Port risk guidelines updated

The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) has released new guidelines on risk mitigation and management in ports.

The IAPH has also created a new risk inventory portal to help share best practices.

“This guideline is the first IAPH tool which aims to support ports in establishing a structured approach towards risk management, business continuity and organisational preparedness,” said IAPH managing director Patrick Verhoeven.

Neils Vanlaer, chair of the IAPH Risk and Resilience Committee, said that the risks were particular to each port. “It is therefore crucial for ports to understand the environment in which they operate, and what the vulnerabilities within that environment are,” he said.

The online risk inventory portal acts as a central hub for sharing incidents and features the three infographics that form the backbone of the guidelines with case studies from member ports.

“Effectively managing business continuity during the next crisis has become an essential port requirement – this living document will evolve along the path of continuous improvement with our members,” concluded Patrick Verhoeven.

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