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Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP)

The Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP) is the only permanent forum that brings together the National Port Authorities of the 34 Member Countries of the Organization of American States (OAS) and leaders of the maritime-port industry to promote the development of a secure, competitive, sustainable, and inclusive sector.

The CIP works under four mandates:

  • Policy dialogue;
  • Capacity building;
  • Technical assistance; and,
  • Cooperation with the private sector.

In addition, the CIP works on six priority areas according to the Plan of Action of Roatan 2023-2026 (CIDI/CIP/doc. 5/23 rev.1) which are led by a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) chaired by the National Port Authority of a CIP Member State:

Priority Area & National Port AuthorityInitiatives
1. Logistics, Innovation, and Competitiveness (Mexican Secretariat of the Navy)Oxford Economics – CIP – IRU Report on Economic Competitiveness: development of common indicators to support homogeneous metrics and planning for ports
2. Port Protection and Security (Barbados Port Inc.)Port Cyber Risk Management Survey (implemented jointly with CICTE). Divided in two phases: a) State Capabilities in Maritime and Port Security; and b) Cyber Security Survey

Caribbean Cooperation Framework, aiming to bring concrete benefits in the areas of port and maritime security to Member States of the CIP, by establishing a reliable and safe system of direct communication and by offering internationally recognized training programs.

Improved Disaster Risk Management for Ports in the Caribbean Strengthen disaster risk management capacities in Caribbean port and maritime authorities and reduce the impact of natural and anthropogenic disasters on port operations. The Project was implemented in four phases (capabilities assessment; plan development; training workshops; drills and exercises), and one of the key outputs of this initiative is the Model Emergency Operations Plan (MEOP) for Caribbean Ports, which lays a comprehensive foundation for an EOP that may be adapted based on a Port’s individual characteristics and/or disaster risk management requirements.

Institutional and Operational Assessment of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ports Authority (SVGPA) Assess the operational and institutional capabilities of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and formulate comprehensive and feasible recommendations to maximize efficiency, including port safety, operations, health and security, as well as financial procedures to be implemented by the Government of SVG in its Port Modernization Project 2020 - 2024.

Establishment of a Barbados Port Community System Assess the international logistics and supply chain and produce an implementation roadmap with a set of legal, operational and financial recommendations, among others, to facilitate the implementation of the national PCS.

Feasibility Study for the Establishment of an Electronic Single Window (ESW) for Trade Inform and advise the Government of Belize on the technical, legal and financial requirements for the establishment and operation of an ESW.

Risk Analysis Matrix for Port Facility Protection Officers The Matrix is a practical tool used to be able to discern in a quantitative way a risk analysis of threats that could occur in ports and thus implement the evaluations to their port security plans in a better way.
3. Sustainable Port Management and Environmental Protection (National Port Authority of Peru)Study on Energy Efficiency in Container Terminals The CIP establishes as one of its priority areas the sustainable management and use on ports, making it compatible with environmental protection. In this context, energy efficiency is set as one of the fundamental pillars in the present and future of the ports, facilitating the achievement of their sustainability.

Green House Gas (GHG) Emission Reduction Port Incentive Program Global non-profit, Carbon War Room and maritime risk experts, RightShip are providing a common platform for Port Incentive Programs. The A to G Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) Rating – available free of charge is an easy-to-use tool containing information on over 70,000 existing vessels.

Guide to Environmental Certification and Sustainability Reporting for Ports of the Americas The Guide is a reference tool offered by the Inter-American Committee on Ports to Latin American ports and terminals to highlight the importance of environmental protection in their business setting.

The Save our Seas Initiative of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) NAMEPA’s array of educational materials can be utilized by students, educators, parents, seafarers, and industry professionals. The NGSS-aligned guide provides interactive lessons for educators to adapt to their own classroom.

Best Practices Compilation The CIP Secretariat has created a compilation of best practices on the subject of sustainable port management and environmental protection in collaboration with the General Coordination of Ports and Merchant Marine (CGPMM) of the Mexican Secretariat of the Navy (SEMAR), which has provided the necessary documents for this important activity.
4. Port Legislation, Regulation, and Public Policies (National Port Commission of Guatemala)Guide to Port Legislation The guide establishes the basic laws, which currently involves the port sector and related services, to ensure legal security and private investment through concessions, authorizations, contract or any other form of private participations in ports.

Note on the Guide to Port Legislation This Note presents a series of diagnostic areas that countries can use to evaluate existing legislation.

Compendium on Port Legislation Aims at providing the port community of the Americas with management models and expertise of qualified legal specialists of the port sector in the region and lays the foundations to create a tool for a possible harmonization of port legislation.
5. Waterways, Inland and Cruise Ports (General Ports Administration of Argentina) Informative Bulletin Promotes successful practices and initiatives implemented by National Port Authorities throughout the hemisphere.

The CIP Secretariat created in collaboration with the Chair of the TAG and though a series of surveys carried out in the Americas, the following:

- Compilation of Inland Ports in the Americas

- Compilation of Tourism Ports in the Americas

- Database of specialists
6. Port-City Relation, Social Responsibility, and Gender Equality (Panama Maritime Authority)  Informative Bulletin Promotes through the dissemination of information at and hemispheric level, the role and work of the Women in the port industry as well as policies and actions in order to boost Social Responsibility in the national and international port community, promoting port-city integration.