IAPH Insider- January 11, 2024

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This week’s Insider highlight with Patrick Verhoeven


Participate in the 2024 World Ports Tracker survey

We are off to a flying start in 2024, which also includes compiling the yearly version of the IAPH World Ports Tracker report, combining S&P Global container port performance data, UNCTAD Liner Connectivity data as well as IAPH survey response data analysis on vessel calls, cargo volumes and key intermodal availability, analysed by Theo Notteboom and Thanos Pallis, two of the world’s leading maritime economists. The data analysis does not only focus on containerised cargo. There are analyses of bulk, liquid bulk, multipurpose as well as cruise and passenger sectors. Ports can select answering the questions relevant to them, and with the data available at their disposal. With this up-to-date information, readers will be informed on important trends based on recent historical data, which also allows the prediction and forecasting of future trends for ports. A good example is the question on what ports are expecting in terms of future vessel calls/cargo volumes in the next twelve months as compared with the last year, also the estimations by ports in terms of cruise and passenger growth. The tracker also includes hot topics which are highly relevant – in this case on how ports are being impacted by the situation in the Red Sea with vessels being diverted around the Cape. We have set 7 February as the deadline to answer the survey. All ports answering at least one of the survey questions (all questions are optional to allow ports to answer relevant questions to them) will get access to the full global report and regional analysis. You can access the survey via this link. To get an idea of the IAPH World Ports Tracker annual report, you can download the 2022 edition here.



Climate and Energy Committee to meet online 16 January

The IAPH Climate and Energy Committee will be meeting virtually on 16 January, from 4 to 6 PM CET. In the presence of IMO and UNCTAD officers, members will be updated on the latest submissions and expectations ahead of the forthcoming 81st meeting of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 81) in March and the preceding intersessional working group meeting on GHG emissions from ships, as well as on progress with the ongoing assessment of the impact that measures being examined by IMO may be having on states. Furthermore, members will be discussing the current status of the Port Readiness Levels for Marine Fuels (PRL-MF) assessment tool that has been jointly developed by the IAPH Clean Marine Fuels (CMF) working group and the World Ports Climate Action Program (WPCAP) in view of taking decisions regarding its further development and application. Members will also be briefed on the launch of the Zero Emission Port Alliance at COP28, an initiative by APM Terminals and DP World, targeting primarily the electrification of container handling equipment in ports, and will discuss the involvement of IAPH and individual ports in the alliance. As always, members will be presented with the latest updates on the IAPH projects and initiatives (CMF, ESI, CEM-Hubs) and will discuss the climate and energy content of the forthcoming IAPH Technical Committee Days, which will be held in London  from 25 to 27 March. The annotated agenda and full supporting documentation will be circulated by the end of this week. 


Share your views on marine fuels readiness tool

Ahead of the Climate and Energy Committee meeting, we are seeking your feedback on the Port Readiness Levels for Marine Fuels (PRL-MF) Assessment Tool. PRL-MF was developed by the World Ports Climate Action Program (WPCAP) and the IAPH Clean Marine Fuels (CMF) Working Group. The tool allows users to assess both the port readiness for a call of vessels sailing on a marine fuel that is still new to the port, and the port readiness for the bunkering of such a marine fuel. The tool will be released on the World Ports Sustainability Program website later this month. IAPH and WPCAP are now considering the development of a dynamic digital version of PRL-MF, which could offer further assistance and functionalities. To that end, we would like to get a better feeling of the intended use of the tool. Interested members are invited to respond to a very short survey regarding PRL-MF’s foreseen use at their port. The deadline for responses is Monday 15 January. The survey results will be discussed during the Climate and Energy Committee meeting on Tuesday 16 January. Any member wishing to review a copy of the PRL-MF Assessment Tool should contact IAPH Technical Director Antonis Michail at [email protected].


ESI scores January published

The latest scores of the IAPH Environmental Ship Index (ESI) project were published on 1 January. The number of vessels with an ESI score above 20 is at 4,587, whereas the total number of vessels in the ESI database is at 6,350. Compared to July the average ESI score remained stable at 31.1. The number of incentive providers increased from 60 to 63. Is your port already part of the ESI programme? If not, find out more on the ESI website or contact Takeshi Suzuki at : [email protected]



Designing a Future of Work toolkit

One of the main activities in the coming year of the IAPH Data Collaboration Committee will be to support member ports in the Future of Work. What does this mean? Attracting and retaining talent to the ports industry with skills in automation, AI, cybersecurity and other cutting-edge technologies is becoming a major challenge, which is why we wish to develop a Future of Work toolkit under the World Ports Sustainability Program which can support members to do just that. To succeed and ensure what we build really helps you, we kindly request ten minutes of your time to answer four questions. We would sincerely appreciate your cooperation and very much look forward to hearing from you. You can respond to the survey here. 

