Key takeaways from Baltimore

A collaborative approach to tackling the worldwide environmental challenges facing ports, shipping and suppliers: the outcome of GreenPort Congress America 2018.

Speakers from a broad cross-section of the sector highlighted that greening ports will be of increasing importance but that it was also an opportunity to improve profitability and efficiency of operations in years to come.

The two keynote speakers, Ray Fitzgerald, Chief Operating Officer of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions and Patrick Verhoeven, Managing Director, Policy and Strategy, IAPH emphasised the need for leadership. Mr Fitzgerald discussed how Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions was working alongside its global partners to look to future solutions to improve land and water-based operations. Mr Verhoeven highlighted the opportunity that the sector must take to lead in global environmental change and showed the current projects taking place around the world.

The conference concluded with an interactive session in which attendees were challenged to commit the main issues facing port to paper will be converted in to a final conference deliverable which will be shared amongst those attending and the wider ports community.

Delegates maximised the opportunity to develop their global networks, at several the networking events during the conference including a Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner hosted by Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Maryland Department of the Environment. As well as enhancing their knowledge and networks, those attending were able to sample local Maryland cuisine.

Full conference proceedings, with over 50 presentations and papers, will be available for download by 1st June.

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