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15 Oct 2020

IMO, IAPH Partner to Reduce Emissions from Ships and Ports

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A new strategic partnership to strengthen cooperation between ships and ports to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has been signed (on 13 October) by the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) and the GreenVoyage2050 Project, which is executed by IMO.The partnership will result in collaboration to jointly deliver technical cooperation and capacity-building activities to support implementation of an IMO resolution (MEPC.323(74)) which encourages voluntary cooperation…

01 Jun 2020

Ports Pledge to Stay Open During COVID-19

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Dozens of seaports across Asia, Oceania, Middle East, Africa, Europe and Americas have pledged to remain open to merchant vessels to ensure the flow of essential goods throughout the coronavirus pandemic.To date, more than 50 port authorities have signed on to support the Port Authorities Roundtable (PAR) COVID-19 declaration, initiated by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore for ports to commit to staying open to merchant vessels and work together to share best practices in ensuring that port operations can remain undisrupted.“Now is the time…

24 Mar 2020

Shipping Industry Urges G20 to Keep Freight Flowing

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Ships and their crews must be able to trade freely with minimal port restrictions to ensure supply lines don't freeze up while the coronavirus shuts down much of the globe, shipping and port officials said on Tuesday.After draconian steps to stop the spread of the virus, China's economy is slowly coming back online but logistics chains are backing up in other parts of the world.This has been compounded by ships being quarantined for up to two weeks and seafarers held up as countries impose lockdowns to stop the spread of the virus.The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) association…

04 Sep 2019

Masahiko Furuichi Named IAPH Secretary General

The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) appointed Dr. Masahiko Furuichi as IAPH Secretary General, succeeding Mr. Susumu Naruse, as of 1 September. He has officially taken office.Dr. Masahiko Furuichi is not new to IAPH. Since 2006, he has played an active part in the Association, attending numerous IAPH meetings and conferences, and most notably serving as Vice Chair of IAPH Port Planning and Development Committee since 2007."As entrusted by the Board, Dr. Furuichi is determined to do whatever he can do for further development of this global association in the future," said a press release.The SG is responsible for administering the day to day operations of the Association.

19 Aug 2019

Baltic Ports Join Sustainability Program

The Baltic Ports Organization (BPO) has been welcomed into the World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP) following the signing of the WPSP declaration by Bogdan OŇādakowski, BPO Secretary General.Guided by the UN‚Äôs 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the Program aims to enhance and coordinate future sustainability efforts of ports worldwide, fostering international cooperation with partners in the supply chain.BPO was established on October 10, 1991, in Copenhagen, with an aim to facilitate cooperation among the ports and to monitor and improve the possibilities for shipping in the Baltic Sea region.Comprised of 47 members as well as friendship members‚Ķ

19 Oct 2018

Maritime Emissions: Ship and Port Toolkits Ready

A new set of toolkits to assess and address emissions from ships and ports is now available from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the global regulatory body for shipping.The Ship Emissions Toolkit and Port Emissions Toolkit have been developed under the GEF-UNDP-IMO Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships (GloMEEP) Project, in collaboration with its strategic partners, the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) and the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH)."To reduce emissions across the maritime sector, national authorities need to first quantify those emissions and then develop a strategy to reduce them…

02 Oct 2018

IAPH Audit Tool for Safe, Sustainable LNG Bunkering

International players in the shipping sector - International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH), Titan LNG, Bureau Veritas, large oil and gas companies such as Shell and ship owners such as NYK and Carnival Corporation - developed a tool for making LNG bunkering safe and sustainable."The tool ensures that the responsibilities of bunker facilities operators (BFOs) relating to safe and sustainable business operations are clearly demarcated and that there is a careful examination of how the LNG bunker operations are set up," says a press release.Peter Alkema of Port of Amsterdam and chairman of the working group says: "We fulfil two aims through the IAPH audit tool.

