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 13 November speaking in Tokyo on behalf of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), its Chairman, Esben Poulsson, highlighted serious concerns about the challenge presented by the United States.
In his words: ‘To the proven benefits of multilateralism and the existing global trading order underpinned by a system of international rules and norms which has brought peace and prosperity since World War Two’.
He added: ‘The view that international trade can be seen as some kind of zero sum game is demonstrably false.’
Poulsson acknowledged that the US has legitimate concerns about the policies of some of its trading partners, concerns which to some extent ICS also shares, particularly with regard to China and South Korea’s possible contribution towards overcapacity in shipping.
The IMO regulation that sets out preventive security measures on detecting and deterring threats to ships and port facilities – the ISPS Code* – was the subject of a training workshop that took place in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago from 5-9 November.
This workshop was initiated as a means of assistance to potential Designated Authority (DA) and Port Facility Security Officers (PFSOs) to improve their knowledge of how to implement the relevant provisions in the ISPS Code and SOLAS Chapter XI-2. This followed a national maritime security workshop on design and conduct of drills and exercises organized for Trinidad and Tobago by IMO last year, the outcomes of which are being addressed in part by this new workshop.