New Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) also joins Roundtable meeting in London to discuss cooperation throughout the entire seaborne supply chain.
Attending the recent Roundtable meeting of port organisations in London (top L-R): Nick Cutmore, Secretary General IMPA (pilots) –Spencer Eade, Secretary General, ISSA (ship suppliers) – Ole Krebs, MCP, IPCSA (port community systems) – Jonathan Williams, General Manager, FONASBA (ship agents) – (bottom L- R) Patrick Verhoeven, Managing Director, IAPH (ports and harbors) – Guy Platten, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – Rachael White CEO Secretariat, ICHCA (cargo handlers)
25.10.2018 – At a recent meeting in London at the Baltic Exchange, heads of the world’s leading associations for the world port community met to establish a Roundtable with view to establishing a stronger, unified voice of the port sector in the maritime industry as a whole.
Each association drew up its main priorities moving ahead with all parties agreeing to collaborate closely on existing and new projects and programmes, particularly those associated with meeting IMO regulations on safety, environment and operations.
Roundtable programmes and projects already in action
During the discussion, follow up actions were planned on several projects and programmes in which several Roundtable member organisations are already involved together:
Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN): FONASBA, ICHCA, IAPH, IMPA, ISSA –
Navigating a Changing Climate: IAPH, IMPA –
Taskforce Port Call Optimisation: IHMA, IAPH –
World Ports Sustainability Program: IAPH, ICHCA –
Other priorities discussed included the adoption of “single window” data information exchange between all port players as well as the impact of autonomous vessels on safety. The group also looked at other key port industry hot topics including container weighing standard processes, ISPS adoption, e-maritime and ship reporting, electronic FAL documentation use, CTU packing codes, safe mooring procedures and maritime signage.
The newly appointed Secretary General of ICS, Guy Platten, was also invited to join the meeting to discuss how the ports and shipping sectors could work closer together to achieve common objectives.
Exploratory talks included the adoption of an inclusive ‘supply chain approach’ towards greenhouse gas emission reductions, bunkering solutions to tackle the IMO 0.5% global sulphur cap on fuel by 2020 and the optimization of port callsto the benefit of all parties.
IAPH’s managing Director Patrick Verhoeven, who is also principle coordinator of its World Ports Sustainability Program, expressed his thanks to all participants and stated:
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