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Hamburg Port Authority More than Pleased with the Results of Hamburg's IAPH 2015

945 participants at the five-day convention with smartPort in the focus. Bali to host the 30th IAPH in 2017

More than 900 guests discussed the future of international ports and intelligent concepts for five days during the world’s largest port conference hosted at the CCH Congress Center Hamburg. Impulses came not only from the port industry, but also in the fields of aviation, future research, politics, and science.

Mega Ships and Digital Transformation

Olaf Merk, Administrator Ports and Shipping at OECD’s International Transport Forum, thus presented a study on the impact of mega ships. In his presentation, Merk underlined the fact that savings in container handling are decreasing due to larger container ships, while cost for hinterland transport are steadily climbing. Gerd Leonhard, author and CEO of the Futures Agency, talked on the digital transformation of the economy and society and its impact on shipping, ports and maritime industry in the year 2030.

Port Excursions

In addition to intelligent solutions for traffic and goods flows in the port or the compatibility of environmental and port management interest, also legal issues in regard to port operations, along with challenges and chances of the booming cruise industry, and the topic of clean air were matters high on the agenda. On Friday, trade visitors were able to inspect HPA’s smartPort projects at close during excursions in the Port of Hamburg and visits of its project partners.

The Maritime Past and Future

A colourful evening program added new aspects to the conference. After a reception at city hall and a dinner at the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce on Monday, a journey into the maritime past was the highlight of Tuesday evening. Prior to a dinner at the International Maritime Museum, the IAPH guests had the unique opportunity to steer a container ship as captain at the museum’s simulator.

2017’s IAPH Hoost

On Wednesday evening, Bali presented itself as host the upcoming 30th IAPH World Ports Conference in 2017. Their “Bali Night” at a Hamburg beach club in the port brought the flair of their island to the Hanseatic city. The 29th IAPH World Ports Conference ended with a festive gala dinner at Hamburg’s fish auction hall.

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