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.
On 27 December the Port of Dover announced that it had become one of over 80 signatories of the Maritime UK Women in Maritime Pledge.
The Pledge states: ‘We are committed to building an employment culture that actively supports and celebrates gender diversity, at all levels, throughout our organisation and our industry.’
Dover’s chairman Richard Everitt signed the pledge on behalf of the port alongside other signatories, the Shipping Minister Nusrat Ghani and Women in Maritime chair, Sue Terpilowski. Following the signing, Ms Ghani was given a tour of operations to experience Europe’s busiest ferry port in action. Our illustration here shows left to right: Port of Dover Director of Finance and Operational Services, Shaun Pottage; Dover Director of Corporate Development and Operations Business, Barbara Buczek; Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani and the port’s Chairman, Richard Everitt. (Photo kindly provided by Port of Dover ©).
As a signatory of the pledge, the Port has made clear its intent to create positive change within the organisation, and collectively, across the UK maritime sector. The port is already actively involved in the work of the Women in Maritime Taskforce, represented by its own Director of Corporate Development and Operational Businesses, Barbara Buczek, herself a successful woman in the maritime sector and one of the winners of the 2018 Seatrade 20 under 40 awards which recognise the rising stars of the cruise industry.
The Women in Maritime Taskforce brings together leaders from across the maritime sector to identify practical steps to increase the number of women in the maritime business.
The Woman in Maritime Pledge is the forerunner to the Women in Maritime Charter, which is due to complete its pilot phase and be rolled out in 2019. As one of the Pledge signatories, the Port of Dover will go on to become members of the Women in Maritime Charter in 2019 and take practical steps, setting measureable and ambitious goals towards meeting the aim of the Pledge.
Furthermore Port of Dover’s Chairman, Richard Everitt commented: ‘The Port of Dover is committed to encouraging and building gender diversity, at all levels, throughout the maritime industry. We are proud to support the Women in Maritime Pledge and Taskforce and in doing so, shaping positive change within the sector.’
For more information on the Maritime UK Women in Maritime Pledge readers are invited to visit: www.maritimeuk.org/programmes/women-maritime/
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.