They were reached during a video conference between the CEOs of
11 WPCAP participants. A recurring theme was ports' desire to take
control over their own destiny instead of waiting for institutions
to introduce adjusted rules and regulations.
The WPCAP CEO's adopted five agreements summarized as follows:
Speed optimisation. JIT and enhanced planning on routing and
turn-around time in ports are important steps can prevent emissions
and the amount of time vessels spend at ports.
Power-to-ship (shore power). This has the clear potential to
enhance air quality whilst reducing to emissions in the port as
ships can switch off their own power generation and make use of,
preferably, green energy infrastructure supplied by port and
Alternative fuels. The WPCAP CEOs have agreed to facilitate the
launch of pilot projects in 2021 on new sustainable low carbon
marine fuels in their ports that will directly benefit
Collaboration with terminal operators on data sharing. The WPCAP
will intensify working relations with terminal operators in their
ports in order to introduce equipment demonstration and build a
database for information sharing. There also was a strong plea to
increase involvement of terminal operators in WPCAP actions.
Policy coordination. Many ports around the world are using
policy instruments to stimulate emission reductions in the maritime
industry, such as incentives, pricing policies and regulations. The
WPCAP CEOs concluded that increased coordination and further
development of those efforts - taking in mind guiding principles of
competition law - could strengthen efficiency, effectiveness,
transparency and accountability of those instruments.