The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for future cooperation in the risk and resilience of ship-to-shore operations.
The MoU was signed on 17 July by Captain K. Subramaniam, President of the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH), and Kitack Lim, Secretary-General, IMO.
The objective of this strategic cooperation between IMO and IAPH is to assist developing countries in strengthening their maritime and port sectors while facilitating the adoption of sustainable maritime transport systems and practices, as recognised jointly by both parties.
The Memorandum aims to combine IMO’s shipping experience with IAPH’s practices of advanced ports, in order to achieve sustainable, inclusive, and equitable development.
Improving port capacity and facilities in less economically developed countries (LEDCs) and small island developing states (SIDS), is viewed as crucial to meeting the updated targets outlined in the amended 2023 IMO GHG Strategy, which was accepted on July 7.
The MoU is consistent with IMO MEPC Resolution 366 (79), which encourages IMO Member States to develop voluntary collaboration between the port and shipping sectors in order to contribute to decreasing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships.