IAPH Insider- June 1, 2023

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This week’s Insider highlight with Patrick Verhoeven


Record number of entries for IAPH Sustainability Awards

More than eighty-five project entries from ports in thirty countries have been received this year for participation in the IAPH Sustainability Awards competition. This is by far a record-high turnout after the previous milestone of sixty-one eligible entries in 2021.  These quality entries, in combination with their well-balanced geographical spread over all regions of the IAPH membership ensure an intense and truly global competition for this year’s six awards under the WPSP categories of infrastructure, digitalisation, climate and energy, environmental care, community building, and health safety and security. The screening, processing and uploading of all eligible projects at the WPSP database has already started and will be completed by the end of June, when the final list of candidate projects per category will be announced. During July and August our awards jury will assess all candidate projects against the evaluation criteria to produce the shortlist of eighteen finalists, consisting of the top three projects per category. The final step will be as always, a public vote over the shortlisted projects, the outcome of which will co-determine, together with the outcomes of the jury evaluation, the six final winners to be announced during the World Ports Conference Gala Dinner in Abu Dhabi, on 1 November. If you have any questions related to your submissions, and the evaluation process of the Sustainability Awards, please contact Antonis Michail: antonis.michail@iaphwordports.org. We are delighted with this year’s turnout, and we are most grateful to all member ports who shared their splendid sustainability initiatives.



Maritime leaders to set scene for COP28 at #IAPH2023

We are proud to announce that Emanuele Grimaldi, president and managing director of Grimaldi Euromed, will be joining the 2023 IAPH World Ports Conference in his role as chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). Emanuele will join the plenary session debate on what ports and shipping can deliver to the 28th Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP28) alongside IAPH president Captain K. Subramaniam, IMO secretary-general Kitack Lim and moderator Katherine Palmer, shipping lead for the UNFCCC Climate Change High-Level Champions. With COP28 being held in Dubai just under one month after the World Ports Conference takes place in Abu Dhabi, this keynote panel will discuss the concrete decarbonisation deliverables shipping and ports have to offer the next edition of the United Nations Climate Change Conference. The World Ports Conference agenda approaches energy transition and  decarbonisation not just from a strategic perspective, addressing the role that ports and shipping can play in the development of clean energy hubs, but also in a very hands-on way, based on the practical options contained in the IMO Ports GHG Resolution and the tools that IAPH and its partners have developed to facilitate their implementation. The conference Early Bird rate has been extended to 4 June, so make sure to book your tickets for #IAPH2023 now to benefit from the best conditions.



ICS Maritime Barometer warns for fragmented regulation

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) launched its inaugural Maritime Barometer Report two weeks ago. The barometer presents a snapshot of industry sentiment that, if used by the shipping community, can advance collaboration and present a united voice to regulators, national governments, and global stakeholders. The first report notably highlighted the growing risk of unilateral or fragmented regulation, highlighting the need for regulators to pursue a long-term strategy to align with maritime’s global regulatory framework. The EU has stepped up its shipping regulations after the industry’s inclusion in its Emissions Trading System and agreeing to set a 2% target for renewable hydrogen in bunker fuels from 2034. EU policymakers have indicated that its regional regulations may be revisited if the International Maritime Organization adopts similar measures. The ICS’ latest maritime risk survey of more than 130 industry decision-makers found that political and financial instability, as well as cyber-attacks, were the top risks for the industry in 2023, a change from the leading risks identified in its 2021 survey, which were epidemics, supply chain fragility, and trade barriers. You can read the full report here. More about ICS’ activities can be found in the latest edition of Leadership Insights, the ICS magazine.


IAPH at BNP Paribas event: global MBM presents win-win

Within the framework of the BNP Paribas Fortis Chair Transport, Logistics and Ports at the University of Antwerp, a shipping event is organised every two years. The third edition took place at the bank’s regional headquarters in Antwerp last week, focusing on the impact of decarbonisation and energy transition. The programme included keynote speeches by Vincent Pascal, head of shipping and offshore finance Europe, Middle East and Africa at BNP Paribas and Claudio Abbate, group vice-president of maritime policy and government affairs at MSC, EU Member of Parliament Kathleen Van Brempt as well as case-study presentations by Boluda, DEME and Euronav. IAPH managing director Patrick Verhoeven joined representatives of Dow Chemical, DP World, ECSA and Exmar in the closing panel discussion which addressed investments, finance and regulation of maritime decarbonisation. In his intervention, Patrick pointed at the win-win that a global market-based measure (MBM) would present to raise the ambitions of the IMO greenhouse gas strategy whilst providing funding for port-related infrastructure in developing countries, particularly in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs). Once adopted, regional measures, such as the inclusion of shipping in the EU Emission Trading Scheme, would need to be aligned with the global framework. The BNP Paribas Fortis Chair Transport, Logistics and Ports was inaugurated in 2010 at the Department of Transport and Regional Economics of the University of Antwerp. Current holder of the chair is professor Christa Sys.



