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 International Harbour Masters’ Association (IHMA) reports that Commodore Barry Goldman will be stepping down later this year from the role of IHMA representative to the IALA VTS Committee.
In late-September IHMA’s governing body, the Executive Committee (ExCo) appointed Captain Michael Trent, an Associate Member of IHMA since 2019, as Commodore Goldman’s successor on the IALA VTS Committee. At the same time ExCo recorded its thanks to him for his excellent work on behalf of IHMA.
Commodore Goldman will step down at the end of the year following the IMO Assembly in December when it is expected a new draft IMO VTS Resolution will be adopted.
Biographical details of Commodore Barry Goldman and Captain Michael Trent appear here:
Commodore Barry Goldman
Commodore Barry Goldman had a 36-year career in the Royal Navy and was appointed CBE in 2001 before coming ashore as the Port of London’s VTS Manager where he remained for over a decade. He joined the Ports of Jersey as Harbour Master in 2012 before retiring in 2014. He has been representing IHMA at IALA on the VTS Committee and on the board of the IALA World VTS Guide with a short break since 2002.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation, a Fellow of the Nautical Institute and a Younger Brother of Trinity House, an organisation created by Henry VIII in 1514 and is today concerned with maritime safety and the well-being of seafarers.
Captain Michael Trent
Captain Trent serves on the Board of Directors for RTCM, the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services, and focuses on maritime operations, control systems and communication systems related to autonomous shipping, e-navigation, port and waterway management, and search and rescue.
He is the Managing Director for MARITECH USA that provides technical, programme management and consulting services for commercial and government clients in the maritime industry.
Prior to founding MARITECH USA, Captain Trent worked for Lockheed Martin and led the development of international and US domestic programmes including VTS systems, AIS applications, SAR systems and maritime security systems.
In particular, he led the development of Lockheed Martin’s VTS and maritime surveillance systems now installed in 22 countries including being part of the Port and Waterway Safety System (PAWSS) in the United States.
Captain Trent is a graduate of the US Naval Academy and The Naval Postgraduate School earning a BSc in Oceanography and MSc in Systems Engineering.
In the US Navy he served 22 years as a Surface Warfare Officer including two command tours and NATO assignments in the US, UK and Germany.
It was announced from Tokyo on 25 November that ClassNK had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on cybersecurity with the Panama Maritime Authority (PMA).
Panama, the world’s largest flag state, is making various efforts to improve the safety of its own vessels. On 17 November, PMA announced the establishment of a Cyber Incident Voluntary Reporting Scheme to better understand the cyber threats that vessels are exposed to and to seek more pragmatic and effective measures to control the cyber risks. It is understood that the scheme encourages all Panama-flagged vessels to report detected cyber incidents to PMA.
The PMA has issued a relevant Marine Notice available here: https://panamashipregistry.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/MMN-22-2021-CYBER-SECURITY-November-2021.pdf
Under the MOU, ClassNK will provide its knowledge and experience cultivated so far to PMA for their efforts to ensure cyber security. As part of these efforts, Class NK will analyse the information collected from the cyber incident voluntary reporting scheme of PMA.
In 2018, a leading mark, a tower equipped with Sealite’s Port Entry Light (SL-PEL-10), was established at Puerto Mamonal, Colombia, to enhance the safety of vessel traffic approaching the port from the north channel.
Since the installation of Sealite’s Port Entry Light in 2018, it has helped Puerto Mamonal increase the number of large visiting vessels and provided safer operations in the approach to the port.
However, it was found that the north and south channels were in need of additional aids to navigation for safer passage.
Puerto Mamonal’s port owners, with the help of Ingeniería Naval & Señalización Marítima S A S, installed Sealite buoys: six SL-B2200 Nautilus Ocean Buoys in Region B channel configuration.
The SL-B2200 Nautilus is rotationally moulded using UV-stabilized virgin polyethylene to prevent discoloration from the sun’s UV rays. This is especially important in hotter climates. Each buoy is foam filled with closed-cell polyurethane which prevents water logging in the event of collision.
The buoy’s lightweight and two-piece modular design makes it easy to transport and assemble. Its strength lies in the stainless steel tie bars in the buoy body or hull structure connecting the lifting and mooring eyes. This ensures even lifting and mooring stresses at major stress points.