SBMA to host INAP assembly in Oct

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Members of the International Network of Affiliated Ports Secretariat led by Takanori Asai to Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Chairman and Administrator Eduardo Jose Aliño. Photo from SBMA.
  • The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority will host the International Network of Affiliated Ports (INAP) General Assembly and Symposium 2024 in October
  • The two-day event will tackle environmental protection, disaster preparedness and other maritime-related initiatives concerning member ports
  • It has been almost 10 years since SBMA last hosted the INAP assembly

The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) will be hosting the International Network of Affiliated Ports (INAP) General Assembly and Symposium 2024 in October.

The two-day event, which will tackle environmental protection, disaster preparedness and other maritime-related initiatives concerning member ports, returns to Subic following INAP and Port of Kochi officials’ recent courtesy visit to SBMA Chairman and administrator Eduardo Jose Aliño.

“As one of the founding members of INAP, it will be our honor to host this year’s assembly and welcome old and new faces to our shores. We endeavor to showcase not only our port and maritime facilities, but more importantly, to extend our famous hospitality, culture and friendship,” Aliño said in a statement.

Aliño noted that environmental maritime protection and disaster preparedness are very timely topics to discuss, adding that a shared discussion between INAP member ports on these topics would benefit all members.

INAP members include 10 ports in seven countries, including the Port of Colombo in Sri Lanka, Port of Dangjin and Mokpo New Port in South Korea, Port of Kochi in Japan, Port of Qingdao in China, Port of Tanjung Perak in Indonesia, Port of Chittagong in Bangladesh, and the ports of Subic, Cebu and Davao in the Philippines.

He added that the two-day symposium will be held tentatively on October 23 and 24, which will commence with the general assembly on the first day and a day tour around Subic Bay Freeport.

Aliño said that it has been almost 10 years since SBMA last hosted the INAP assembly in 2014, and that it would be beneficial to the delegates to see the new facilities and developments in Subic port.

SBMA senior deputy administrator for operations Ronnie Yambao has delegated deputy administrator for port operations Atty. Martin Kristoffer Roman to take the lead in organizing the symposium, including the approval of theme and program itinerary.

Founded in 1998, INAP was formed to promote cooperation and information exchange among affiliated ports, enhancing the port network, integrating individual affiliates, exchanging information on port development, and strengthening economic and cultural relationships.