IAPH Insider- January 25, 2024

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This week’s Insider highlight with Victor Shieh



Risk and Resilience main theme #IAPH2024

The 2024 IAPH World Ports Conference, which will be held in Hamburg 8-10 October under the host sponsorship of Hamburg Port Authority, has a brand new portal, courtesy of our new conference partner Mercator Media. The main theme of the conference is already on: ‘Managing Risk – Building Resilience – Unlocking Opportunities”. 2024 will be a pivotal year for ports and their communities. Geopolitical instability is on the rise. Physical and digital security is under threat, at sea and on shore. Shipowners, supply chain providers and cargo owners must adapt rapidly. The energy transition towards low- and zero-carbon fuels must be balanced against national energy security concerns. #IAPH2024 will offer attendees insights on these topics, revealing how ports – from developing and developed nations – are building secure and sustainable solutions to these shared challenges, in a deeply interconnected world. Details about the programme will be announced soon. If you are interested in sponsorship and other commercial opportunities, you can already get in touch with conference sponsorship manager Gareth Liddiatt ([email protected]).



ICS hosts CEM Hubs workshop

IAPH’s managing director Patrick Verhoeven and communications director Victor Shieh took an active part last week in the Clean Energy Marine hubs workshop, organised and moderated by Nelson Mojarro of the International Chamber of Shipping at their headquarters, alongside Clean Energy Ministerial secretariat’s manager of partnerships Sarbojit Pal. The workshop set out the agenda for the next three years, agreeing on a common mission and vision, as well as a set of deliverables to key governmental and private sector stakeholders. IAPH will be directly involved in those deliverables on the landside, in what is a genuine, outcome-oriented initiative to accelerate fuel-agnostic, Clean Energy Marine hubs at exporting and importing ports. The private sector will work directly with governments. Brazil has recently joined founder government members UAE and Canada with Panama, Uruguay, and Norway all committing to the initiative. Other participants in the workshop included OCIMF and ABS as well as major container, cruise, liquid and dry bulk shipowners. For more information, contact Victor Shieh ([email protected]).



Marine fuels assessment tool enters next stage

More than forty IAPH members attended the Climate and Energy committee meeting held virtually on 16 January. The highlight of the agenda was the discussion over the current status and future development 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 line with the outcomes of the recent dedicated survey, the committee gave overwhelming positive feedback for the development of a dynamic digital version of the tool that would offer assistance and further functionalities to port users. This course of action will now be followed by IAPH, WPCAP and partners in the coming weeks, while also defining the future governance of the PRL-MF tool. Member ports that still want to provide their feedback on PRL-MF can do so by completing the dedicated short survey by the end of January. On the IMO agenda, IMO technical officer Camille Bourgeon informed the committee on the latest submissions and expectations ahead of the forthcoming 81st meeting of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 81) in March and the preceding intersessional working group meeting on GHG emissions from ships. In addition, head of UNCTAD  Trade Logistics Branch, Jan Hoffmann, discussed the progress with the ongoing assessment of the impact that the basket of measures currently being examined by IMO may be having on states highlighting the main areas of interest for ports that IAPH should be following. The committee was further informed 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 discussed the involvement of IAPH and individual ports in the alliance. Finally, members were presented with the latest updates on the IAPH projects and initiatives (CMF, ESI, CEM-Hubs) and discussed the Climate and Energy content of the forthcoming IAPH Technical Committee Days, which will be held in London from 25 to 27 March.


Look out for the new IMO Future Fuels Portal

Coming to you soon, the IMO Marine Environment Division put in a major shift of work in developing a Future Fuels and Technology Portal which is currently undergoing Beta testing prior to launch in a couple of weeks’ time. IAPH has contributed its suggestions to the portal and will continue to contribute content from the port side as the knowledge base generated expands. The portal will have extensive technical information on the different types of alternative fuels under development as well as innovations and technologies accelerating the production capacity-building, upstream production and downstream availability of those fuels.



World Ports Tracker Survey – a reminder

All member and non-member ports are cordially invited to answer as many relevant questions as possible for the next IAPH World Ports tracker report which will be published by the Association and its authors Professor Theo Notteboom and Professor Thanos Pallis covering 2023 and beyond. The survey includes once-a-year questions on investments in infrastructure and sustainability and also includes a topical question on the impact of the Red Sea situation on ports, both globally and regionally. What you give is what you get, with a stack of benefits on top – here is the 2022 report as an example so please answer away on the following link (embed). You have until 7 February to answer your own selection of questions, please send us as many as you can.

