IAPH Insider- November 23, 2023

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IAPH Insider highlight with Patrick Verhoeven


IAPH co-sponsors IMO submission on organised crime

After thorough discussions and corresponding communications within the Risk and Resilience Committee, IAPH was able to co-sponsor a submission to the 33rd session of the IMO Assembly. The submission, titled ‘Combatting Security Threats by Organised Crime in the Maritime Industry’ aims to garner support for an Assembly Resolution that raises awareness within the maritime sector regarding the profound impacts of illicit trade and organised crime. This joint submission is a collaborative effort initiated by Belgium with support of Colombia, Cyprus, Kenya, The Netherlands, Panama, Peru, IAPH, WWF, and FONASBA. In alignment with the ongoing initiatives of the IAPH Data Collaboration Committee on cybersecurity, the proposed resolution underscores the critical importance of capacity-building and cooperation in the realm of cybersecurity as well. Looking ahead, the proposed resolution urges interested parties to submit proposals to the IMO Maritime Safety and Facilitation Committees. These proposals are intended to enhance and adapt the existing framework for combating organised crime in the maritime sector. Additionally, the resolution extends an invitation to IMO Member States to share their successful strategies in mitigating the impacts of organised crime on international maritime traffic and port facilities. This pivotal submission is scheduled for discussion during the upcoming IMO Assembly 33, which will be held from 27 November to 6 December. We kindly request your assistance in liaising with your national administrations to garner support for the adoption of this draft resolution, which you can download here, recognising the collective efforts required to fortify the maritime industry against security threats posed by organised crime.


IAPH steps up on closer ties with WCO

Last week IAPH’s Data Collaboration Committee chairman Pascal Ollivier and communications director Victor Shieh met with colleagues of the World Customs Organization Lazzat Daniyariva, Tejo Kusuma and Cristina Varela Vaz at their headquarters in Brussels to discuss follow-up plans for the jointly-published guidelines on cooperation between Customs and Port Authorities which were presented at the IAPH 2023 World Ports Conference by WCO deputy secretary-general Ricardo Treviño Chapa. The following day Pascal Ollivier attended the 29th WCO SAFE Framework of Standards Working Group where discussions were held with member states on the dissemination and implementation of the guidelines, which followed IAPH’s participation at the WCO Permanent Technical Committee meeting the previous month prior. A French version of the guidelines is currently being finalised and will be made available before the end of the year. The International Transport Journal has published an article on the guidelines and Lloyds List published an article on customs and port authority cooperation based on the interview with the WCO deputy secretary-general and Pascal.


Lazzat Daniyariva, Tejo Kusuma, Pascal Ollivier, Victor Shieh and Cristina Varela Vaz


IAPH participated in IMO cybersecurity symposium

The International Maritime Organization and the University of Plymouth’s Cyber-SHIP Lab jointly organised a symposium on maritime cyber security and resilience at the IMO headquarters on 1-2 November. The symposium shared the latest international maritime cyber risk evaluation and mitigation research and explored how governments, industry, researchers, and NGOs can collaborate to build international maritime supply chain cyber resilience. Industry and academic expert speakers addressed topics across ship, port, and maritime supply chain cyber security, including cyber security and safety of assets and people, new technologies, policy development and mariner training. Representing IAPH, former chair of the Legal Committee and honorary member Frans van Zoelen addressed the likely impact of the maritime single window for the exchange of data which becomes mandatory from January 2024. He ran through the relevant regulatory instruments on cyber security including IMO guidelines on cyber risk management, industry guidelines from IAPH, ENISA and BIMCO and the mandatory ISPS Code for port facilities. On a national level, Frans stressed the importance of futureproofing legislation by incorporating flexibility within it. Full proceedings of the symposium can be found here.


