IAPH Insider – 1 July 2021


This edition of IAPH Insider covers:



#IAPH2021: shipping and ports must align more

At the closing of the 2021 World Ports Conference last Friday, IAPH’s outgoing President Santiago Garcia-Milà handed over the reins to his successor Subramaniam Karuppiah, with both reflecting on the discussions held over the last week. Santiago Garcia-Milà, who is Port of Barcelona’s Deputy General Manager, re-emphasised the essential role of infrastructure in keeping maritime supply chains flowing, commenting: “Some shipowners mentioned that the disruptions that we have seen lately are due to infrastructural bottlenecks, some which were present already before the pandemic. As we have seen during the conversations this week, I do agree optimising port operations through better data collaboration and ensuring 24/7 operations are certainly priorities we should work on collectively. However, the scale of funding that is needed to expand physical infrastructure is in a different league to shipping, also requiring complex public-private partnerships.” Captain Subramaniam, who is General Manager of Port Klang Authority agreed, stating “We cannot overlook the fact that the lead time for building new port infrastructure is much more complex and costly – and therefore takes much longer – than that of building a new ship.” With infrastructure development marked by complex planning procedures, including environmental impact assessments, extensive stakeholder dialogue and complex government approval policies, Capt. Subra, who has seen a career both at sea and on shore, believes that shipowners do not always realise these challenges when they are making their next ship orders. “Especially when it comes to ships with new fuel requirements, such as LNG, methanol and ammonia, much higher and more complex investments will be required on land than in the shipyard. As mentioned by several port CEOs during the conference, achieving this in a sustainable manner – both economically and from an environmental standpoint – will require much closer cooperation between shipping and ports than we currently see, and will also require working closely with the energy majors and future providers of bunker fuel for these new ships.”





#IAPH2021: tribute to Santiago Garcia-Milà

During the handover of the IAPH Presidency, newly elected President Subramaniam Karuppiah paid tribute to his predecessor Santiago Garcia Milà, who has been at the helm of the organisation since 2015, when he succeeded Grant Gilfillan as President. Together with Grant, Santiago has been the driving force behind the reform of IAPH, which resulted in a new constitution for the organisation that entered into force in 2016. During his consecutive terms of office, Santiago relentlessly strived for the practical implementation of the organisational changes, which was by no means a small feat. The mission was accomplished in 2020, with a new strategic focus for the organisation, the installation of two complimentary operational units in Japan and Europe, and a new format for the Technical Committees. Throughout the long and at times difficult reform process, Santiago showed remarkable persistence, whilst not losing his diplomatic skills, good humour and solution-oriented mindset that is so characteristic for him. Before acceding to the Presidency, Santiago was already a very active IAPH member, joining the work of the organisation in 1997 as Chairman of the Trade Facilitation and Port Community Systems Committee. A hands-on approach marked his work, focusing on deliverables that provide concrete value-added to members. Santiago realised early on that membership of a trade association is no longer something which is given in a hyper-connected world. The changes brought about under Santiago’s Presidency will have a lasting effect on the performance of IAPH and form a true legacy. As a recognition of his outstanding contribution to the organisation, Santiago was offered the life Honorary Membership of IAPH.





#IAPH2021: new IAPH board of directors installed

Following Capt Subra’s election as President for a two-year term of 2021-2023, the office of Vice President for the Southeast Asia and Oceania region became vacant. Jay Daniel R. Santiago, General Manager at the Philippine Ports Authority was duly elected to fill the vacancy. The other five Vice Presidents were re-elected and remain in office: Hadiza Bala Usman (Africa / Managing Director Nigerian Ports Authority), Tessa Major (America, Central and South / Director International Business and Innovation Porto do Açu), Robin Silvester (America, North / President and CEO Vancouver Fraser Port Authority), Masaharu Shinohara (Asia, South/West, East & Middle East / Executive Officer Kobe-Osaka International Port Corporation) and Jens Meier (Europe / CEO Hamburg Port Authority).





#IAPH2021: sneak preview of new IAPH brand

At the closing of the 2021 World Ports Conference, a ‘sneak preview’ of the new IAPH brand was presented. The rebranding concludes the reorganisation process IAPH went through in recent years and marks a new chapter in the 65+ year-history of the organisation. Central element of the rebranding is a new logo that combines IAPH’s historical nautical icon with a new font that reflects the contemporary role ports play in global supply chains. The brand was designed by the creative team of Pavlov Branding, who earlier designed the brands of the World Ports Sustainability Program, the World Ports Conference and our membership magazine Ports & Harbors, thus ensuring a consistent ‘brand family’ of all our products and services. The IAPH communication tools, including a new website which is currently in preparation, will be adapted in the next weeks, ready for a full launch in September. If you have missed the sneak preview, you can watch it below.





