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Posts by: Mees van der Wiel

RAK Ports joins the International Port Community Systems Association

The International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA) has expanded its global membership once again, welcoming UAE based RAK Ports as its member. The decision by the Ras Al Khaimah ports group to joint IPCSA further strengthens the association’s presence in the important Middle East region. Over the past few decades, RAK Ports has steadily grown […]

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Future of IPCSA – Chairmanship handed over to the next generation

We are excited to announce that IPCSA Executive Committee on 8 of February 2023 (Felixstowe) appointed Javier Gallardo (Portic, Barcelona) as Chair and Steve Lamb (MCP, UK) as Vice Chair. Javier Gallardo has praised Hans Rook’s chairmanship for all his achievements in leading IPCSA and said: “I’m pleased and honoured to continue the journey of […]

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PROTECT leaflet published

“We just use the old ways.” How many times have you heard that in connection with ports and shipping? Even today, many ports still don’t have a fully digitalised way for ships to report information; even today, ports and port users are being left behind when it comes to electronic reporting, making do with emails, […]

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IPCSA 2022 published!

For the first time, we publish an comprehensive overview of annual performance of IPCSA in all areas of our activity. Please share this with your colleagues within your organisation! Thank you for being with us and your continuous support to IPCSA Activities. Inga Morton, IPCSA General Manager Read the report

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Richard Morton 07/10/71 – 09/09/22

Friends and colleagues from across the global maritime industry have been paying heartfelt tribute to Richard Morton, Secretary General of the International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA), who has passed away at the age of 50. Despite battling with illness for many months, Richard remained positive and enthusiastic to the end, his drive undiminished as […]

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“Thank you for PROTECTing us” – Thanks Jérôme Besancenot for his work as Chairman of IPCSA’s PROTECT Group

During the Port Technology International Smart Digital Ports Conference held in May 2022, IPCSA chairman Hans Rook made a special presentation to Jérôme, in recognition of his work as chairman of the PROTECT group since 2015. Jérôme recently stepped down as chairman, passing the baton on to Nico De Cauwer as chairman and Mees van […]

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IPCSA welcomes FAL Committee decision to mandate Single Window systems

Congratulations to the International Maritime Organization’s Facilitation Committee (FAL), which has announced that the use of Single Window systems for ship data exchange is to become mandatory in ports around the world. The decision was part of amendments to the FAL Convention announced by the Committee and due to enter into force on 1 January […]

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Port Community Systems and Single Window – Women Leading the Way – Publication

Port Community Systems and Single Windows are reliant on those that have the vision of collaboration in order to bring the community together. IPCSA’s latest publication highlights leaders in this area and their views on trade facilitation today. This publication supports the IMO’s First International Day of Women in Maritime and goes hand in hand […]

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Barbados Port Inc. (BPI) joins International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA)

Barbados Port Inc. (BPI), the newest member of the International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA), is looking forward to deepening relations with IPCSA while it continues to change the dynamics of logistics at the Port of Bridgetown with the introduction of its own Port Community System. In the early stages of its PCS research, BPI […]

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Lockdowns and war create China-Europe cargo bottlenecks – Hans Rook, Chairman, IPCSA

Being accustomed to an abundance of messages from e-commerce multinationals in the Far East, it struck me that things have become rather quiet in recent weeks. I then realised the connection with the alarming messages from China about the most recent lockdowns in which entire cities and, therefore, ports have been closed. Reading transport and […]

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