20 Sep 2018

Focus on African Ports and Hinterland Connectivity

When a ship comes into port it may be the end of a voyage, but just the beginning of a range of administrative tasks that need to be completed.The port is unlikely to be the final destination for the cargo ‚Äď which will need to be unloaded and forwarded in a variety of ways. This requires logistics and infrastructure that connects the port to other inland places and regions ‚Äď known as ‚Äėhinterland connectivity‚Äô. This was the issue under the spotlight at the first regional conference of The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) in Abuja, Nigeria (17-19 September), inaugurated by the President of Nigeria.The conference brought together African ports‚Ķ

14 Sep 2018

IMO Training for Reducing Emissions in Ports

International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s work to promote better understanding of - and steps to reduce - emissions in ports has reached Georgia, at a workshop for regional participants from Georgia, Ukraine and Turkey.The event, in Batumi (10-12 September) focused on how to undertake emissions inventories and calculate emissions, including  GHGs and air pollutants. Participants were also introduced to strategies to address emissions from different sources ‚Äď such as from seagoing vessels, cargo handling equipment and trucks.The workshop benefited from a training package, specially developed under the strategic partnership between the‚Ķ

13 Sep 2018

Seven Major Ports Join Climate Action Program

Seven ports have now elevated the Paris Agreement Climate Goal to the top of their agendas to keep global warming well below 2°C.With their World Ports Climate Action Program announced, the port authorities of Hamburg, Barcelona, Antwerp, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Vancouver and Rotterdam will collaborate in refining and developing tools to facilitate reduction of CO2 emissions from maritime transport.The Port Authority organisations call upon the shipping industry and other ports to join the commitment to deliver on the Paris Agreement and to work together on actions that yield measurable results.Allard Castelein President & Chief Executive Officer of  Port of Rotterdam said: ‚ÄúThe Paris Agreement has set a clear target: we need to limit global warming to well below 2°C.

26 Jul 2018

IMO Training to Cut Emissions in Malaysian Ports

Malaysian maritime officials are touring the Port of Bintulu on Borneo island as part of an International Maritime Organization (IMO)  training package helping countries to reduce emissions in ports.Thirty participants from authorities and ports across Malaysia are taking part in the event (24-26 July), with the aim of gaining improved expertise on assessing emissions in ports and devising strategies to address those emissions.The result ‚Äď better air quality for local populations and contribution towards the battle against climate change.The training took place under the strategic partnership between the IMO-run GloMEEP project on energy-efficiency and the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH).It was hosted by the Marine Department Malaysia and Bintulu Port Authority‚Ķ

26 Jun 2018

World’s Largest Port Joins IAPH

The Ningbo Zhoushan Port Group, which manages the port complex of Ningbo and Zhoushan in China, decided to join the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH). That was confirmed following the Maritime Silk Road Port International Cooperation Forum, which took place in Ningbo mid-June. IAPH President Santiago Garcia Milà gave a keynote address at the Forum and met on this occasion with Ni Chenggang, the Vice General Manager of Ningbo Zhoushan Port Group to conclude the membership arrangement. Ningbo and Zhoushan represent the largest port complex in the world. In 2017, the port group handled a total cargo throughput of one billion tons. The port complex is part of the Maritime Silk Road and has the largest deep-water facilities in China.

20 Jun 2018

Morocco Holds Port Emissions Training

How can ports cut emissions to ensure cleaner air and contribute to the battle against climate change? An International Maritime Organization (IMO)  training course is supporting countries to help find the answers, which include the need to first quantify emissions and then identify measures to reduce port-related emissions in a cost-effective way. Maritime officials in Morocco are the latest to undergo the training, at a workshop in Casablanca (19-21 June). The event is being held under the IMO-run GloMEEP Project on energy-efficiency and the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH). More than 20 participants will be better equipped to quantify emissions in ports through development of port emissions assessments (both ocean and land-based‚Ķ

18 Jun 2018

ICHCA, IAPH Joins for World Ports Sustainability Program

ICHCA International, the global NGO and membership association for cargo handling operations, technical, HSSE and risk professionals has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) to pursue cooperative projects of mutual interest. This includes the sharing of the research and findings of ICHCA’s Technical Panel (ITP) with the IAPH membership through its own working groups. The ICHCA Technical Panel has recently launched four new working groups on Dangerous Goods, Digital & Innovation, Straddle Carrier Safety and Dry Bulk Cargoes. The four new working groups were established following consultation with the ITP’s 80+ members who represent cross-sectoral private and public-sector experience from the worlds of shipping…

12 Jun 2018

IMO Brings Port Issues to the Fore

Global trade by sea is dependent on the interconnection between ships, ports and people - and everyone needs to be involved, from port operators, to regulators, to maritime security experts and innovators in technology. The theme of mutual cooperation and collaboration was highlighted throughout a special event on ports, held at  International Maritime Organization (IMO) Headquarters (11 June). The Special Port Event was supported by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim, in collaboration with the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH). Across four sessions, 18 panellists shared their views on port related issues such as automation and digitalisation‚Ķ

21 May 2018

IMO Conducts Port Emissions Training

For ports to cut emissions to ensure cleaner air and contribute to the battle against climate change, they first need to quantify emissions and then identify measures to reduce port-related emissions in a cost-effective way. The on-going strategic partnership between the International Maritime Organization (IMO) -run GloMEEP project on energy-efficiency and the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) is helping selected countries to develop port emission inventories and subsequently draw up a port emission reduction strategy. To-date, four countries have benefited from a new IMO training package, the latest being the Philippines ‚Äď with a workshop in Manila  (15-17 May).

