Photo: Port of Rotterdam
20 members of the Port Authorities Roundtable (PAR) signed a declaration of intent to collaborate closely, through sharing of best practices and implemented measures, in order to help sustain the world economy and offer support in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
PAR's members recognized the pandemic as a "serious global crisis", having a significant impact on many fronts, global trade being one of them. Signatories of the declaration are highly aware that since over 80% of goods are transported via sea-lanes, the port and maritime sector plays a crucial role in keeping trade flows uninterrupted.
The press release issued by the ports in question also acknowledged the recent statement made by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), emphasising the importance of minimising the disruption to maritime trade and shipping activities so that vital goods, especially necessities and essential medical supplies, can continue to flow seamlessly across different regions in the world.
Signatories commit to a number of points, including keeping the global supply chain going; facilitating close cooperation by establishing an open communication channel, allowing experiences and knowledge related to the fight against the pandemic to be shared; and continuing to adopt best practices based to national circumstances.
The ports also expressed their appreciation for seafarers, harbour pilots, shore-based workers and the maritime community, who's work enables them to remain open.
List of PAR members who signed the declaration: Abu Dhabi Ports, Antwerp Port Authority, Bureau of Port and Harbor, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Busan Port Authority, Guangzhou Port Authority, Hamburg Port Authority, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, Montreal Port Authority, Ningbo Municipal Port Administration Bureau, Port Authority of Thailand (Bangkok Port), Port of Barcelona, Port and Harbor Bureau, City of Yokohama, Port and Harbor Bureau, Kobe City Government, Port Klang Authority, Port of Long Beach, Port of Los Angeles, Port of Rotterdam, Port of Seattle, Shanghai Municipal Transportation Commission, Port of Le Havre.