PORT RISK

MANAGEMENT

F O R U M  2 0 0 1

 

17 & 18 SEPTEMBER

KURHAUS HOTEL

SCHEVENINGEN

- THE HAGUE -

THE NETHERLANDS

 

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Port safety is a shared concern; a joint enterprise which involves many players, with a cast that extends far beyond the port operator and its customers. In a society that has become firmly risk averse and intolerant of any accident, the science of risk management must be widely practised and moreover capable of public demonstration in a transparent fashion.

The management of risks in the port is a changing, widening field; one that has moved from the marine risks of moving ships in shallow waters and the health and safety of port workers, to take in many more issues and involve many more interests. The public and political expectations of "perfect" safety now take in many environmental aspects of the port and its surrounds, while the local inhabitants, whether they work in port related industry or not, can be expected to involve themselves fully in discussions of risk and the quality of port operations. Those concerned with local, regional or national port policy cannot ignore the presence of these widening port "populations".

Every facet of the port and its operations now finds itself exposed to critical scrutiny where issues of risk are concerned. The criteria surrounding marine risks and their management will be minutely examined by port management anxious to minimise risk of accident from ships which are getting bigger and demanding more precise navigation and prompt service.

Health and safety also reflects a climate of risk aversity, with practices thought acceptable in the past challenged , often demanding safer operating procedures . Increased mechanisation, along with the use of more heavy machinery , and the constant pressure on performance brings with it additional risks, and requirements for their management.

Changing attitudes and political  initiatives also bring with them greatly increased liabilities that port operators and those who use ports have had to take on board. The concept of strict liabilities under certain regimes, with criminal sanctions under others permit no margins for error and leave a port management no choice but to embark upon policies that will manage these risks.

Environmental issues constantly intrude into the port and its surroundings, notably where the port finds itself in areas where there the eco system is fragile. To marine environmental risk will be added those of dust, emissions or noise, while the port generated traffic outside the dock gates will itself require to be environmentally "managed" if surrounding populations are not to be alienated. The "risk" of angry neighbours preventing port development, or even forcing the closure of a port's operations because of their loss of amenity is not an abstract risk, but one that must be kept in mind.

The science of risk management is itself developing, and this conference will review the latest techniques of risk mapping, risk assessment and the whole concept of "integrated" risk management. The importance of contingency planning, the necessity of a proper command structure are themselves policy imperatives that even the smallest port will find itself forced to comply with.

Then there is the way in which risks  and their management and control might be affected by the changes that are taking place to the commercial background of a port. The privatisation of previously public structures - how do these change the issues of risk with the sub-contracting, public-private partnerships and possible fragmentation of an integrated management entity all have clear implications for the management of safety, and the need for a cohesive approach to risk management.

This conference will aim to provide to participants expert discussion on these important issues, time for debate, along with opportunities to meet port professionals who are concerned with the management of risk and major insurers and those who underwrite in this fast-changing port environment .

 

The Conference Committee and the Conference Sponsors look forward to welcoming you to the Port Risk Management  Forum, and wish you success during the conference.

CONFERENCE COMMITTEE:

 

Michael GREY

Conference Chairman

Lloyd’s List

Jannis KOSTOULAS

Managing Director

Mare Forum

Pieter STRUIJS

Executive Director

Port of Rotterdam

Vice-President IAPH

Raymond SEIGNETTE

Managing Director

Global Maritime

Harilaos PSARAFTIS

Managing Director

Piraeus Port Authority S.A.

Rear Adm. Robert C. NORTH USCG(Ret.)

President,

North Star Maritime, Ltd.

Ferry VAN DER LAAR

Chairman, Port Safety & Environment Operations Committee (IAPH)

Head, Safety & Environment Department

Amsterdam Port Authority

Cees VAN DER SLIKKE

Managing Director

AON Marine Energy & Construction Insurance Brokers

Capt. Harry TABAK

Vice President

European Maritime Pilots’ Association

(EMPA)