Expert jury to assess #IAPH2022 Sustainability Awards candidates in six categories ahead of the IAPH World Ports Conference in Vancouver

IAPH’s World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP) now catalogues 237 port projects applying UN Sustainable Development Goals in practice

IAPH is very proud to announce the candidature of 49 projects by IAPH members for the #IAPH2022 Sustainability Awards, with the winners to be announced at the upcoming IAPH World Ports Conference on 17 May.

A total of 53 port and collaborative projects entered the Program this year so far and have now been processed and uploaded to the WPSP Portfolio raising the total port projects in the database to 237.

IAPH Technical Director Antonis Michail commented : “We are grateful to all the 36 member ports from 26 countries that submitted projects for this year’s competition and wish good luck to all participants. Once again, the high quality of entries poses a difficult, yet inspiring challenge to the members of our experts’ jury who will be evaluating and scoring the projects up until March 18, after which we will submit top three projects for public voting in each of the six categories of the Awards, namely Climate and Energy, Environmental Care, Community Building, Infrastructure, Digitalization, and Health, Safety and Security.”

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The outcome of the jury evaluation (70%) and that of the public vote (30%), will co-determine the six final winners per category, to be announced during the Gala Dinner of the IAPH World Ports Conference in Vancouver on 17 May.

An increase in number of total independent jury members

The IAPH expert jury tasked with assessing the IAPH Sustainability Awards for 2022 has increased in both numbers and diversity. With the addition of port experts from China and Venezuela, representation for Asia and Latin America has been added to the eclectic mix. Academia, non-governmental organizations, research institutes, media, shipping, and former port executive management are all represented.

Our esteemed jurists for 2022 (left to right, top to bottom) are:

Dr Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry – President of the World Maritime University

Dr Christopher Wooldridge, Joint Science Coordinator at EcoPorts

Ines Nastali, Editor of the IAPH Ports & Harbors magazine, IHS Markit

Ambassador Oscar Hernández, RED Puertos – Network of digital and collaborative ports – Latin American and Caribbean Economic System (SELA)

Namrata Nadkarni – CEO and Founder – Intent Communications

Gerald Munjanganja – Line Manager, Seatrade

Dr Jan Hoffmann – Chief, Trade Logistics Branch, DTL – UNCTAD

Dr Peng Chuansheng, Chief Technical Officer, China Waterborne Transport Research Institute

Dr Geraldine Knatz – Professor of the Practice of Policy and Engineering, University of Southern California

IAPH Managing Director Patrick Verhoeven commented: “We warmly welcome Christopher Wooldridge, Ines Nastali, Oscar Hernández and Peng Chuansheng to the jury team while extending our sincere thanks to Henri van der Weide of the Port of Amsterdam for his judging contributions to previous editions. The dedication and commitment by the jury to carefully evaluate all the projects fairly and equitably involves substantial work. We are very grateful to them for their voluntary efforts and look forward to presenting the voting public with their 18 finalists on March 18.”

Contact for the release: Victor Shieh, IAPH Communications Director

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Tel : +32 473 980 855

About IAPH

Founded in 1955, the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) has developed into a global alliance of 162 port authorities, including many of the world’s largest port operators as well as 127 port-related businesses. Comprised of 87 different nationalities across the world’s continents, member ports handle approximately one third of the world’s sea-borne trade and well over 60% of the world container traffic. With its NGO consultative status recognized by the IMO, ECOSOC, ILO, UNCTAD, UNEP, and WCO, IAPH leads global port industry initiatives on decarbonization and energy transition, risk and resilience management, and accelerating digitalization in the maritime transport chain. Its World Ports Sustainability Program has grown into the reference database of best practices of ports applying the UN Sustainable Development Goals and integrating them into their businesses.

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