IAPH working groups on the Environmental Ship Index and Clean Marine Fuels met this week in Japan to discuss new stages for their respective solutions
Yokohama and Antwerp, 24 October 2019
IAPH working groups on the Environmental Ship Index (ESI) and Clean Marine Fuels (CMF) met this week in Japan to discuss new stages in World Ports Sustainability Program industry solutions to facilitate energy transition of shipping, ahead of the Yokohama Maritime Forum.
The ESI working group is putting the final touches on the project’s 2.0 version, which will go live 1 January next year. The CMF working group is further expanding its suite on best practices for LNG bunkering operations and is also unveiling a new communication means to promote the bunkering accreditation tool for use in ports worldwide.
Focusing on sustainability, diversity and harmonisation, discussions will be dedicated to topics such as environmental challenges, gender balance and diversity, LNG as marine fuel, maritime pollution and governance. IAPH Managing Director Patrick Verhoeven has been speaking on IMO regulations and moderating a session on port communities with Chair of the CMF Working Group Peter Alkema also taking part.
The forum has a strong focus on the adoption of technology innovations that reduce both emissions and costs. Solutions cited include the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI), Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP), the IAPH Environmental Ship Index(ESI) as well as the need for global standardization and harmonization of data.
Founded in 1955, the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) is a non-profit-making global alliance of 170 ports and 140 port-related organisations covering 90 countries. Its member ports handle more than 60 percent of global maritime trade and around 80 percent of world container traffic. IAPH has consultative NGO status with several United Nations agencies. In 2018, IAPH established the World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP). Guided by the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, it aims to unite sustainability efforts of ports worldwide, encouraging international cooperation between all partners involved in the maritime supply chain. WPSP (sustainableworldports.org) covers five main areas of collaboration: energy transition, resilient infrastructure, safety and security, community outreach and governance.