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IHMA Membership

 

“The Association gives me the confidence that I have a huge resource of knowledge at my disposal. It gives me access to advice and knowledge from colleague Harbour Masters to support me in my role.

The constant interaction between Harbour Masters – exchanging views and ideas – the willingness of some to share information, the workshops on issues and finding of solutions to worldwide challenges, it all is extremely valuable to me.”

- IHMA Member

IHMA is the leading association dedicated to the needs of its members who hold managerial positions in marine operations and work in ports large and small, public and privately owned.

Not called a Harbour Master?

In different countries and languages, the Harbour Master may be known as the Capitaine du Port, Port Commander, Hafenkapitaen and so on, and the role normally associated with the title of Harbour Master may be undertaken by those described as their deputies as well as Marine Operations Managers, VTS Managers, Maritime Director, and there are many other titles. IHMA welcomes members who are not called Harbour Masters but work in port operations and may be at any stage in their career.

Why become a member of IHMA?

Members of IHMA may have a role in some or all of the following: the safety of navigation, vessel traffic control, shipping movements, port management, protection of the marine environment, the ship-shore interface, safety management and training, and in port security. Through our professional expertise and experience we provide valuable advice and services to our members.

Member Benefits

IHMA offers a wide range of benefits to its members.  Some of these are provided free of charge whilst others are offered at discounted rates:

Access to Members’ forum

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The members’ area of the Association’s website hosts an on-line forum where members can exchange information quickly and benefit from the knowledge and experience of other members. When a member posts a question, an alert email is sent to all members requesting a response. Posting an answer is quick and easy.

Biennial Congress

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The IHMA Congress, held every two years, offers a conference programme that presents quality professional papers on topical issues of direct relevance to members.

Congress provides a unique opportunity for members from around the world to discuss subjects of mutual concern and interest.

Congress is supported by an exhibition of the latest port and harbour equipment and services.

Members are eligible for discounted Congress and Seminar fees.

IMO, IHO and other projects

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IHMA has observer status at IMO and IHO.  Reports of the proceedings of IMO Committees are circulated to members and made available in the members’ only section of the website together with selected documents of interest to members.

Members are able to participate in IMO Working Groups and Correspondence Groups.

IHMA works to develop information and resources for its members, and the Association supports the participation of its members in these efforts in order to ensure that relevant information is developed and made available to members.

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Access to the Secretariat

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The Secretary is available to provide advice and information to all members.

IMO Working Groups and Correspondence Groups

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IHMA has observer status at IMO. Reports of the proceedings of IMO Committees are circulated to members and by arrangement, members are able to participate in IMO Working Groups and Correspondence Groups.

Professional Development

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International Diploma for Harbour Masters - IHMA discount and bursary. Members are eligible for a 15% discount on the cost of the International Diploma for Harbour Masters run by Lloyd's Maritime Academy. In addition members are invited to apply for bursaries awarded by IHMA.

Members are able to participate in cutting edge research and the development of projects of direct relevance to harbour masters. This may be in partnership with other organisations.

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Access to the IHMA’s Council

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Members of IHMA’s Council are keen to engage with and offer support to members.

Free job advertisements

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Members may advertise senior port operation positions free of charge on the IHMA’s website.

Commercial member benefits

The IHMA values a good relationship with companies developing products and services that may assist Full members in the performance of their professional duties. Commercial members are entitled to;

  • Access member names and profiles
  • Attend congress and seminars at members’ prices
  • Access congress papers and presentations
  • Have priority booking of stands at IHMA events at reduced costs
  • Provide speakers at IHMA Congresses and meetings, subject to the assessment of the Papers’ Committee
  • Become a sponsor of the Association
  • Advertise on the Association’s website at discounted rates
  • Publicise their products to members via the Secretary as agreed by ExCo
  • Receive assistance from the Association when submitting new equipment and products for evaluation and appraisal by Association members
  • Display on their stationery the current and official logo of the IHMA.
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IHMA Membership categories

Who can be a member?

The Association offers Full, Associate, Senior, Commercial and Honorary membership. Senior members must previously have been Full members, and Honorary members are elected by the members.

Membership of IHMA is available in the following categories:

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Full members

Rate £199

These members comprise the majority of the Association’s membership.

IHMA seeks to be inclusive of those who manage the marine operations of a port and / or its approaches.  Persons who hold a managerial position in marine operations and exercise jurisdiction over the frontage or water area of a port or port approach are eligible to become Full members of IHMA. In undertaking their role they often possess an authority conferred on them by law, regulations or rules.

Criteria

Someone meeting the criteria above may also become a Full member by being nominated to membership of IHMA by a National Administration.

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  • Access to Members’ forum
  • Observer status for IMO, IHO & other projects
  • Access to IHMA’s Council
  • Access to the Secretariat
  • Enhanced professional development
  • Free job advertisements
  • Discounted entry to IHMA events
  • Voting member status
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Commercial members

Rate £472

Persons, organisations, companies and any other bodies that provide goods or services for reward in ways that assist members in the performance of their professional duties or who wish to support IHMA in the attainment of its aim and objectives are eligible to become commercial members.

