Norfolk – Virginia Port Authority Executive Director Jerry A. Bridges has been approved as a new member of International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) executive committee representing Americas Region.
The IAPH is a global alliance of ports, representing 230 ports in 90 countries. The member ports together handle well over 60 percent of the world's sea-borne trade and nearly 80 percent of the world container traffic. It is a non-profit and non-governmental organization (NGO) headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.
Its principle objective is to develop and foster good relations and cooperation among all ports and harbors in the world by proving a forum to exchange opinions and share experiences on the latest trends of port management and operations. The IAPH emphasizes and promotes the fact that ports form a vital link in the waterborne transportation and play such a vital role in today's global economy.
The organization meets in a full session once every two years at its biennial conference in different port cities around the world. The plenary sessions of IAPH conference is the supreme policy-making body of the association. It is more commonly known as IAPH World Ports Conference and often referred to as the World Port Summit where the key players of the world port industry - port CEOs, directors and managers - gather from all over the world once in every two years to discuss issues of their immediate interest and concern for sharing better practice.
The executive committee is composed of 18 members: six representing Africa and Europe; four representing the Americas; and eight representing Asia.