#IAPH2021: Sustainability Awards winners announced

Last Thursday, the winners of the 2021 World Ports Sustainability Awards were announced in seven categories which lead the way in this year’s initiatives to support the IAPH World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP). Winners are the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore in the category ‘Resilient Digital Infrastructure’, the Port of Kaoshiung in the category ‘Resilient Physical Infrastructure’, the Port of Rotterdam in the category ‘Climate and Energy’, Hamburg Port Authority in the category ‘Community Outreach and Port City Dialogue – Social Dimension’,  the Port of Açu in the category ‘Community Outreach & Port City Dialogue – Environmental Dimension’, the Port of Açu in the category ‘Health, Safety and Security’ and DP World in the category ‘Governance and Ethics’. This year, 64 projects were submitted by 37 IAPH member ports from 21 countries, the highest ever number of submissions since the Awards began. The quality of these submissions was also extremely high, leaving the international expert jury with a great deal of work to go over all the projects in detail and score on the parameters. The response from the online voting public was also encouraging, numbering 10,545 in total and whose 30% of the total points awarded did count when it came to calculating the winners. You can watch the Awards ceremony below.





#IAPH2021: Women’s Forum scholarship winners

The winners of the 2021-2023 IAPH Women’s Forum scholarships were announced during the session of the Women’s Forum at last week’s World Ports Conference. Fernanda Araújo, Naval Engineer at Porto do Açu won the Biennial Training Scholarship, which consists of a supplement tuition for a port or maritime related course at a college, university or other similarly related purpose port-related training institution. Hetti Mudiyanselage Dimutu Hansika Samarakoonof Sri Lanka Ports Authority won the Annual Meeting Scholarship, which enables her to attend and make an original presentation at the Women’s Forum session of the 2022 IAPH World Ports Conference.




#IAPH2021: all sessions remain available for one month

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. Over 600 delegates registered in the end, even during the conference week. This largely surpassed the number of delegates we would have had attending in person during the original event scheduled in 2020. Because of the scale of the content offered, all conference sessions remain available to watch on demand for one more month, for those who registered.




#IAPH2022 save the date: 16-18 May in Vancouver

IAPH Vice-President for North America Robin Silvester, who is President and CEO of Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, announced at the closing of the 2021 World Ports Conference that next year’s conference will be held in Vancouver from 16 to 18 May. Vancouver Fraser Port Authority will be the host sponsor and the conference will again be produced by IHS Markit, IAPH’s media and events partner. More details about content and format will become available in the next months. Meanwhile, you can already enjoy a taste of Vancouver in the video below.





Discover the latest issue of Ports & Harbors

In the latest edition of the IAPH membership magazine Ports & Harbors, IAPH’s newly elected President Subramaniam Karuppiah takes the helm, discussing the association’s main priorities looking ahead with Managing Director Patrick Verhoeven. These include creating a more level playing field in terms of digitalising the ports sector, how to leverage the emerging global economic influence of the Asian countries, having ports working even closer with shipping lines to address climate change, and much more. Also featuring in this edition: a former hacker on digital liabilities in the supply chain; Volvo’s vice president of global supply chain management on decarbonisation; our ‘how to’ section with ten changes needed to make port operations more resilient; and a showcase on the winners of the IAPH World Ports Sustainability Awards. You can read the digital version of the magazine here.





Is your port cyber-proof? Join our next 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 cyberattack? Take our poll here!





Welcome! Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago

We are pleased to announce that the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago has joined IAPH as a regular member. The Port Authority was established in 1961 and administers the Port of Spain, which has been the gateway to the capital of the Twin Islands of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. The Port of Spain is ideally positioned to the major sea lanes between the Americas, the islands of the Caribbean and the trading links between the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans via the Panama Canal. The services of the Authority are carried out by four separate units, namely the Governing Unit, the Landlord Unit, the Cargo Handling Unit and the Inter-Island Ferry Service. For more information you can visit the Port Authority’s website.





