This was #IAPH2022!

Nearly 500 delegates from over 40 countries gathered in Vancouver last week for the first in-person World Ports Conference held since 2019. Following the cancelled 2020 conference and the 2021 online conference – sponsored by Port of Antwerp – it was the first in-person conference that IAPH organised in partnership with S&P Global. Host sponsor was the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. Under the theme #ClosetheGaps, participants discussed the generational challenges that affect every port today: resilience, digital transformation and energy transition. The main conference sessions were complemented with regional breakfast sessions, meetings of the IAPH technical committees and IAPH’s annual general meeting. On 18 May, the first IMO International Day for Women in Maritime was celebrated by the IAPH Women’s Forum, featuring a presentation and interview with the Forum’s scholarship winner Dimuthu Samarakoon (Sri Lanka Ports Authority). The absolute highlight of the week was the gala dinner and Sustainability Awards ceremony on 17 May set against the magnificent backdrop of the Vancouver waterfront. We thank everyone who has made the 2022 World Ports Conference possible: our host sponsor Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, the team of our events partner S&P Global, the IAPH team, all our sponsors, all speakers and panellists, and all participants. Check out the photo album of the event here. IAPH members can find all conference presentations on the members’ section of the IAPH website. Next year’s IAPH World Ports Conference will be held in Abu Dhabi, organised in partnership with S&P Global and Abu Dhabi Ports, the host sponsor. The dates will be announced shortly.