The International Liquid Terminals Association (ILTA) and the Indian Ports Association (IPA) have signed a memorandum of understanding to ‘collaborate to share best practices on handling and management of liquid commodities to achieve the highest levels of operational excellence.’
IPA is India’s main ports body and falls under the government’s Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways. Its objectives include conducting research on maritime issues, providing technical consultancy on development works and standardising HR policies. The MoU with ILTA includes an exchange of operational best practices, human resources and management topics, a look at benchmarking performance, and sharing information around training, such as for safety and emergency response preparedness. The partners will also jointly organise sessions on facility integrity, asset protection, management systems and contractor management.
IPA is currently hosting the 2021 Maritime India Summit, held from 2-4 March 2021, a platform for discussion, education and collaboration for shipping and transport ministers and executives from around the world. ILTA president Kathryn Clay will speak at the summit on 4 March.
‘ILTA is honoured to participate in this important international collaboration,’ says Clay. ‘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.’