About the conference
The GreenPort Congress is an international sustainability-themed port conference held every year (usually in Europe). In 2018, it will come to North America for the first time. It takes place in Baltimore, Maryland USA and is hosted by Port of Baltimore, the Maryland Department of Transportation, and the Maryland Department of the Environment.
The conference provides the right forum to create partnerships working towards making our Ports Greener and Smarter, allowing a coordinated approach of the port-marine related industry and business. GreenPort Congress targets new innovations in equipment with leading edge technology that improves port efficiency and productivity, exploring latest practices and ensuring port users keep up to pace with current and forthcoming legislation.
Balancing Environmental Challenges with Economic Demands
The role of the sister city / state network at GreenPort Congress
Baltimore Sister Cities and the Maryland Sister States Program helped the Maryland Port Administration attract international speakers and attendees to this conference, and we helped plan some of the programming. In addition, the ports of Seattle and Tacoma are bringing their sister ports from Japan: Kobe and Kitakyushu. Come to this conference to hear speakers from our sister countries talk about their innovations that make ports more sustainable!
1. Speakers from our sister countries
There will be speakers at the conference from Japan, the Netherlands, Liberia, and Germany, including:
- Yuji Mitsutake, Port of Kitakyushu, Japan
- Masao Tanaka, Port of Kobe, Japan
- Hitoshi Nakamura, Port of Yokohama, Japan
- Harry Conway, Liberian Permanent Mission, The International Maritime Organisation
- Robert Howe, Bremenports, Germany
- Alan Dirks, Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands
- Martijn de Jong, Deltares, the Netherlands
- Jan Peelen, Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington, DC
- Richard Hardiman, RanMarine Technology, the Netherlands & South Africa
- Pieternel Levelt, KNMI and TU Delft, the Netherlands
- Francesco Di Maio, TU Delft, the Netherlands
2. Sister Port Panel
This panel session at the conference highlights the benefits of sister ports working together to do knowledge exchanges, solve problems, and collaborate on projects. The panel features these ports: Tacoma and Seattle from USA with their sister ports Kobe and Kitakyushu from Japan, and Port of Monrovia in Liberia (Liberia has two sister states relationships with Maryland and a sister city relationship with Baltimore).
3. Trash-Eaters in the Harbor
A demo of innovative trash-eating technologies that clean the debris out of our waterways, including Baltimore’s Mr. Trash Wheel and the Waste Sharks (aqua-drones) from RanMarine Technology in Rotterdam (Baltimore’s sister city in the Netherlands). Demo takes place in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
4. Sister Port Reception
Baltimore Sister Cities, in partnership with Office of the Secretary of State’s Maryland Sister States Program and the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma, will host a special invitation-only international “Sister Port Reception” for the speakers from their sister countries. (This is not part of the official conference program.)