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Yokohama and Vancouver strengthen the Relationship in Environmental Actions

Port of Vancouver and Port of Yokohama have been the sister ports since May 15, 1981. Both ports have built a strong, productive friendship and collaborative relationship to promote the development of trade and commerce between the two ports and their regions. Both ports would like to take this day, at 38th anniversary of sisterhood, and 160th anniversary of Port of Yokohama as an opportunity to enhance our relationship, and to take it to the next level. The two ports signed a MOU, in order to advance environmental leadership within the port and shipping industry, on October 23, 2019.

In terms of the actions to be taken toward the climate change, the two ports have collaborated quite closely. Yokohama introduced Vancouver to SEA/LNG, one of the biggest organizations to promote LNG as marine fuel, and Vancouver introduced Yokohama to a program named World Ports Climate Action Program (WPCAP), a group of leading ports around the world who are determined to take actions on reduction of GHG emissions by working on five respective projects, including increasing efficiency, policy approaches, power-2-ship development, low-carbon maritime fuels development and decarbonizing cargo handling facilities.
Yokohama signed her declaration for membership of WPCAP on the same day, becoming the 13th addition to WPCAP.

From left to right,
Ms. Leslie Teramoto, Executive Director, Investor Service, BC Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology, Mr. Fazil Mihlar, Deputy Minister, BC Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology, Mr. Tracy Reynolds, Senior Trade Commissioner and Minister (Commercial), Embassy of Canada to Japan, Mr. Duncan Wilson, Vice President, Environment, Community and Government Affairs, Port of Vancouver, Mr. Ronan Chester, Manager, Strategic Environmental Initiatives, Environmental Programs, Port of Vancouver, Mr. Masamichi Morooka, President & CEO of YKIP, Mr. Shinsuke Itoh, Vice President of YKIP, Mr. Hisataka Uematsu, Director General for Policy Coordination, Port and Harbor Bureau City of Yokohama, Mr. Akimasa Ochiai, Executive Director, Port Promotion Department, Port and Harbor Bureau City of Yokohama, Ms. Sakura Kuma,Executive Director of YKIP


From left to right,
Ms. Imke Deibel, Advisor, Port of Rotterdam, Mr. Eric Van der Schans, Director of Environmental Management, Port of Rotterdam, Mr. Masamichi Morooka, President & CEO of YKIP, Mr. Duncan Wilson, Vice President, Environment, Community and Government Affairs, Port of Vancouver, Mr. Peter Alkema Policy Advisor, Port of Amsterdam, Chair of the IAPH CMF Working Group