Under the umbrella of the World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP), a guidance document has been developed to provide support for the implementation of actions to prepare and alleviate coronavirus-related contingencies for port authorities and port operators. The document is based on an initiative of the Port of Açu (Brazil) to coordinate, collect and summarise input by ports worldwide on their initiatives facing the coronavirus crisis. This international benchmark has been complemented with further contributions from IAPH member ports. The guidance document is dynamic and will be regularly revised using new and updated contributions from ports worldwide.
IAPH has also been cooperating with an initiative led by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) on COVID-19 related guidelines for ensuring a safe shipboard interface between ship- and shore-based personnel. IAPH has also participated in the formulation of a 12-step framework of protocols on crew changes compiled by ICS in coordination with the maritime industry and supported and published by the IMO. The IMO are formally distributing the circular to member states as a recommendation and ICS is on hand to assist governments in implementation of the protocols.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has also made available its innovative Crew Change Guidebook which contains detailed process mapping and practical assistance for ports seeking to establish a safe and efficient crew change operation.
In addition, using their early experience with the COVID-19 outbreak, the China Ports and Harbours Association has produced a Guidance on the Prevention and Control of COVID-19 for Ports and its Front Line Staff including measures on sanitary prevention and guidelines on preventing impact from overseas.
Based on several documents received from ports that are part of the UNCTAD TrainForTrade Network, the UNCTAD secretariat produced a technical note on port responsiveness to the COVID-19 pandemic. The note contains a series of measures to implement and observe, which could serve as generic guidelines. It also presents an example of a crisis protocol that can be used as a guide on actions that should be implemented in relation to strictly defined crisis levels. The note furthermore contains a compilation of documents from ports around the world, produced in English, Spanish and French.
A dedicated WPSP task force of experts on nautical and cargo operations, trade facilitation, IT, communication and stakeholder dialogue has been set up to review and update operational guidance and assess any new developments. The task force is chaired by IAPH Vice-President for Central and South America, Tessa Major, and involves experts of the ports of Açu, Antwerp, Busan, Felixstowe, Guangzhou, London, Los Angeles, Mombasa and Rotterdam. Ports having specific operational questions can contact the task force on firstname.lastname@example.org. Ports are also encouraged to use this email address to share experience and best practice.