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.
A Message from the President regading COVID-19
It is in times of crisis a level head must always prevail.
‘Many of you will recall your time in command or piloting when the old adage was never run from one bridge wing to another; always walk calmly give the appearance you are in control.
‘Our position as harbourmaster is responsible for the safety of the port and the community but is also charged with the responsibility to look after the welfare of seafarers trading to our ports and ensuring the safe and efficient movement of trade through our ports.
‘As indicated in the address of the Secretary General of IMO it is now more than ever that global trade is vital for the safety and welfare of our global communities.
‘Each of us works closely with our public health authorities to manage the potential risk and spread of the COVID-19 virus but it is vital now that you are the voice of reason and pragmatic solutions to assist governments to make an informed decision.
‘We like IAPH and ICS understand and support the need for trade to continue and we as Harbourmasters understand the need to keep our communities safe. Both can be achieved through rationale minds working to manage risk with all their stakeholders.
‘Consider all risk and human rights of all persons including our seafarers.
‘Stay safe and be the voice of reason.'
IHMA Congress postponement
As readers will be aware the IHMA Congress, scheduled for Hobart on 23-26 March, has now been postponed to 5-9 October 2020 at the same venue.
At IHMA the staff of the secretariat took into consideration all available information, weighed all possible options and came to the difficult decision to reschedule the IHMA Congress.
Venue for the 2020 Congress remains Hobart’s Grand Chancellor Hotel.
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.