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.
Captain Gray had a 20 year career at sea and traded on various vessels including RO-RO, container, bulk and LPG tankers. On coming ashore he was a Vessel Traffic Manager at Mackay/Haypoint and Reefcentre. He joined Fremantle Ports in July 2006 as Deputy Harbour and was appointed Harbour Master in September 2008. Captain Gray was previously the Federal Master for the Company of Master Mariners Australia and was later awarded Life Membership.
On his appointment Captain Gray said,
“Harbour masters come from a broad range of backgrounds and experience, and ports around the world vary in structure and resource. My vision for IHMA is to see an organisation that supports its members, that speaks for them at the international level particularly at IMO, and which is close enough to its members to help meet their concerns as they face increasing expectations of port stakeholders and future challenges facing ports. We will continue to provide a forum for the exchange of professional expertise and support, and aim to expand our services for members. I am delighted to being taking on this role and will do my best to strengthen and develop this fantastic organisation to which all harbour masters should belong!"
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.