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Lloyds Maritime Academy Diploma for Harbour Masters

The International Diploma for Harbour Masters is studied by part-time distance learning over one year with study designed to fit around busy work schedules. The course provides the marine safety and management knowledge required by harbour masters and port captains around the world, as well as their deputies and others with responsibility for the marine functions of a port or harbour. It is also ideal for anyone with an interest in preparing themselves to enter this profession, particularly seafarers.

The course has also been recognised by the University of Middlesex (London) and successful Diploma students qualify for advanced standing entry to an MBA (Harbour Masters) which can also be completed by part-time distance learning study.

FULL AND ASSOCIATE MEMBERS OF THE IHMA QUALIFY FOR A 15% DISCOUNT ON THE COURSE FEES

IHMA and Executive Committee member, Capt N Sewnath, said: "It was a great experience for me and I can honestly say that this course did add value to me as a Harbour Master, it gave me a global perspective and focus and broadened my knowledge in terms of my role as a Harbour Master."

Master of Science in Maritime Science

This new inter-university programme created by both Ghent University (UGent) and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), taught in English and accessible for students who already have a Master degree – commenced for the first time during the academic year 2015-2016. The study programme aims at students of diverse academic backgrounds, who have a common passion and interest for maritime transport. The programme comprises three main pillars (a technical-general pillar, an economic-logistic pillar and a legal pillar. There is a strong link with the professional maritime sector, providing students with information about the actual operations and common practices on the ground and preparing them for a professional career.

World Maritime University

Founded by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations, WMU is a centre of excellence for maritime post-graduate education and research. WMU offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs as well as Professional Development Courses in maritime affairs.

Warsash Maritime Academy

Warsash Maritime Academy (WMA) has provided education, training, consultancy and research services to the international shipping, commercial yacht, offshore oil and gas, and renewables industries for nearly 70 years. WMA is part of Southampton Solent University’s Maritime and Technology Faculty.

The Nautical Institute

The Nautical Institute facilitates the exchange and publication of information and ideas on nautical science, encourages research and publishes its results. It also co-operates with Government Departments and other bodies concerned with statutory and other qualifications, and with universities and other educational institutes and authorities in the furtherance of education and training in nautical science and practice.

The Harbourmaster’s Certificate Scheme is associated with the Institute’s book, ’The Work of the Harbour Master.’ The Harbour Master’s Certificate is issued to those candidates who complete the course to the satisfaction of the examiners with six written essays including a dissertation or a case study on a port management topic

Maritime Training Academy

Maritime Training Academy is part of the Maritime Services Group and offers a range of distance learning courses including Marine Pilotage.

Training Videos

The Chain - Part 1

This EHMC video is a joint production by all those who are key to the business of bringing ships into port (the nautical chain); harbour masters, agents, pilots, tugboat captains, boatmen, ship masters, hydrographic offices and terminal operators. For the first time a film will give an insight into the key roles of the nautical chain.

The aim of this film is to strengthen the chain by creating greater awareness of each other’s jobs, sharing best practice and gaining a better understanding of the impact of individual operations. This way each participant can strengthen its own link in the chain and –by better co-operation– make the whole chain stronger. We believe that this will result in a safer, smoother and more efficient voyage from berth to berth. 

The Chain is an initiative of Ben van Scherpenzeel for the European Harbour Masters’ Committee who you may want to contact for any comments or questions; Scherpenzeel.ehmc@harbourmaster.org. A copy of the video can be obtained from Ingrid Römers; romers.ehmc@harbourmaster.org.

The Chain - Part 2

This EHMC video is a joint production by all those who are key to the business of bringing ships into port (the nautical chain); harbour masters, agents, pilots, tugboat captains, boatmen, ship masters, hydrographic offices and terminal operators. For the first time a film will give an insight into the key roles of the nautical chain.

The aim of this film is to strengthen the chain by creating greater awareness of each other’s jobs, sharing best practice and gaining a better understanding of the impact of individual operations. This way each participant can strengthen its own link in the chain and –by better co-operation– make the whole chain stronger. We believe that this will result in a safer, smoother and more efficient voyage from berth to berth. 

The Chain is an initiative of Ben van Scherpenzeel for the European Harbour Masters’ Committee who you may want to contact for any comments or questions; Scherpenzeel.ehmc@harbourmaster.org. A copy of the video can be obtained from Ingrid Römers; romers.ehmc@harbourmaster.org.

The Missing Link;Improving the mooring process’ - Part 1

The mooring process appeared to be the forgotten link in the nautical chain. This became evident during the making of the EHMC Video the Chain. This safe mooring video shows the entire mooring process, from the production of a mooring line up to the vessel coming alongside, from the basic rules for a mooring plan to safe working loads and maximum holding capacities.