Cargill joins IAPH as associate member

We are delighted to announce that Cargill has joined IAPH, the second Beneficial Cargo Owner to join IAPH following Ikea Supply AG last year. Cargill is a family company providing food ingredients, agricultural solutions and industrial products to nourish the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. The maritime industry faces significant and critical sustainability challenges that must be tackled with urgency. To overcome these, Cargill strongly believes in the need to collaborate and partners with strategically selected organizations and associations to both help them deliver their sustainability targets as well as accelerate progress at industry level. Eman Abdalla, Cargill’s Global Operations and Supply Chain Director, delivered a keynote at the IAPH 2023 Conference highlighting Cargill’s sustainability path, including its study on how harnessing wind power can cut emissions and energy usage in the shipping sector.

January-February issue of Ports & Harbors is out

For our January and February edition of Ports & Harbors, we have a cover interview with Arsenio Dominguez, who has been appointed as the new IMO secretary-general. He speaks with Patrick Verhoeven about his vision for the organisation. We also have an interview with Belgium’s minister of justice and the North Sea Paul Van Tigchelt, who is currently working on countering illicit trade and drug trafficking, via IMO guidance. The publication also takes a deep dive into cyber threats ports face with the UK University of Plymouth’s Cyber-SHIP and Cyber Resilience of Offshore Wind Networks Labs. There is a feature on the impact of the EU Emissions Trading System on ports, with a legal team offering their views via Wake Up Call. There is the regular nine-to-five, Close the Gaps and Look Out articles, as well as the Column with Paddy Rodgers and the World Ports Tracker Port Performance index summary by Turloch Mooney and Max Janthur of S&P Global. We have a feature focus on Angola and a look at how towage is decarbonising. There is also special article on the Port Endeavor game which is now a finalist in the UN secretary-general awards scheme for 2023. The newly-appointed IAPH VP for North America Gene Seroka offers his perspectives on focus areas for IAPH and outgoing P&H editor Ines Nastali reviews the remarkable true story of Sarah Kidd in Daphne Palmer Geanacopoulos’ book ‘The Pirate’s Wife’.


IAPH 2022 – 2023 Annual Report is available

Copies of the IAPH 2022-2023 Annual Report are currently being sent to IAPH regular and associate members, along the with latest edition of Ports & Harbors. A digital copy of the report is available for you to download here. It provides a useful summary of all the activities of the main Technical Committees, progress on the World Ports Sustainability Program, a summary on outreach to the membership and beyond as well as events, plus detailed information on who-is-who in the organisation, new members joining in the past year, and a world map of members across the IAPH regions. There is an introductory message from IAPH president Jens Meier and the summary of IAPH membership benefits at the back of the report provides links on how to join the organisation.

IAPH president interviewed for ICS magazine

In its edition just before New Year’s end, the International Chamber of Shipping interviewed IAPH president Jens Meier for its own membership magazine Leadership Insights. In the interview, Jens comments on the pivotal and collaborative role ports play in maritime transformation, and outlines his views on how IAPH will be collaborating with ICS on energy transition, digitalisation and resilience. You can download a copy of the magazine here.

IMO SG announces leadership team

The secretary-general of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has announced his leadership team, one week after taking up his new position. Arsenio Dominguez, who took up office as the 10th elected secretary-general of IMO on 1 January, named the senior management committee members on 8 January:  director of Administrative Division – Azara Prempeh, director of Maritime Safety Division – Hiroyuki Yamada, director of Legal Affairs and External Relations Division – Dorota Lost-Sieminska, director of Marine Environment Division – Heike Deggim, director of Technical Cooperation Division – Jose Matheickal, director of Conference Division – Xiaojie Zhang, chief of staff – Damien Chevallier. In his new year message, which you can watch in the video below, Arsenio Dominguez pledged to build on IMO’s successes and do more. 




New EU entry rules for maritime cargo

From 3 June 2024, important changes will occur to the EU entry procedure of goods. Safety and security data requirements are already in force for air transportation of goods. With the third phase of the EU’s new customs pre-arrival safety and security system – Import Control System 2 (ICS2), the EU will extend safety and security data reporting requirements to maritime and inland waterway carriers. They will need to provide data on goods sent to or through the EU prior to their arrival, through a complete Entry Summary Declaration (ENS). This obligation also concerns postal and express carriers who transport goods using these modes of transport as well as other stakeholders, such as logistics providers. In certain circumstances, final consignees established in the EU will also have to submit ENS data to ICS2. Similar safety and security data requirements will be introduced for transportation of goods by rail and road at a later stage. The European Commission has produced an information package including a video, explanatory factsheets, a news statement, and social media posts, which can be found at this link. A dedicated website has been set up as well. For additional information, please contact [email protected].

