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 International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities, World Wide Academy, is hosting a Master of AtoN Management course from 3 to 7 December 2018 at IALA Headquarters, St Germain-en-Laye, France.
IALA Standard 1050 on training and certification recommends that national Competent Authorities and the accredited training organisations (ATOs) in their country utilise model courses concerned with the provision of Aids to Navigation services, in accordance with IALA Recommendations O-149 and R0141.
To assist Member States to conform to its standard provisions and to claim compliance to that standard, the IALA World-Wide Academy has drafted a new model course L1.2 entitled Master of Aids to Navigation Managementwhich is an extension of the existing IALA Level 1 AtoN Manager course.
To learn more about this course, readers are invited to download the flyer in pdf form found here:
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.
Data sharing is a prerequisite to enabling the successful implementation of Just-In-Time (JIT) operations – which can cut the time ships spend idling outside ports and help cut emissions as well as save on fuel costs. This was the message in a media briefing by IMO in the first week of May
Participants at a roundtable meeting of IMO’s Global Industry Alliance to Support Low Carbon Shipping (GIA) in London on 1 / 2 May, agreed that increased transparency of information through data sharing was imperative, while this should be achieved through standardized functional and data definitions.
IHMA Project Officer, Captain Ben van Scherpenzeel, (Port of Rotterdam) participated in this roundtable and is seen in the accompanying illustration at IMO HQ, fourth from right.
It was learnt that more frequent exchange of information would lead to better predictability of when a berth is available. Additionally, it was reported that the roundtable identified the need for a global, neutral, not-for profit data sharing platform, to allow frequent updates from terminals and vessel service providers on completion times.
At its meeting at IMO the roundtable also identified the potential benefits of regulating data sharing, while incentivising data quality.