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 12th IHMA Congress, The Next Wave – Navigating Towards the Digital Future
Thursday 27 - Friday 28 June 2019
How and with who will the ship of the future communicate?
This is the question that industry, ship owners and managers, ports, nautical service providers, university and research projects will seek to answer in this biennial EHMC seminar. The day will include live demonstrations of industry products and a visit by boat within the Port of Gothenburg that will also take us around the harbour area.
The host: Port of Gothenburg
The 2017 seminar was a first in the history of our Committee, as it was held in the Moroccan port of Tanger Med. This was a consequence of the previous seminar in 2015, which was held in Marseille and where we reached out to our North African colleagues who are Harbour Masters, Port Captains and their deputies.
Tanger Med has built a leading hub port on the south shore of the Strait of Gibraltar. Beginning service in July 2007, the Tanger Med port is now operating amongst the world's leading ports.
On the occasion of the 2015 seminar in Marseille, we reached out to our North African colleagues who are Harbour Masters, Port Captains and their deputies.
Le séminaire biennale de l’ EHMC est un événement sur deux jours qui permet aux Commandants des port Européens de se rencontrer pour se connaitre et échanger sur des sujets d'intérêt commun.
"Adapting to changes; ships using LNG as fuel, reporting through a Single Window"
Andreas Mai has hosted a triple E-event in which one day knew the EHMC seminar, a second day was dedicated to the Green Efforts project and a third day to an ESPO MAS meeting. The EHMC Seminar was about;
"The Safe Port; information and education"
When and how can Harbour Masters consult the SafeSeaNet system?
UK Certificate of Competency for Harbour Masters
Bachelor and Master degree for ex-seafarers aiming at a higher university degree
EHMC and the ESPO Maritime Affairs & Security Committee
European Nautical Platform
EHMC film on Safe Mooring “the Missing Link, improving the mooring process"
IHMA Nautical Port Information Project
"Extreme Weather Decisions"
Practical experience of Ports on the West Coast of Ireland resulting from the increasing number of violent winter storms Introduction
EHMC video project, dealing with all issues related to the ship-shore interface
EBA: “Mooring instructions in extreme weather conditions”
CESMA; “Who in the end is responsible for admission decision when entering a port with storms of over force 8”
Maritime Safety and Security Information Exchange Systems
"Beyond ISPS; further enhancing port security"
The Danish approach to security
Maritime and port security in the EU: any need for a single and simpler legal instrument?
VTMIS – How a vertical VTMIS can enhance security in the port
New Developments in Maritime Safety and Harbour Security Systems
A day in the life of a Harbourmaster enforcing the ISPS code and Port Directive
Information sources related to compliancy of port facilities
"Safe Seas, Safe Ports"
the different roles of the Harbour Master
The regulatory side of Safe Sea Net
Preventive and safety related information management
The progress of Safe Sea Net
Acceptance in ports of ships in distress
Breakdown and blackouts
Developments in ship design and construction
"How do we handle ship waste in Europe? Implications of
regulations and practices"
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.
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