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.
It has been reported that the Danish Maritime Authority and the Chinese Ministry of Transport met for a maritime dialogue meeting in Guangzhou, China, on 29-30 April. (See illustration here of Danish and Chinese officials at their annual maritime meeting).
Since 2010, the Danish Maritime Authority and the Chinese Ministry of Transport, including the Bureau of Water Transport, have met for annual maritime dialogue meetings.
These meetings provide the opportunity to discuss the cooperation between Denmark and China in the maritime area and to exchange views on the challenges facing the sector.
To quote Andreas Nordseth, Director General of the Danish Maritime Authority: ‘Denmark and China have many common interests within the maritime field, and the dialogue meetings between the Ministry of Transport and the Danish Maritime Authority are a great opportunity to exchange views and share knowledge. It is important for Denmark to have a close dialogue with such an important partner as China. The close relation between Danish and Chinese authorities is of great benefit to the Blue Denmark.’
It is understood that at the meeting, current issues within the international shipping industry were discussed, including implementation of sulphur regulation, smart shipping and piracy. Furthermore, both countries informed about their own national initiatives within the maritime field.
At its 2019 AGM held in the Faroe Islands in week ending 15 June representatives of the world’s national shipowners’ associations reviewed the priorities of the global shipowners’ association, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).
Sadly, the ICS Annual General Meeting was overshadowed by the attacks against two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman and the very serious threat this presents to the lives of seafarers and maritime trade.
Action on CO2 Reduction
ICS agreed a suite of actions in support of the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) strategy to decarbonise international shipping in line with the United Nations 1.5 degree climate change goal.
Speaking from the Faroe Islands, ICS Chairman, Esben Poulsson (illustrated) said: ‘It is imperative that IMO Member States adopt a new global regulation to mandate further short term CO2 reduction measures at the next session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee in 2020. This should deliver further CO2 reductions by 2023 to help us meet the IMO target set for 2030. We will work with a broad coalition of governments to produce a comprehensive proposal that can be submitted to IMO in September this year.’
Pan-European multimodal service provider Samskip have indicated experience gained up to 31 March 2019 find it fully prepared for a North Sea container traffic surge, as attitudes harden in the run up to October’s revised UK Brexit deadline. (An illustration of Samskip’s traffic is provided here with thanks ©)
Europe’s largest multimodal transport group by freight volume reports that it expects UK exporters and importers to start switching away from trailers and towards containerisation, repeating a trend established in the run-up to the original deadline for Brexit of 31 March this year.
David Besseling, Samskip UK Trade Manager commented: ‘We saw a significant push in container volumes up to March 2019, especially into Hull, as decision-makers facing uncertainty opted for the reliability and proven procedures of container shipping. Concerns over supply chain security are fast re-emerging.’
Besseling reflected that stockpiling contributed to the earlier traffic surge, but added that the experience also confirmed robustness in new Hull-Ghent and Hull-Amsterdam links established by Samskip at the end of 2018. The services add to existing high-frequency connections between Rotterdam, Tilbury, Hull and Grangemouth.