2016 APSN Workshop on Safety of Dangerous Goods at Ports

Published on Tuesday,08 November 2016

The APSN Workshop on Safety of Dangerous Goods at Ports, jointed organized by the Ministry of Malaysia and the APSN, was successfully held on November 8-9, 2016, in Penang, Malaysia, More than 100 participants from11 APEC economies, including Canada; China; Hong Kong, China; Japan; Malaysia; Papua New Guinea,  the Philippines; Singapore; Chinese Taipei; Thailand  Vietnam attended the Workshop.They included senior officials from competent authorities, industry leaders, APSN Council Member, Advisory Board Members and Regular Members, as well as experts from relevant organizations and academia.


Mr. Fei Weijun, Secretary General of APSN, opened the meeting, and expressed warm welcome to all participants to join us for the Workshop. The Secretary General also extended his heartfelt gratitude to the Ministry of Transport of Malaysia for hosting the Workshop.  Datuk Ab Aziz Bin Kaprawi, Vice Minister of Transport Malaysia also addressed the opening session and welcomed all the participants to Malaysia.

The Workshop was moderated by Mr. Jerry Rysanek, APSN Senior Consultant. In addition to the opening and closing sessions, the Workshop included the following business sessions:

Session 1: Case Studies and Lessons Learned;

Session 2: Risk Management and Prevention;

Session 3: Panel discussion: Incident Preparedness, Response and Resumption;


Speakers from China Waterborne Transport Research Institute, Port Klang Authority of Malaysia, Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore, National Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management, MLIT of Japan, International Maritime Organization (IMO), Ningbo Zhoushan Port Group, MMC Port Holdings of Malaysia, Taiwan International Port Corp., Ltd of Chinese Taipei, and the APSN Secretariat made presentations at the workshop and shared their expertise, experience and perspectives with the participants.


Mr. Zhang Baochen, Chairman of Academic Committee, China Waterborne Transport Research Institute, made a presentation on “Lessons Learned from the Explosion in Experience Dangerous Goods at Tianjin Port”. In his speech, he presented an overview of the accident, the cause of the accident, lessons learned from the accident, and follow up measures and actions. Participants were very interested in the presentation.


Capt. K. Subramaniam, General Manager, Port Klang Authority, Malaysia, delivered a presentation on “Handling of Dangerous Cargoes in Port Area: Port Klang’s Experience”.

Mr. New Chee Wee, Senior Port Chemist, Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore, made a presentation on “Managing Dangerous Goods at Port- Singapore Experience”. Mr. Motohisa Abe, Head, Port Planning Division, Port and Harbor Department, National Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management, MLIT, delivered a presentation on “How did the port sector react to the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011”.


Mr. Bingbing Song, Technical Officer Subdivision for Marine Technology and Cargoes Maritime Safety Division, IMO, made a presentation on “International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code”. Mr. Luo Zhijian, General Manager of Safety, Sanitation and Environment Protect Dept., Ningbo Zhoushan Port Group, delivered a presentation on “An Introduction to Safety Control Platform for Dangerous Cargoes of Ningbo Zhoushan Port”.


Mr. Ian James, Group Chief Executive Officer, MMC Port Holdings, Malaysia, made a presentation on “MMC Ports: Risk Management & Prevention: Our Culture!”. Mr. Ya Fu Chang, Taiwan International Port Corp., Ltd, made a presentation on “The Dangerous Cargo Management in Taiwan Ports”. These presentations were mainly focused on risk management and prevention, incident preparedness, response and business resumption.


Mr. Secretary General Fei Weijun made a presentation on “Dangerous Goods Handling at Ports”, an ongoing project conducted by the APSN Secretariat. In his speech, he mentioned that APSN wish to play a more important role in the regulations and standard of the dangerous goods at ports, revision of recommendations on the safe transport of dangerous cargoes and related activities in the port sector.


The panel discussion was facilitated by Capt. Karuppiah Subramaniam, General Manager, Port Klang Authority, Malaysia with 3 panelists: Mr. Muhammad Razif Bin Ahmad, General Manager of Johor Port Authority, Malaysia, Mr. Saravuth Pinmuk, Assistant Chief of Dangerous Cargo Control, Port Authority of Thailand, and Mr. Mike Hilton, Vice President with Transworld Group conducted extensive discussions.

The APSN Workshop provided a valuable forum for Asia-Pacific port authorities, port operators, shipping companies and relevant stakeholders for information exchange and best practice sharing. It has enhanced the understanding of APEC member economies on safety of handling dangerous cargo and minimizing the risks related to those operations.

The Workshop outcome and all presentations made at the Workshop will be shared with all participants and will be posted on the APSN Website for access by APSN members and the general public. These outcomes will also be submitted for information to the next meeting of the APEC TPT-WG early 2017 and its Maritime Experts Group.