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.
IHMA members within a defined geographical region of two or more neighbouring countries may seek IHMA authority to establish a Regional Committee. The aim of a Regional Committee is to further the specific interests of IHMA's members within that region.
At present, there are two Regional Committees, the European Harbour Masters' Committee (EHMC) and the African Harbour Masters' Committee (AHMC).
These Regional Committees are managed by their respective boards from which a Chair is elected to each. There are board members representing each of the specific areas of the region - South, East, West, North and Central. The Chair of each Regional Committee is also co-opted to ExCo.
The aim of the EHMC is to further the specific interests of IHMA's individual members in that region.
As well as the benefits of IHMA membership, European Harbour Masters receive the following benefits of membership of the European Harbour Masters' Committee:
As an active Regional Committee, EHMC strives to strengthen the IHMA
Ports of Marseille, Marseille-Fos, France
Port of Bordeaux, France
Port of Barcelona, Spain
Belfast Port Authority, UK
Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands
The EHMC Seminar is usually a one-day event that gives European members the opportunity to meet between IHMA congresses, discuss topics of common interest and learn from a variety of speakers. The seminars are very reasonably priced thanks to the sponsorship of the host port.
Past seminar papers are available in the members’ section and by application to the EHMC Secretary email@example.com
The African Harbour Masters’ Committee was formally established on 25 January, 2021.
The AHMC brings together harbour masters from the African continent and collaborates to share ideas and provide guidance, support, and direction on the management of all aspects of maritime port operations.
Harbour Master, Director of Operations
Société de Gestion du Port de Tanger Ville , Morocco
Harbour Master, Nelson Mandela Bay
Transnet National Ports Authority
Harbour Master, Port of Conakry (Ret'd)
The inaugural African Harbour Masters' Committee Seminar will be held in Tanger, Morocco on 2 - 3 March 2023 and will initiate the launch of partnership actions for the AHMC through the signing of agreements aimed at sharing knowledge and skills, as well as the programming of training sessions for the benefit of port officers and African harbour masters.
For more information about this event visit the 'events' section of the IHMA website or contact the IHMA Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org
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