(from left) Mr. Faouzi Allam (POB IT Director), Mr. Mohamad Itani (CEO of Inplan), Mr. Grant Gilfillan (former IAPH President), Mr. Santiago Garcia Milà (new IAPH President),
Mr. Christian Tuechthuesen (Business Unit Manager), Mr. Rafi Ashkarian (POB CFO)
On June 5, 2015, The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) successfully concluded its 29th IAPH World Ports Conference in Hamburg, Germany with a remarkable closing ceremony. The 5-day conference was hosted by the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) and held at the Congress Center Hamburg (CCH) between June 1 and June 5.
Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, the IAPH is the global alliance of the world port community and represents more than 200 ports from 90 nations worldwide. With over 1,000 guests from all over the world it is the most important global conference of the maritime industry. The delegates attended the week-long conference in Hamburg and debated the importance of sustainability in the maritime industry and the challenges associated with globalization and climate change. The conference focused on the smart-Ports concepts – intelligent port management solutions.
The delegation of POB with the team of Inplan (from left) Mr. Tuechthuesen, Mr. Allam, Mr. Stratmann
This premier international event of the global port industry is held every two years. Through its biennial award program, the IAPH recognizes and honors excellence in port management and operations. The 2015 Award program comprised the Port Communications Award, Port Environment Award, and the Information Technology (IT) Award. The Information Technology (IT) Award seeks and recognizes a success story of utilizing IT applications in port management and operations that has been planned and implemented in the past two years, focusing on the benefits innovative port IT projects bring to ports, their customers and the entire logistics chain.
In preparation for this year’s conference, Port of Beirut compiled together with its long-term Germany-based software supplier INPLAN GmbH a successful entry for the IAPH IT award 2015. In the past years, INPLAN implemented its Port Operations and Management Systems at Port of Beirut and runs the future-oriented solution for management of port authority, cargo, terminal operations, real estate, billing and port community. POB consequently develops the port’s IT and software systems stepwise along its strategy and worldwide leading standards.
Mr. Rafi Ashkarian receiving the IT Award on behalf of Port of Beirut Port of Beirut delegation to the IAPH Conference
By reaching the deadline for submitting the entries for the IAPH Awards in December 31, 2014, over 20 entries for the IT Award were submitted from all over the world, and the entries were evaluated by a panel of judges headed by the Chair of IAPH Trade Facilitation and Port Community System.
Part of the IAPH Conference venue
On June 4, 2015, the award presentation was made at the plenary session of the 29th IAPH World Ports Conference in Hamburg, Germany. Port of Beirut was announced as the winner of the Gold Prize for the Information Technology Award for the best Port IT solution worldwide. Port of Beirut has been world-wide recognized for the high quality of its Port Operations and Management Solution. This prize is considered as confirmation of our strategy geared to improving value creating processes at our port. We also thank INPLAN GmbH, our Germany-based partner company for port management software solutions, for its excellent expertise and committed support.