IAPH Insider- February 22, 2024

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This week’s Insider highlight with Antonis Michail


Competition for 2024 IAPH Sustainability Awards opens

IAPH launched today its 2024 Sustainability Awards competition. We warmly encourage all member ports and associate members acting on behalf of regular member ports, to submit their sustainability projects and initiatives using the dedicated online form at the World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP) website by 24 May. The most inspiring projects in each of the six Awards categories; infrastructure, digitalisation, climate and energy, community building, environmental care, and health safety and security, will be awarded during a prestigious dedicated ceremony to take place at the gala dinner of the World Ports Conference in Hamburg on 9 October. The robust evaluation process for all candidate projects will initiate over the summer period,  consisting of an initial assessment by our jury of experts against the Awards’ evaluation criteria, followed by a public vote on the WPSP website. Members will find all information related to the 2024 Awards in this year’s terms of reference. With a record high number of project submissions for last year’s competition and with a total of 327 projects currently on the WPSP database – the worldwide reference on port sustainability efforts – we are looking forward again to receiving your quality contributions to continue building on this success. For any questions regarding how to submit your projects and all related practicalities with the Awards, please contact Antonis Michail at [email protected].      


Port Endeavor in nomination for UNCTAD Awards

We are delighted to announce that our Port Endeavor partner UNCTAD TrainForTrade has been nominated with the game as finalist for the 2023 UN Secretary-General Awards. Every year, the UN secretary-general honours and recognises significant performance of UN secretariat personnel who go above and beyond the call of duty in the discharge of their duties or initiate and implement projects with great impact and innovative potential. The UNCTAD TrainForTrade team has been nominated as finalists in the category ‘UN 2.0 – Quintet of Change’ award, which is given to the team which cultivates an organisational culture that thrives on agility, creativity, learning, adaptability, innovation, data, digital and strategic foresight, and champions diversity, inclusion, and youth empowerment. Internal voting of the 18,000-strong UN secretariat is about to commence and you can see the TrainForTrade’s video entry for the internal UN award below.



Port Endeavor played in Dutch ports

Two Port Endeavor training sessions took place over the week of 5 February in the Netherlands at the ports of Scheveningen and Rotterdam. On 5 February, IAPH policy and IMO liaison officer Rhona Macdonald, together with IAPH technical director Antonis Michail, facilitated a Port Endeavor training session for the core managing team of Scheveningen Harbor followed by a workshop to set the foundations of the port’s vision on sustainability. On 8 February, Antonis again, together with IAPH communications director Victor Shieh, and IAPH director business development, Nick Blackmore facilitated a second Port Endeavor training for the fifty plus managers of the sustainability department of the Port of Rotterdam (pictured). The gameplay was followed by a dedicated workshop where participants were asked to address real Port of Rotterdam challenges using the Port Endeavor set-up and approach. Both game sessions offered tailor-made sustainability training to fit the needs of very diverse ports in their characteristics and size.



Final call for Harbor Café sessions on Red Sea crisis

The first global IAPH Harbor Café of the year will focus on the ongoing crisis in the Red Sea and the strategies deployed by ports and key stakeholders to foster resilience in the face of persistent disruptions. This discussion will serve as an appetizer for the theme of this year’s IAPH World Ports Conference, which focuses on risk and resilience. Given our commitment to ensure broad participation, we are offering two sessions, on 26 February from 5 to 6.30 PM CET and on 27 February from 10 to 11.30 AM CET, tailored to accommodate different time zones. Speakers on 26 February include professor Theo Notteboom (University of Antwerp), John Stawpert (International Chamber of Shipping), and representatives from the Port of Los Angeles, Porto do Açu, American BCO Basstech and German freight procurement company XStaff.  John Stawpert will also join us on 27 February, together with Peter Tirschwell (S&P Global / Journal of Commerce) and representatives from HAROPA Port, Namibian Port Authority, Transnet Port Authority, Djibouti Ports & Freezones Authority and XStaff. During the sessions, we will also provide a brief overview of the IAPH agenda for 2024, including upcoming meetings and major events you won’t want to miss. IAPH members have received the agenda for both days earlier this week, together with the links to join the meetings. If you haven’t received those, please contact Fumiko Yamaji: [email protected]




IAPH supports call to release crew of Galaxy Leader

Last Monday marked the three-month anniversary since Houthis seized the Galaxy Leader and its 25 seafarers in the Red Sea. The vessel, a roll-on/roll-off vehicle carrier, was seized on the 19 November. IAPH supported a statement initiated by the International Chamber of Shipping involving maritime industry stakeholders from around the world to express their concern for the seafarers who have been held hostage and call on the Houthis to release the crew of the Galaxy Leader.


