Previously, Nick has worked on a consulting basis for the IAPH. Last year, he managed the organisation’s membership survey and consultation, interviewing senior leaders at 18 member ports and port associations. He also created the recently published Environmental Ship Index (ESI) whitepaper and was a speaker and panelist promoting ESI at shipping events.
Nick Blackmore commented: “In 2008 I was appointed editor of Safety at Sea magazine, and Ports & Harbors was one of the ‘sister titles’ in the publisher’s portfolio. So I’ve been following IAPH’s work closely for more than 15 years now. I was also involved in the content development and commercial organisation of the postponed IAPH 2020 World Ports Conference, which was successfully delivered as a digital event in 2021. IAPH offers a truly international platform, serving a sector that relies on connection and cooperation worldwide. My role will be to ensure that the impressive array of publications and tools produced by IAPH are both better known to our members and more easily accessible. I will also be working alongside Victor Shieh to ensure there is greater awareness by members and other stakeholders of the scale of the association’s work at the IMO and the tools we are producing for ports with other partners such as the International Chamber of Shipping, World Bank, UNCTAD and the World Customs Organization.”
IAPH Managing Director Patrick Verhoeven concluded: “Nick has already been a valuable addition to the team, with his work last year on developing a marketing strategy for the Environmental Ship Index as well as an in-depth survey of our membership on their current and future needs. He will play a key role in meeting those needs and developing our product and services portfolio for ports.”
Founded in 1955, the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) has developed into a global alliance of 180 port authorities as well as 150 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.