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.
Back in 2016, the results of the IHMA Member Survey established that a structured on-line tool to track continuous professional development (CPD) would be of use to members. The IHMA CPD tool is now ready and available to all Full and Associate members in the Members' area of the website.
What is Continuous Professional Development?
Continuous Professional Development (CPD) refers to the process of tracking and documenting the skills, knowledge and experience that you gain both formally and informally as you go about your work beyond any initial training. It is a record of what you experience, learn and then apply. The term is generally used to mean a physical portfolio documenting your development as a professional.
Why is CPD important for Harbour Masters?
Continuous Professional Development is especially important for today's Harbour Masters for a multitude of reasons such as:
- The role of the Harbour Master is continually evolving
- Maritime legislation continues to develop
- Accidents in port continue to occur
- Technology continues to develop
- Management models in ports are ever changing
- “Stuff” keeps getting added to our job role!
Where do I access IHMA's CPD tool?
IHMA's CPD tool isn’t available to the general public. You must login to your account in the IHMA Members' Area of the website using your e-mail address and personal password
How do I assess myself using the CPD tool?
Once you're in the CPD System, there are a few options from which to choose. To begin measuring your personal competency, select the ‘Competency Measurement Tool’. This will bring you to a list of International Occupational Standards (IOS). IHMA recognises thirteen International Occupational Standards for Harbour Masters. Open each IOS and assess your Knowledge and Understanding, and Performance Criteria. This will then generate an average score.
What does my score mean?
The scores generated by your answers in the ‘Competency Measurement Tool’ indicate your strengths and weaknesses. The HIGHER the score, the more training required for that competency.
How do I improve my score using CPD?
There is a broad range of activities that may be used to demonstrate professional development and it is recommended that a mix of activities that include work-based learning, professional activity, formal/educational activities, and self-directed learning are included. CPD activities may be identified as ‘verifiable’ or ‘non-verifiable’.
Verifiable CPD activities include continuing education (part time, full time, distance learning) leading to qualifications. Attending seminars, courses, workshops for which attendance can be demonstrated. Publication or presentation of industry related subjects.
Non-verifiable activities include private study, reading industry publications, coaching/mentoring, attending/chairing minuted meetings etc. Activities outside of the workplace which help develop you professionally may also be considered as CPD e.g. acting as a school governor, working on the local lifeboat service.
It is recommended that at least 50% of CPD activities should be ‘verifiable’ and that records of attendance for verifiable CPD activities should be kept.
What do I do once I’ve carried out an activity that demonstrates my professional development?
For CPD to be effective, a record of your career learning should be kept. This can be done in the ‘Activity Log’ in the CPD system. This will enable you to:
- Build competence and credibility
- Plan and achieve your career goals by focusing on your training and development
- Cope positively with change by constantly updating your skill-set
- Identify gaps in your skills and capabilities
- Demonstrate your career development to clients and employers
Explore IHMA’s new CPD tool today and contact the Secretary with your questions and comments at email@example.com
It was announced on 14 October that the Port of Galveston is going green with a number of environmental initiatives, including membership in Green Marine, the leading voluntary environmental programme for North America’s maritime industry.
In the words of Rodger E Rees, port director and CEO: ‘Joining Green Marine will help us identify and implement best practices, manage our environmental initiatives, measure our progress and strive for continuous improvement. Sharing new technologies and best practices with other Green Marine members is another benefit that we’ll tap into.’
Rees added that the port will look for opportunities to integrate new sustainability practices like solar power as it implements its new 20-year strategic master plan. The port is seeking Green Marine certification as a standardized process to benchmark and measure progress in its environmental performance. Our illustration here is reproduced with grateful thanks from www.portofgalveston.com ©
David Bolduc, Green Marine’s executive director, welcomed its newest member. by saying: ‘We’re pleased to welcome the Port of Galveston and applaud them on their plans to seek Green Marine certification to tangibly demonstrate their commitment to greener practices. We hope this inspires other maritime stakeholders to look at what Green Marine has to offer with its step-by-step approach towards achieving greater sustainability.’
On 15 October it was announced jointly from London and Kuala Lumpur that the International Chamber of Commerce International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) had issued its report for the third quarter of 2019. This document demonstrates that fewer incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported than in
the first nine months of 2018.
A total of 119 incidents of Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships have been reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB PRC) in 2019, compared to 156 incidents for the same period in 2018. Overall, the 2019 incidents include 95 vessels boarded, 10 vessels fired upon, 10 attempted attacks, and four vessels hijacked. The number of crew taken hostage through the first nine months has declined from 112 in 2018 to 49 in 2019.
While the overall number of incidents has dropped, incidents involving guns and knives remain consistent. There have been 24 knife-related and 35 gun-related incidents reported in 2019, compared to 25 and 37 for the first nine months of 2018. These statistics confirm IMB’s concerns over continued threats to the safety and security of seafarers.
Gulf of Guinea
The Gulf of Guinea remains a high risk area for piracy and armed robbery. The region accounts for 86% of crew taken hostage and nearly 82% of crew kidnappings globally.
In July a general cargo vessel was hijacked approximately 120nm SW of Brass. Ten crew members were kidnapped from the vessel and released four weeks later. In August a bulk carrier and a general cargo vessel were boarded within hours of each other at Douala anchorage, Cameroon, and a total of seventeen crew were kidnapped from the vessels. Within six weeks all kidnapped crew were released. This incident demonstrates the range of piracy activity in the Gulf of Guinea and that all types of ships are vulnerable to attack. Lagos recorded 11 incidents in 2019, the highest number for any port.
In the words of said Pottengal Mukundan, Director, ICC IMB: ‘Although incidents are down, the Gulf of Guinea continues to be a concern for piracy and armed robbery-related activities with kidnappings of crew members increasing in both scale and frequency. It is important that shipmasters and owners continue to report all actual, attempted, and suspected incidents to ensure that an accurate picture of these attacks emerge and action is taken against these criminals before the incidents further escalate.’