Weekly barometer οn COVID-19 economic impact on ports at world ports info portal

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In response to requests of ports around the globe, the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH), has set up a Task Force comprising some of the world’s top experts to inform and guide the port authorities and users alike via a newly-established WORLD PORTS COVID19 INFORMATION PORTAL.

PortEconomics developed impact barometer

PortEconomics members Theo Notteboom and Thanos Pallis join the Task Force , working in the production of a weekly economic impact barometer to keep track of the economic implications of the pandemia to the industry.

The Port Economic Impact Barometer gathers weekly input from ports worldwide on the evolution of vessel movements in ports, restriction measures on port entry for cargoes and crews, operational delays due to changes in port call procedures, disruptions to hinterland transport, effects on quayside capacity utilisation and warehousing and storage facilities as well as dock labour availability.The weekly barometer reports will be published on WORLD PORTS COVID19 INFORMATION PORTAL from 8 April 2020 onwards.

The Task Force is headed up by Tessa Major, IAPH Vice-President for Central and South America and Director of International Business and Innovation at the Brazilian Port of Açu. The Task Force includes multidisciplinary port experts and professionals from the ports of Açu, Antwerp, Busan, Felixstowe, Guangzhou, London, Los Angeles, and Rotterdam as well as Maritime Street, a consultancy specialised in digital trade logistics.

The world ports COVID-19 info portal

In the spirit of international collaboration that drives the World Ports Sustainability Program, the Task Force and Information Portal have been set up to help ports worldwide handle the immense challenges they are all facing with the global COVID19 outbreak.

With the aim of avoiding over-duplication and info-demic currently pervading online information channels, the easy-to-use portal will be updated with the guidance of the Task Force and using the most reliable sources of information. The portal features the latest industry updates based on a daily screening of reports from individual ports, port associations, shipping organizations, governments, international regulators and specialized news outlets.

” Using the simplified format of five frequently-asked questions, we will provide guidance on current best practices, the industry’s collective recommendations to governments as well as regularly updated, useful information” comments IAPH Managing Director Patrick Verhoeven.

The five main questions being permanently addressed and updated are :
• What is the current operational status of ports worldwide?
• Where can I find information as a shipowner on port regulations and restrictions?
• Where do I find operational guidance as a port based on global best practice?
• What support should I as a port request from my government?
• What is the economic impact on the global port sector?

Patrick Verhoeven concludes : “The operation of ports is of vital importance to face the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Ports ensure that the world’s medical supplies, food, energy raw materials, as well as manufactured goods and components vital to the preservation of employment, continue to reach their intended destinations. We will play our part in assisting our members and the maritime community through this Task Force and information portal.”

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