British Ports Association enters WPSP partnership

The British Ports Association, a long-standing IAPH associate member, has joined the World Ports Sustainability Program as a partner to join the global drive to improve the ports industry’s further integration of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals in their business and operations. This the first major step the BPA is taking in a more sustained and coordinated effort to support UK ports in decarbonising their operations. The BPA represents over 400 ports, terminals and port facilities, accounting for 86% of UK port tonnage as well as all the major energy and passenger hubs. Joining the WPSP will give BPA members access to the IAPH’s extensive global suite of port environmental best practices and networks. Earlier this year, the BPA and IAPH jointly hired Rhona Macdonald as the BPA’s sustainability advisor and IAPH’s IMO liaison officer. Rhona will play a key role supporting UK ports in their sustainability efforts.




Hiro Nagai retires from IAPH after 37 years of service

Hiro Nagai, Under Secretary at the IAPH Finance and Administration Unit in Tokyo, retired from his post at the end of June after 37 years of devoted service. Many of our readers may have met Hiro in person or corresponded with him during the past years, as he was at the forefront of external membership relations. We all wish Hiro a happy retirement, though he is still young at heart and enthusiastic about music, especially playing the guitar and singing. Hiro has been succeeded by Shinobu Yamamoto. Shinobu was engaged in marketing and research at the Port and Harbour Bureau of Yokohama and was involved in JICA studies on ports development in developing countries. He also has experience working as an officer of Yokohama Customs. We warmly welcome Shinobu onboard!






In memoriam: Dominique Lebreton

We are sad to learn about the death of Dominique Lebreton, management board member at Marseille Gyptis International (MGI), a long-standing associate member of IAPH. Dominique passed away on 12 June after a tragic road accident. He was a familiar face at many IAPH conferences. Dominique was appointed Foreign Trade Advisor in 2019 by the Prime Minister of France. In November 2020, he became responsible for the development of the French Port Community Systems economic interest group. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.





IMO MEPC 76 adopts short-term GHG measures

The 76th meeting of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 76) was held remotely from 10 to 17 June. MEPC 76 officially adopted the package of short-term measures comprising of the Energy Efficiency Existing Ships Index (EEXI), Carbon Intensity Indicators (CII) and an A to E Carbon Intensity rating mechanism, and the strengthening of the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP). The package will come into effect in 2022 and will be applied in 2023. To do so, MEPC 76, despite the highly divergent views, finally agreed with the compromise proposal to set a gradual, non-linear reduction scale of 1% yearly until 2023, followed by a 2% yearly between 2023 and 2027, and leaving further reductions until 2030 open, to be considered and decided a part of a review by 2026. Respective amendments to MARPOL Annex VI were adopted together with a set of guidelines for the practical implementation of the package. Some still pending guidelines will be further developed by a dedicated Correspondence Group on Carbon Intensity Reduction.  Furthermore, MEPC 76 agreed on a workplan for progressing on mid- and long-term measures. The workplan proposes a phased approach for the consideration and development of such measures, including market-based measures (MBMs). The implementation of the work plan includes the assessment of impacts on States of the proposed measures and takes into account the outcome of the lessons-learned exercise from the comprehensive impact assessment of the short-term measures. Member States agreed on the need to hold two sessions of the Intersessional Working Group on GHG (ISWG-GHG) before MEPC 77 to progress with the heavy workload, one in September (15-17) and one in October (18-22). MEPC 77 will provisionally take place 8-12 November. IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim gave an overview of the work ahead in his keynote address at the World Ports Conference last week, which you can watch in the video below.





IAPH Climate and Energy Committee met online

The IAPH Climate and Energy Committee met yesterday for its fourth online meeting since its creation last fall. The Committee discussed the outcome of IMO MEPC 76 and the results of a recent survey IAPH undertook among its members on the use of open loop scrubbers in ports. Committee members were also updated on a number of relevant initiatives, including a presentation by the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping that was established last year to develop new fuel types and technologies. Members will find all relevant documentation in the Teams group of the Committee. The other strategic Technical Committees will have their meetings on 7 July (Risk and Resilience) and 13 July (Data Collaboration).




