The International Association of Port and Harbours (IAPH) and a UK based ICHCA International have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to share information and co-operate in areas of mutual interest, including research.
Members of IAPH handle about 80% of the globe’s container traffic. It is based in Tokyo, Japan and ICHCA is a non-profit organisation focused on improving safety and efficiency when it comes to handling cargo.
The move will boost the IAPH’s recently launched World Ports Sustainability Program (WSPS) which, according to Patrick Verhoeven, managing director of IAPH and coordinator of WSPS is guided by the United Nations’ 17 sustainable development goals.
“We have identified five sustainable goals that we believe are most relevant to ports and maritime communities,” he told WorldCargo News. “These comprise resilient infrastructure, emissions, safety and security, community outreach and city port dialogue and last but not least governance and ethics.”
He added: “Our aim is to also work on new projects and this arrangement with ICHCA will help and particularly in areas of infrastructure, operations and digitalisation and integration of ports in the supply chain.”
Laurence Jones, deputy chairman of ICHCA, stressed that the MoU formalised a relationship that has existed between the groups for many years.
He said “We look forward to working more closely together to improve safety and efficiency in the port and terminal industry. As part of our technical panel, we recently set up four working groups that focus on dangerous goods, digitalisation and innovation, straddle carrier safety and dry bulk cargoes and this is where the sharing of information will start.”
Both ICHCA and IAPH are members of the International Maritime Organisation and see the deal as helping raise the role played by ports and maritime terminals in supporting sustainable safe and secure global commerce.
The indefinite MoU was signed on June 13 at the TOC Europe 2018 event in Rotterdam.