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.
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.
It was reported simultaneously by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) in London and Kuala Lumpur on 8 July that the seas around West Africa remain the world’s most dangerous for piracy. IMB’s latest report reveals that of the 75 seafarers taken hostage onboard or kidnapped for ransom worldwide so far this year, 62 were captured in the Gulf of Guinea – off the coasts of Nigeria, Guinea, Togo, Benin and Cameroon.
News broke in the UK early on 4 July that a tanker had been arrested in Gibraltar waters. This was the crude oil tanker Grace 1, (IMO No 9116412) Panama-flag, believed to be managed by iships Management Pte Ltd of Singapore. (Previous names found to have been: Meridian Lion (2013) and Overseas Meridian (2011) both on the Marshall Islands’ Register.
On 2 July ClassNK released from Tokyo its annual report on Port State Control. This report aims to assist ship operators and management companies in maintaining compliant operations by providing information about ships detained by PSC as well as deficiencies that were found on board from many port states in 2018.
In the Med
The story continues to evolve more than a week after the ship was embargoed in Gibraltar on suspicion of violating EU sanctions against Syria, where the UK believed it was heading with two million barrels of crude oil. Her Master and Chief Officer were arrested on 4 July and the following day two other officers were taken into custody. It is understood from The Gibraltar Chronicle that all have now been bailed and released with conditions.
Early on the afternoon of 13 July Gibraltar’s Chief Minister, the Hon Fabian Picardo, spoke with the Foreign Secretary, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt, about the political issues surrounding the detention of the Grace 1 last week.
Mr Picardo said in a statement issued from Gibraltar on 13 July at 1857 GMT: ‘I was pleased to discuss with the Foreign Secretary the political issues surrounding our initial detention of the Grace 1, the investigation that is ongoing and the extended period of detention presently ordered by the Gibraltar Supreme Court.
‘Mr Hunt called me ahead of speaking with the Foreign Minister of Iran, Mr Javad Zarif. I therefore asked the Foreign Secretary to clarify to the Iranian authorities on my behalf that all the decisions made by Gibraltar in respect of the detention of the Grace 1 were made exclusively with a view to the Syrian destination of the vessel, the Baniyas oil refinery which is subject to EU sanctions, and without any regard to the origin of its cargo.
IHMA is pleased to announce that Ms Alexandra Thomson McIntosh, Marine Manager, Aberdeen Harbour Board, will represent…