21 May 2018

LNG is the Bridge to ‚ÄėZero Emissions‚Äô Shipping

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The advent of industry wide tightening of allowable sulfur emissions is getting nearer. Suddenly, with the deadline now little more than one year away, the countdown clock will very soon be ticking much louder. Simply stated, the cap on allowable sulfur content in marine fuels, presently at 3.5 percent in many geographical regions, will be reduced to 0.5 percent in January 2020. The 0.1 percent sulfur cap, already in effect since 2015 in coastal Emissions Control Areas (ECAs) in Europe and North America…

18 May 2018

IMO Promotes Single Window for Ports

What is a ‚Äúsingle window‚ÄĚ and why do ports need one? What are the best practices when it comes to electronic business and port logistics? How is  International Maritime Organization (IMO) supporting developing countries to get ready for the Facilitation Convention amendments which make electronic data exchange mandatory from 2019? These and other questions about the role of ports in ensuring the smooth flow of trade by ship will be on the table for discussion at a special event on ports at IMO Headquarters on Monday 11 June. Expert panellists will also provide their views on how ports can contribute to sustainable development and share their experience on port issues such as‚Ķ

17 May 2018

IMO Training in India on Port Emissions

India is the latest country to benefit from International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s new three-day training package on assessing air emissions in ports and strategies to address emissions from various sources. Thirty-five Indian maritime officials from maritime administrations, port authorities, port terminals and academia are taking part in the workshop in Mumbai (15-17). The training package was developed under IMO's GloMEEP energy-efficiency project, in collaboration with the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH). It supports countries in quantifying emissions in ports through the development of port emissions assessments (both ocean and land-based…

27 Apr 2018

China’s Ports Focus on Emissions

Assessing emissions in ports can help countries to devise strategies to address those emissions, leading to better air quality for local populations. The first national workshop on the prevention and control of shipping and port air emissions has been held in Ningbo, China (23-25 April), under the auspices of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) -executed GloMEEP energy efficiency project. China is the first country to benefit from the rollout of the three-day workshop package which was recently developed by GloMEEP, in collaboration with the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH). The training package aims to support countries in the quantification of emission in ports through the development of port emissions assessments (both ocean and landbased…

25 Mar 2018

World Ports Sustainability Program Launched

Nearly 1,000 ports and port-related enterprises met in Antwerp, Belgium to sign the charter of the new World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP). Earlier, more than 250 professionals from ports, shipping, government and society gathered at the Port of Antwerp for the kick-off of the World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP). Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of the Belgians opened the event with a keynote address in which she underlined the important role that ports play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, which are at the core of WPSP. International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary General Kitack Lim referred to the platform that IMO is offering for more collaboration between shipowners, ports, maritime administrations and other stakeholders.

21 Mar 2018

Reducing Emissions in Ports

How can ports cut emissions to ensure cleaner air and contribute to the battle against climate change? First, ports need to quantify emissions in ports, then they need to identify measures to cost-effectively reduce port-related emissions. A strategic partnership between the International Maritime Organization (IMO)-executed GloMEEP energy efficiency project and the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) is helping selected countries to develop port emission inventories and subsequently draw up a port emission reduction strategy. A new three-day workshop package on the ‚ÄúPrevention and control of shipping and port air emissions‚ÄĚ is being developed as part of the GloMEEP-IAPH strategic partnership.

20 Oct 2017

Antwerp Port in Full Sustainable Transition

The first Sustainability Congress was held on Tuesday 10 October with the launch of the fourth Sustainability Report which fully incorporates the 17 Sustainability Development Goals of the United Nations. On this occasion the Port of Antwerp community also presented its revamped website with case studies and the latest information on the sustainable transition currently being implemented by companies in the port. And to cap it all Antwerp Port Authority, the logistics service providers and transport operators in the port jointly signed the Operation Clean Sweep charter. Antwerp leads the way as a sustainable polymer hub, and now with the Zero Pellet Loss program it aims to reduce micropellet pollution to nil.

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