IAPH Insider – 7 January 2021


This edition of IAPH Insider covers:


Discover the new Ports & Harbors !

Marking the start of the New Year, we are delighted to offer members a completely upgraded version of the IAPH membership magazine Ports & Harbors, which now enters its 66th year of publication. Providing thought leadership on the role of ports in a connected world, the magazine incorporates a new look, with more opinion pieces, more debate with readers’ polls and features which foster discussion and reflection – not only among stakeholders within the ports’ sphere, but also from throughout the supply chain. In our first issue for 2021 we get insights into recent maritime and global affairs from the renowned leader on climate change and architect of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, Christiana Figueres. The former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) makes her opinions clear in a no-holds-barred conversation with IAPH’s Managing Director Patrick Verhoeven. Also featuring in this issue: port architecture in the eyes of the community; global market intelligence analysis applied to freeports; how ports can support the evolution of the fashion industry; an interview with Eurelectric’s secretary general Kristian Ruby; pros and cons of regional GHG measures; a port anti-narcotics campaign with a difference; ports as film set locations; a book review on sustainability strategies of port authorities and much more. The new magazine is the result of great teamwork with our media and events partner IHS Markit, a process ably led by Ports & Harbors editor Ines Nastali and IHS design associate director Hannah Kidd. The magazine’s new brand was developed by Pavlov Branding, who earlier designed the brands of the World Ports Sustainability Program and the World Ports Conference and who are currently engaged in rebranding IAPH itself. Printed copies of the magazine are on their way to members and the digital version will be officially launched early next week. But as faithful Insider reader you get the exclusive preview of the new Ports & Harbors. We are very keen to receive your feedback!


Green Award Foundation to take ESI to the next level

The Rotterdam-based Green Award Foundation has signed an agreement with IAPH to administer and expand the formula-based Environmental Ship Index (ESI), which allows port authorities and maritime administrations to reward vessels for improved energy efficiency and reduced emissions. The agreement is to take the popular Index to the next level in terms of full-time administrative support, governance and further expansion. Since its creation ten years ago, the ESI has become the established standard upon which port authorities and maritime administrations incentivise ship owners and operators to continuously improve the environmental performance of their fleets. The partnership with Green Award aims to increase the reliability of the index through on-board verifications and to professionalise its administration. The aim is also to expand the range of potential emissions in the calculation, to diversify the fleet currently contained in the database and to increase the number of incentive providers, especially in Asia, Africa and the Americas. As of this month, owners and owner-operators with ships registered on ESI will be approached directly by the Green Award team for certification updates and will also be informed about the new subscription fee scheme that will be implemented to finance further user improvements and the further development of the Index. Established in 1994, the Green Award Foundation is a global, independent, non-profit quality assurance organisation with the primary task of certifying ship managers and vessels that go beyond the industry standards in terms of safety, quality and environmental performance. Green Award has been an active member and incentive provider to the IAPH Environmental Ship Index, having collaborated since the index’ foundation back in 2011.


IAPH and BPA are hiring London-based advisor

To strengthen our policy work on sustainability and, notably, our presence at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), we have teamed up with our associate member the British Ports Association (BPA) in jointly recruiting a London-based sustainability advisor. For IAPH, the focus will be on the regulatory and capacity-building agenda of the IMO, covering work areas relevant to ports, including maritime emissions, trade facilitation, digital transformation, automation, safety and security. For BPA, responsibilities will include taking on policy work in the ever-expanding area of climate change, the environment and sustainable development, as well as coordinating programmes for UK ports, supporting UK ports in sharing good practice, funding, and opportunities to collaborate or build coalitions. The new colleague will be joining the IAPH Policy and Strategy team, reporting to technical director Antonis Michail, and the team at the BPA secretariat. He or she will be primary based from the BPA’s office in central London, with the option to work from home where suitable. Some UK and international travel may be required, as well as attendance at some networking events and conferences. Applications should be made through the adverts placed in The Guardian and on LinkedIN, where you will also find the full job description. The deadline for applications is 20 January.


