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.
At its 12th session held in Kish Island, Iran in March 2019, the Inter-governmental Coordination Group for the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (ICG/IOTWMS) decided to organise an Indian Ocean Wave Exercise (IOWave20) in 2020 and established a Task Team to plan and conduct the exercise. At its intersessional meeting held in Jakarta, Indonesia on 29 September 2019, the Task Team decided to conduct the IOWave20 exercise on 6, 13 and 20 October 2020.
IOWave20 will simulate Indian Ocean countries being put in a tsunami warning situation and require the National Tsunami Warning Centre (NTWC) and the National and/or Local Disaster Management Offices (NDMO/LDMO) in each country to implement their Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
In addition to testing the SOPs and communication links at all levels of the warning chain, a primary objective of IOWave20 is to enhance tsunami preparedness at community level. To this end, Exercise IOWave20 will also provide an opportunity for Member States to test the UNESCO-IOC Tsunami Ready programme indicators in pilot communities.
All IOTWMS Member States have been strongly encouraged to conduct IOWave20 exercise up to community level and test the indicators of UNESCO-IOC Tsunami Ready programme in pilot communities.
Exercise IOWave20 will comprise three scenarios with simulated tsunami waves travelling across the Indian Ocean basin. Member States are invited to participate in either or all events, which will run in real time.
The IOTWMS Tsunami Service Providers (TSP) of Australia, India and Indonesia will provide exercise bulletins and detailed tsunami threat advice on their password-protected websites, and will send notification messages to the Tsunami Warning Focal Points (TWFP) as data is updated during the events.
An IOWave20 Exercise Manual was understood to have been distributed in advance with further details of the exercise scenarios and the exercise evaluation to be conducted afterwards.
To learn more
For more information and background documents on Exercise IOWave20
readers are invited to see here: http://www.ioc-tsunami.org/index.php?option=com_oe&task=viewEventRecord&eventID=2634
ICG/NEAMTWS and UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030)
The NEAMTWS will contribute to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030, in particular by responding to the needs of society for a safe ocean where people are protected from ocean hazards.
The Inter-governmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System in the North-eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and connected seas (ICG/NEAMTWS) was formed in response to the tragic tsunami on 26 December 2004, in which over 250,000 lives were lost around the Indian Ocean region.
On an historical note Great Basses Lighthouse, Sri Lanka, was built by Trinity House, London, in 1872 – 1873 (see illustration © Trinity House). Masonry on the tower’s landing was damaged in the tsunami of 2004. Repairs were effected by a joint Trinity House, Northern Lighthouse Board team.
The bulk carrier Eaubonne (former name GH Storm Cat) is now (4 May) under quarantine in Durban harbour. On the same day that the South African government issued a statement saying that the ports were on high alert for the Indian variant of the Coronavirus (B.1.617) that has emerged in devastating numbers in India, it was learnt that a ship that arrived on Sunday night, 2 May, has been placed under quarantine after the discovery that a crew member had died en route. Another 14 crew have since been taken for testing for Covid-19.
‘All our ports of entry employ stringent containment procedures to minimise the importation of COVID-19,’ said Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize in the statement issued on 4 May 2021.
The ship Eaubonne (IMO 9663104), sailed from the port of Kandla in India on 18 April on a 14-day voyage to Durban, where she arrived off port on 1 May, prior to entering port and berthing at Maydon Wharf 2 on 2 May at 2000.
During the voyage one of the crew members passed away and authorities in Durban were advised that he died of a heart attack.
The ship was carrying a cargo of 6,250 tons of rice to be discharged in Durban.
However, on 4 May dock workers and others working on the ship were told to stop all operations and that the vessel was under quarantine. Fourteen of the crew were taken for COVID-19 testing but the real worry is that a large number of dockworkers had already been exposed to the crew.
The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) welcomes the adoption of the own-initiative (INI) report of TRAN-Committee Chair, Karima Delli*, on technical and operational measures for more efficient and cleaner maritime transport by the European Parliament. This was reported on 28 April.
It is understood that the report was adopted with 453 votes in favour, 92 against, and 154 abstentions.
The final text adopted in the European Parliament plenary contains many of the key strong points which are supported by ESPO: