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:
In one year the new Stockholm Norvik Port will open. This was reported in a statement from Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited at the end of April. At the time the Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce in Sweden had arranged a seminar (illustrated) in the heart of Stockholm together with The Ports of Stockholm and Hutchison Ports in order to highlight the benefits the new port will deliver for Swedish businesses.
Shipping in the Stockholm region is to undergo big changes in the near future future. The Ports of Stockholm are building a new port – Stockholm Norvik Port – that will open in May 2020. This will be a deep water port, a game changer in the Baltic Sea area. The container business will be operated by Hutchison Ports, it is understood.
In the words of Torborg Chetkovich, Chairperson Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce in Sweden: ‘The cooperation between Hutchison Ports and Ports of Stockholm is an excellent example of how to create value for its customers, employees and the society at large. The Chamber´s role is to promote business between Hong Kong and Sweden. A seminar like this is an example of how we want to promote successful cooperation between Hong Kong and Sweden.’
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.