World port leaders meet in Panama for the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) Mid-term Conference



TOKYO, May 18, 2016 – The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) convened at its Mid-term Conference in Panama City, Panama, 10-13 May 2016, was successfully concluded, attracting nearly 200 delegates, accompanying persons, guest speakers and exhibitors from across the world.

Opening Ceremony

Mr. Susumu Naruse, IAPH Secretary General, thanked our host, Panama Maritime Authority for organizing such a fantastic conference. Mr. Santiago Garcia‐Milá Lloveras, IAPH President of the IAPH, mentioned that “How significant it is to be in Panama to witness the completion of the expanded canal and discuss its implications to world maritime trade!”

Mr. Jorge Barakat Pitty, Minister of Maritime Affairs and Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority, mentioned “How glad we, the Panama Maritime Authority, are to host this significant conference of IAPH here in Panama City for the first time in the IAPH history. Finally Mr. Álvaro Alemán, Minister of the Presidency of the Republic of Panama, welcomed the delegates to Panama and declared the conference open.

Working Sessions

The ensuring conference sessions tuned out to be an excellent forum to learn the Panama Canal expansion program and the latest trends of port management and operations not only in Panama but also in Colombia and Mexico. Other topics dealt with were climate change and adaptation measures and sustainable port development.

IAPH Resolutions

At the meeting of IAPH Board of Directors held on 11 May, IAPH adopted three business resolutions to make its position clear on subjects of immediate concern to the world maritime circle, as follows:

  • Resolution on Urging Ratification of HNS Protocol
  • Resolution on review of fuel oil availability for sea going ships as required by regulation 14.8 of MARPOL Annex VI
  • Resolution on the Smooth Implementation of the SOLAS Convention on the VGM of Containers

About IAPH

Founded in 1955, the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) is a nonprofit global alliance of roughly 180 ports and 150 maritime companies and institutes representing about 90 countries. The IAPH is dedicated to fostering cooperation among ports and harbors and promoting the vital role they play in creating a peaceful, more prosperous world. Based in Tokyo and recognized as the only voice speaking for ports around the globe, the IAPH has Consultative NGO Status from the United Nations and is active in developing international trade and maritime policy. IAPH member ports handle about 70 percent of world container traffic and more than 60 percent of all international maritime trade.