2020 and hosted the IAPH mid-term conference in 2012. Finally, the honorary membership was granted to Yoseph Bassan (Ashdod Port Company), who was respectively Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Cargo Operation and Logistics Committee, from 2011 to 2014 and from 2005 to 2011. Prior to that, he chaired the Cargo Operation Committee, from 2000 to 2005. 





Maritime buildings to go blue on 30 September

The Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization announced a new initiative to promote each year’s World Maritime theme, beginning with ‘Seafarers: at the core of shippingʹs future’ in 2021. In this connection, the Organization intends to light up the IMO building, in particular the Seafarer Memorial, in IMO/maritime blue colour on every World Maritime Day going forward, beginning with this year’s celebration on 30 September . Furthermore, the Secretary-General extends the invitation to IMO Member States, intergovernmental organisations and non-governmental organisations in consultative status to join in this annual initiative by lighting up their most iconic buildings, bridges, maritime ports, ships, monuments, museums and other emblematic landmarks on World Maritime Day each year. The initiative is a symbolic effort to unite the maritime community with the aim of raising awareness of the vital contribution of shipping to the world. To give visibility to this project, social media participation is encouraged via Twitter to share these powerful images by using the hashtags #WorldMaritimeDay. Photographs can also be sent to: media@imo.org. We invite all IAPH members to join the initiative!






IAPH Insider takes a break

This is the last issue of IAPH Insider before we break for summer in Tokyo and Antwerp, recharging our batteries for what promises to be a busy fall. You can expect the next issue of IAPH Insider in your mailbox on 2 September. We wish our readers in both the northern and southern hemisphere a relaxing time ahead.




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: Authority for Transport in Malta, Autoridad Portuaria de Bilbao, bremenports, Port Authority of Genoa, Administração dos Portos de Sines e do Algarve, Autoritat Portuària de Barcelona, Port of Rotterdam Authority, Autoridad Portuaria de Huelva, Autoridad Portuaria de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Oslo Port Authority, Port of Amsterdam, Puertos del Estado, Port of Göteborg, Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company, HAROPA (Harbours of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris), Kenya Ports Authority, North Sea Port, Port Autonome d’ Abidjan, Port of Helsinki, Port of Rotterdam Authority, Grand Port Maritime de Marseille, Autoridad Portuaria de Valencia, Port Autonome de San Pedro, Port of Beirut, Port of Gdansk Authority, Autoridad Portuaria de la Bahìa de Algeciras, Gibraltar Port Authority, Port of Amsterdam, Port of Göteborg
  • America Region: Port of San Diego, Canaveral Port Authority, Autoridad Marítima de Panamá, Port Authority of the Cayman Islands, National Port Administration (Uruguay), Port of Los Angeles, Port of Seattle 
  • Asia and Oceania Region: Indonesia Port Corporation II, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, Busan Port Authority, Marine and Water Bureau, Government of Macau, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Port Klang Authority, Abu Dhabi Ports, Incheon Port Authority, PSA International, Yeosu Gwangyang Port Authority, Incheon Port Authority, Ulsan Port Authority, Guangzhou Port Authority, Lyttelton Port Company, Solomon Islands Ports Authority, Incheon Regional Office of Oceans and Fisheries




World Maritime News

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

  • High Container Freight Rate
  • Outlook of trade volume and growth
  • EU proposes to include the shipping sector to its emissions trading system
  • China sees shipping as a potential target for the national carbon market
  • CMA CGM launches waste power project
  • Ever Given left Suez Canal




Calendar of Events

IAPH events and events where IAPH is represented