WPCAP was initiated by the Port of Rotterdam Authority and launched in September 2018 at a global climate conference in San Francisco. Other ports that have joined the action oriented network are: Long Beach, Los Angeles, New York/New Jersey, Vancouver, Antwerp, Barcelona, Gothenburg, Hamburg, HAROPA - Port of Le Havre and Yokohama. Initially, a global cross-industry face-to-face conference was planned for June this year. Due to the COVID-19 situation, the set-up had to be changed into an online gathering with only port delegates.
Nevertheless, substantial headway was booked and decisions were made by the CEO’s on proposals of five working groups that prepared over the last half year actions on topics as efficiency, power-to-ship, sustainable fuels, cargo handling equipment and policy.
- Critical mass
Common thread in their work was the aspiration to form coalitions among ports on specific projects as well as involving shipping lines, terminals and energy providers as alignment across the value chain will have the most impact. Another recurring theme of WPCAP is the desire to take control over its own destiny instead of waiting until other institutions are introducing adjusted rules and regulations. Working together with leading international ports provides moreover a critical mass to realise change successfully.