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.
On 28 November Matson, Inc, a leading US carrier in the Pacific, welcomed the first of four new ships of the Aloha Class being built for Matson that will be introduced in its Hawaii service over the next two years.
Our illustration (© Matson) shows Daniel K Inouye on 28 November making its first approach to Honolulu on its maiden voyage.
It was reported on 5 December that MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received deck machinery orders for four escort and four harbour tugboats from Cheoy Lee Shipyards Ltd in Hong Kong. MacGregor winches have been specifically designed to maximise vessel performance by minimising equipment weight, it is understood.
Following a successful Industry Input Workshop in May 2018, on 29 November the second Industry Input Workshop was held to discuss and agree on global data standards (GDS) for port call data, allowing machines to understand each other. E.g. to connect the berth planning of the terminal to the navigation information of the ship.
The Port of Long Beach has been awarded a $14 million grant to help pay for construction of a planned rail project that will increase efficiency while also reducing traffic congestion on local streets and freeways. (See illustration here kindly provided by www.polb.com ©)
Captain Gray had a 20 year career at sea and traded on various vessels including RO-RO, container, bulk and LPG tankers. On coming ashore he was a Vessel Traffic Manager at Mackay/Haypoint and Reefcentre. He joined Fremantle Ports in July 2006 as Deputy Harbour and was appointed Harbour Master in September 2008. Captain Gray was previously the Federal Master for the Company of Master Mariners Australia and was later awarded Life Membership.
On his appointment Captain Gray said,
ABP Southampton harbour master and IHMA member Captain Martin Phipps received an MBE for services to UK exports in the New Year’s Honours list.
Captain Phipps said: “I’m absolutely delighted to receive this honour. It is a great privilege to serve as harbour master for the Port of Southampton, the nation’s gateway to the world.
I am deeply grateful for the support of the great team at the port who work so hard to keep trade and people moving safely 24/7, 365 days a year. This honour is also testimony to their tremendous skill and dedication.”
There is still time to complete the GLAs’ Differential GPS user survey
Survey responses can be provided until 31 December 2018. The survey can be completed online or may be posted.
The General Lighthouse Authorities of the UK and Ireland are conducting a survey to gauge current and future user requirements for their Differential GPS service.
The 1st International Shipmasters’ Congress
Future Skills Requirements for a Digitized Maritime Industry
The India Habitat Centre
New Delhi, India
25-27 September 2019
ISC ’19 Invitation to submit abstracts
IFSMA, the International Federation of Shipmasters’ Associations, and CMMI, the Company of Master Mariners of India, cordially invite all members of the maritime / marine scientific and professional community to submit abstracts for oral or poster presentations at ISC ’19, the International Shipmasters’ Congress 2019, which is scheduled to be held from 25 to 27 September 2019 at the Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India addressing the theme Future Skills Requirements for a Digitized Maritime Industry.
ISC ’19 is organized by the International Federation of Shipmasters’ Associations (IFSMA) in co-operation with the Company of Master Mariners of India (CMMI) and enjoys the kind support of the Indian Ministry of Shipping, the Indian Maritime University, the HSB | City University of Applied Sciences and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology.