ILTA Signs MOU with Indian Ports Association
With an eye toward developing a more international presence and encouraging global operational excellence, ILTA and the Indian Ports Association signed an agreement to “collaborate to share best practices on handling and management of liquid commodities to achieve the highest levels of operational excellence.”
The agreement came as IPA hosted the 2021 Maritime India Summit March 2-4 which provided a unique virtual and physical platform for discussion, education and collaboration among shipping and transport ministers and executives from around the world.
“ILTA is honored to participate in this important international collaboration,” ILTA President Kathryn Clay, who spoke at the summit on March 4, said in a press release. “I commend the Indian Port Association and the other event organizers for their leadership in bringing together partners from around the world to share knowledge to the benefit of our respective members.”
The IPA-ILTA agreement will facilitate information exchange about operational best practices and workforce training. The MOU focuses on the following elements:
- Exchange of operational best practices, human resources and management topics, and benchmarking industry performance.
- Information sharing related to training activities, including safety and emergency response preparedness.
- Jointly organizing sessions on facility integrity, asset protection, management systems and contractor management.
The Indian Ports Association is the apex body of major ports under the Government of India’s Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways. The group’s key objectives include undertaking research/techno-economic studies on maritime issues, providing technical consultancy on development works undertaken by Major Ports, promoting indigenous manufacturing of port equipment, working towards standardization of HR policies, and training of personnel for manning different services in the major ports. The IPA has been appointed as the nodal agency under the Training Policy 2020 launched by Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways.
ILTA hopes that the collaboration between it and IPA will lead to greater dialog and sharing of ideas to continuously improve the liquid terminal industry, which is integral to transporting goods globally.