Last Friday at the Chennai campus of the Indian Maritime University, IAPH (International association of ports and harbour) participated in the first ever International Conclave hosted by IMU (Indian Maritime University) and which featured numerous dignitaries, including the Secretary of the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways and IMU Vice Chancellor as well as the Consul General of Belgium to India and leading port authorities of India.

Under the theme “Ports and Terminals: Crisis and Disaster Management – Policies and Strategies”, the conclave brought together government, port authorities, academics, logistics innovators from the Indian maritime community with students at the Indian Maritime University to discuss and learn from one another about how to apply UN Sustainability Goals in practice and how to improve global ports resilience in relentlessly challenging times.

The main session of the IAPH Port Endeavor sustainable business game took place immediately afterwards, with senior executives from six Indian port authorities joining IMU students on the stage. The gameplay and conclave were also transmitted to all IMU campuses throughout India.

Consul General for Belgium Frank Geerkens commented on his LinkedIn accountThe Port Endeavor games challenged several groups of port managers in an exciting and engaging way to compete – and, more important, to educate – on sustainability in the port sector. The second part of the Conclave were panel discussions with senior management from the port sector on crisis and disaster management in ports and terminals, with an engaging participation by Port of Antwerp-Bruges International professionals Koen Cornilly and Achille Sobry. It was a joy to participate, to thank the organisers and all participants for the close collaboration between the port and maritime sectors of India and Belgium, and to engage with all.

Sourche: IAPH

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