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World Ports Conference 2023 day two spotlights latest decarbonisation trends and digital transformation

by Madaline Dunn

The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) World Ports Conference – Abu Dhabi 2023 concluded the second day of the three-day event, hosted by AD Ports Group.

The conference, taking place until 2nd November at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), is under the theme ‘Reinventing Ports’.

Day two began with an exclusive roundtable session which explored how innovative ports and their stakeholders can collaborate to develop real-time intelligence and facilitate just-in-time (JIT) arrival, emission reduction as well as Green Digital Shipping Corridors.

The conference continued with panel discussions, which saw leading global cargo owners list the priorities on their agendas regarding what they need from port authorities, as they shape the reinvention of ports.

In another panel discussion, industry experts examined what framework and governance model is required for a port to successfully become a neutral, effective data exchange ombudsman between all community stakeholders.

While speaking at the session Dr. Noura Al Dhaheri, CEO of the Digital Cluster at AD Ports Group, said: “The framework and governance model should be a robust one, and should ensure data security, transparency, and equitable representation for all stakeholders. It is imperative to establish an independent, neutral oversight body responsible for managing the data exchange. This body should not favour any particular stakeholder and should have regulatory authority if required. The success of this approach depends on strong leadership, and a commitment to serving the interests of all community stakeholders.”

A key area of focus on day two was the imperative for operators to decarbonise and reduce the emissions of their operations, with one session exclusively looking at the major hurdles that need to be overcome to achieve a truly ‘green’ corridor. 

In addition, the conference featured an in-depth one-on-one interview with Mikal Boe, Chairman and CEO of Core Power, about how a new small modular nuclear energy system for use on floating plants and onboard ships can make way for economic benefits while ensuring safety, security and environmental care.

The day included sessions that reviewed cyber threats to ports, recent cases, how they were dealt with and how ports and shipping are now coming closer together to deal with this existential threat. 

Attendees were shown practical examples from member ports on how digital twins are created and how technologies such as artificial intelligence can be used to plan better.

The day concluded with a spotlight on the IAPH World Ports Sustainability Program, now the industry reference database of ports integrating the UN Sustainable Development Goals into their businesses. Industry leaders also discussed what the leadership profile of the future port CEO will look like and how young talent can be attracted going forward.

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