IAPH Insider - 21 February 2019

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Reuters shows how ports can work with the UN SDGs

On behalf of the United Nations, the international news agency Reuters produced a series of videos to illustrate how different business sectors work with the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Ports feature among the selected industries and Reuters cooperated with the Port of Antwerp to showcase how a port authority can play a pro-active role in applying the SDGs. The Port of Antwerp hosted the launch of IAPH’s World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP) last year and IAPH Managing Director Policy and Strategy Patrick Verhoeven was interviewed for the video, explaining the important role ports play in the daily life of people. The video also features professor Wayne Visser of the Antwerp Management School, who will coordinate the interactive IAPH workshop on the integration of the UN SDGs in the business strategies and governance of port authorities, which is due to be held at the UNCTAD headquarters in Geneva on 19-20 March. You can watch the video below.
We have a limited number of places left for the Geneva workshop. Interested member ports can contact Fabienne Van Loo at WPSP: The programme of the workshop can be found here.

Reuters video 'Port of Antwerp: a home port vital for a sustainable future'

Strong response for first IAPH Sustainability Awards

The call for entries for the first IAPH World Ports Sustainability Awards yielded more than 60 projects, corresponding to the five themes of the World Ports Sustainability Program. Following an initial screening, a longlist will be forwarded next week to the international jury of experts who will be invited to rank the submissions and produce a shortlist. The shortlisted projects will be presented for a public vote to make the final selection. The winners will be announced at the gala dinner of the World Ports Conference in Guangzhou, which is scheduled for 9 May this year.

Picture: the IAPH Awards jury: Cleopatra Doumbia Henry (World Maritime University), Gerald Munjanganja (StreamLines), Shiara Stevens (IAPH Communications Committee), Henri van der Weide (IAPH Environment Committee), Geraldine Knatz (University of Southern California), Wayne Visser (Antwerp Management School), Namrata Nadkarni (IHS Markit), Jan Hoffmann (UNCTAD), Julie Lithgow (Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers).

Survey on female employment in ports

The IAPH Women's Forum is collecting data on female employees in port authorities and port operators. A small survey has been set up for this purpose and we would be grateful if you could enter the requested data for your port by 15 March. The data will be used for analysis of women's employment in the port sector and the first World Ports Sustainability Report. The survey can be answered in a few minutes. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Siti Noraishah Azizan, the chair of the IAPH Women's Forum:

IHS Markit produces World Ports Conference from 2020

IHS Markit, a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions, entered into a three-year agreement with IAPH to produce the annual World Ports Conference, beginning in spring 2020. Under the agreement, IHS Markit will leverage its extensive experience in organising successful events and producing quality editorial content in the maritime industry to build the World Ports Conference into a world-class event with a focus on positioning ports front and centre in the global maritime conversation. The conference will highlight the indispensable role of ports in global maritime trade and bring together key industry stakeholders for learning, information sharing, networking and collaboration. IHS Markit and IAPH also agreed to extend their longstanding collaboration on IAPH's Ports & Harbors magazine by upgrading both content and design. IAPH's access to experts in member ports will also be combined with IHS Markit knowledge and unique maritime and trade data resources in order to develop indices and benchmarks to support IAPH’s sustainability initiatives under the World Ports Sustainability Program.

Picture: IAPH Managing Director Policy and Strategy Patrick Verhoeven and Stuart Strachan, Senior Vice President Maritime & Trade at IHS Markit signing the agreement in London.

Early bird rate for Guangzhou conference expires soon

If you have not yet registered for the 2019 World Ports Conference, which will be held from 6 to 10 May in Guangzhou, please do so today to benefit from the early bird rate. After 1 March, the registration fee will rise from USD 2,070 to 2,300 per person. The fee includes one complimentary accompanying person. Thanks to our conference host, Guangzhou Port Authority, an excellent business and social program is waiting for us there this May. The full programme of the conference will be published on the conference website soon.

