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.
IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has welcomed the departure from Odesa of the first commercial ship to leave the port under the United Nations supported Black Sea Grain Initiative to establish a humanitarian maritime corridor for the safe passage of ships from Ukraine.
Sierra Leone-flagged Razoni is the first commercial ship to leave Ukraine’s port of Odesa since 26 February 2022. The ship left on 1 August is bound for the port of Tripoli, Lebanon, carrying a cargo of 26,527 tonnes of corn.
At the time of writing a port call was expected to be made in Istanbul for inspection of vessel and cargo by relevant parties: UN, IMO, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine.
Said the IMO Secretary General: ‘I am pleased to see the first departure. The immense work by the UN and the relevant parties has now come to fruition. IMO will continue to do everything to support safe and secure shipping and ensure the safety of seafarers.’
Maritime Security and Safety in the Black Sea and Sea of Azov
A background note by IMO on the Black Sea Grain Initiative is to be found here:
Illustration per: www.imo.org
A new heatwave, the fourth since the beginning of June 2022, is ongoing in central and western Europe.
According to the national weather services, air temperatures between 9 and 14 August could again exceed 44°C in Spain, 40°C in France, 35°C in the south of the United Kingdom and 30°C in the Netherlands.
At the Port of Guam on 10 August the US Coast Guard recognized mariners aboard the CGA CGM Herodote for their action to save lives in March this year.
Captain Nick Simmons, US Coast Guard Forces Micronesia/Sector Guam, presented Captain Donald Moore and the crew a Coast Guard Certificate of Merit for their efforts to rescue fishers more than 100 miles off Japan after their vessel suffered a fire on 21 March.
Simmons said: ‘The efforts of Captain Moore and his crew honour the nautical tradition of assisting fellow mariners. Their bias for action and commitment were on display that day. Merchant mariners are an integral part of the global search and rescue enterprise, and especially in the vast Pacific, they are essential to saving lives.’