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.
Back in 2016, the results of the IHMA Member Survey established that a structured on-line tool to track continuous professional development (CPD) would be of use to members. The IHMA CPD tool is now ready and available to all Full and Associate members in the Members' area of the website.
What is Continuous Professional Development?
Continuous Professional Development (CPD) refers to the process of tracking and documenting the skills, knowledge and experience that you gain both formally and informally as you go about your work beyond any initial training. It is a record of what you experience, learn and then apply. The term is generally used to mean a physical portfolio documenting your development as a professional.
Why is CPD important for Harbour Masters?
Continuous Professional Development is especially important for today's Harbour Masters for a multitude of reasons such as:
- The role of the Harbour Master is continually evolving
- Maritime legislation continues to develop
- Accidents in port continue to occur
- Technology continues to develop
- Management models in ports are ever changing
- “Stuff” keeps getting added to our job role!
Where do I access IHMA's CPD tool?
IHMA's CPD tool isn’t available to the general public. You must login to your account in the IHMA Members' Area of the website using your e-mail address and personal password
How do I assess myself using the CPD tool?
Once you're in the CPD System, there are a few options from which to choose. To begin measuring your personal competency, select the ‘Competency Measurement Tool’. This will bring you to a list of International Occupational Standards (IOS). IHMA recognises thirteen International Occupational Standards for Harbour Masters. Open each IOS and assess your Knowledge and Understanding, and Performance Criteria. This will then generate an average score.
What does my score mean?
The scores generated by your answers in the ‘Competency Measurement Tool’ indicate your strengths and weaknesses. The HIGHER the score, the more training required for that competency.
How do I improve my score using CPD?
There is a broad range of activities that may be used to demonstrate professional development and it is recommended that a mix of activities that include work-based learning, professional activity, formal/educational activities, and self-directed learning are included. CPD activities may be identified as ‘verifiable’ or ‘non-verifiable’.
Verifiable CPD activities include continuing education (part time, full time, distance learning) leading to qualifications. Attending seminars, courses, workshops for which attendance can be demonstrated. Publication or presentation of industry related subjects.
Non-verifiable activities include private study, reading industry publications, coaching/mentoring, attending/chairing minuted meetings etc. Activities outside of the workplace which help develop you professionally may also be considered as CPD e.g. acting as a school governor, working on the local lifeboat service.
It is recommended that at least 50% of CPD activities should be ‘verifiable’ and that records of attendance for verifiable CPD activities should be kept.
What do I do once I’ve carried out an activity that demonstrates my professional development?
For CPD to be effective, a record of your career learning should be kept. This can be done in the ‘Activity Log’ in the CPD system. This will enable you to:
- Build competence and credibility
- Plan and achieve your career goals by focusing on your training and development
- Cope positively with change by constantly updating your skill-set
- Identify gaps in your skills and capabilities
- Demonstrate your career development to clients and employers
Explore IHMA’s new CPD tool today and contact the Secretary with your questions and comments at firstname.lastname@example.org
Opened by Agnes Wong Tin-yu, Director of Marine for Hong Kong SAR, today’s Nautical Institute International Conference 2019 gave rise to a lively and stimulating debate on the subject of Shiphandling.
Held at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, the morning session included presentations on the legal consequences of shiphandling incidents, special considerations for handling large tankers, handling ships in heavy weather and how digital technologies support command decisions in shiphandling.
In the afternoon delegates were invited to consider the role of simulator and computer based training in shiphandling and also heard from senior pilots working at the ports of Shanghai and Shenzhen. The closing presentation from Capt Stephen Wong of the Hong Kong Pilots Association focused on changes in shiphandling techniques in Hong Kong harbour.
Addressing delegates, Capt Nick Nash FNI president of The Nautical Institute, said:
”Shiphandling is obviously one of the core skills for any shipmaster. This conference has given us all further insights into this skill and the repercussions if we get it wrong!”
“Training is the key, along with proper mentoring while at sea. The collaboration and integration of Bridge teams, Pilots and VTS, while making full use of new technologies will ensure that shiphandling lies at the heart of safety and best practice in the maritime industry.”
Early in June two warships from the Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1), Turkish frigate TCG Gokova and from the Royal Navy HMS Westminster successfully completed an important training mission in support of joint warfighting logistics. Our illustration has been kindly provided by
NATO Maritime Command (MARCOM) © www.mc.nato.int/media-centre/news
It was reported from NATO Maritime Command at Northwood, NW London, that the two NATO ships escorted a civilian cargo vessel, mv Gute through high- traffic sea lanes during her transit from Norway to Sczecin, Poland carrying Norwegian military equipment for NATO exercise Noble Jump.
The safety and security of sea-based trade and transportation routes is critical to the prosperity of the Baltic nations and the NATO Alliance.
Escort training, such as that practiced by Gokova and Westminster, enhances interoperability among NATO and commercial shipping and provides reassurance to NATO allies and partners that NATO is capable and ready to maintain freedom of navigation in the Baltic Sea.