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The IHMA values its well established and mutually beneficial relationships with companies developing products and services that may assist members in the performance of their professional duties. Commercial members are entitled to:

  • Attend congress & seminars at members’ prices
  • Congress papers and presentations
  • Access member names, contact details and profiles
  • Priority booking of stands at IHMA events at reduced costs
  • Provide speakers at IHMA Congresses and meetings, subject to the assessment of the Papers’ Committee
  • Become a sponsor of the Association subject to availability
  • Advertise on the Association’s website at discounted rates
  • Receive assistance from the Association when submitting new equipment and products for evaluation and appraisal by Association members
  • Be permitted to display on their stationery the current and official logo of the IHMA
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National Administration Members/Members from multiple port organisations

Rate by arrangement

People meeting the requirements for Full membership but appointed to membership annually by a National Administration or an organisation that operates multiple ports.

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  • Access to Members' forum
  • Observer status for IMO, IHO & other projects
  • Access to IHMA's Council
  • Access to the Secretariat
  • Enhanced professional development
  • Free job advertisements
  • Discounted entry to IHMA events
  • Voting member status
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Associate Members

Rate £99

Those who are not in a post qualifying them for Full membership but who consider that they can support the aim and objectives of IHMA may apply for Associate membership.

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  • Access to Members’ forum
  • Observer status for IMO, IHO & other projects
  • Access to IHMA's Council
  • Access to the Secretariat
  • Enhanced professional development
  • Discounted entry to IHMA events
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Honorary members

Honorary Membership, which is a lifetime award, is reserved for persons who are not ordinarily eligible to become members of the Association and may be offered to anyone who has rendered meritorious service in the field of port, harbour or marine operations or to the Association.

  • Access to Members’ forum
  • Observer status for IMO, IHO & other projects
  • Access to IHMA's Council
  • Access to the Secretariat
  • Enhanced professional development
  • Discounted entry to IHMA events
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Senior Members

These members are drawn from the ranks of the Full members, usually when vacating a post that qualified them for Full membership or on retirement. A Senior member must previously have been a Full member for at least two years.

  • Access to Members’ forum
  • Observer status for IMO, IHO & other projects
  • Access to IHMA's Council
  • Access to the Secretariat
  • Discounted entry to IHMA events

A 30 per cent discount is applied to the subscriptions of members resident in countries listed in the lower two quartiles of the United Nations’ Human Development Index. Further details can be obtained from the Secretary.

Combined national individual member subscriptions collected by a national point of contact and made as one payment are also eligible for a percentage reduction as agreed by ExCo.

Role of Harbour Master/ Port Operations Professional
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Become a Member

Join the world’s premier professional body for harbour masters and receive up-to-date information on the industry and access to the members' area of the website.

Become a sponsor

Become a sponsor of the IHMA today and reap the benefits for your business:

  • Worldwide exposure
  • Prominence on the IHMA website
  • Instant access to your services and products for your existing and potential customers
  • Access to the key decision makers on marine operations in Ports – the Harbour Master
  • The opportunity to showcase your services and products at an international congress every two years

Be a part of the future of a vibrant, respected, professional and influential maritime organisation...IHMA

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Women in Shipping Virtual Summit 2021

IHMA is pleased to once again be partnering with the Women in Shipping Virtual Summit in 2021. The following information is provided by the event organisers.

Two-days of unmissable insights on the professional development of Women in Maritime

Women in Shipping Summit will go live this September offering you the chance to hear and learn from 30+ inspiring leaders on the topics that matter to you the most.

The full agenda is ready, and we're delighted to provide you with 15+ hours of content accessible from anywhere in the world and live streamed direct from the virtual platform. Speaking companies include Danish Shipowners’ Association, The Rising Tides, Fichte & Co., Svitzer, Siemens, Wista and lots more.

This is your only chance this year to join the community and develop your career as a maritime professional. Join us on the road map to recovery, as we approach a post-pandemic world.
Key sessions you can't afford to miss include:

Public health policies:
Considering seafarers as an extreme case study, this emphasises the need to find real solutions to protect mental and physical wellbeing to ensure the work-life balance is stable and maintained.

The future of work:
2020 created the perfect test environment, leading all of us to ask what the future holds. What about childcare and paternal leave, and what are companies likely to adopt as working routines beyond 2021?

The key to a balanced lifestyle:
Gain mental health tools and understand the correct way to apply them. This is vital for cultivating mental strength in the face of adversity.

Power talk:
Redundancies, organisations going out of business, role restructures and questions on the sustainability of our professions. As such, many of us have found ourselves asking is it time to make a change, and if so, where to start?

Nutrition & mental health:
Even though one of modern life's well-established truths is that nutrition is closely linked to mental and physical health, it's also something that is often neglected or ignored. Join us as we take a step back into nutrition school.