Registration for Technical Committee Days is now open

Registration for the next edition of the IAPH Technical Committee Days is now open. The TC Days will take place 25-27 March in London, in hybrid format. IAPH associate member TT Club has kindly offered to hold the meetings at their Fenchurch Street headquarters, in the heart of the City of London. Content sessions will cover a wide range of topics, including the IMO agenda on decarbonising shipping, cybersecurity in the context of implementing the IMO Maritime Single Window, clean marine fuels and port readiness, data harmonisation for port calls and supply chain efficiency, port incentives and the Environmental Ship Index, illicit trade and organised crime, Clean Energy Marine hubs, future of port workforce, sustainability accreditation for cruise ports and the development of an IAPH ports membership profile. The Technical Committee Days will be held in between the next IMO Marine Environment Protection (MEPC 81) and Facilitation (FAL 48) Committee meetings. Members of the IAPH Technical Committees will have received the detailed programme of the Days yesterday together with all practical information, including a registration form. If you did not receive the documentation or have any enquiries about the TC Days, please contact Takeshi Suzuki at [email protected].

Calling cruise port members: join the ESI at-berth module 

Following extensive first phase development work on the software application, the IAPH Environmental Ship Index pilot at-berth module is now ready and available for testing by both cruise lines and ports. The module has been created for the evaluation of the emissions performance of a given port call. The first cruise line Royal Caribbean Cruise has joined as well as the ports of Amsterdam, Antwerp-Bruges (Zeebrugge) and Hamburg. This initial version of the module, which is aimed at testing air quality and greenhouse gas (GHG) indicators, will collate operational data received from the ships during and after their vessel call. If you are interested in joining the pilot which will be conducted during 2024, please contact  IAPH technical director Antonis Michail at [email protected].

Registration for 2024 World Ports Conference is open

The main theme of the 2024 IAPH World Ports Conference will cover managing risk, building resilience and unlocking opportunities. With the rise of geopolitical tensions, changing trade patterns, the influence of an ever-changing energy transition landscape and surging weather events and cyberattacks on ports, the conference will look how these issues are impacting the maritime supply chain, and more importantly what tools ports can equip themselves with in order to become more resilient. The full programme will be released shortly, in the meantime you can visit the theme page of the website and watch IAPH managing director Patrick Verhoeven’s explanatory one minute Vlog below To book at early bird rate, register your participation here.

IAPH engages Indian membership in Mumbai

In the last two weeks, IAPH’s representative for India Ennarasu Karunesan attended both the EXIM BHP-CTL international conference last week as speaker as well as joining IAPH president Jens Meier at the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce reception which took place last night in Mumbai, organised by Hamburg Port Marketing. At the BHP-CTL conference, Ennarasu joined a panel on 15 February which included the chair of the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Authority (JNPA) and other senior industry figures on best global practices and sustainability in cargo and multimodal logistics. JNPA also hosted a delegation from IAPH member Hamburg Port Authority this week, which was headed up by IAPH president Jens Meier. Jens also met with the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways during his trip as well as with the chairman of the Indian Ports Association Rajiv Jalota, who is also chairman of Mumbai Port Authority. Further IAPH membership outreach is planned at the end of April with IAPH delegation visits and Port Endeavor gameplays foreseen in both Mumbai and Chennai.


Ennarasu Karunesan and Jens Meier in Mumbai


ArcelorMittal Shipping joins IAPH

IAPH welcomed new associate member ArcelorMittal Shipping at a meeting held at IAPH’s London office in Park Street earlier this month. Deepak Sachdeva, head of global ports, and captain Nitin Mehrotra, general manager shipping, chartering, ports & logistics, were hosted by IAPH business development director Nick Blackmore and policy and IMO liaison officer Rhona Macdonald. ArcelorMittal is the world’s leading steel and mining company. The group discussed ArcelorMittal Shipping’s goals and participation in forthcoming IAPH initiatives.


Deepak Sachdeva, Nitin Mehrotra, Nick Blackmore and Rhona Macdonald


World Maritime News

These maritime news stories made at the headlines over the past two weeks.
・Hutchison Ports sees structural changes ahead at its Hong Kong terminals
・Los Angeles/Long Beach ready for potential Red Sea diversions
・US west coast ports gain most as delays from Red Sea diversion increase on the east
・Demand and capacity constraints keep transpacific buoyant
・Diversification is key to avoiding overreliance on China
・Support grows for IMO greenhouse gas levy despite China opposition
・South Korea-Japan-US green corridor could cut up to 41m tonnes of CO2

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

  • 3-6 March 2024 – TPM24 – Long Beach
  • 6 March 2024 – Maldives Maritime Conference 2024 – Maldives
  • 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
  • 11-12 April 2024 – PAPC event – Gabon
  • 22-26 April 2024 – IMO Legal Committee (LEG 111) – London
  • 25-26 April 2024 – ESPO Conference – Paris
  • 7-8 May 2024 – Greentech for Ports & Terminals 2024 – Barcelona
  • 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