IAPH partners with Mercator Media

IAPH 2024 World Ports Conference planned for 8-10 October will take place in Hamburg, Germany

IAPH 2024 World Ports Conference planned for 8-10 October will take place in Hamburg, Germany

Mercator Media has been appointed the official media partner of the International Association of Ports & Harbors. The agreement, which has been signed for an initial period of three years, includes overall production of the annual World Ports Conference (WPC) and the publishing of the bi-monthly Ports & Harbors magazine (P&H).

World Ports Conference

The World Ports Conference has been held in a members’ port city since 1955. The now annual Conference is a world-class event, where the indispensable role of ports in global maritime trade is discussed in terms of energy transition, data collaboration and resilience. It brings together key industry stakeholders for learning, information sharing, networking and collaboration.

This year’s Conference was held 31 October – 2 November in Abu Dhabi and attracted over 650 delegates, including senior representation from the IMO, World Bank, World Customs Organization and UNCTAD. The 2024 Conference is planned for 8-10 October and will take place in Hamburg, Germany. The host sponsor will be the Hamburg Port Authority and will be attended by both senior German government and industry representatives .

To mark the 70th anniversary of IAPH, the 2025 World Ports Conference will be held in Kobe, Japan in October 2025.

Ports & Harbors magazine

Ports and Harbors is the flagship membership magazine of IAPH and is published on a bi-monthly basis. It is renowned for high design values, insightful reports and open opinion pieces and debates on the latest developments around the world of ports and terminals.

Mercator Media will be reviewing opportunities to extend the distribution of content online and other ways to enhance communications between IAPH and its membership.

Andrew Webster, Chief Executive of Mercator Media commented, “Ports facilitate world trade and working with the leading representative association to help enhance The World Ports Conference and Ports & Harbors magazine will be a great opportunity for the team at Mercator. It also complements our existing activities in this vital industry sector”.

Patrick Verhoeven, Managing Director of IAPH added: “The World Ports Conference has now become the global industry forum for the sector, with Ports & Harbors magazine disseminating the content of that forum and our main technical committees throughout the year for the IAPH membership. We are delighted to enter into this partnership with Mercator Media. The company has been working in the port industry space since 1989 and will offer IAPH added value in terms of networking, content, event management and publication expertise.”

Press release contact : Victor Shieh, IAPH Communications Director

Email : victor.shieh@iaphworldports.org

All conference enquiries : Sally Wattam, Conference Consultant, Mercator Media

Email : swattam@mercatormedia.com

The conference brochure for sponsor candidates can be downloaded here

About International Association of Ports & Harbors

Founded in 1955, the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) has developed into a global alliance of 180 port authorities as well as 148 port-related businesses. Comprised of 84 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. IAPH leads global port industry initiatives on decarbonisation and energy transition, risk and resilience management, and accelerating digitalisation in the maritime transport chain. The IAPH’s 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. www.iaphworldports.org.

About Mercator Media

Established in 1989, Mercator Media Ltd is a business-to-business media company specialising in the commercial marine business around the world. Mercator produces high quality events such as GreenPort Congress, Propulsion & Future Fuels, Green Ports & Shipping Congress and Seawork, as well as delivering specialised market knowledge though brands like Port Strategy, GreenPort and the Motor Ship.


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