The MoU started in 2015 and since then MPA and PoR collaborate in key areas such as maritime cybersecurity, LNG bunkering and Next Generation Vessel Traffic Management Systems. The renewal of the MoU seeks to advance the collaboration between the two parts in port digitalisation, port services, port safety and operations and handling of autonomous vessels in port.

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PAR is a platform for port authorities to discuss key issues of mutual interest, exchange best practices and promote closer collaboration. PAR 2018 was hosted by Long Beach under the theme 'The Port of the Future' and topics discussed included optimising port operations of the future, integrating ports and cities: sustainability and stewardship, protecting ports in the future and preparing the workforce of the future.

Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of MPA spoke about digital Strategies for next generation ports and shared MPA's latest digitalisation initiatives in the areas of port, shipping and services.

Patrick Verhoeven, Managing Director of the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH), sated:

Geo-political developments, shipping strategies, digitisation and climate change present multiple challenges for port authorities worldwide. Through leadership in sustainability and deeper forms of cross-border cooperation, port authorities will be in a stronger position to meet these trends and secure prosperity for their local communities.

The Port of Kobe will host the 5th PAR in 2019.