Want to book?
Secure your pass today for two days of live and on-demand sessions, plus the chance to see the full attendee list with unlimited networking opportunities.
Use the exclusive 20% discount code FKT3826IHMA for IHMA members to benefit from the maximum saving in addition to the early bird rate - find out more and book now.

The super early bird rate closes Wednesday 30 June 2021.

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Delivered virtually
IAPH virtual world ports conference 2021

IAPH is pleased to invite IHMA Members to join the virtual IAPH World Ports Conference from 21-25 June 2021.

A world-class virtual event assessing the indispensable role of ports in global maritime trade and brings together key industry stakeholders for learning, information sharing, networking and collaboration.

View the full agenda and register today.

IHMA Congress Platform
IHMA 360 Webinar - 30 June 2021

The next IHMA 360° Webinar will be held on Wednesday, 30 June at 09:00 (BST).

Join Graham Howe, Business Development Director for ION for his presentation on'Global Challenges and Solutions for the Digitalisation of Mixed-use ​Ports'  (see below for more information). 

IHMA Commercial Member, ION is an innovative, asset light global technology company that delivers powerful data-driven decision-making to offshore energy, ports and defense industries. 

Congress attendees and IHMA Members will be able to watch the webinar, including access to Q&A and live chat, once logged into the IHMA Congress event platform. Keep an eye out for the reminder email to access the session on Wednesday 30th.

Ports and terminals are at the centre of the digitalisation process in the shipping industry. To date a lot of focus, time and resources have been spent on the digitalisation of global hub container ports. These hub container ports have invested heavily in smart technologies in their drive to transform themselves into 'digital ports’ in order to facilitate the just in time shipping of large numbers of TEUs.  

This has led to a ‘digital divide’ in smart technology adoption between the hub ports and the medium/smaller mixed use ports. There is, however, now a global awareness that the other part of the port sector has been underserved by technology. To address this, new solutions are entering the market at a faster rate than ever before and the cost barrier to port entry has also decreased. 

Many medium and small size ports are now realising that digital technology adoption is key to increasing their operational efficiencies by reducing the errors associated with manual, paper-based processes. Digitalisation can have many positive outcomes including: 

  • An increased awareness of HSE issues, leading to an improved safety record
  • Increased efficiency in back office functions, improving operational cash flow 
  • The reduction of vessel fuel consumption which will lower the port’s carbon footprint 

This presentation will include case studies from around the world and outline the direction of digitalisation in the medium/small port sector in the next three to five years.  

 

MarSec 21+
MarSec 21+

MarSec21+ | The Countdown Begins

Join us for the second instalment of our conference series on the future of port and maritime security. MarSec21+ will bring together key industry leaders from commercial shipping and ports, and cyber security specialists, to delve into the transforming trends, challenges and opportunities in maritime security in the post-COVID world and beyond.

MarSec21+ is a free to attend event and our ambition is to create a dialogue between Company Security Officers, Port and Facility Security Officers, Cyber Information Security Officers, and their management teams with service providers, shipping associations and importantly, our regulators, to give them a voice to engage in a debate on the key issues that shape maritime security. 

 

Delivered virtually
Andreas Mai

The IHMA is pleased to present the first in its series of monthly webinars.

 

Simply click HERE to access the presentation.

 

Topic: Casualty Management - Collapsed Container Stacks on Board a 19K TEU Ship 
Speaker: Captain Andreas Mai, Harbour Master (rtd)
Session Chair: IHMA President, Captain Yoss Leclerc

Speaker Bio

Andreas is a former Master Mariner and was appointed Harbour Master for the port of Bremerhaven in 1996. In 2000 he also took over the position of Harbour Master at the port of Bremen. During his active time as Harbour Master and Director of the Governmental Port Authority, he chaired the 2004 IHMA Congress in Bremen and, for a few years, the European Harbour Masters’ Committee (EHMC). He retired from his duties at the end of last year after 24 years of service.   

 

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IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has welcomed the World Health Organization’s decision to name seafarers as one of the groups of transportation workers that should be prioritised for Covid-19 vaccination in instances of limited supplies. This was reported on 22 July.

Updated guidance for Stage II of its vaccine roadmap from the WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) states: ‘Seafarers and air crews who work on vessels that carry goods and no passengers, with special attention to seafarers who are stranded at sea and prevented from crossing international borders for crew change due to travel restrictions.’

IMO Secretary General Lim commented: ‘I am glad to see that the WHO recognises the importance of vaccinating seafarers on cargo ships.

These individuals are responsible for transporting over 80% of all goods around the world, including food, medicine and vaccine supplies – and have continued to do so despite extremely challenging circumstances. Seafarers will play a key role in the global recovery, and barriers to international travel and crew change must be removed.’

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Rupture of the styrene monomer tank resulted from a runaway polymerisation that was initiated by elevated temperatures caused by heat transfer from other chemical cargoes. Elevated temperatures caused the inhibitor, added to prevent the chemical’s polymerisation during the voyage, to deplete more rapidly than expected. Although the styrene monomer had not been stowed directly adjacent to heated cargo, the potential for heat transfer through intermediate tanks was not fully appreciated or assessed.