Conference theme to focus on managing risk, building resilience and unlocking opportunities at ports

The IAPH World Ports Conference is coming to Hamburg in 2024, bringing together leaders in the global port community during a period of unprecedented upheaval and opportunity.

Taking place during 8-10 October, #IAPH2024 will be held at Hamburg Congress Centre, a state-of-the-art convention venue located in the centre of the stunning Hanseatic city of Hamburg, Germany.

The host sponsor for the event will be Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) and early bird registration is now open.

“We look forward to extending a warm welcome to the global port community for the IAPH World Ports Conference 2024,” said Patrick Verhoeven, Managing Director of the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH). “We have an exciting programme planned and we will continually update it to reflect the geopolitical, economic and environmental landscape.”

With regional instability on the rise, and physical and digital security under threat at sea and on shore, 2024 stands to be a pivotal year for ports and their communities.

Shipowners, supply chain providers and cargo owners must adapt rapidly to these changing circumstances. Increasingly, the urgent need for energy transition towards low- and zero-carbon fuels must be balanced against pressing national energy security concerns.

#IAPH2024 will offer attendees insights on these topics, revealing how ports – from developing and developed nations – are building secure and sustainable solutions to shared challenges, in a deeply interconnected world.

850 attendees from 80 countries are expected to attend this year’s edition of the event. Verhoeven identified international collaboration, knowledge sharing and networking as three key reasons for port and supply chain executives to join them.

With support from the World Bank, IMO, UNCTAD and other industry partners, #IAPH2024 will feature a programme that encompasses the whole end-to-end maritime supply chain and global port interests.

The 2024 conference will also host the coveted IAPH Sustainability Awards from the World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP).

The 2023 edition of the conference was held in Abu Dhabi with host sponsor AD Ports Group and attracted a large international audience, as well as major speakers including Emanuele Grimaldi, Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping and Her Excellency Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion.

IAPH looks forward to welcoming port and supply chain executives to a fantastic event in Hamburg this October.

Source: IAHP

Image credit: IAHP

The programme, registration process and further details can be found on the conference website.

Date and venue

October 8 – 10, 2024

About IAPH

Founded in 1955, the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) has developed into a global alliance of 180 port authorities as well as 150 port-related businesses. Comprised of 84 different nationalities across the world’s continents, member ports handle approximately one third of the world’s sea-borne trade and well over 60% of the world container traffic. IAPH leads global port industry initiatives on decarbonisation and energy transition, risk and resilience management, and accelerating digitalisation in the maritime transport chain. The IAPH’s World Ports Sustainability Program has grown into the reference database of best practices of ports applying the UN Sustainable Development Goals and integrating them into their businesses.