President’s Welcome

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As President of the IHMA, I’m delighted to be working alongside our hosts Port Klang to deliver our 13th biennial Congress in one of Asia’s most dynamic and multi-cultural cities, Kuala Lumpur.

With trade connections to over 120 countries and dealings with more than 500 ports around the world, Kuala Lumpur is the ideal first port of call for the IHMA Congress in Asia.

The maritime sector has played a critical role for centuries in the growth and development of Malaysia and the 2022 IHMA Congress will showcase Malaysia’s progress as a maritime nation and provide a platform to connect to the region and beyond.

Our world changed in 2020 and so did the way we all do business. Despite the challenges, the port and maritime industry kept the world moving and we all navigated new journeys that have prepared us for a future of new opportunities.

The 2022 IHMA Congress will focus on the innovation, technology, collaboration, and resilience that will shape a better, safer future.

Many of our harbour masters around the globe are facing similar challenges and now is the time to ensure a safe, sustainable, and environmentally responsible sector that safeguards the wellbeing of our people and creates the diverse workforce needed in the coming decades.

The 2022 IHMA Congress is an unparalleled opportunity for maritime businesses to showcase their services and for port marine professionals from around the world to network, share their experiences and update their professional knowledge. It is also an opportunity to show our unconditional support and commitment to seafarers that work, day after day, often in very challenging conditions, to ensure safe, efficient and resilient global trade.

I’m also very excited that the 2022 Congress will provide the first opportunity for many of us to come together since 2018. With a wide range of social events on offer as part of the program, this is a not-to-be missed opportunity to reconnect with industry friends and colleagues.

It’s time to plan your involvement at the 2022 Congress!  I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in Kuala Lumpur to experience all that this wonderful city and the Congress have to offer.

Join us in Kuala Lumpur for the 2022 IHMA Congress to collectively shape and ensure the success of the port and maritime sector for generations to come.

Capt. Yoss Leclerc