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.
IHMA is delighted to announce that His Excellency Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization, will address the opening day of the 11th IHMA Congress on 25 June 2018. Mr. Lim has both sea-going and port experience as well as a distinguished career at IMO which included leading the South Korean delegation and chairing one of the Sub-Committees.
Prior to his appointment as Secretary-General, Mr. Lim was President of the Busan Port Authority and he has been a great proponent of the ship-shore interface at IMO instigating the 2017 World Maritime Day theme ‘Connecting Ships, Ports and People’ which led to the development of the theme for the IHMA’s 11th biennial congress Ports – vital for safe, secure and efficient global trade.
For further information please visit the dedicated Congress website https://maritime.knect365.com/ihma-global-port-and-marine-operations/
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.