White paper on Environmental Ship Index published

IAPH launched this week a dedicated white paper on the Environmental Ship Index (ESI), citing testimonials from world ports on how to use the index to facilitate vessel emissions reductions. Subtitled ‘Setting the standard for maritime environmental performance’, it is aimed at providing a clear introduction to newcomers interested in joining this long-running scheme. ESI is used by 60 global ports and other maritime administrations for providing incentives to owners of over 6,600 ships to perform better in reducing air emissions than required by the current emission standards of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). This includes half of the world’s container fleet and a multitude of other vessel types. ESI, which is a voluntary system, has become the established global standard for ports to incentivise the ongoing improvement of shipping’s environmental performance and has also been recognised by the IMO as the standard scheme offering port incentives for low- and zero-carbon ships in a recently-signed MOU with IAPH. The new white paper explores the fundamentals of ESI and underlines its strengths via case studies and testimonials from ports across the globe, a major shipowner and citations from major transportation studies. The white paper explores upcoming enhancements to ESI, including a fully-integrated calculation of greenhouse gas emissions, rewards for zero-emissions techniques, and a new at-berth module for the evaluation of the emissions performance of a given port call. Ports are facing increasing demands from their community stakeholders to identify, quantify and demonstrably reduce vessel emissions in and around their premises, especially when they are located inside port cities. ESI will have a critical role to play in doing just that. To view or download the white paper, click here.



Mediterranean ESI seminar on 30 November

A special seminar hosted by the MEDPorts Association in conjunction with IAPH on how to incentivise shipowners to reduce emissions will be held in hybrid format at the Port of Barcelona on 30 November. This seminar will focus on how the IAPH Environmental Ship Index can positively impact Mediterranean shipping emissions reductions. The seminar coincides with the ESI Stakeholders Assembly which is being organised by the Green Award Foundation, which administers the index for IAPH. ESI was created by major ports in cooperation with the IAPH, and has been fully integrated into the IAPH’s governance structure since 2020. To register either online or in person to the seminar, click here. For more information about ESI, contact Nick Blackmore: [email protected].



IAPH spoke at events on innovation and MSW

End of October, IAPH’s Data Collaboration Committee vice-chairman Gadi Benmoshe joined two events, discussing the introduction of the IMO Maritime Single Window, disruptive trends and innovation opportunities. He spoke at the hybrid Port Entrepreneurship International Congress that was organised on 26 October by Opentop and Valencia Port Foundation, addressing challenges and trends in the maritime, port and logistics industry. He was joined in this session by UNCTAD TrainForTrade’s Mark Assaf, Philippe Isler of World Economic Forum and Hamburg Port Authority’s Phanthian Zuesongdham. Gadi also participated in the Maritime Single Window webinar that was hosted by the Association of Maritime Practitioners of Kenya on 27 October. A full recording of that webinar is available here.
Gadi Benmoshe with Phanthian Zuesongdham, Mark Assaf and Philippe Isler

IMO emissions technology challenge launched

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is inviting maritime technology providers to submit entries to the IMO CARES (Coordinated Actions to Reduce Emissions from Shipping) Maritime Technology Global Challenge, which is designed to accelerate the identification and deployment of innovative decarbonisation solutions for ports and domestic vessels in Africa and the Caribbean. Technology providers from around the world can enter the Challenge and showcase their market-ready solutions to help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the maritime sector in selected developing countries in Africa and the Caribbean: Namibia, St Kitts and Nevis, as well as Trinidad and Tobago. A fourth country will be announced in the coming weeks. The competition is now open for submissions via the IMO CARES website. Entries are accepted  until 18:00 (UTC) on Sunday 7 January 2024. The winners will be selected by an independent judging panel consisting of representatives from the regional Maritime Technology Cooperation Centres, academic bodies and other IMO CARES stakeholders. The results will be announced end of January, with winners expected to submit their  final proposals by April. Up to four winning technology providers will be selected by an expert panel and will receive funding of USD $15,000 to $30,000 to develop bespoke technical proposals for the implementation of their solutions in the specific countries. A document outlining the submission guidance and technical overview of the beneficiary countries can be found here. The Challenge was launched via a virtual event yesterday featuring speakers from the IMO CARES team as well as representatives from the Maritime Technology Cooperation Centres in Africa and the Caribbean. A recording of the event, which included an interactive Q&A session with the audience is available here. The IMO CARES project is funded by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and is implemented by the IMO.

