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At invitation of the Transport Research Institute Edinburgh and the Institute of Transport and Maritime Management Antwerp and under the auspices of the IAME - International Association of Maritime Economists, representatives of politics, business and science discussed on current developments and future trends in the maritime markets. The motto of the event in the capital of Chile was „Shipping markets, port devolution and a changing geography of world maritime transport“.
Shipping services and ports play a critical role as facilitators of trade. In an environment of changing economic conditions, increasing environmental challenges and pressures on the human element in the shipping and port industry, collaboration, knowledge exchange and new ideas are needed more than ever. Against this backdrop, the IAME Conference 2011 features discussed and proposed solutions to these exciting new challenges across the globe and particularly in Latin America, looking at key questions such as:
• What are the effects of the current economic conditions on shipping markets?
• What are the responses from ports to face these new challenges?
• Are the current challenges changing the geography of world maritime transport?
• How do institutional and legal frameworks impact on shipping and port development?
• Is the shipping industry prepared to take on the environmental challenges?
• What role do shipping networks and ports play in the competitiveness of countries in a global economy?
The projects CASSANDRA and INTEGRITY were represented at the three-day conference by Prof. Dr. Hans-Dietrich Haasis and Rainer Müller from the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL). As part of the session „Maritime and Port Safety and Security“, Rainer Müller introduced the contents of CASSANDRA and INTEGRITY, which aim to improve security in intermodal transports. The ISL expert for supply chain event management also took part in the session entitled "Risk Management" and explained the assessment of risks in the specific area of container security - which is an important issue of the CASSANDRA project.

Further Information:
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From 25th to 28th October, the IAME Conference 2011 Latin America took place in the headquarters of UNECLAC - United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean in Santiago de Chile.