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 Symposium Steering Committee invites interested parties to submit abstracts of proposed presentations for the VTS-ENAV Symposium, on any of the topics listed below, or on any other topic considered to be in alignment with the theme of the Symposium:
International obligations and regulatory challenges / limitations
VTS beyond current boundaries
Balance between VTS Competent Authority and VTS Authority
Future scope of VTS in a changing maritime domain
Digitalisation opportunities for VTS, including maritime services in the context of e-navigation
Digital solutions for VTS operations
Role and position of the VTS in the logistic chain
Consequences of the digitalisation of VTS
VTS and cyber-threats
Effects of globalisation of shipping and development of other services
Potential solutions to reduce the administrative burden aboard and ashore
Results of testbeds of maritime services in the context of e-navigation
Competencies for VTS personnel in the future VTS
Establishing globally harmonised VTS training
Virtual reality and artificial intelligence in VTS training
Autonomous, unmanned and / or remotely controlled ships in a VTS area
Authors should provide abstracts of approximately 200 words, in English.
Each abstract should include the author’s name and contact details.
Abstracts should be submitted by 31 May 2019 by filling in the form to be found here:
Emerging maritime challenges were at the forefront of discussions at the 11th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Inter-Sessional Meeting (ISM) on Maritime Security held in Da Nang, Viet Nam, on 14-15 March. Participants had the opportunity to exchange views on regional maritime issues, review progress of their maritime security work plan, and discuss proposed activities over the coming year.
IMO took the opportunity to update ARF members on IMO’s work in Asia and told senior maritime officials of potential future technical cooperation projects in the region. IMO also talked about improving the implementation, among ASEAN members, of maritime security measures, including the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS).
It was reported by IMO on 13 March that a new set of publicly-available guidelines for monitoring plastics and microplastics in the oceans will help harmonize how scientists and others assess the scale of the marine plastic litter problem.
These guidelines* for the monitoring and assessment of plastic litter and microplastics in the ocean have been published by the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP), a body that advises the United Nations system on the scientific aspects of marine environmental protection.
Guidelines cover what to sample, how to sample it and how to record and assess plastics in the oceans and on the shoreline, including establishing baseline surveys. They include recommendations, advice and practical guidance, for establishing programmes to monitor and assess the distribution and abundance of plastic litter, also referred to as plastic debris, in the ocean.