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 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"
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.
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