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World Ports Conference 2015 in Hamburg

1,000 experts and representatives expected to participate at the 29th IAPH World Ports Conference at Hamburg's CCH from 1-5 June 2015

The Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) is proud to organise the IAPH (International Association of Ports and Harbors) World Ports Conference – the internationally most significant conference of the port industry – in Hamburg in 2015. The objective of the biannual IAPH World Ports Conference, which always takes place at different port cities, is to strengthen relationships among the member ports and facilitate interaction, dialogue, and problem solving. Jens Meier, managing director of the Hamburg Port Authority: “We are delighted to host the next IAPH World Ports Conference in Hamburg and make the port of Hamburg “the window to the world” for businesses. At the same time the exchange with other port representatives is the perfect opportunity for participants to look over the rim of their tea cup and learn from each other.”

Five Topics On The Agenda

During the five-day meeting, five topics are focal themes of the agenda. These are:

• smartPORT logistics – challenges and possible solutions
Technical innovations, land restructuring, expansion of the transport route network and modern communication paths combined with high data transparency are just some of the measures the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) is implementing to create the basis for economic growth in the Port of Hamburg. The measures will also address the logistical challenges arising from the port’s inland location and its proximity to the city of Hamburg. Hamburg is not the only place where “smart” port logistics has become increasingly important. Ports worldwide are facing the challenge of coping with rising demand for economic efficiency, safety and security and sustainability, all of which calls for creativity in port management.

• smartPORT energy – challenges and possible solutions
To ensure a win-win scenario for both business and the environment, innovative mobility concepts, renewable energy sources and the interlinking of energy-generating plants and consumer plants to promote the efficient use of resources are at the forefront of the HPA’s approach. The Port of Hamburg is an important logistics and industrial location. As is the case for many ports worldwide, its economic potential is huge, but so is its responsibility. Innovative and viable energy supply strategies which benefit business as well as the environment play an increasingly important role in the competitiveness of a port.

• Law and global trade – trends and challenges
Contractual choice of law and jurisdiction: currently, most national legal systems play a subordinate role in international contractual relations even if the parties are deeply anchored in traditional maritime clusters with long-standing legal traditions and institutions. Why is this the case and what can be done to put these legal traditions and legal institutions back on the map of global trade? What are the advantages of global technical standardisation for LNG supply, shore power, IT processes or the measuring of emissions? And how about liability in ports: is the international maritime convention system sufficient to protect ports in the event of shipping accidents and other maritime incidents within ports?

• Port financing and pricing in different countries – between theory and practice
The financing structure of a port varies depending on the geographic and structural circumstances: the Port of Hamburg, for instance, is a tidal port located about 130 kilometres inland from the open sea, and as such its costs differ from those of the European coastal ports. Port financing also is an issue in public-policy discussions: What stakeholders are involved in port financing? What roles do private business and politics play? When is action required at a regional and/or national level and when is concerted action at an international level required? What long-term and what project-related financing models have proven successful? This session is about practical experiences as well as theoretic approaches.

• Cruise Shipping – Challenges and possible solutions
In the past years the cruise industry has seen phenomenal growth, and for many ports the cruise business has become an important economic factor. However, rising passenger numbers and ever larger cruise ships have delivered fresh challenges to ports and cities. To cater for the growing number of cruise ships and ensure that operations run smoothly, ports are increasingly investing in cruise facilities. bHow can ports and cities best benefit from the growth in cruise activity? What kinds of co-operation between city, port and cruise companies are the most beneficial? How can innovative IT solutions best be deployed to optimise passenger and luggage turnaround services? What will make a cruise port unique and successful?

Meeting venues: CCH, City Hall, Chamber of Commerce and Fish Auction Hall

In the past few years, the IAPH World Ports Conference International has been taking place in the two-year cycle, with last meetings held in Los Angeles and Busan. For the 29th edition of the conference in Hamburg, the HPA has chosen the CCH as central venue. In the evening, visits and gala events in Hamburg’s city hall, at the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and at the heritage-protected Fish Auction Hall and tours will be offered up to the 1,000 participants expected by HPA to register for the conference.

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About the IAPH

On 7 November 1955, some 100 delegates from 38 ports and maritime organisations in 14 countries founded the
International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) in Los Angeles, U.S.A., to represent the interests of the world’s seaports. The globally active organisation is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, from where it represents more than 200 ports from 90 nations.

Together, its member ports handle around 60 per cent of the world’s seaborne trade and nearly 80 per cent of the world’s container traffic. The IAPH is a non-profit-making, nongovernmental organisation (NGO). Its declared aim is to promote the co operation among its members and jointly find solutions to global maritime problems. In addition, the organisation continuously passes insights and recommendations to its members thus enabling them to benefit from their peers’ experiences.
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