TOKYO, May 29, 2017 – At the Annual General Meeting held on the last day of the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) World Ports Conference in Bali, Indonesia, 7-12 May 2017, IAPH recognized and honored two individuals for writing a distinctive essay on their home port operations and eight ports for presenting their innovative and exemplary port projects

Originally started almost four decades ago with IAPH Essay Contest where personnel of IAPH developing member ports competed to write an essay on the subject of port efficiency and productivity, IAPH’s biennial awards program has gradually been expanded and now includes five award categories to compete for excellence achieved in port communications, environment and IT. This traditional and prestigious award program has long been appreciated by the IAPH members as a means to enhance human resource development and, more importantly, share best practices. The recipients of the 2017 awards were as follows:

1. Akiyama Award – an essay contest named after the late Toru Akiyama (IAPH Secretary General (1967-193)

Mr. Pramithodha Chiranthaka Halpe, Junior Manager (Terminal Systems), Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Sri Lanka
Entry: “Sri Lanka Ports Authority: Moving towards an exemplary green environmental footprint of the South Asian region"

2. Bali Open Award – an essay contest commemorating the Bali Conference

Mr. Giyeul Jang, Manager, Port Engineering, Incheon Port Authority, Korea
Entry : “STEP-CAR, Easier and Faster walking down from the Cruise ship”

3. Port Communications Awards

Gold plaque
Port of Rotterdam Authority, Netherlands
Entry : “Havenkrant” - the Port’s Newspaper that has been delivered to the residents in the Port of Rotterdam area four times a year since 2009

Silver plaque
Adani Petronet Dahej Port Pvt. Ltd, India
Entry : “Effective Stakeholder (Community) Engagement - What are the greatest communication challenges your organization has faced when trying to garner support from community stakeholders?"

4. Information Technology Awards

Gold plaque
MGI and Port of Marseilles, France
Entry: “Marseilles-Fos : The SMART Port 2.0” - “Port Spirit” attitude for more collaboration and communication to improve the port’s competitiveness and productivity

Silver plaque
National Ports Agency, Morocco
Entry: “Safety and Security Management System (SM 25)”

Bronze plaque
Israel Ports Company, Israel
Entry: “Digitalization of containerized dangerous goods declaration process”

5. Port Environment Awards

Gold plaque
Port of Los Angeles, USA
Entry: “San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan”

Silver plaque
bremenports GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
Entry: “LUNEPLATE – A unique natural paradise and valuable green port infrastructure”

Bronze plaque
Entry: “Virtual Depot”

To see the winning entries for the above, visit the IAPH website at:www.iaphworldports.org/2017AwardsWinners