Worldwide there are approximately 3,000 merchant ports and the work of the Harbour Master can vary widely from country to country and from port to port even within the same country.
On 2 September IAPH reported that it had submitted guidelines to IMO for consideration at the October meeting of the Maritime Safety Committee.
At the same time IAPH announced the launch of its Cybersecurity Guidelines for Ports and Port Facilities.
At 84-pages (13MB) this document is the culmination of four months of intense work between 22 experts from IAPH member ports around the world as well as Associate Member cybersecurity specialists and contributors from the World Bank.
It is understood that the paper will serve as a crucial, neutral, document for senior executive decision-makers at ports who are responsible for safeguarding against cybersecurity risks as well as ensuring the continued business resilience of their organization.
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The document aims to assist ports and port facilities to establish the true financial, commercial and operational impact of a cyber-attack. It also is intended to help ports and port facilities make an objective assessment on their readiness to prevent, stop and recover from a cyber-attack.
Guidelines also address the very difficult question of what port organisations need in terms of resources to effectively manage cybersecurity risks.
Patrick Verhoeven, IAPH Managing Director commented: ‘We have produced this set of port and port facilities cybersecurity guidelines targeting the strategic rather than technical level.
‘They are designed to create awareness among the C-level management of port authorities. But on the other hand, we also wanted to bring this to the attention of the IMO, so the guidelines have been submitted to both the IMO Facilitation and Maritime Safety Committees for consideration. The latter meets in October where we will present them.’
A pragmatic versus theoretical approach
The Guidelines form part of the joint industry call Accelerating Digitalisation of Maritime Trade and Logistics: A Call to Action led by IAPH in June last year, which includes reviewing existing IMO guidance on Maritime Cyber Risk Management on its ability to address cyber risks in ports, developing additional guidance where needed.
Pascal Ollivier, Chair of IAPH Data Collaboration Committee and President of Maritime Street and who was the driving force behind the new Guidelines takes up the story: ‘These guidelines were a logical follow on from the Port Community Cyber Security White Paper developed by IAPH in 2020 as a guide to those ports gearing up to digitalize processes and data exchanges to deal with the new normal caused by the COVID19 pandemic.
‘The digitalization of port communities means ports will need to pay increased attention to cyber security risks. When we put the team together, it quickly became apparent that the authors all felt we needed to offer a pragmatic and practical approach to dealing with cyber threat actors, which culminated in this phenomenal collaboration which is an industry first for ports.’
This first version will now be disseminated in the industry, including through the IAPH members-only magazine Ports & Harbors which contains a special focus on cybersecurity in the current edition.
IAPH fully anticipates the Guidelines to become an active, living document with regular updates and editions from the 22-strong editorial team.
Online discussion due 16 September
An online discussion about the guidelines “Port Cybersecurity: moving from reactive towards proactive cyber resilience” is scheduled for 16 September at 1230 BST (GMT + 1) at London International Shipping Week, which will include contributions from three of the main port authorities involved in the making of the document.
September 16, 2021
HOUSTON, Sept. 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ION Geophysical Corporation’s Edinburgh-based Software group today announced the Companyreceived a grant to advance port decarbonization through its climate-smart platform, MarlinSmartPort™. The grant supports the UK’s Ten Point Plan to address climate change and help achieve the country’s net-zero emissions target by 2050. The Data-Led Emissions Management (D-LEMA) project is part of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition, funded by the UK Department for Transport and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK.
The 6-month pilot study will validate whether vessel fuel usage and carbon dioxide emissions can be reliably estimated in and around ports using the International Maritime Organization (IMO) global standard.
Announced in March 2020, and part of the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan to position the UK at the forefront of green shipbuilding and maritime technology, the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition is a £20 million investment from government alongside a further ~£10 million from industry to reduce emissions from the maritime sector. The program is supporting 55 projects across the UK, including projects in Scotland, Northern Ireland and from the South West to the North East of England. As set out in the Clean Maritime Plan (2019), Government funding has been used to support early stage research relating to clean maritime. The program will be used to support the research, design and development of zero emission technology and infrastructure solutions for maritime and to accelerate decarbonization in the sector.
“Today approximately 90% of goods are transported by sea and global shipping accounts for nearly 3% of global CO 2 emissions,” said Stuart Darling, Senior Vice President of ION’s Software group. “Our technology is focused on creating high value information that drives smarter, safer management of the 5,000+ ports globally and the 50,000+ cargo vessels that transit between them. This grant enables us to continue advancing our maritime digitalization platform, Marlin SmartPort, which integrates systems and data to provide better real-time visibility and actionable intelligence to operate with just-in-time efficiency, minimizing fuel consumption and emissions. Our goal is to develop and validate fuel monitoring capabilities to start tracking
and, ultimately, to reduce port-related shipping emissions. On behalf of ION, I would like to thank our project partners, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, who will supply the data, and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, who will assist with the analysis.”
The former vice president of Costa Rica is the first woman and Central American to serve as UNCTAD’s secretary-general.
This was announced from UNCTAD HQ in Geneva on 13 September and we at IHMA send our congratulations.
Costa Rican economist Rebeca Grynspan took up her new role as secretary-general of UNCTAD on 13 September for a four-year term.
Ms Grynspan, the first woman to serve as UNCTAD’s secretary-general, was nominated for the post by UN Secretary-General António Guterres and approved by the General Assembly in June.
‘I am honoured to begin work at UNCTAD at a critical time for our world,’ Ms Grynspan said, ‘Covid-19 has exposed the widespread inequalities and vulnerabilities of the world and the development model. As we recover from the pandemic, we have an opportunity to rebalance the global economy, boost resilience and ensure shared prosperity.’
‘We must take action today to transform trade and reshape our global economy to overcome barriers to greater prosperity for all and embark on a sustainable development path that will benefit everyone.’