Study reveals energy transition potential South Africa

A study by Ricardo and Environmental Defense Fund for the P4G Getting to Zero Coalition Partnership finds that South Africa holds an untapped opportunity to supply the global shipping industry with zero carbon fuels. The production of green hydrogen-derived fuels can help to meet decarbonization targets and act as a catalyst for the country’s economy – opening new export markets, supporting an equitable transition, and creating the jobs of the future. The study explores the economic and environmental potential for the implementation of zero carbon shipping fuels through the shipping sector of South Africa. International maritime transport is on the verge of an energy revolution. Within this decade, the shipping industry must start to replace traditional heavy bunker fuel with new zero carbon shipping fuels generated from renewable energy to meet decarbonisation targets. South Africa has vast renewable energy sources, and the country has committed to reach net zero emissions by 2050. The report finds that South Africa’s geographical location and economic development make it particularly well suited to distribute zero carbon fuels for the South African shipping sector, and export to international markets. You can read the full report here.




Take the UNCTAD survey on COVID-19 impact

UNCTAD has recently launched a survey to gather input from maritime stakeholders about the impact of the pandemic on maritime supply chains. Information received will be used for an update of the UNCTAD report on ‘COVID-19 and Maritime Transport: Impacts and Responses’.  It will also inform UNCTAD’s technical assistance activities in maritime supply chain resilience-building and preparedness. Responses will solely be used for analytical purposes and will be presented in an aggregated format, with individual answers remaining anonymous. UNCTAD is a long-standing collaborator and supporter of IAPH’s activities and hence we warmly encourage you to fill out the survey and contribute to this important exercise. The outcomes will be complementing our own initiatives in the field of risk and resilience. The survey can be accessed through this link. For further details and questions related please contact UNCTAD at transport.section@unctad.org. The survey remains open until 15 July.




Yeosu Gwangyang Port Authority anniversary seminar

Our Korean member Yeosu Gwangyang Port Authority will be holding a commemorative ceremony and seminar to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The ceremony will take place in the morning of 19 August and will be followed by a seminar later in the afternoon (Korea Standard Time – UTC+09:00). Focusing on smart and automated ports, the seminar will bring together experts from the port and maritime sectors to share their views and insights.  Korean and English interpretation will be available for both the ceremony and the seminar. Everyone is welcome to join online. Pre-registration is possible through this link.




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 Autonome de Dakar, Autoridad Portuaria de Bilbao, Freeport of Riga Authority, Hamburg Port Authority, North Sea Port, Port of Amsterdam, Administração dos Portos de Sines e do Algarve, bremenports, Ports of Cabo Verde, Port of Rotterdam Authority, Oslo Port Authority, Port of Helsinki, Antwerp Port Authority, Puertos del Estado, Baku International Sea Trade Port, Port of Göteborg, HAROPA (Harbours of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris), Abidjan Port Authority, Autoridad Portuaria de Huelva, Autoridad Portuaria de Sevilla, Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Port Authority of Douala, Authority for Transport in Malta, Cyprus Ports Authority, Port of Bergen, Autoridad Portuaria de la Bahìa de Algeciras, Autoridad Portuaria de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Autoridad Portuaria de Valencia, Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company
  • America Region: Montreal Port Authority, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Port of Los Angeles, The Port of Stockton, National Port Administration Uruguay, Port of Seattle, Georgia Ports Authority, Port of San Diego, Panama Maritime Authority, Porto do Açu
  • Asia and Oceania Region: Abu Dhabi Ports, Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Indonesia Port Corporation II, Ashdod Port Company, Busan Port Authority, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Busan Regional Office of Oceans and Fisheries, Incheon Port Authority, Marine and Water Bureau, Government of Macau, Kuwait Ports Authority, Sabah Ports, Guangzhou Port Authority, Ports of Auckland, Busan Port Authority, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, Yeosu Gwangyang Port Authority, Karachi Port Trust, Lyttelton Port Company, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Port Klang Authority, PSA International



World Maritime News

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

  • IMO adopts new emissions measures
  • Carriers’ responses to IMO carbon intensity measure
  • Yantian resumed full operations
  • Carriers struggle to improve service levels while profits soar 
  • Ocean carriers warn of tight supply for equipment 
  • TradeLens’ expansion gives shippers direct access to China port data



Calendar of Events

IAPH events and events where IAPH is represented

  • 5-8 July – 13th Annual UK Ports Conference
  • 7 July – IAPH Risk and Resilience Committee
  • 13 July – IAPH Data Collaboration Committee
  • 13-17 September – London International Shipping Week
  • 15-17 September – IMO Intersessional WG on GHG
  • 4-8 October – IMO Marine Safety Committee
  • 18-22 October – IMO Intersessional WG on GHG
  • 8-12 November – IMO Marine Environment PC