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:
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.’