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.
On 9 June Eng Abdulrab Al-Khulaqi, Deputy Executive Chairman of Yemen Gulf of Aden Ports Corporation (YGAPC), received at the Marine Department Building, Ms Marcela Masiarik, the chancellor of the German Embassy, and Ms Melissa Rahmouni, Senior Advisor at the French Embassy in Yemen.
Captain Ahmed Al-Bishi, Acting Director of General Maritime Operations, welcomed the visitors and explained the functions of this department, which works around the clock, the main interface of the port, through which the procedures for receiving ships, berthing and sailing are arranged.
For his part, Captain Hani Abdul Muti, Deputy Director of Maritime Operations for Traffic Affairs, pointed out that the Maritime Administration is on the verge of an unprecedented development in its work through the implementation of the Ships Control Services (VTMIS) project funded through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
An extensive discussion took place (pictured here) with the visitors about ways to stimulate economic activity through the port of Aden, which is the main gateway to Yemeni maritime and commercial activity. Here they addressed the challenges that emerged after the war, which resulted in restrictions to commercial activity and the shift of part of it to neighbouring ports, especially Salalah. They also discussed the tremendous efforts made by the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme, Mr Auke Lootsma, to implement the project of placing the financial deposit in the marine insurance market, which will reduce the war risk fees imposed on the port due to its classification as a war zone.
After the meeting the visitors left for port of Ma’alla to see the port’s cargo handling capacity and its facilities, such as grain silos, oil tanks and cement production, and to learn of the ongoing activity and the port’s assets’ damage.
The United Nations Development Programme, represented by Mr Kennedy Chibvongodze, had arranged for this visit, which was appreciated by the visitors who expressed their fascination with the size of the port, the natural protection it provides, and its great potential for expansion.
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.