On April 24th, 2020, 20 ports from throughout the world including the Port of Yokohama agreed to sign the PAR declaration initiated by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. Through this joint declaration, the signatories are committed to work together and strive to:
- Keep global supply chain and trade/cargo going, and that merchant ships can continue to berth at terminals to carry out cargo operations.
- Facilitate closer coordination by establishing an open communication channel so that like-minded port and maritime authorities can share experiences/exchange information in combating COVID-19 while safeguarding unimpeded maritime trade.
- Continue to adopt best practices according to national circumstances, including precautionary measures for shipping community, advisories and assistance for shore personnel and ship crew, safe handling of cargoes and measures taken in dealing with COVID-19 cases.
Port Authorities Roundtable (PAR)
The Port Authorities Roundtable (PAR) was initiated in 2015 with the aim of networking and sharing of best practices amongst leading port authorities. Till date, five editions of PAR have been held in Singapore, Rotterdam, Ningbo China, Long Beach USA and Kobe Japan. (Cited directly from the declaration)