IAPH Insider 27, June 2024

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This week’s Insider highlight with Patrick Verhoeven


IAPH president and MD met with PLA and IMO

On Monday, IAPH president Jens Meier joined managing director Patrick Verhoeven in London, for meetings with the Port of London Authority (PLA) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO). At the PLA offices, they met with chief executive Robin Mortimer, and Grace Rawnsley, the director of sustainability. The discussion focused on cooperation with the PLA on matters of mutual strategic interest, notably in the field of sustainability, and the further integration of IAPH in the London-based maritime community. At the IMO headquarters, Jens and Patrick met with secretary-general Arsenio Dominguez, and updated him on pending and upcoming submissions IAPH is preparing, notably for the next Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 82). The IMO secretary-general will be delivering a keynote address at the World Ports Conference in Hamburg this year, which will be the week after MEPC 82.



Opening up the Maritime Silk Road in Ningbo

The Maritime Silk Road Port Cooperation Forum was established in 2015 as a platform for knowledge exchange and mutual learning, under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative of the Chinese government. Held in Ningbo, the Forum brings together senior executives of the Chinese ports industry, as well as representatives from overseas ports and shipping and logistics companies. This week IAPH managing director Patrick Verhoeven is attending the ninth edition of the Forum. Prior to the formal opening, he participated yesterday in a closed-door high-level roundtable, which discussed a joint statement on ‘A More Open Silk Road, More Connected Port and Shipping, and More Prosperous Trade’. The objective of the statement is to support fair and stable trade as an enabler to enhance the well-being of people. In his statement, Patrick said that this objective is consistent with the vision of IAPH, which goes back to the organisation’s foundation in 1955 and is based on the premise that world peace is enabled through world trade and that world trade can only happen through world ports. He further acknowledged that the main themes of the statement – innovation, trade facilitation, decarbonisation and resilience – fully coincide with IAPH’s agenda. Today, IAPH will be organising a dedicated seminar for Chinese port executives at the Forum, which is co-organised with Ningbo Zhoushan Port Group, who recently joined IAPH as regular members.



Electrifying debate at topical IAPH webinars

The scale of the challenge to electrify ports using renewable energy sources could be superseded by the regulatory hurdles and the opportunity costs of capital – this was the underlying message at two topical IAPH webinars held earlier this week. The two webinars, entitled ‘Ports and the Electricity conundrum – what will it take to meet demand’, were delivered in collaboration with IAPH’s media partner Mercator Media, and hosted a combined total of close to 200 viewers from the maritime, ports and energy sectors. Speaking on behalf of ports’ ultimate customers, Nelson Mojarro of the International Chamber of Shipping provided context on just how much power would be demanded by ships from ports in the future. Ports and future hubs near ports, which produce green hydrogen from solar and wind renewable energy as well as hydro-electric power, store and then export that fuel by liquid bulk carriers “will become part of a new and unprecedented level of electricity demand,” he predicted. There were presentations by two of the largest global energy integrators for industry – GE Vernova and Schneider Electric – while two major innovators in the sector – Core Power and Natpower Marine – explained their strategic plans. The webinar was rounded off by feedback on the presentations from IAPH members from the ports of Los Angeles, Vancouver, Antwerp-Bruges and Barcelona, all of whom shared their varied experiences in coping with the electricity conundrum when implementing onshore power at berth. A detailed summary of the content from these webinars is available, as are full recordings of the 24 June and 25 June sessions. This topic will be examined in further detail at the upcoming IAPH 2024 World Ports Conference in Hamburg, where three site visits have been arranged by Hamburg Port Authority and organiser Mercator Media for a limited number of attendees to existing onshore power at berth facilities at cruise and container terminals. A fourth visit will focus on the planned HafenCity cruise terminal, currently under construction in the centre of Hamburg.



Facing the Age of Disruption in Montreal

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) held its Shaping the Future of Shipping conference in Montreal 13-14 June. The conference theme, ‘Risk and Resilience in an Age of Disruption,’ covered a variety of subjects, including climate adaptation. IAPH managing director Patrick Verhoeven attended the conference and was invited to contribute to a roundtable discussion on this topic. He explained how the impact of climate change affects ports in various ways and that the vulnerability of ports depends on several factors, including their location. Whereas impacts affect in the first place local populations and economies, the effects could severely impact regional and global trade flows as well, as recent temporary closures of ports and waterways amply demonstrated. Patrick emphasised that port communities in tropical areas are among the most vulnerable. Many of them are in developing countries, including Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States. Some of the IAPH members in these countries face the prospect of losing their port infrastructure, with detrimental effects on the welfare of local populations. As the impacts of climate change will vary, ports need to assess the risks they are exposed to and develop scenario-based strategic plans, integrating adaptation with mitigation measures. Some measures may involve major infrastructure works, such as flood barriers, raising of quay walls and innovative drainage systems. Whereas regulators and investors will require new port projects to be climate-proof, a major challenge lies in upgrading existing infrastructures. Patrick went on to underline that substantial investments are required to make ports climate-resilient. This is especially challenging for ports in developing countries. Some of these ports also have potential to become clean energy marine hubs. This is why IAPH believes that port-related investments in developing countries should be eligible for funding from revenues generated from the market-based measure that the International Maritime Organization is currently considering. Patrick referred in this respect to the major study that IAPH has commissioned to identify climate- and energy-related port investments in selected countries. Results will be presented at the upcoming IMO Intersessional Working Group on GHG emissions. Risk and resilience also shape the agenda of this year’s IAPH World Ports Conference, which will be held in Hamburg 8-10 October.



