Worldwide there are approximately 3,000 merchant ports and the work of the Harbour Master can vary widely from country to country and from port to port even within the same country.
The Secretary-General of the International MaritimeOrganization has the honour to invite nominations for candidates for the 2019 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea.
Following the Council's decision, at its 120th session, the Award Guidelines have been amended in order to widen the spectrum of the nomination criteria to include exceptional acts of seamanship, as well as bravery.
The recipient of the Award will be presented with a medal, which will be accompanied by a certificate citing the act of exceptional bravery performed. The presentationwill take place at a special ceremony to be held in conjunction with the celebration of a major IMO occasion, as appropriate. The Secretary-General would be most grateful if nominations of candidates to be considered for the 2019 Award (for actions performed during the period 1 March 2018 to 28 February 2019) could be sent as soon as possible in order to reach IMO by no later than 15 April 2019. It should be noted that actions performed outside the qualifying period, and nominations received after the deadline has expired will not be eligible for consideration.
Information about the guidelines (Circular Letter No.3894) and the nomination form can be accessed through the following link: https://indd.adobe.com/view/50d4091b-7f6b-40a3-9e6d-bdb05bab0735.
A new IMO video puts the spotlight on how an IMO/EU initiative is helping cut maritime emissions in the Solomon Islands as part of a global project to help tackle climate change.
The illustration published here shows the new solar-powered LED lights erected in the port of Honiara, Solomon Islands. Their operation helps the port meet IMO maritime security requirements.
These lights are also an ideal example of how a global project, through regional centres, can help individual countries’ ports and shipping sectors improve energy efficiency, cut emissions and clean up local air quality. This was the approach outlined in a media briefing issued by IMO on 15 May.
Data sharing is a prerequisite to enabling the successful implementation of Just-In-Time (JIT) operations – which can cut the time ships spend idling outside ports and help cut emissions as well as save on fuel costs. This was the message in a media briefing by IMO in the first week of May
Participants at a roundtable meeting of IMO’s Global Industry Alliance to Support Low Carbon Shipping (GIA) in London on 1 / 2 May, agreed that increased transparency of information through data sharing was imperative, while this should be achieved through standardized functional and data definitions.
IHMA Project Officer, Captain Ben van Scherpenzeel, (Port of Rotterdam) participated in this roundtable and is seen in the accompanying illustration at IMO HQ, fourth from right.
It was learnt that more frequent exchange of information would lead to better predictability of when a berth is available. Additionally, it was reported that the roundtable identified the need for a global, neutral, not-for profit data sharing platform, to allow frequent updates from terminals and vessel service providers on completion times.
At its meeting at IMO the roundtable also identified the potential benefits of regulating data sharing, while incentivising data quality.