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…
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 Ołdakowski, BPO Secretary General.Guided by the UN’s 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…
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…
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 – 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 – known as ‘hinterland connectivity’. This was the issue under the spotlight at the first regional conference of The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) in Abuja…
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 – such as from seagoing vessels…
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…
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 – better air quality for local populations…
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.
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.
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).
IMO Promotes Single Window for Ports
What is a “single window” 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.
Green Shipping: Cargo Carriers Clutch at Compliance
LNG looms as the bridge to a ‘zero emissions’ future for shipping. The advent of industry wide tightening of allowable sulfur emissions is getting nearer. Suddenly, with the deadline now just 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, will remain.
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.
Los Angeles Port Expands Incentive Program to Reduce Emissions
The Port of Los Angeles and other participating Environmental Ship Index (ESI) incentive providers have expanded their rewards programs for vessel operators willing to go above and beyond regulatory standards to cut harmful emissions from ships. Under a new formula that took effect July 1, participating ESI vessel operators are now earning additional incentive points for reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from their ships. CO2 is a major source of the heat-trapping greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming, and ships are a key source of CO2 emissions from port-related operations.
Patrick Verhoeven to Leave ECSA for IAPH
Patrick Verhoeven will leave the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) on September 1 this year to become Managing Director Policy and Strategy at the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH). This is a new leadership function that was created following a fundamental reform of the organization, which is meant to increase its international relevance and visibility as well as strengthen its membership base. Announcing the decision, ECSA President Niels Smedegaard said…
IAPH Applauds IMO Container Weight Regs
The International Association of Ports and Harbors applauds the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for its adoption at the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) 93rd session last week of the Amendment of SOLAS Regulation VI-2 regarding Mandatory Weighing of Gross Mass of Containers before loading onto ships. The committee also adopted relevant guidelines regarding the verified gross mass of a container carrying cargo. The amended rule requires shippers to submit verified gross weight of containers before loading onto ships.
CII to Honor Curry with Connie Award
Robert A. Curry Sr., President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of California Cartage Company, an industry leader in trucking, warehousing and deconsolidation, has been selected to receive the 2014 Connie Award to be presented on the West Coast by the Containerization & Intermodal Institute (CII). The industry-wide dinner event honoring Mr. Curry will be held on Tuesday, September 23, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Long Beach, Calif.
Misdeclared Container Weights: Industry Urges IMO Action
Four major international shipping industry organisations have jointly urged the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to act to prevent misdecleration of container cargo weights. BIMCO, International Association Of Ports And Harbors (IAPH), International Chamber Of Shipping (ICS) and World Shipping Council (WSC) say this has been a long-standing problem for the transportation industry and for governments. They add: “The problem is significant and arises in almost every trade.
Port of Montreal Keeps Seafarers in Touch, Wins Award
A majority of seafarers have no internet access available to them on board: IAPH recognizes Montreal for providing free WiFi access in the port. According to a 2013 research of SIRC (Seafarers accommodation on contemporary cargo ships) cited by ITF “very few seafarers have access to internet. 12% reported free and unlimited internet access. The majority(61%) reported that they have no internet access available to them on board at all. The remainder(27%) experience either time restriction or charges or some other kind of restricted access”.
World Ports Conference: Discuss LNG Trends
With the global shipping industry showing increased interest in the use of LNG as a fuel for vessels, members of the International Association of Ports and Harbors are laying the groundwork for how ports worldwide can accommodate this emerging trend. LNG will be the focus of technical committee and panel discussions at IAPH’s 28th World Ports Conference May 6-10 at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles. It is generally expected that by 2015 a number of progressive shipping lines will have LNG-powered vessels in their fleet, presenting a challenge for ports and shipping lines worldwide.
LA Port Chief Wins Conservation Award
Port of Los angeles Executive Director Receivs Peter Benchley ‘Excellence in Solutions' Ocean Conservation Award. Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D., has been named the 2012 recipient of the Blue Frontier Campaign’s Peter Benchley Ocean Award for “Excellence in Solutions.” The Blue Frontier Campaign is a national marine conservation activist organization working to improve ocean policies in coastal states. The Peter Benchley Award is named in honor of lifetime marine wildlife conservationist Peter Benchley, best known for writing the bestseller novel ‘Jaws’ in 1974.
Port of LA Pioneers 'Clean Ship' Eco Program
The Port of Los Angeles has become the first seaport in North America and the Pacific Rim to adopt an international clean air program that rewards ocean carriers for bringing their newest and cleanest vessels to the Port. The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners having formally approved an Environmental Ship Index (ESI) program to take effect July 1. The ESI is a web-based tool developed by the World Ports Climate Initiative (WPCI), a project of the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH).
Climate Change Impacts on Ports and Trade
Ports are likely to be affected directly and indirectly by climate changes, such as rising sea levels, extreme weather events and rising temperatures. Climate change and its impact on ports will be the theme of the upcoming United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Expert Meeting that will take place from the 29th to the 30th of September. Over 80 per cent of world trade volume is carried by sea. International shipping and ports provide crucial linkages in global supply-chains and are essential for the ability of all countries…