IAPH Insider- December 7, 2023

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IAPH Insider highlight with Rhona Macdonald



IMO adopts resolution on organised crime

The 33rd meeting of the IMO Assembly took place over the past two weeks from 27 November to 6 December. This meeting takes place once every two years and is responsible for approving the organisation’s work programme and budget for the next biennium. In line with the ongoing work of the IAPH Risk and Resilience Committee, IAPH co-sponsored a document submitted by Belgium, along with other Member States, proposing the adoption of a draft resolution on enhancing the framework of the fight against organised crime in the maritime sector. The draft resolution aims to raise awareness of the devastating effects of organised crime, underlining the importance of security awareness and building resilience. Security awareness is paramount in safeguarding ports, ships, and all individuals and organisations working in the maritime environment. In particular, port workers and seafarers are increasingly being targeted by organised crime to help facilitate the transportation of illicit goods, posing significant risks to their safety and wellbeing. During the plenary, delegations expressed differing views concerning amendments to existing IMO frameworks. Whilst several fully supported the proposals, some, including the UK, UAE, Argentina, and ICS, were of the view that such changes to the IMO frameworks were not appropriate at this time. Thus, whilst the Assembly ultimately agreed to adopt the draft resolution, it instead urged Member States and international organisations to submit proposals to the next meetings of MSC and FAL. IAPH will continue to follow this topic closely.


New IMO Council installed

Last Friday, the IMO Assembly elected the Members of its Council for the 2024-2025 biennium. The Council is responsible, under the Assembly, for supervising the work of the IMO and will meet for its 131st session on 7 December following the conclusions of the 33rd Assembly. During the Assembly meeting, Member States placed their votes and elected the new members of the Council under three categories. Category (a) includes ten countries with the largest interest in providing international shipping services. China, Greece, Italy, Japan, Liberia, Norway, Panama, the Republic of Korea, the UK and the US were elected. Category (b) includes ten countries with the largest interest in international seaborne trade. Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the UAE were elected. Finally, category (c) includes twenty countries not elected under (a) or (b), but which have special interests in maritime transport or navigation and whose election to the Council will ensure the representation of all major geographic areas of the world. Bahamas, Bangladesh, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, the Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and Turkey were elected.


IAPH meets incoming IMO secretary-general

The IMO Assembly also confirmed the appointment of Arsenio Dominguez, as new secretary-general of the organisation. Arsenio Dominguez had been elected by the IMO Council last July and his mandate will officially start on 1 January 2024 for an initial term of four years. He succeeds Kitack Lim in the role, who was IMO secretary-general for two terms. Prior to the Assembly meeting, a delegation of IAPH, including president Jens Meier, former president Santiago Garcia-Milà, managing director Patrick Verhoeven and IMO liaison and policy officer Rhona Macdonald met with the incoming secretary-general at the IMO headquarters in London for a first, informal encounter.



Shipping and ports at COP 28

IMO has presented its latest work on reducing GHG emission from ships, including the adoption of the 2023 IMO GHG Strategy, at the opening day of the 28th United Nations Climate Change conference (COP 28) meeting in Dubai, UAE. The IMO submission was presented by Camille Bourgeon from the IMO Secretariat. In July, IMO adopted the 2023 IMO Strategy on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships, with a commitment to reach net-zero GHG emissions by or around, i.e. close to, 2050, taking into account different national circumstances. IMO will take part in a number of maritime events happening during COP 28, including the side-event held by UNCTAD and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and the Shaping the Future of Shipping Summit organised by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). IAPH president Jens Meier and managing director Patrick Verhoeven will participate in the latter event, which focuses on the further development of the Clean Energy Marine Hubs (CEM Hubs) initiative.


IAPH presented at  ESCAP workshop 

The United Nation’s Economic and Social Committee for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) held a capacity building workshop on port digitalisation and smart ports in Bangkok on 29 and 30 November. Pascal Ollivier, chairman of the IAPH Data Collaboration Committee, gave a keynote address at the workshop, which was attended by 70 representatives of port authorities and ministries. The workshop highlighted the leading role of ESCAP as UN Regional Commission on port digitalisation matters among other UN regional commissions. While there are many projects, including maritime single windows, port community systems and smart ports, at different levels of development, the maturity level of digitalisation in ASEAN ports is 1.5 on a scale of 3, according to a recent smart port report that was adopted during the 29th ASEAN Transport Ministers meeting in early November. The recent World Bank IAPH Report on Port Community Systems and the WCO-IAPH port-customs guidelines that IAPH produced with the World Customs Organization for the IAPH World Ports Conference were welcomed as valuable contributions to further support Asia Pacific Members States and Port Authorities.



IAPH-MEDports seminar expands ESI audience

IAPH held its first joint seminar with the MEDPorts Association on 30 November, focusing on the Environmental Ship Index (ESI) and how it could help positively impact Mediterranean shipping emissions reductions. The seminar, hosted by the Port of Barcelona, saw presentations from IAPH technical director Antonis Michail and business consultant Nick Blackmore, as well as Port of Amsterdam’s Henri van der Weide, who co-leads the working group for the ESI At Berth Project. The audience for the seminar heard how ESI can be used as a proven, practical tool to meet the demanding ambitions of the most recent Regional Transport Action Plan and support the development of a Mediterranean Emissions Control Area (ECA). On the following day, the Port of Barcelona also graciously hosted the 6th ESI Stakeholder Assembly, at which ESI Incentive Providers from across the globe discussed the latest planned developments for the system. IAPH’s collaboration with MEDports will continue later this month at a seminar on Digital Transformation, Innovation and Cooperation held in Casablanca, hosted by Morocco’s Nationale Agence des Ports (ANP) on 13 December. IAPH communications director Victor Shieh will be a guest speaker during a panel discussion on innovation for sustainable development.

