22-23 March 2018
At its world ports conference in Bali this May, IAPH decided and announced
that the World Ports Climate Initiative (WPCI) http://wpci.iaphworldports.org/ will be expanded to extend its scope from climate action to a full range
of sustainability port development challenges the industry is facing. The
new IAPH program known as the World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP)
will be officially launched in Antwerp, Belgium, during a two-day international
conference to be held 22-23 March 2018.
It is expected that the launch of WPSP will ultimately contribute to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015, covering biosphere, society and economy. IAPH President Santiago Milà was quoted as saying “By imcorporating“Smart Port” concept and “Digitalisation”, the WPSP is expected to assist ports in increasing the efficiency and sustainability of their day-to-day port operations.”
teaser movie for the launch of the IAPH World Port Sustainability Program
Mr. Peter Alkema, Port of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, has replaced Ms.Tessa Major as Chair of the Working Group, according to the WPCI Bureau Director, Mr. Fer van de Laar.
Under the new chairmanship of Mr. Alkema, the working group will meet in Amsterdam, 2 and 3 October 2017.
Our best wishes to Tessa for her future success and prosperity and our good luck for Peter in the years ahead.
Environment Ship Index (ESI), a pillar of IAPH’s World Ports Climate Initiative (WPCI) now has registered 5,497 ships and 50 incentive providers, as of April 1, 2017. It represents a significant increase of registered ships by 398 and also that of incentive providers by 1 in the last three months since 1 January 2017.
According to Mr. van de Laar, WPCI’s Bureau Director, 4,610 ships are registered and 47 incentive providers, as of 1 October 2016, and further that the number of both the registered ships and incentive providers are on the increase.
According to Fer van de Laar, Bureau Director of IAPH’s World Ports Climate Initiative (WPCI), a total of 3,809 ships with a positive ESI Score have so far joined the scheme as well as 43 Incentive Providers (IP). More interestingly and encouragingly, we have recently welcomed a new type of IP, not a port entity but a Classification Society.
Port of Tokyo, Japan, will become the first Japanese port to join ESI as an Incentive Provider, as of April 1, 2015. ESI (Environmental Ship Index) operates under an umbrella of IAPH's environmental initiative-WPCI (World Ports Climate Initiative). A list of incentive providers/ports and more about ESI will be found online at:
The LNG Fuelled Vessels Working Group led by the Port of Antwerp has launched a dedicated website, focusing on liquefied natural gas (LNG) as shipping fuel and introducing an industry bunker checklists for LNG operations in ports. The new LNG bunkering website provides a detailed overview of the use of LNG as ship fuel, laying out the technical requirements for ships, bunkering infrastructure and vessels under development, as well as the business case for using LNG in the maritime environment.
>LNG bunkering website
On January 30 & 31, 2014, the ESI Working Group under the chairmanship of Professor Tiedo Vellinga (Port of Rotterdam), met outside of Europe for the first time in its short history for a rather successful meeting. Since its start on January 1, 2011, the number of ships registered with ESI has increased to well over 2,100 and the number of Ports and Organizations that provide incentives (IP's) is steadily increasing. It is a remarkable achievement!
The working group welcomes inputs from Ship Owners/managers/operators and other stakeholders for keeping the ESI Scoring approach up-to-date and strives to ensure the sound and efficient operation of the system's database. The ideas for setting up and maintaining the ESI project all have their origin in the port community where the group wants to maintain and strengthen its position as being representative of that community. Therefore ports and other interested organizations around the world are invited to participate in the design and operation of the Environmental Ship Index (ESI). For more details, please contact Bureau Director, Mr. Fer van de Laar at firstname.lastname@example.org
Busan joins ESI as its Incentive Provider
Busan Port Authority (BPA), Korea, has become the first Northeastern Asian port to have joined the ESI program, effective from January 1, 2014. As Incentive Provider, the Port will provide a 15 % reduction on port dues for ships with an ESI Score exceeding 31. This brings the number of Ports and Organizations that provide incentives under the ESI program to 30!