IMO expert workshop discusses mid-term GHG measures

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) organised an expert workshop on 25 and 26 May to further discuss its considerations of candidate mid-term measures to reduce GHG emissions. This involved in-depth discussions on the proposed combined technical and economic measures in relation to their feasibility, effectiveness to deliver the overarching IMO GHG strategy, and potential impacts on states, in particular Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs). At the workshop delegations heard presentations from member states and international organisations on their respective proposals on the candidate mid-term measures and their possible combinations, together with a preliminary comparative analysis of technical and economic elements. The most concrete measures at the table are a fuel standard and a market-based measure (MBM) in the form of a carbon tax of fuel levy. Together with the expert discussions, UNCTAD provided their insights on the proposed elements to help identify commonalities amongst the proposals and develop the necessary building blocks to support decision-making. This comparative analysis will facilitate further deliberations at the 15th session of the Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships (ISWG-GHG 15) on 26-30 June, as well as at MEPC 80 on 3-7 July, helping to identify candidate measures to develop further as a priority.


WPCAP ports to focus on OPS, new fuels and corridors

The World Ports Climate Action Program (WPCAP) will be extended with a new focus on shore power, new fuels, and green shipping corridors. This was agreed by the twelve port authorities that are members of the programme, at a meeting held in Rotterdam two weeks ago to mark the occasion of the first five years of the program. A recent study from CE Delft for WPCAP shows that shore power will be part of the long-term maritime fuel mix, especially when ships will have to shift to expensive fossil free fuels. A dedicated WPCAP working group is bringing this message to the maritime shipping industry and continues advocating its global implementation. The second focus area for WPCAP in the coming years is to facilitate the bunkering and adoption of cleaner fuels. The ports have worked with the IAPH Clean Marine Fuels working group to create a Port Readiness Framework, a self-assessment and communications tool that allows various stakeholders to understand the different levels of research, development and deployment of new fuels at ports around the world – with WPCAP ports taking the lead. Where the fuel readiness framework will set the standard for the bunkering of new fuels, green corridor initiatives are seen as key to facilitate the deployment of fuels in practice, particularly on longer international shipping routes. At the Rotterdam meeting, the WPCAP leadership called on regional coalitions of the willing to set standards and lead the way for the IMO and the international shipping industry to put in place regulation that will allow the sustainable development of the industry on a level playing field. The need for a just transition was also emphasised in the discussion, noting the southern hemisphere should benefit in particular from opportunities in the development of renewable energy sources and fuels. Cooperation between global ports, IAPH and other frontrunners will play a key role in this. WPCAP is a cooperation of leading international ports which exchange best practices and act as frontrunners in reducing emissions from the shipping industry. Members are the ports of Antwerp-Bruges, Barcelona, Gothenburg, Hamburg, HAROPA Port (Le Havre – Rouen – Paris), Long Beach, Los Angeles, New York / New Jersey, Rotterdam, Valencia, Vancouver and Yokohama. IAPH supports WPCAP through the platform of its World Ports Sustainability Program.


Port of Rotterdam CEO Allard Castelein welcoming WPCAP members in Rotterdam


IAPH signs MoU with Brazilian private ports and terminals

Last week a delegation from Associação de Terminais Portuários Privados (Association of Brazilian private Ports and Terminals, or ATP) led by IAPH member Porto do Açu visited Belgium on a mission, which took them to Port of Antwerp-Bruges and the other ports in Flanders. ATP members are responsible for 66% of total cargo handled in Brazil. IAPH managing director Patrick Verhoeven was invited by ATP and Porto do Açu to present IAPH’s current work programme during their initial visit to the Antwerp Port House on Monday, with an MOU signed between ATP and IAPH afterwards to strengthen knowledge sharing and ties. In recent years Porto do Açu has been one of IAPH’s most active regular members, having chaired the IAPH WPSP COVID-19 taskforce and representing IAPH recently at COP 27. The port’s CEO, José Firmo, is IAPH’s vice-president for Central and South America. In the video below Porto do Açu’s head of port relations Caio Cunha speaks with IAPH’s communications director Victor Shieh about the visit.



Final call 2023 Member Survey: shape the future of IAPH!

The IAPH 2023 Member Survey will close this Friday. This is the last opportunity for you to let us know how we can shape our offerings and our strategy into 2024 and beyond. Please take this short survey and provide us with feedback on your experience of IAPH communications, events, products and services. The survey also seeks the strategic insights of port authorities and operators on the topic of sustainability. The survey is open to both regular and associate members and we are happy to receive more than one response per member as it is the personal experience of your interaction with us that matters. We look forward to receiving your candid feedback, which will be invaluable in shaping the future of our organisation. If you have any challenges receiving or completing the survey, please contact IAPH coordination & support manager Fabienne Van Loo: fabienne.vanloo@iaphworldports.org.


Welcome to new members

We are pleased to welcome a new regular member from the Netherlands and a new associate member from Malaysia. The Municipality of The Hague / Port Authority & Operation Centre is responsible for managing the Port of Scheveningen. The port lies directly on the North Sea and centrally located on the Dutch coast, allowing for rapid movement of shipping in and out of the port. Cargo vessels can reach Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and the ports of Hook of Holland and IJmuiden in less than an hour. D&D Control develops and operates the Container Ledger Account (CLA) portal, a digital ecosystem to simplify and digitalise container logistics payment. CLA is a financial solution that functions as a centralised ledger account to replace the conventional container deposit practice, which already gained positive adoption in Malaysia and the Philippines.



