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.
IMO reported on 27 July that it had held a recent workshop to promote secure shipping in Asia.
Shipping forms the backbone of world trade, transporting around 80% of global trade by volume. No other method of mass transport is as cost-effective or fuel-efficient. Each day, around 50,000 merchant ships deliver the items the people of the world need and want – from food, to clothes, fuel, raw materials, electronics, medication and more. Security of this maritime trade is therefore of paramount global significance.
One way in which IMO supports maritime security is through targeted workshops supporting countries to implement IMO measures. The latest of these events, on maritime and port security for Asian countries, took place at Ningbo, People’s Republic of China from 23 to 27 July. Here more than 50 participants took part representing port and designated authorities and other national agencies from around Asia.
The main aims of the workshop were to i) review implementation of maritime security in the region and evaluate new or evolving threats; ii) promote cooperation between port and designated authorities of participating countries through discussion and sharing experiences and best practices related to maritime security; iii) identify challenges to ships, ports and people for the purpose of facilitating and forging secure and efficient maritime transport; and iv) to share best practices, experiences and recommendations.
This sub-regional workshop was organized in collaboration with the Maritime Safety Administration of the People’s Republic of China (China MSA). IMO was represented by Javier Yasnikouski and Yuji Okugawa.
In addition, a special session under the theme Connecting Ships, Ports and People was held on 26 July, with additional national participants. This session was intended to strengthen cooperation across all maritime sectors, driven by policy, strategy and technological innovation, in order to forge a secure and efficient maritime transport sector.
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On 11 February the PAC published as evidence a National Audit Office memorandum titled:
The award of contracts for additional freight capacity on ferry services
The document is available here: www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/public-accounts/Correspondence/2017-19/Memorandum%20for%20PAC%20-%20The%20award%20of%20contracts%20for%20ferry%20services.pdf
PAC Chair Meg Hillier MP commented: ‘The scrapping of the Seaborne contract, and the NAO review we have published today, raise serious issues which we will explore at our session on progress with Brexit preparations on Wednesday (13 February).
It was announced on 8 February that IMO has launched a new logo for its Women in Maritime programme, as part of its mission to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
Programme lead Helen Buni said: ‘The IMO Women in Maritime programme supports the participation of women in both shore-based and sea-going posts, under the slogan Training-Visibility-Recognition’, through a wide range of gender-specific activities. The new logo is just one visible part of the programme and will help women in maritime gain more visibility and exposure throughout the maritime sector and beyond.’