PortXL disrupts status quo in port sector

PortXL is an ecosystem of start-ups, corporate partners and mentors – all changemakers, creative thinkers and problem solvers who work collaboratively to disrupt the status quo in the port sector. The main goal is to increase the client base for start-ups entering or active in the port sector by scouting new products and technologies, finding a match with corporates and together tackling industry issues. The network was set up in Rotterdam in 2015 and is expanding to other ports, including Singapore and Antwerp. Two weeks ago, the Antwerp chapter of PortXL invited six start-ups to present their technology and products to an audience of entrepreneurs, innovation managers, stakeholders from the Antwerp port cluster and C-levels from various port companies. IAPH Managing Director Patrick Verhoeven was invited to give the closing keynote speech at the event, in which he highlighted the potential for cooperation between PortXL and the World Ports Sustainability Program.
More information about PortXL can be found here.

IMO SG emphasises role of ports in GHG strategy

IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim has called for Member States and the entire maritime sector including shipping and ports, to come on board to achieve the ambitions set out in the historic IMO initial strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping, adopted last year. The strategy makes a firm commitment to a complete phase out of GHG emissions from ships, a specific linkage to the Paris Agreement and a series of clear levels of ambition, including at least a 50 per cent cut in emissions from the sector by 2050. “We need to involve all maritime sectors – not just shipping. Investment in port infrastructure is just as important,” Secretary-General Lim said. He was speaking at the High Level Conference on Climate Change and Oceans Preservation, in Brussels last Tuesday. The IMO strategy includes a series of candidate measures that might be applied to achieve these targets in the short, medium and long terms. The detailed work of agreeing which measures will be adopted to enable these ambitions to be achieved is now under way. 
IAPH has worked with the Canadian government to produce an IMO resolution on encouragement of port developments and activities to facilitate the reduction of GHG emissions from ships. This is currently undergoing its final revision before being submitted early March for the next meeting of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC).

Industry alliance steps up work on JIT arrival of ships

Implementing Just-In-Time (JIT) operations to cut the time ships spend idling outside ports can help reducing emissions, improve safety and efficiency. But there are several contractual and operational barriers to overcome before this could be implemented worldwide. Focusing on those ship types that can already contractually implement JIT, IMO’s Global Industry Alliance to Support Low Carbon Shipping (GIA) brought together a wide range of industry stakeholders to discuss how to make JIT a global reality. Convening at the IMO headquarters in London earlier this month, the roundtable focused on the need for global standardisation and harmonization of data, which is currently being discussed under IMO’s Facilitation Committee, to provide ships with regular updates about the availability of berths. GIA members plan to hold another meeting later this year to discuss contractual barriers to JIT. The alliance is also in the process of preparing a real-time JIT pilot trial, in order to test the tangible solutions identified so far and gather experience. The GIA will submit a progress report on its work to the forthcoming IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC).
The GIA is a public-private partnership initiative of the IMO under the framework of the GloMEEP project that aims to bring together maritime industry leaders to support an energy efficient and low carbon maritime transport system. IAPH is a partner of GloMEEP. More details on the JIT work of the GIA can be found here. IAPH will hold a dedicated session on the topic during the World Ports Conference in Guangzhou.

Controversy over scrubbers continues

A new study on the use of open-loop scrubbers raises additional concerns about this type of emission abatement technology and its equivalence to vessels burning low-sulphur fuel. The study was produced by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on behalf of the government of Panama, who submitted it to the IMO ahead of this week’s meeting of the Pollution, Prevention and Response Sub-committee which is reviewing the IMO guidelines on scrubbers. Based on an analysis of earlier studies, the report concludes that there is an almost complete consensus that there is cause for concern about pollutants contained in scrubber discharges. In contrast, a new Japanese government study that is also presented to the IMO this week concludes that analysis from scrubber use in coastal areas around Japan would not be significant enough to warrant prohibition. Finally, the European Commission has urged the IMO to thoroughly review its guidelines on scrubbers, notably on wastewater discharge criteria and potential discharge bans from ships using a specific technology.

New publication on sustainable shipping

IAPH associate member professor Harilaos Psaraftis (Technical University of Denmark) edited a new publication on sustainable shipping that explores the various dimensions of the maritime transport sustainability problem from a cross-disciplinary view. The book reviews models that can be used to evaluate decisions, policy alternatives and trade-offs. It examines the current state-of-the-art in sustainable shipping, including ports, but also identifies prospects for the future. The book is available from Springer Verlag.

IAPH Membership Directory is out

The 2019 edition of the IAPH membership directory was published and sent out to IAPH members this week. We would like to thank all members who assisted us in keeping the contents up-to-date as well as the advertisers who helped realising the publication. For additional copies or any inquiries, please contact the secretariat at

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