Annual IAPH World Ports Conference

The 2020 World Ports Conference will bring together leading ports, their customers and stakeholders as well as regulators in a world-class interactive event to imagine and deliver a future where ports lead in energy transition, data collaboration, reputation management and business innovation.

The three-day conference will feature a mix of panel discussions, one-to-one conversations, hands-on workshops and specialised working events to showcase unique, practical insights from business leaders who have engaged in successful and sustainable cross-industry collaboration. Our goal is to ensure that attendees from various backgrounds understand how best to create genuine trust, boost transparency and increase reliability both internally and externally.

Topics to be explored

Energy transition

  • Ports and the energy industry: how will ports best support investment in and operation of the refining, manufacturing and distribution of energy products amidst the macro energy transition?
  • The ship-shore interface: how can ports play their part in facilitating the shipping industry to achieve IMO decarbonisation targets while meeting urgent sustainability demands of communities?
  • How can ports become trusted centres of carbon-neutral energy creation and consumption for themselves, their clients, investors, cities and communities?

Data collaboration

  • How can efforts to create successful data collaboration between ports and their customers as well as between each other be accelerated?
  • What needs to change for data standards to be more quickly created and implemented?
  • How will ports navigate competition with such unprecedented ability to collaborate?
  • How can enhanced data collaboration support improved port call optimisation?
  • How can ports prepare for unintended consequences of the digital environment, including disruptions of existing roles?

Risk and reputation

  • How can ports and stakeholders collaborate to prepare for and recover from threats that compromise their business continuity, safety, reputation and ability to serve customers?
  • How best to protect against high-impact weather events that can disrupt operations, create safety hazards and damage cargo and infrastructure?
  • What steps should be taken to build and maintain reputation and trust before, during and after a crisis involving pollution, criminal activity, accidents or other occurrences?
  • Safety isn’t just helmets, goggles and gloves, it’s culture: how can ports embed an everyday, ongoing, unwavering commitment to safety embracing all aspects of work and integrated deeply into operations?
  • Just say no: corruption undermines everything a port is trying to achieve; security, business confidence, trust and reputation. How to stop corruption in its tracks.

Business innovation

  • A successful cargo port isn’t necessarily a successful maritime city: what business climate needs to be fostered for port cities to be reliable partners for the maritime industry?
  • How can port communities and cities foster innovation together?
  • The new landlord model: how can port authorities maximise sustainable value from port land and infrastructural assets?
  • Can we get beyond ‘sister-ports’? Has the time finally come for commercial port networks to really take off and claim their place in global supply chains?
  • Are mainstream port governance models still fit for purpose? Is there a shift towards a new public-private equilibrium?

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