Nick Blackmore joins IAPH team 

We are delighted to welcome Nick Blackmore in the IAPH team, who has joined as director of business development. Nick’s role will focus on the strategic and commercial development and marketing of IAPH’s portfolio of products and services, including the Environmental Ship Index (ESI), the World Ports Conference and initiatives relating to the World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP). Previously, Nick has worked on a consulting basis for the IAPH. Last year, he managed the organisation’s membership survey and consultation, interviewing senior leaders at 18 member ports and port associations. He also created the recently published Environmental Ship Index (ESI) whitepaper and was a speaker and panellist promoting ESI at shipping events. Nick is a journalist and executive whose association with the IAPH dates back to 2008, when he became a title editor at the publisher of Ports & Harbors. He played a key role in the content development and commercial organisation of the postponed 2020 edition of the World Ports Conference, which was successfully delivered as a digital event in 2021.

Welcome to new members

We are pleased to welcome a new regular member from Peru, and associate members from France and Singapore. The Autoridad Portuaria Nacional administers seaports and riverports in Peru and is attached to the Ministry of Transport and Communications. It commits to promoting the development of Peru’s port system, globalisation, export industry growth, and establishing a maritime and port community. APN also encourages private investment in ports and coordinates the public and private stakeholders involved in port activities and services. Traxens is the world’s first smart container solutions provider for the global supply chain. It specialises in container traceability solutions for international transport. Today, the tens of thousands of smart containers equipped by Traxens are available at 450 sites in 55 countries to provide visibility and effectively combat illicit trafficking. Traxens supports more than 300 customers with technological innovations to improve the supply chain’s efficiency, security, and sustainability. CAT-IT Consultants is a Singapore-based company with a presence across fifteen global offices and a 32-year track record of excellence in digital transformation. It provides advisory consulting to port digital transformation projects, covering planning, scheduling, port operations, engineering truck monitoring, HSE and advanced port analysis.

New WCO secretary-general takes office

The new secretary-general of the World Customs Organization (WCO), Ian Saunders, took office earlier this month. He succeeds Kunio Mikuriya, who held the position since 2009. In June 2023, at the WCO’s annual Council sessions, Ian Saunders was elected by the WCO members, represented by directors-general of customs administrations from around the world. He was nominated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Ian Saunders has more than 20 years of customs experience and 30 years’ experience in international relations.

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:  Autoridad Portuaria de Huelva, Oslo Port Authority, Autoridad Portuaria de Valencia (Port Authority of Valencia), Freeport of Riga Authority, Autoridad Portuaria de Sevilla, Hamburg Port Authority, Port of Antwerp-Bruges, Port of Amsterdam, Autoritat Portuària de Barcelona, Baku International Sea Trade Port, Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Kenya Ports Authority, Cartagena Port Authority, HAROPA PORT, North Tyrrhenian Port Network Authority, Port Authority of Vigo, Port of Bergen, Port of Helsinki Ltd, Autoridad Portuaria de Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Ports of Tenerife), North Sea Port, Ports of Cabo Verde, Port Autonome de Lomé, bremenports GmbH & Co. KG, IBERDROLA WILL IMPLEMENT A NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR THE DECARBONIZATION OF THE PORT OF VIGO, Port of Göteborg AB, Port Autonome d’ Abidjan (Abidjan Port Authority), Belfast Harbour Commissioners
  • America region:  Georgia Ports Authority (GPA), Porto do Açu S.A., Autoridad Marítima de Panamá (Panama Maritime Authority), Port of Los Angeles, Port of Oakland, Port of Seattle, National Ports Administration, Uruguay, Port of Long Beach, Autoridad Portuaria Nacional (APN), Peru, Port of San Diego, Northwest Seaport Alliance, Port of Hueneme
  • Asia and Oceania region:   Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, Korea, Incheon Port Authority, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), PSA International Pte Ltd, Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), Bintulu Port Authority, Busan Regional Office of Oceans and Fisheries, Port Klang Authority, PT Pelabuhan Indonesia (Persero), Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), Abu Dhabi Ports, DP World, Tokyo Metropolitan Government (Port of Tokyo), Marine and Water Bureau, Government of Macau, SAR, Ports and Harbours Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), Busan Port Authority, NSW Ports, Taiwan International Ports Corp., Ltd., Yokkaichi 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 two weeks.
・Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd to form new alliance
・Singapore bunker sales, container throughput hit new record in 2023
・Maersk opts for rail crossing on a north-south service to bypass Panama Canal
・Red Sea rerouting is not a rerun of supply chain crisis
・Red Sea diversions increase boxship emissions
・Vehicle carrier operators pick up bill for Red Sea diversions
・Boxship fleet set to hit 30m teu this year
・Zim joins list of carriers deploying sensors on dry box fleet
・’Inadvisable’ to use CII during review period, say top flag states and industry groups
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

  • 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