Port of Beirut Wins IAPH IT Award


The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) successfully concluded its 29th IAPH World Ports Conference in Hamburg, Germany, with a closing ceremony. The five-day conference was hosted by the Hamburg Port Authority and held at the Congress Center Hamburg (CCH) between June 1-5, 2015.

Through its biennial award program, the IAPH recognises and honours excellence in port management and operations. The 2015 award programme comprised the ‘Port Communications Award’, of which the Port of Gothenburg recently won, the ‘Port Environment Award’ and the ‘Information Technology (IT) Award’.

In preparation for this year’s conference, Port of Beirut compiled together with its long-term Germany-based software supplier INPLAN GmbH a successful entry for the IAPH IT award 2015.

In the past years, INPLAN implemented its port operations and management systems at Port of Beirut and runs the future-oriented solution for management of port authority, cargo, terminal operations, real estate, billing and port community.

Faouzi Allam, Head of the Port’s IT department, said: “We consequently develop the port’s IT and software systems stepwise along the port strategy and worldwide leading standards.”

On Tuesday, June 4, the award presentation was made at the plenary session of the 29th IAPH World Ports Conference in Hamburg, Germany. Port of Beirut was announced as the winner of the Gold Prize for the Information Technology Award for the best Port IT solution worldwide.

Raffi Achkarian, Chief Financial Officer of the Port of Beirut, said: “Port of Beirut has been world-wide recognised for the high quality of its port operations and management solution. We see this as confirmation of our strategy geared to improving value creating processes at our port.”

Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, the IAPH is the global alliance of the world port community and represents more than 200 ports from 90 nations worldwide.

With over 1,000 guests from all over the world it is the most important global conference of the maritime industry.

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