IPCSA salutes departing PROTECT Group chairman


During PTI’s latest SDP event in Rotterdam, the International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA) has thanked Jérôme Besancenot as he stepped down as PROTECT Group chairman.

Jérôme is passing the baton on to Nico De Cauwer as chairman and Mees van der Wiel as general manager of PROTECT within IPCSA.

The PROTECT Group develops and supports the electronic reporting required by authorities for vessels entering or leaving a port or port area, as well as maintaining and developing EDI through the PROTECT Guide. 

“When I became chairman, it was supposed to be for two or three years! Chairing PROTECT has been an extremely busy and rewarding time, but following PROTECT’s full integration into IPCSA, it was time to revise the organisation,” said Jérôme in its leaving address.

“We didn’t have a real manager or structure before – now we have a new, strong structure and a dynamic team, which will be very motivating for all members of PROTECT.

“For the moment, I will stay as vice-chairman, and I will also stay involved inside the group.”

IPCSA’s chairman Hans Rook has praised Jérôme’s chairmanship for all his achievements in leading PROTECT.

IPCSA recently welcomed Barbados Port Inc. (BPI) as its newest member – advancing digitisation of the Port of Bridgetown through its Port Community System (PCS).

PTI’s recent SDP event in Rotterdam welcomed an incredible line-up of industry experts. In our latest instalment of interviews Multimedia Editor James Turner spoke to some of our key partners.

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