IAPH participated in Smart Digital Ports in Rotterdam

Last week a number of IAPH regular and associate members attended and spoke at Port Technology International’s latest in-person event Smart Digital Ports 2023, which took place in Rotterdam.  These included DP World, Port of Rotterdam, Port of Barcelona, Port of Antwerp-Bruges, Ashdod Port, Port of Tanjung Pelepas, Fundacion Valenciaport, Portbase, PortXchange, Nextport and AwakeAI. Among those speaking was IAPH Data Collaboration Committee vice-chairman Gadi Benmoshe, who was a panellist presenting on automation as an innovation tool at the session on unlocking the future of smart ports with autonomous technology. He also moderated a panel discussion on how ports can integrate further in the wider supply chain.


Gadi Benmoshe speaking at Smart Digital Ports 2023


Yangshan port tops 2022 CPPI ranking

Developed by the World Bank and S&P Global Market Intelligence, the third edition of the Container Port Performance Index (CPPI) was published two weeks ago. The CPPI is a data-based comparable index that ranks 348 global container ports according to vessel turnaround time, which is measured by the elapsed time between when a ship reaches a port to its departure from the berth having completed its cargo exchange. Leading the 2022 CPPI ranking is the Chinese port of Yangshan. The top-five ports further include Salalah (Oman), Khalifa (Abu Dhabi), Tanger Med (Morocco) and Cartagena (Colombia). The performance of a port may be assessed based on a myriad of measurements, such as terminal capacity or space utilisation, cost, landside connectivity and services, as well as its core function, ship to shore interchange. The CPPI is based on available empirical objective data pertaining exclusively to time expended in a vessel stay in a port and should be interpreted as an indicative measure of waterside container port performance, but not a definitive one. The CPPI ranking is intended to identify gaps and opportunities for improvement for the benefit of key stakeholders in global trade, including government, shipping lines, port and terminal operators, shippers, logistics companies and consumers. The joint team from the World Bank and S&P Global Market Intelligence intends to enhance the methodology, scope, and data in future annual iterations, reflecting refinement, stakeholder feedback, and improvements in data scope and quality. The full 2022 index can be found here.


Member Port News

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

  • Africa and Europe region: Hamburg Port Authority, Port of Helsinki, Baku International Sea Trade Port, Oslo Port Authority, Port Autonome de Kribi, North Tyrrhenian Port Network Authority, Administração dos Portos de Sines e do Algarve, Autoridad Portuaria de la Bahìa de Algeciras, Port Autonome de Lomé, Port of Rotterdam Authority, Autorità Portuale di Genova, Port of London Authority, Autoridad Portuaria de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Autoridad Portuaria de Valencia, Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company, Ports of Cabo Verde, HAROPA Port, Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Port of Amsterdam, Autoridad Portuaria de Bilbao, Municipality of The Hague / Port Authority & Operations Centre, North Sea Port, Port of Göteborg, Ports of Cabo Verde, Freeport of Riga Authority, Port of Antwerp-Bruges, Port of Bergen, Port of Göteborg , Port Authority of Vigo:
  • America region: Canaveral Port Authority, Port of Los Angeles, Northwest Seaport Alliance, Autoridad Marítima de Panamá, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Georgia Ports Authority, National Ports Administration Uruguay, Port of Long Beach, Port of San Diego, Companhia de Intergração do Complexo Portuário do Pecém, Port of Seattle
  • Asia and Oceania region: NSW Ports, PSA International, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Ulsan Port Authority, Port of Hakata, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Lyttelton Port Company, PT Pelabuhan Indonesia, Busan Regional Office of Oceans and Fisheries, Incheon Port Authority, Maldives Ports, Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, Port of Brisbane, Sabah Ports, Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Yeosu Gwangyang Port Authority, DP WORLD, Busan Regional Office of Oceans and Fisheries, Gladstone Ports Corporation, Philippine Ports Authority, Busan Port Authority, Port Nelson, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, Marine and Water Bureau Government of Macau

Check out the full line up on our Member Port News page.


World Maritime News

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

  • Topics on container shipping
  • ‘Super’ slow steaming makes a comeback as surplus capacity builds
  • West coast labor deal is ‘on the doorstep’ as soft volumes continue
  • PSA International makes inroads into Central Asia intermodal network
  • Fragmented regulation now a top risk for shipping, ICS survey finds
  • Why MEPC 80 will prove pivotal to industry and IMO
  • Topics on alternative fuels
  • Ørsted to break ground on methanol plant to tackle shipping demand
  • MSC makes the first move for ammonia-fuel containerships
  • Hydrogen-driven barge debuts on Europe’s inland network
  • FLOW gains momentum with ‘give-to-get’ data-sharing model

For details of each story, please visit the World Maritime News section on our website. 


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