Save the dates of our regional webinars

We start the New Year with three regional webinars, for ports in the South Asian subcontinent, West and Central Africa and Central and South America. The one-and-a-half hour webinars will respectively be held on 28 January (03.00 PM IST/GMT+5.30), 4 February (11.00 AM WAT/GMT+1) and 11 February (11.00 AM EST/GMT-5). The Asian webinar will be held in partnership with the Indian Ports Association (IPA), the African webinar in partnership with the Port Management Association for West and Central Africa (PMAWCA) and the American webinar in partnership with the Inter-American Committee on Ports of the Organisation of American States (CIP-OAS). Next to an introduction of the IAPH work programme for 2021, the programme of each webinar will focus on sustainability priorities of the region. The webinar platform is kindly provided by our media and events partner IHS Markit. Members from the respective regions will shortly be receiving direct invitations. Members who missed the regional webinar for European ports that was hosted by Hamburg Port Authority on 3 December, can watch the video recording below.



Invoices for 2021 membership fees issued

Invoices for 2021 membership dues were dispatched to you by airmail at the end of December 2020, with a copy of IAPH Annual Report 2019-2020.  As before, your invoice in PDF will also be sent by email shortly.  If you do receive your invoice in the coming days or weeks, please write us at info@iaphworldports.org

We would like to bring to your attention that, according to article 60 of the IAPH Constitution, you are requested to pay your fee before February 1, 2021, and the cost of remittance shall bore by each member.

Thank you for your cooperation and assistance.


IMO symposium on low and zero carbon fuels

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is organising a symposium on alternative low-carbon and zero-carbon emissions, which will be held virtually on 9-10 February. The event is held in the context of the initial IMO strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships and will be moderated by Sveinung Oftedal, the chairman of the IMO Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships. The two-day symposium aims to raise awareness, to present state-of-the-art research and innovation, to discuss the advancement of alternative low-carbon and zero-carbon fuels in international shipping, and to discuss initiatives to promote the availability and affordability and uptake of future marine fuels. The sessions are scheduled from 11.00 AM to 02.00 PM GMT on Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 February. The symposium can be followed live on both days from the IMO streaming service. Participants will be able to leave interactive comments during the event.


Workshop on sediment management and climate change

The PIANC-led Navigating a Changing Climate initiative and SedNet, the European Sediment Network, are running a workshop on sediment management opportunities on 10 and 11 February. The aim is to facilitate knowledge exchange, disseminate good practice, highlight opportunities and identify gaps in understanding or research needs on four topics: 1) the role of sediment management in carbon sequestration and storage, 2) sediments and climate change adaptation, 3) habitat enhancement and creation, and 4) sediment management, circular economy and the waste hierarchy. More information on the workshop can be found on the websites of the Navigating a Changing Climate project and SedNet.


ENISA issues guidelines on port cyber risk management

The European Union Agency for Cybersecurity ENISA recently published a set of guidelines on cyber risk management in ports. The report aims to provide port operators with good practices for cyber risk assessment that they can adapt to whatever risk assessment methodology they follow. To achieve this, the guidelines introduce a four-phase approach to cyber risk management for port operators, which follows common risk management principles and is mapped to the steps of the risk assessment methodology that is laid out in the ISPS Code and relevant EU legislation for Port and Port Facility Security. For each of these phases, the report provides actionable guidelines to assist port operators in their efforts, lists common challenges associated with the performance of the relevant activities, good practices that can be readily adopted and customised by individual organisations and a mapping of the listed good practices for each phase with the respective challenges they address. You can watch an introductory video below. The full set of guidelines can be downloaded from the ENISA website.