APEC launches a new alumni platform

Last Tuesday, the Antwerp Flanders Port Training Center (APEC) of Port of Antwerp-Bruges International launched its online alumni platform at a virtual event. Following the intervention of Flemish minister president Jan Jambon and Mario Lievens of POAB International, two keynote interventions took place – one on maritime decarbonisation by Andrew Losos of the World Bank and one by IAPH’s Victor Shieh, who spoke about innovations in both maritime and supply chain, using examples from the IAPH whitepaper “The mindset shift towards innovation”. Moving ahead, APEC plans to organise webinars, knowledge exchanges and other projects, which will be supported by IAPH team members.

Welcome to new members

We are pleased to welcome Cable Factory Bitner and Yeji Data Lab as new associate members. Cable Factory Bitner is a cable and wire manufacturer that has been operating since 1996. They offer a wide range of products, including over 40,000 items divided into over a dozen product groups. Their products are used in various industries such as industrial automation, electrical, energy, telecommunication, and IT. The company has completed many large-scale projects in Poland, and their cables and wires are verified by companies operating in the chemical and petrochemical industry, industrial plants, users of sports venues or other public buildings, and more. Yeji Data Lab is an AI solution provider for various industries and sectors, such as energy, health, manufacturing, and transportation. The company offers AI advisory, AI at scale, and AI funding services. It helps its clients adopt and utilize AI technology, develop and deploy AI applications, and access grant programs for AI projects.

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:  Mauritius Ports Authority, Port Autonome de Lomé , HAROPA PORT, Port Autonome de Kribi, Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company, Port Autonome d’ Abidjan (Abidjan Port Authority), Gibraltar Port Authority, JadeWeserPort Realisierungs GmbH & Co.KG , Autoridad Portuaria de la Bahìa de Algeciras, Autoridad Portuaria de Valencia (Port Authority of Valencia), Cartagena Port Authority, Hamburg Port Authority , Ports of Cabo Verde, Port of Göteborg AB, Port of Rotterdam Authority (Havenbedrijf Rotterdam N.V.), Autoritat Portuària de Barcelona, Autoridad Portuaria de Sevilla, Port Authority of Vigo, Port of Antwerp-Bruges, Port of Helsinki Ltd, Autoridad Portuaria de Huelva, Baku International Sea Trade Port, Freeport of Riga Authority, Autoridad Portuaria de Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Ports of Tenerife), Cyprus Ports Authority, North Tyrrhenian Port Network Authority, Port of Bergen, Autorità Portuale di Genova (Port Authority of Genoa), Nigerian Ports Authority, bremenports GmbH & Co. KG, The National Ports Agency, Morocco, North Sea Port, Autoridad Portuaria de Bilbao , Belfast Harbour Commissioners, Port of London Authority 
  • America region:  Montreal Port Authority, National Ports Administration, Uruguay , Port of Seattle, Port of Portland, Port of San Diego, Autoridad Marítima de Panamá (Panama Maritime Authority), Port of Long Beach, Port of Los Angeles, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Georgia Ports Authority (GPA), Northwest Seaport Alliance
  • Asia and Oceania region:   Yokohama Kawasaki International Port Corporation, Lyttelton Port Company Ltd., Ulsan Port Authority, Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Incheon Regional Office of Oceans and Fisheries, Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd, PSA International Pte Ltd, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), Yeosu Gwangyang Port Authority (YGPA), Marine Department, HKSAR , Abu Dhabi Ports, Sabah Ports Sdn Bhd, Marine and Water Bureau, Busan Port Authority, Incheon Port Authority, Busan Regional Office of Oceans and Fisheries, Yokohama Port Corporation, Government of Macau, SAR, DP World, Taiwan International Ports Corp., Ltd., Port of Hakata (Port & Airport Bureau, City of Fukuoka), Port Nelson Limited, PT Pelabuhan Indonesia (Persero), Incheon Port Authority

 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: 

  • Call for port authorities to support grid upgrades
  • China floats idea of mega port to rival Singapore
  • EU makes final ETS clarifications ahead of implementation
  • Carrier ETS surcharges should converge
  • ETS cargo diversion risk not being addressed
  • Carriers have opportunities to ease supply imbalance
  • Carriers consider rerouting as Panama Canal restrictions bite
  • IEA warns of carbon capture pitfall

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


・7 December 2023

・11 December 2023

・13 December 2023

・20 December 2023

・16 January 2024

・14-15 February 2024

・3-6 March 2024

・5-7 March 2024

・11-15 March 2024

・11-14 March 2024

・18-22 March 2024

・25-27 March 2024

・Tbc -April 2024

・8-12 April 2024

・22-26 April 2024

・25-26 April 2024

・13-24 May 2024

・21-24 May 2024

IAPH Data Collaboration Committee – online

IAPH Board meeting – online

 MEDPorts / Agence Nationale des Ports seminar – Casablanca

IAPH Risk and Resilience Committee – online

IAPH Climate and Energy Committee – online

CTL BHP conference – Mumbai

TPM24 – Long Beach

 Marlog Conference – Alexandria

IMO GHG Intersessional WG (ISWG-GHG 16) – London

CLIA Cruise Week Europe – Genoa

IMO Marine Environment Protection Cttee (MEPC 81) – London

IAPH Technical Committee Days – London

Pan African Association for Port Cooperation – Libreville

IMO Facilitation Committee (FAL 48) – London

IMO Legal Committee (LEG 111) – London

ESPO Conference – Paris

IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 108) – London

UNCTAD Global Supply Chain Forum – Barbados