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.
We learnt this month, November, that the Panama Maritime Authority has issued
Panama Maritime Authority Merchant Marine Notice No MNM-13/2022.
For a copy see here:
It is understood that the Panama Maritime Authority with a view to maintain their White List status in the Paris MoU, has made it compulsory for all Panamanian- flagged vessels transiting or visiting Panamanian ports prior to their arrival to any port or terminal in Paris MoU area to undergo a Flag Annual Safety Inspection (ASI) as soon as they arrive at any port or terminal in Panama.
The Paris MoU States
The current member States of the Paris MoU are Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
It is understood that non-compliance with the provisions of this requirement will be subject to sanction by the Administration.
Refusal for the first time carries a penalty of US$10,000.
Recurrence will be grounds for the cancellation of the Panamanian registry immediately.
Ship owners / operators and masters of Panama-flagged vessels have been advised to be guided by above and ensure compliance.
A rainwater harvesting system proposed by Ms Rabiah Nadir is helping Johor Port, Malaysia, save fresh water, minimize chances of flooding and contribute to global goals.
It is estimated that the scheme will save up to ten million litres of freshwater each year.
UNCTAD’s TrainForTRade programme
The system installed in 2020 was proposed by Rabiah Nadir in a case study she developed under the UNCTAD TrainForTrade port management programme.
On 3 December the UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the above report which may have relevance to Members where fish farm service craft are operated in their ports’ waters.
At approximately 1315 on 3 April 2021, a deckhand on board the workboat Annie E was injured when he was struck by a grid buoy that had been lifted out of the water by the workboat’s forward crane at a fish farm off the Isle of Muck.