The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) and ICHCA (International Cargo Handling Coordination Association) signed on 13 June a memorandum of understanding to pursue projects of mutual interest, at the Terminal Operators Conference (TOC 2018) in Rotterdam. Both organisations are keen to share their research and findings, including the work of ICHCA’s Technical Panel and working groups, and the work of IAPH’s technical committees.
In a major boost to the IAPH’s recently-launched World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP), the agreement effectively ensures a shorter route for testing and implementation of sustainable innovations by key equipment, technology, cargo handling and financial services providers into the world’s major ports. Based on the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the programme fosters port-related sustainability projects, acts as a think tank for sustainable solutions and provides a platform for sharing these ideas. Its work is focussed mainly on the areas where ports can effect change: resilient infrastructure, climate and energy, port community outreach and port city dialogue; safety and security, and governance and ethics. One particular area that IAPH and ICHCA have identified as an opportunity for collaboration is that of cyber security.
ICHCA’s deputy chairman Laurence Jones commented: “ICHCA and IAPH have worked together for many years and this MoU formalises that relationship. We look forward to working more closely together to improve safety and efficiency in the port and terminal industry.”
IAPH Managing Director and WPSP Coordinator Patrick Verhoeven concluded: “With most of the IAPH members being landlord port authorities, this MoU valorises the valuable experience and know-how of cargo handling companies in our joint ambition to demonstrate global leadership of port communities in achieving sustainable development. We also look forward to working closely with ICHCA in strengthening the voice of ports in global fora such as the IMO.”