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.
From the above based in Lisbon we learn that on 29 January, a kick-off meeting got underway for the development of a Handbook on European Cooperation on Coast Guard Functions.
Further, it was reported that EMSA and the EU agency for law enforcement cooperation, Europol, are to cooperate more closely together following the signature of a working arrangement by their respective executive directors on 18 December last.
EMSA reports that it has established a new dispersant stockpile associated with its Equipment Assistance Service (EAS) in the Adriatic Sea at Ravenna (Italy)
And EMSA’s service of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems is being used by the Spanish maritime safety agency SASEMAR in the southern province of Huelva for the purpose of identifying and monitoring oil spills as well as for additional assistance during search and rescue missions.
The first European Conference on Transport Cybersecurity was held in EMSA’s premises in Lisbon on 23 January, gathering 170 representatives from across the various transport modes.
Finally, EMSA has implemented and certified a Quality Management System covering the visits to member states and the inspection of Recognised Organisations and non-EU country compliance with STCW requirements (V&I QMS) since 2016.
More details on these stories can be found in EMSA Newsletter No 167, February 2019, here: http://www.emsa.europa.eu/news-a-press-centre/external-news/item/3454-newsletter-february-2019.html
Information provided here is taken from www.emsa.eu ©
At its 2019 AGM held in the Faroe Islands in week ending 15 June representatives of the world’s national shipowners’ associations reviewed the priorities of the global shipowners’ association, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).
Sadly, the ICS Annual General Meeting was overshadowed by the attacks against two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman and the very serious threat this presents to the lives of seafarers and maritime trade.
Action on CO2 Reduction
ICS agreed a suite of actions in support of the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) strategy to decarbonise international shipping in line with the United Nations 1.5 degree climate change goal.
Speaking from the Faroe Islands, ICS Chairman, Esben Poulsson (illustrated) said: ‘It is imperative that IMO Member States adopt a new global regulation to mandate further short term CO2 reduction measures at the next session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee in 2020. This should deliver further CO2 reductions by 2023 to help us meet the IMO target set for 2030. We will work with a broad coalition of governments to produce a comprehensive proposal that can be submitted to IMO in September this year.’
Pan-European multimodal service provider Samskip have indicated experience gained up to 31 March 2019 find it fully prepared for a North Sea container traffic surge, as attitudes harden in the run up to October’s revised UK Brexit deadline. (An illustration of Samskip’s traffic is provided here with thanks ©)
Europe’s largest multimodal transport group by freight volume reports that it expects UK exporters and importers to start switching away from trailers and towards containerisation, repeating a trend established in the run-up to the original deadline for Brexit of 31 March this year.
David Besseling, Samskip UK Trade Manager commented: ‘We saw a significant push in container volumes up to March 2019, especially into Hull, as decision-makers facing uncertainty opted for the reliability and proven procedures of container shipping. Concerns over supply chain security are fast re-emerging.’
Besseling reflected that stockpiling contributed to the earlier traffic surge, but added that the experience also confirmed robustness in new Hull-Ghent and Hull-Amsterdam links established by Samskip at the end of 2018. The services add to existing high-frequency connections between Rotterdam, Tilbury, Hull and Grangemouth.