Three Sections

 The council is organized in three sections:

  1. The EMEA: European, Middle East & African Section
  2. The Americas Section
  3. The Asia & Oceania Section.

The Council is led by a rotating executive group of three representatives (one from each section) and a team of appointed officers in the Secretariat. The Presidency is rotated annually amongst the sections.

A Finance Committee ensures the correctness and the transparency of the financial aspects of the organization.

Board of Directors

President, responsible for the hosting of the Annual General Meeting:

  • Vice President: Previous year’s President
  • Vice President: Forthcoming year’s President

The Board elected at the 53rd AGM in San Juan in June 2023 is:

  • President:
  • Stephen Burgess, SCH Ltd, Southampton, UK
  • Vice Presidents:
  • Luis Arturo Ayala, Luis A Ayala Colon Sucrs. Inc., Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • Michael Sousa, Qube Ports & Bulk, Sydney, Australia


  • Secretary:
  • Bruno Valkeniers,  Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium
  • Deputy Secretary:
  • Thomas Simmers, Ponte Vedra Beach, USA
  • Treasurer:
  • Frans Baud, IJmuiden, Netherlands

Finance Committee

  • Chairman:
  • Joe O’Neill, Belfast Harbour Commissioners, Belfast, UK
  • Members:
  • David Kong, Fat Kee Stevedores, Hong Kong
  • Robert Bellisle, QSL, Quebec, Canada