IAME 2021 conference to be held in Rotterdam

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), together with Delft University of Technology (TU-Delft) will be organising the 2021 conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) in Rotterdam, under the theme Accelerating Transitions. The aim of the conference is to bring together experts in all aspects of ports and maritime research, from all parts of the world and to stimulate the exchange of new ideas, relevant insights and cutting-edge research results. The IAME conference is scheduled to take place from 29 June to 2 July, right after the IAPH 2021 World Ports Conference. Like the IAPH conference, the IAME conference is provisionally planned as a hybrid event, combining an attractive online environment with live sessions. Abstracts can still be submitted till 7 January. More details are available from the IAME conference website.


Submit your projects for the 2021 Sustainability Awards

We call upon all IAPH member ports to submit their projects for the 2021 edition of the World Ports Sustainability Awards. The competition aims to reward best practices and encourage ports to share their projects through the online portfolio of the World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP). The project entries for the awards must correspond to one of the five WPSP themes. Projects can be submitted by filling out the template form on the WPSP website. You can also view a short video explainer below from our Technical Director Antonis Michail on how to apply. We welcome entries between now and 31 March 2020. As in previous years, projects will be assessed by a professional jury and the shortlist will be put to a public vote. Winners will be announced at the #IAPH2021 World Ports Conference, in Antwerp next June. If you would like to (re)visit the online announcement of this year’s winners, please click here.



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: Autoridad Portuaria de Huelva, Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company, HAROPA (Harbours of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris), The National Ports Agency (Morocco), Ports of Cabo Verde, Port Autonome de San Pedro, Grand Port Maritime de Marseille, Oslo Port Authority, Port of Göteborg, Hamburg Port Authority, Freeport of Riga Authority, Antwerp Port Authority, Administração dos Portos de Sines e do Algarve, Nigerian Ports Authority, North Sea Port, Port of Amsterdam, Port of Rotterdam Authority, Autoridad Portuaria de Bilbao, Autoridad Portuaria de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Autoridad Portuaria de Valencia, Durrës Port Authority, Port Authority of Douala, Autoridad Portuaria de la Bahìa de Algeciras, Porto de Cabinda, Baku International Sea Trade Port, Port of Helsinki, Port Authority of Genoa
  • America (North and Central/South): Halifax Port Authority, Montreal Port Authority, Canaveral Port Authority, Port of San Diego, Port of Los Angeles, Port of Seattle, Panama Maritime Authority, National Port Administration (Uruguay)
  • Asia and Oceania: Karachi Port Trust, PSA International, Westports Malaysia, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, Port of Taichung, Port of Hualien, Port of Keelung, Ulsan Port Authority, Saudi Ports Authority, Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Ports and Maritime Organization Iran, Gladstone Ports Corporation Limited, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Ports of Auckland, Port Nelson, Maldives Ports, Yeosu Gwangyang Port Authority, Ningbo Zhoushan Port Group, Abu Dhabi Ports, Incheon Regional Office of Oceans and Fisheries, Port Klang Authority

World Maritime News

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

  • Shippers face new twists, risky turns in pandemic-alerted market
  • A 5.6 % decline in international trade in 2020
  • No relief from high rates, tight capacity on Asia-Europe trade
  • Boxships waiting at anchor for up to two weeks on US West Coast
  • US East Coast ports avoid gridlock despite rising volumes
  • UK Shipowners, shippers and shoppers need answers
  • World Shipping Council rejects US criticism
  • Hapag-Lloyd orders six LNG-powered 23,500 teu containerships
  • The first annual disclosure report by the Poseidon Principles initiative

Calendar of Events

IAPH events and events where IAPH is represented

  • 19-20 January 2021 – Shanghai – 8th PorTech Asia
  • 28 January 2021 – IAPH regional webinar South Asian Subcontinent
  • 4 February 2021 – IAPH regional webinar West and Central Africa
  • 11 February 2021 – IAPH regional webinar Central-South America
  • 17 February 2021 – World Ports Conference webinar ‘Data Collaboration’
  • 21-25 June 2021 – Antwerp – 2021 IAPH World Ports Conference