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 International Harbour Masters' Association is the professional body for those with responsibility for the safe, secure, efficient and environmentally sound conduct of marine operations in port waters.
With members in more than 50 countries, the Association brings together Harbour Masters and all those who hold a managerial position in aspects of the control of marine operations within a port.
By PATRICK LAWNHAM
12:00AM JUNE 21, 2019
The growth of ports’ operations is being matched by the increase in data available to managements, and the Port of Fremantle’s harbour master says such ‘‘big data’’ will help those managers use real-time, past and predictive information, as occurs in any modern business.
“Given the complex business models and large cost bases of ports and marine freight organisations, this industry particularly lends itself to non-traditional or big-data insights,” says Captain Allan Gray, general manager of operations at Fremantle Port.
In an abstract for next year’s International Harbour Masters Congress in Hobart, Gray says that “used effectively, these analytical tools have the potential to significantly improve fuel economy, supply chain logistics, transit time and voyage profitability”.
Gray was elected president of the IHMA in London last year.
All new ships for UK waters ordered from 2025 should be designed with zero-emission capable technologies. On 11 July this ambitious aim, as part of the Clean Maritime Plan appeared in plans set out by Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani (illustrated) to cut pollution from the country’s maritime sector.
At this time the UK government is also looking at ways to incentivise the transition to zero-emission shipping and will consult on this next year (2020).
Furthermore, the plan also includes a £1 million competition to find innovative ways to reduce maritime emissions and is published alongside a call for evidence to reduce emissions on UK waterways and domestic vessels.
Government’s Clean Air Strategy
The Clean Maritime Plan is part of the Government’s Clean Air Strategy, which aims to cut down air pollution across all sectors to protect public health and the environment. It will also help deliver the United Kingdom’s commitment to be net zero on greenhouse gases by 2050.
In the words of Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani at the launch of the Plan: ‘Our maritime sector is vital to the success of the UK’s economy, but it must do everything it can to reduce emissions, improve air quality and tackle climate change.
‘The Clean Maritime Plan sets an ambitious vision for the sector and opens up exciting opportunities for innovation. It will help make the UK a global hub for new green technologies in the maritime sector.’
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As a specialized agency of the United Nations, IMO is the global standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. Its main role is to create a regulatory framework for the shipping industry that is fair and effective, universally adopted and universally implemented.