Last week three distinguished personalities received recognition for their outstanding contributions to IAPH and were granted lifelong Honorary Membership of the association. The first was for Kitack Lim, outgoing secretary-general of the IMO. The IMO’s increased collaboration with IAPH under his leadership has brought ports closer to shipping and the IMO member states, which culminated in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the IMO and IAPH last July. The second was for outgoing IAPH president Captain K. Subramaniam. He presided over the association during which time the IAPH-WPSP COVID19 Taskforce continued supporting ports around the world, and during which time the technical committees introduced key submissions to the IMO relating to the role ports play in maritime decarbonisation and digitalisation. During his tenure, IAPH has made significant steps forward in collaborating beyond the ports membership with shipping, regulators, UN agencies and development banks. The third was for Robin Silvester, the outgoing IAPH vice-president for North America and former CEO of Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, who played an active part in the IAPH Board, supporting the transformation of the organisation, and who hosted the IAPH World Ports Conference last year in Vancouver.
Capt. K. Subramaniam presenting the IAPH Honorary Membership to IMO secretary-general Kitack Lim.