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.
The relevance of PNA’s development strategy was confirmed in 2017 with the construction of two blade and marine turbine plants in Cherbourg; a growing ship repair business; cruising which continues to break records and a level of cross-Channel traffic which, despite an uncertain environment (Brexit, pressure from migration, the weak pound, and so forth), continues to instil the ferry companies’ trust as they prepare to put vessels of greater capacity into service and to increase the number of port calls.
It is reported that from1 January 2019, PNA and the Port of Dieppe – both chaired by Hervé Morin – will become one, with the objective of offering an even greater contribution to Normandy’s economic development.
A reflection on the past year’s business takes account of commercial, cruising and fisheries aspects
After three successive years of progress at an average of almost 5% per year, passenger traffic is slightly down (-2.61%).
Brexit and, as a consequence, the negative effect on the pound for British tourists, explain this situation. It should be noted, however, that passenger traffic is holding up very well in Ireland and cruise shipping continues to flourish (+24.21%).
Freight traffic is being maintained (-0.32%) with particularly good results on cross-Channel routes (+3.51% at Caen-Ouistreham and +6.97% in Cherbourg).
Caen-Ouistreham still remains by far the busiest route to the west of the Dover Strait
PNA has registered a new record in 2017 with a growth of 24.21% and 130,424 passengers. That is approximately 25,000 more cruise passengers than the previous year. The new record is linked to strong market dynamics, the quality of the welcome and the nautical accessibility of the port of Cherbourg, which can accommodate the largest cruise ships in the world such as Queen Mary 2. Thirty-five cruise ships were received in 2017, including around ten with a capacity of more than 3,000 passengers.
After a difficult year in 2016, the Cherbourg fish market halted its downturn and stabilised its activity with a tonnage of 5,508 tonnes (+ 1.08%), even when the average price remained at a sustained level: € 2.69/Kg (+0.49 %).
Arrival of Maribelise, bringing the Cherbourg flotilla to seven vessels, has just compensated for the technical stops of other offshore vessels which explains the lack of significant increase in tonnage. At the port of Caen-Ouistreham, 1,737 tonnes were declared at the weighing terminal, which represents a notable increase.
Thanks to an exceptional scallop campaign, the port has enjoyed a high level of landings.
Employment and investment
Owner and manager of the ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg, Ports of Normandy Authority are: 5,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs/ € 200 M invested in Normandy (2007-2017)/ 100 ha used for marine renewable energy/ 5 million tonnes of goods a year/ 1.7 million cross-channel passengers a year/ 2,400 pleasure boat moorings/ ¼ of fishing tonnage declared in Normandy/ nearly 100 ha of land available/ a complete naval repair offering.
PNA is the regional alliance in Normandy of La Manche and Calvados Départments.
For a forecast of PNA plans for 2018 readers are invited to see: http://www.pna-ports.fr/upload/editeur/20180124-activity-report.pdf
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.