IAPH commits to port enhancements in developing countries

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IAPH to enhance ports in developing countries

The International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH) has announced the launch of a study to evaluate energy-related port investments in developing countries.

Managing Director, Patrick Verhoeven, commented: “After the summer ahead of the next Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 82) at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), we expect exploratory discussions to take place at the Intersessional Working Group on Greenhouse Gas Emissions on the topic of a market-based measure.

“As a contribution to this process, IAPH has commissioned a study that will look at identifying potential energy-related investments that will be required in port infrastructure of developing countries to reflect the updated 2023 IMO Strategy on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships.”

The research will cover chosen nations from Africa, South America, the Indian Subcontinent, Asia, and the Pacific Islands Region, with the goal of building and assessing the infrastructure necessary to guarantee their involvement in the energy transition of shipping.

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During last month’s 48th session of the IMO Facilitation Committee (FAL) committee in London, the association made a submission on cybersecurity-related to member states’ implementation of the Maritime Single Window, which received support from several countries and will now be followed up by its data collaboration committee.

Furthermore, IAPH attended the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 108) meeting last week at IMO Headquarters, with additional work planned on the association’s recent joint submission on combating illicit trade and organised crime at ports, including an updated section on the topic for the current IAPH Risk and Resilience Guidelines for ports.

Patrick Verhoeven concluded: “We aim for these initiatives that we have undertaken with the world’s maritime regulator to meet the ambitions of the MoU we signed with the IMO last July which goes beyond a signature for collaboration.

“We aim to showcase some of those deliverables at our annual conference in Hamburg and to share them with the global maritime supply chain community.”

In January, IAPH announced the appointment of Nick Blackmore as the new Director of Business Development.

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