World Ports Sustainability Program sets up COVID19 Task Force with dedicated information portal

The task force and information portal have been set up in the spirit of international collaboration to help ports worldwide handle the immense challenges they are all facing with the global COVID19 outbreak.

Using the simplified format of five frequently-asked questions, the task force will provide guidance on current best practices, the industry’s collective recommendations to governments as well as regularly updated, useful information.

The World Ports Sustainability Program has set up a Task Force comprising some of the world’s top experts to inform and guide the port authorities and users alike through the WORLD PORTS COVID19 INFORMATION PORTAL.

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 latest industry updates based on a daily screening of reports from individual ports, port associations, shipping organisations, governments, international regulators and specialized news outlets.

Speaking on the critical role of ports during the COVID-19 pandemic International Association of Ports & Harbours (IAPH), Managing Director, Patrick Verhoeven had this to say: “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.”