Exploring the green energy transition in Vigo

IAPH technical director Antonis Michail joined the 5th edition of the Green Energy Ports Conference on 18-19 June in Vigo, Spain. The event brought together more than 150 participants from Spanish and other European ports, as well as maritime industry and energy stakeholders, to exchange knowledge on energy transition and ‘blue growth’ strategies in port. Antonis’ active participation in the event involved delivering a keynote speech and moderating two discussion panels. Antonis joined a panel on electrification of ports, to present on the current landscape and remaining challenges related to the deployment of Onshore Power Supply facilities to ports worldwide. He then exchanged views with fellow panellists and the audience during a dedicated discussion moderated by Obdulio Serano from Puerto del Estado. Antonis further moderated a panel discussion on climate neutrality and the European Green Deal, with the participation of the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO), as well as a second panel on alternative energy and new fuels for ports and the maritime sector, with the participation of the Port of Valencia which shared its projects and vision. The event has been organised biannually by the Port of Vigo, an IAPH member, since its first edition back in 2013, and many IAPH member ports attended the conference, including the ports of Barcelona, Cartagena, Huelva, and Valencia, as well as Hamburg and Riga from elsewhere in Europe.



#IAPH2024 spotlight: ports as community builders

Irrespective of their geographical location or business model, all ports are subject to the regular scrutiny of their communities in an information world without limits. Many port authorities clearly take their roles as community builders seriously. Since the inception of the IAPH World Ports Sustainability Program in 2018, the theme of community building has scored the highest number of project submissions to the WPSP project database from ports worldwide. Attendees at #IAPH2024, will have a chance to explore how ports can move from a position where they are seen to be defending their activities to a point where their communities actively support the added value they bring economically, socially and from an environmental standpoint. In a breakout session held at 11.45am on 9 October, IAPH communications director Victor Shieh will speak to Grace Rawnsley, director of sustainability and Net Zero transition at the Port of London Authority and Craig Wilson, head of sustainability at the Port of Brisbane, to explore what this role exactly entails, based on best practices from their ports and across the industry. You can register for the conference here.



Get ready for July Technical Committee meetings

IAPH’s three core technical committees will meet online in July. The Data Collaboration committee will meet on 2 July (16.00-18.00 CEST), the Risk & Resilience committee will meet on 5 July (16.00-18.00 CEST) and the Climate & Energy committee on 8 July (09.00-11.00 CEST). Invitations have been sent for all three committee meetings, and agenda items and background materials for the Data Collaboration committee have also been shared with participants. Further preparatory information for the Risk & Resilience and the Climate & Energy committees is forthcoming. Members wishing to join these committee meetings who have not received a calendar invite should contact IAPH director (technical committees) Takeshi Suzuki.


Welcome to new associate members

IAPH is pleased to announce two new associate members. SolonPort Bilgisayar Yazılım Hizmetleri Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ (SolonPort Software) is a leading port software company in Turkey. The company’s expertise lies in providing port-management and optimization software solutions, including terminal operating systems, 3D digital twin software, 3D yard management, and 3D mobile apps. Sawayama and Co. Ltd is a shipping agent and customs broker based in Nagasaki Port, one of the oldest ports in Japan. The company provides shipping companies with comprehensive support for entering and departing Nagasaki Port swiftly and safely. In addition, the company takes care of shippers’ customs clearance quickly, regardless of the kind of cargo or destination/origin.




Member Port News

You can find the latest overview of news from IAPH member ports on the dedicated Member Ports News page on our website.


World Maritime News

These maritime news stories made the headlines over the past two weeks:

  • Port congestion spreads to northern Europe
  • Mediterranean ports hit by multiple challenges
  • Container capacity sucking Red Sea diversions may be status quo
  • Global disruption further complicates ocean carrier network building
  • World boxship fleet hits new landmark
  • Methane slip will not go away without regulation, report argues
  • Regulation: IMO carbon price negotiations to set the scene
  • Japan’s Tsuneishi Shipbuilding targets hard sail commercialization in 2027
  • Maersk employees innovate a system to deliver fresh water from Maersk’s vessels to ports

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

  • 2 July – IAPH Data Collaboration Committee – online
  • 3 July – 15th edition of South East CEO Conclave & Awards 2024 – Chennai
  • 5 July – IAPH Risk & Resilience Committee – online
  • 8 July – IAPH Climate & Energy Committee – online
  • 9 July – IAPH Board meeting and Japan Seminar – Tokyo
  • 22 August – The Global Port Conference – Kristiansand
  • September – IMO Intersessional GHG Working Group (ISWG GHG 17) – London
  • 10 September – IAPH Clean Marine Fuels Working Group – online
  • 30 September-4 October – IMO Marine Env. Protection Cttee (MEPC 82) – London
  • 7 October – IAPH Board and Council meetings – Hamburg
  • 8-10 October – IAPH World Ports Conference – Hamburg
  • 10 October – IAPH Annual General Meeting – Hamburg
  • 23-25 October – GreenPort Congress & Cruise – Le Havre
  • 29-31 October – Ports Australia Biennial Conference – Hobart
  • 5-6 November – SmartPorts – Barcelona