On Wednesday this week Fremantle Ports and the Port of Nagoya announced their agreement to continue a 40-year twin-port relationship founded on information-sharing and cooperation.
A delegation from the Port of Nagoya visited Fremantle to mark the two ports’ agreement to continue collaboration on common issues in the decades ahead.
The twin-port agreement was established in April 1983 and, over four decades, has seen the two ports exchange information and expertise on a range of port issues.
Fremantle Ports CEO Michael Parker said that, more than ever, it was an era in which ports needed to cooperate and learn from each other.
“In particular, sustainability, supply chain efficiencies and precinct activation are three areas where Fremantle Ports can learn from Nagoya.
“Nagoya is the largest port in Japan by tonnage, with significant knowledge in land-side logistics and optimisation of supply chain efficiencies,” Mr Parker said.
Nagoya is the country’s major exporter of Toyota motor vehicles, with Toyota the largest and
best-known Nagoya-based company.
“They are also advanced in the pursuit of carbon-neutrality, establishing a net-zero target by 2050. Initiatives include conducting research on use of hydrogen, developing incentives for vessels with superior environmental performance and examining further opportunities for on-port energy generation,” he said.
Mr Parker said Nagoya also had great experience in place enhancement, having over several decades successfully redeveloped precincts for public enjoyment.
“In the redevelopment of our heritage areas of Victoria Quay, and contributing towards Future
of Fremantle discussions, we can learn much from Nagoya’s experiences,” Mr Parker said.
While in Fremantle, Nagoya Port Assembly Vice-Chairman, Tomoya Yamashita, confirmed the Port of Nagoya’s commitment to strong engagement with Fremantle Ports:
“I am extremely pleased and honoured to be able to visit the Port of Fremantle in this
commemorative year. Our two ports will continue closely exchanging information and optimise
our relations into the future,” he said.
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