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.
In the Med
The story continues to evolve more than a week after the ship was embargoed in Gibraltar on suspicion of violating EU sanctions against Syria, where the UK believed it was heading with two million barrels of crude oil. Her Master and Chief Officer were arrested on 4 July and the following day two other officers were taken into custody. It is understood from The Gibraltar Chronicle that all have now been bailed and released with conditions.
Early on the afternoon of 13 July Gibraltar’s Chief Minister, the Hon Fabian Picardo, spoke with the Foreign Secretary, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt, about the political issues surrounding the detention of the Grace 1 last week.
Mr Picardo said in a statement issued from Gibraltar on 13 July at 1857 GMT: ‘I was pleased to discuss with the Foreign Secretary the political issues surrounding our initial detention of the Grace 1, the investigation that is ongoing and the extended period of detention presently ordered by the Gibraltar Supreme Court.
‘Mr Hunt called me ahead of speaking with the Foreign Minister of Iran, Mr Javad Zarif. I therefore asked the Foreign Secretary to clarify to the Iranian authorities on my behalf that all the decisions made by Gibraltar in respect of the detention of the Grace 1 were made exclusively with a view to the Syrian destination of the vessel, the Baniyas oil refinery which is subject to EU sanctions, and without any regard to the origin of its cargo.
IHMA is pleased to announce that Ms Alexandra Thomson McIntosh, Marine Manager, Aberdeen Harbour Board, will represent…