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.
We look forward to welcoming you to Vancouver where we will be celebrating twenty years of the IHMA.
Addressing the theme ‘Port Expansion - the Challenges’, the Congress program will be designed to appeal to all those responsible for the safe, secure, efficient and environmentally sound conduct of marine operations in port waters and industry organisations working with, or within Ports across all levels of the industry spectrum.
SPECIAL CONGRESS OFFER!
It’s not just for Harbour Masters! Anyone with an interest in the operational management of ports and harbours, including VTS, is welcome to join the IHMA. We are a friendly and supportive Association, and Full and Associate memberships are available.
Don’t forget that if you sign up for IHMA membership, you can qualify for the IHMA Member rate to attend IHMA’s Congress in Vancouver, 30 May-2 June 2016.
The membership application is quick and easy to complete. Just fill in the short online form on the IHMA website or contact the Secretary email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership of IHMA brings you into contact with harbour masters, VTS managers and port operations managers from the around the world enabling you to exchange information and keep up-to-date with industry developments. Benefits include:
- Access to information and expertise of other members through the members’ on-line forum
- Discounts at IHMA events
- Discount on the cost of the International Diploma for Harbour Masters run by IBC Academy – and the opportunity to apply for bursaries awarded by IHMA for this course
- Representation at IMO, IALA and IHO – and the opportunity to contribute to a range of working and correspondence groups
- Free job advertisements on the IHMA website.
A new IMO video puts the spotlight on how an IMO/EU initiative is helping cut maritime emissions in the Solomon Islands as part of a global project to help tackle climate change.
The illustration published here shows the new solar-powered LED lights erected in the port of Honiara, Solomon Islands. Their operation helps the port meet IMO maritime security requirements.
These lights are also an ideal example of how a global project, through regional centres, can help individual countries’ ports and shipping sectors improve energy efficiency, cut emissions and clean up local air quality. This was the approach outlined in a media briefing issued by IMO on 15 May.
Data sharing is a prerequisite to enabling the successful implementation of Just-In-Time (JIT) operations – which can cut the time ships spend idling outside ports and help cut emissions as well as save on fuel costs. This was the message in a media briefing by IMO in the first week of May
Participants at a roundtable meeting of IMO’s Global Industry Alliance to Support Low Carbon Shipping (GIA) in London on 1 / 2 May, agreed that increased transparency of information through data sharing was imperative, while this should be achieved through standardized functional and data definitions.
IHMA Project Officer, Captain Ben van Scherpenzeel, (Port of Rotterdam) participated in this roundtable and is seen in the accompanying illustration at IMO HQ, fourth from right.
It was learnt that more frequent exchange of information would lead to better predictability of when a berth is available. Additionally, it was reported that the roundtable identified the need for a global, neutral, not-for profit data sharing platform, to allow frequent updates from terminals and vessel service providers on completion times.
At its meeting at IMO the roundtable also identified the potential benefits of regulating data sharing, while incentivising data quality.
Join the world’s premier professional body for harbour masters and receive up-to-date information on the industry and access to the members' area of the website.
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