IAPH 2020 – The port conference not just for ports

Patrick Verhoeven, IAPH. Credit: ECSA

Shipping needs ports and most ports need dredging, and so the circle of interdependence continues. The future of these industries is interlinked, and they share the same drivers and challenges.

Whether these drivers be economic, societal, or environmental, our industries are evolving and to achieve the best possible outcomes, our only option is to move forward together through dialogue, information sharing, and understanding.

Consider the energy transition created through IMO 2020 that requires ships to burn fuel with a sulphur content of no more than 0.5%. It begins with the ships, but it is not solely shipping’s problem.

Many ports will also be affected by the new regulation, from new bunker offerings to monitoring the regulation’s uptake. It is also a dredging challenge. It comes as no surprise that in this issue of DPC, Mark Winkelman of Damen Shipyards discusses the fuel issue in relation to dredging in CEDA’s Association news on pages 14 and 15.

That is why the newly formatted IAPH World Ports Conference has been curated not only for ports, but for the entire maritime industry and beyond.

Energy transition, data collaboration, risk and reputation, and business innovation – the four content streams for the IAPH World Ports Conference – are topics that face most industries today.
Building on a 65-year-old legacy, which started with the founding conference in Los Angeles, the United States, in 1955, the World Ports Conference starts a new life in Antwerp, Belgium, in 2020.

We are turning the event into a platform where port managers do not just meet their peers, but also their customers, service providers, regulators, and other stakeholders.

As important players in the maritime industry, I welcome representatives from the dredging sector to share their knowledge and engage in discussions and workshops at the Worlds Ports Conference.

Here you will hear about decarbonisation of shipping, data collaboration in logistics, crisis communication, and the fight against corruption – topics that are of interest to all players in the chain.

We will also consider the role of start-ups and tech communities, and discuss how we can foster innovation together, reach greenhouse gas targets, and move forward using sustainable practices.

Industry household names such as Kitack Lim, Emanuele Grimaldi, and Alexander Saverys are leading the list of nearly 40 speakers and panellists who have already confirmed their participation, with several others to follow.

Around 50 different port authorities and port operators have committed to attending including PSA International and Hutchison Port Holdings, whose top executives Tang Chong Meng and Clemence Cheng are guest speakers. Nigerian Ports Authority and Port of Montreal’s managing directors Hadiza Bala Usman and Sylvie Vachon will also address delegates.

The dredging industry has been a pioneer of sustainable practices long before the United Nations propelled them into the spotlight through creation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Dredging providers’ commitment to working with nature and beneficial reuse of sediment has influenced port projects and planning over the years, and now more than ever, the industry needs your expertise.

Please join us in Antwerp from 17 to 19 March 2020.