The IAPH Clean Marine Fuels Working Group is chaired by Peter Alkema of the Port of Amsterdam and whose Safety Workstream is coordinated by Cees Boon, Senior Safety Advisor of the Port of Rotterdam is made up of leading experts from member ports. A number of them were able to meet face-to-face for the first time since the COVID19 outbreak at Vancouver ahead of the IAPH 2022 World Ports Conference last May. The close person-to-person interaction kick-started the process of developing this new series of IAPH Liquefied Gas bunker checklists.
One of the main objectives of the working group has been to create harmonised bunker checklists for known bunkering scenarios. These checklists reflect the extra requirements of ports with regard to bunker operations of alternative marine fuels in or near their port environment. By using bunkering checklists, a high level of quality and responsibility of the bunker operators can be obtained.
Implementing harmonised bunker checklists in ports will also be of great benefit to the vessels (and their crew) bunkering in other ports because it will reduce the potential confusion caused by having to comply with different rules and regulations in different ports.
IAPH Managing Director Patrick Verhoeven commented : “These new bunkering checklists, which are applicable to LNG, but also to Liquid Hydrogen, will contribute in a very concrete way towards the energy transition of shipping. We sincerely thank the sterling work of our IAPH Clean Marine Fuels Working Group in producing these checklists.”
Founded in 1955, the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) has developed into a global alliance of 169 port authorities, including many of the world’s largest port operators as well as 134 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.