UNCTAD issues report on port benchmarking

Volume 11 of UNCTAD’s TrainForTrade Port Management Series has been published in English, French, and Spanish. This year’s edition combines benchmarking port performance with ports’ contributions towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.This detailed report, which is compiled from inputs from ports engaged in capacity building or participating in UNCTAD TFT’s programmes, includes port performance indicators covering governance, human resources, financial, vessel operations, resilience, cargo operations and sustainability – with the indicators being further broken down into specific categories. You can download a digital copy of the report 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:  Autorità Portuale di Genova (Port Authority of Genoa), Port of Amsterdam, Autoridad Portuaria de Valencia (Port Authority of Valencia), Baku International Sea Trade Port, Port Autonome de Cotonou, Autoritat Portuària de Barcelona, Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Gibraltar Port Authority, North Sea Port, Ports of Cabo Verde, Port of Göteborg AB, The National Ports Agency, Morocco, Autoridad Portuaria de Huelva, Belfast Harbour Commissioners, Port of Rotterdam Authority (Havenbedrijf Rotterdam N.V.), Autoridad Portuaria de Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Ports of Tenerife), Cartagena Port Authority, Oslo Port Authority, Port of Beirut, Port Authority of Vigo, Freeport of Riga Authority, Hamburg Port Authority, Port Autonome d’ Abidjan (Abidjan Port Authority), Cyprus Ports Authority, Autoridad Portuaria de Bilbao, Autoridad Portuaria de Sevilla, Port of Antwerp-Bruges
  • America region:  Montreal Port Authority, National Ports Administration, Uruguay, Canaveral Port Authority, Port of Hueneme, Port of Long Beach, Port of Los Angeles, Port of Oakland, Port of Seattle, Port Saint John, Port of San Diego, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Georgia Ports Authority (GPA), Northwest Seaport Alliance
  • Asia and Oceania region:   Maldives Ports Limited , Busan Port Authority, Taiwan International Ports Corp., Ltd., Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, Korea, Incheon Port Authority, Incheon Regional Office of Oceans and Fisheries, Marine and Water Bureau, Government of Macau, SAR, NSW Ports, Port of Hakata (Port & Airport Bureau, City of Fukuoka), PSA International Pte Ltd, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), Westports Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., PT Pelabuhan Indonesia (Persero), Abu Dhabi Ports, Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd, Solomon Islands Ports Authority, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Lyttelton Port Company Ltd.
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: 

  • Shipping companies failing to set science-based climate targets
  • More biofuels and e-fuels for cars and trucks would mean less for ships, T&E argues
  • Wärtsilä launches dual-fuel ammonia engine
  • US imports peak post-summer
  • Cargo operations partially resume after cyberattack hits DP World Australia
  • Ports and customs seek to build trust
  • CMA CGM commits €100 million to new Paris-based AI research lab
  • Congress steps into debate over jurisdiction of rail fees for ocean containers
  • UK watchdog calls for end to ocean carrier antitrust immunity

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


Calendar of Events

IAPH events and events where IAPH is represented

  • 28 November – Kick-off Event APEC Alumni Community – online
  • 30 November – IAPH MEDPorts seminar on ESI – Barcelona
  • 1 December – ESI Stakeholder Assembly – Barcelona
  • 7 December – IAPH Data Collaboration Committee – online
  • 9-10 December – ICS conference and CEM Hubs summit at COP 28 – Dubai
  • 11 December – IAPH Board meeting – online
  • 13 December – MEDPorts / Agence Nationale des Ports seminar – Casablanca
  • 20 December – IAPH Risk and Resilience Committee – online
  • 11-15 March 2024 – IMO GHG Intersessional WG (ISWG-GHG 16) – London
  • 18-22 March 2024 – IMO Marine Environment Protection Cttee (MEPC 81) – London
  • 25-27 March 2024 – IAPH Technical Committee Days – London
  • 8-12 April 2024 – IMO Facilitation Committee (FAL 48) – London
  • 22-26 April 2024 – IMO Legal Committee (LEG 111) – London
  • 13-24 May 2024 – IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 108) – London