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), Autoridad Portuaria de la Bahìa de Algeciras, Port of Helsinki, bremenports GmbH & Co. KG, Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company, Ports of Cape Verde, Autoridad Portuaria de Sevilla, Autoridad Portuaria de Valencia (Port Authority of Valencia), Cartagena Port Authority, APS- Administração dos Portos de Sines e do Algarve, SA, Autoritat Portuària de Barcelona, Hamburg Port Authority, North Sea Port, Port of Amsterdam, Port of Rotterdam Authority (Havenbedrijf Rotterdam N.V.), Port Authority of Vigo, Autoridad Portuaria de Bilbao, Port of Antwerp-Bruges, Baku International Sea Trade Port, Freeport of Riga Authority, The National Ports Agency, Morocco, Autoridad Portuaria de Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Ports of Tenerife), Cyprus Ports Authority, Mauritius Ports Authority, Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Port of Bergen, HAROPA PORT, Autoridad Portuaria de Huelva, Port of Helsinki Ltd, Port Autonome d’ Abidjan (Abidjan Port Authority), Port of London Authority
  • America region:  Porto do Açu S.A., Port of Long Beach, Autoridad Portuaria Nacional (APN), Peru, Georgia Ports Authority (GPA), Port of San Diego, Port of Oakland, Port of Los Angeles, National Ports Administration, Uruguay, Canaveral Port Authority, Northwest Seaport Alliance, Port of Hueneme, Autoridad Marítima de Panamá (Panama Maritime Authority), Port of Seattle
  • Asia and Oceania region:   Ibaraki Prefectural Government, Shizuoka Prefectural Government, Sabah Ports Sdn Bhd, Bintulu Port Holdings Berhad, Port Klang Authority, DP World, Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, Korea, Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Tokyo Metropolitan Government (Port of Tokyo), Yeosu Gwangyang Port Authority, Busan Regional Office of Oceans and Fisheries, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Taiwan International Ports Corp., Ltd., Yokkaichi Port Authority, Incheon Regional Office of Oceans and Fisheries, Abu Dhabi Ports, PSA International Pte Ltd, Incheon Port Authority, Marine Department, HKSAR, PT Pelabuhan Indonesia (Persero), Marine and Water Bureau, Government of Macau, SAR, Busan Port Authority

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


World Maritime News

These maritime news stories made at the headlines over the past three weeks.

・New action plan aims to reverse Hong Kong’s maritime fortunes
・Asia-Europe boxship freight rates more than double after Houthi attacks
・Diverting Red Sea ships to boost South Africa bunkering demand
・Alternative fuel vessels made up nearly half of 2023 orderbook
・Maersk signs pact to develop methanol bunkering at Japan’s Yokohama port
・EU ETS kicks in as prices rebound
・IMO’s upper targets should be considered as ‘absolute minimum’
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

  • 16 January 2024 – IAPH Climate and Energy Committee – online
  • 14-15 February 2024 – CTL BHP conference – Mumbai
  • 3-6 March 2024 – TPM24 – Long Beach
  • 5-7 March 2024 – Marlog Conference – Alexandria
  • 11-15 March 2024 – IMO GHG Intersessional WG (ISWG-GHG 16) – London
  • 11-14 March 2024 – CLIA Cruise Week Europe – Genoa
  • 18-22 March 2024 – IMO Marine Environment Protection Cttee (MEPC 81) – London
  • 21-22 March 2024 – Pan African Association for Port Cooperation – Libreville
  • 25-27 March 2024 – IAPH Technical Committee Days – London
  • 8-12 April 2024 – IMO Facilitation Committee (FAL 48) – London
  • 10-11 April 2024 – PortTech Asia – Shanghai
  • 22-26 April 2024 – IMO Legal Committee (LEG 111) – London
  • 25-26 April 2024 – ESPO Conference – Paris
  • 8-9 May 2024 – Green Ports & Shipping Congress – Singapore
  • 13-24 May 2024 – IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 108) – London
  • 21-24 May 2024 – UNCTAD Global Supply Chain Forum – Barbados
  • 8-10 October 2024 – IAPH World Port Conference – Hamburg