7 Aug 2018
In recognition of a need for a sustainability strategy in ports, which includes environmental, social and economic aspects, the 11th Ordinary Meeting of the Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP) of the Organization of American States (OAS) adopted the theme of Sustainable Management for Port Competitiveness.
This is why it was fitting that CEDA and IADC’s upcoming publication Dredging for Sustainable Infrastructure was revealed to attendees of the recent OAS-CIP meeting. Maurice De Kok, Director Strategic Business Development at Van Oord, presented the new guidebook on behalf of the International Association of Dredging Companies.
Available internationally in November 2018, the guidebook contains contributions from leading specialists in the field and will serve as an authoritative guide to delivering dredging projects that enhance the natural and socio-economic systems. Dredging for Sustainable Infrastructure will be an invaluable resource for those responsible for delivering projects with longevity which need to do more than just the basics. Project owners, regulators, consultants, designers and contractors looking for an up-to-date reference should find it to be a useful tool. The publication will be officially launched at the Dredging for Sustainable Infrastructure Conference.
The conference took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores) from 1 through 3 August 2018. The 11th Ordinary Meeting of the Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP) of the Organization of American States (OAS) brought together representatives from 34 National Port Authorities of the OAS member States, representatives of international organisations, private sector, and civil society, letting the meeting serve as a forum for high-level public-private sector dialogue to promote the development of the 4th Generation ports which are faster, smarter, cleaner and more interconnected. Trends, policy, best practices and technical solutions to achieve sustainable ports as well as challenges of the future were on the agenda. Other topics included sustainable management for competitive port development, security and integral port management, risks mitigation and business continuity in the face of disasters and emergencies, modern port legislation for an efficient management, sustainable regional connectivity, Corporate Social Responsibility, and inclusive policies in the maritime and port industries.