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.
It was reported on 3 January by Ocean Network Express (ONE*) that it had collaborated with PSA Singapore (PSA) for a joint corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative to promote the learning of container shipping for elementary students from The Japanese School Singapore.
This initiative is deemed to help the students to better understand the operational activities of a container terminal, and to support the school’s curriculum in trade and transport.
Led by a dedicated team from ONE, over 240 participants (illustrated) including teachers attended the educational activity which was held at the PSA’s Pasir Panjang Terminal on 7 and 14 December 2018.
As part of the event, participants were educated on the operational procedures of container handling with the berthing and departure of container vessels.
Specifically, this encompassed a step-by-step process of how containers are handled either manually or through advanced automated systems.
To better augment the students’ understanding of the subject, a fun-filled information booklet was further developed by ONE and distributed to each of the participants for their additional learning.
As a whole, and with such a form of CSR programme delivery, ONE has managed to play a vital role in educating the young public on facets of container shipping, as well as to contribute to a better awareness of this essential industry.
Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd is based at 7 Straits View #16-01 Marina One East Tower, Singapore 018936.
*A group comprising ‘K’ Line, MOL and NYK.
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.