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/
Piracy increased on the world’s seas in 2018, with a marked rise in attacks against ships and crews around West Africa, the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) latest annual piracy report reveals. The document was issued jointly in London and Kuala Lumpur on 16 January.
Worldwide, the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) recorded 201 incidents of maritime piracy and armed robbery in 2018, up from 180 in 2017.
The Gulf of Guinea remains increasingly dangerous for seafarers. Reports of attacks in waters between the Ivory Coast and the Democratic Republic of Congo more than doubled in 2018, accounting for all six hijackings worldwide, 13 of the 18 ships fired upon, 130 of the 141 hostages taken globally, and 78 of 83 seafarers kidnapped for ransom.
The region saw a significant new spike in violence in the last quarter of 2018. Vessels have been boarded by pirates well outside territorial waters, with crew kidnapped and taken into Nigeria where they are held for ransom.
On 16 January the Danish Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs launched a new sectoral strategy for the shipping industry. This strategy is a part of the Danish government’s national strategy for cyber and information security.
The strategy contains a number of initiatives aimed at strengthening IT security and preventing cyber threats in the maritime sector.
The objective of the strategy is to ensure that safety in Danish waters and on board Danish ships is not compromised by cyber attacks.
The responsibility for cyber and information security in the maritime sector lies with the Danish Maritime Authority. The new strategy covers navigational safety in Danish waters and safety on board Danish ships, including systems and software for operation, propulsion and navigation of the ship.