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 G7 (or Group of Seven) is an organisation made up of the world’s seven largest so-called advanced economies: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.
This organization (originally G8 to include Russia) was founded to facilitate shared macroeconomic initiatives by its members in response to the collapse of the exchange rate 1971, during the time of the Nixon shock, the 1970’s energy crisis and the ensuing recession.
On 24 March 2014, the G7 members cancelled the planned G8 summit that was to be held in June that year in the Russian city of Sochi, and suspended Russia's membership of the group, due to Russia’s annexation of Crimea; nevertheless, they stopped short of outright permanent expulsion.
The G7 was created on France’s initiative during the crisis following the first oil crisis. It was conceived as an informal forum for dialogue between the leading economic powers, with the primary aim of acting as a forum to coordinate economic and financial policies free of any specific protocol.
The 45th G7
Over two days this year France hosted the G7 Summit, the 45th in the series, held on 24-26 August in Biarritz, Nouvelle-Aquitaine. Originally a meeting behind closed doors for seven Heads of State and Government, the Summit adopted a completely new format this year. Civil society made almost unprecedented contributions, and several countries with growing regional influence were invited to take part.
A series of tangible actions were decided on to support the survival of the Amazon, stability in Iran, global trade, the expansion of Africa, gender equality, and the fight against inequality.
The French President wanted the G7 Summit to be useful – it was.
There is a one-page document summarizing the main decisions, known as the Leaders Declaration and made on global crises and trade and can be viewed here:
Of particular interest here is the comment on Trade: ‘The G7 is committed to open and fair world trade and to the stability of the global economy.
The G7 requests that the Finance Ministers closely monitor the state of the global economy.
Therefore, the G7 wishes to overhaul the WTO to improve effectiveness with regard to intellectual property protection, to settle disputes more swiftly and to eliminate unfair trade practices.
The G7 commits to reaching in 2020 an agreement to simplify regulatory barriers and modernize international taxation within the framework of the OECD.’
G7 SAILS, derived from Sustainable Actions for Innovative and Low-impact Shipping, made a Declaration to promote Good Practices in Maritime Transport for the Protection of the Marine and Coastal Environment . This available at:
Of particular note is:
Specific actions by passenger ship companies
For cruise lines and ferries, minimize the impacts of coastal zone use and contribute to the management of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) by:
Reference was made to the Niulakita High Ambition Declaration on Shipping
The Assembly welcomed the initiative of the UN Secretary-General to hold the 2019 Climate Action Summit on 23 September 2019, in New York City; see here:
Of note is the need to:
Biarritz Chairman’s statement on climate, biodiversity and oceans is here:
Illustration reproduced by kind permission of Ville de Biarritz ©
IHMA Congress 2020 goes virtual
A message from Capt. Allan Gray, IHMA President.
We’ve been planning the 2020 Congress and looking forward to catching up with you all in Tasmania for almost three years now. Unfortunately, given the current situation in Australia, we won’t be exploring Hobart this October or clinking glasses at the Gala Dinner. We could focus on many things we will surely miss at this year’s event, however, we’re extremely fortunate and delighted to be able to bring a virtual edition of the 2020 Congress to you, wherever your home port may be.
Congress is the key forum for IHMA members and the global ports sector to collaborate, network, share information, and provide updates on the latest industry technology and solutions.
And there’s a lot to catch up on.