Mooring activities are a concern because of the number of accidents, the diminishing nautical skills on board ships and at terminals and the apparent lack of knowledge of all the components that affect safe mooring.
The aim of this film is to make the mooring process safer and more efficient and to prevent damage to terminal equipment and vessels. This is important to crews, linesmen, pilots, ship owners, ship masters, ports, Harbour Masters and terminal operators.

The video “The Missing Link” addresses the importance of efficient mooring operations and notably the following topics of the mooring process:

  • Mooring plan basics – all basic rules for a mooring plan
  • Mooring system weakest link – which part of the mooring system should break first?
  • Mooring lines – certificates, inspection and maintenance
  • Mooring winches – maximum holding capacity, brake testing, spring applied brakes
  • Mooring bollards – Safe Working Load, information
  • Mooring hooks – Quick Release Hooks, information
  • Mooring communication – who informs who regarding the mooring plan etc.
  • Mooring line handling – how should we pay out lines?
  • Mooring innovations – what innovations are around the corner or already in place?

The Missing Link is an initiative of Ben van Scherpenzeel for the European Harbour Masters’ Committee who you may want to contact for any comments or questions;
Scherpenzeel.ehmc@harbourmaster.org.

A copy of the video can be obtained from Ingrid Römers; romers.ehmc@harbourmaster.org

The Missing Link;Improving the mooring process’ - Part 2

The mooring process appeared to be the forgotten link in the nautical chain. This became evident during the making of the EHMC Video the Chain. This safe mooring video shows the entire mooring process, from the production of a mooring line up to the vessel coming alongside, from the basic rules for a mooring plan to safe working loads and maximum holding capacities.

Mooring activities are a concern because of the number of accidents, the diminishing nautical skills on board ships and at terminals and the apparent lack of knowledge of all the components that affect safe mooring.
The aim of this film is to make the mooring process safer and more efficient and to prevent damage to terminal equipment and vessels. This is important to crews, linesmen, pilots, ship owners, ship masters, ports, Harbour Masters and terminal operators.

The video “The Missing Link” addresses the importance of efficient mooring operations and notably the following topics of the mooring process:

  • Mooring plan basics – all basic rules for a mooring plan
  • Mooring system weakest link – which part of the mooring system should break first?
  • Mooring lines – certificates, inspection and maintenance
  • Mooring winches – maximum holding capacity, brake testing, spring applied brakes
  • Mooring bollards – Safe Working Load, information
  • Mooring hooks – Quick Release Hooks, information
  • Mooring communication – who informs who regarding the mooring plan etc.
  • Mooring line handling – how should we pay out lines?
  • Mooring innovations – what innovations are around the corner or already in place?

The Missing Link is an initiative of Ben van Scherpenzeel for the European Harbour Masters’ Committee who you may want to contact for any comments or questions;
Scherpenzeel.ehmc@harbourmaster.org.

A copy of the video can be obtained from Ingrid Römers; romers.ehmc@harbourmaster.org

EHMC Research Participation in European Research Projects

The EHMC contributes to European research projects. From within its membership, it provides a group of experts in port safety and environmental issues, in large and small ports. As a reference group, EHMC may;

  • Assess any implications of implementing research proposals and measures for European port operations
  • Assess the equal implementation of proposals among the ports
  • Gather information on best practice in different ports
  • Disseminate information of professional interest
  • Invite comments from the wider membership on drafts and deliverables

Recent involvement in European research projects:

 

ACCSEAS

Accessibility for Shipping, Efficiency Advantages and Sustainability 

ACCSEAS is a 3-year project supporting improved maritime access to the North Sea Region through minimising navigational risk.  With European transport policy providing a shift to seaborne transport, using Short Sea Shipping to avoid road bottle necks to the movement of goods, services and people, efficient and effective marine navigation services have never been more important.

By looking to harmonise maritime information and how it is exchanged and by offering training provision to support real-world implementation, ACCSEAS will ensure that e-Navigation provision in the North Sea contributes a beneficial and lasting impact on the resilience of the Region’s critical infrastructure in terms of safety, security, economic growth and environmental protection. ACCSEAS will build on the findings of previous and current related regional projects and focus on co-operation in key areas of technology and infrastructure services that underpin maritime navigation and enhance them.

MONALISA

Motorways & electronic navigation by intelligence at sea

MONALISA develops Motorways of the Sea, contains eco-efficient e-navigation solutions and supports the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea.

MONALISA is a Motorways of the Sea project which aims at giving a concrete contribution to the efficient, safe and environmentally friendly maritime transport. This is done through development, demonstration and dissemination of innovative e-navigational services to the shipping industry, which can lay the groundwork for a future international deployment. Quality assurance of hydrographic data for the major navigational areas in Swedish and Finnish waters in the Baltic Sea contributes to improving safety and optimisation of ship routes.

Maritime Pilots CERTIPILOT Project

The Certipilot project aims at creating a framework for vocational training qualifications of maritime pilots. The project was launched in Malta, October 2011.

’Through Certipilot, for the first time ever, it will be possible to take into consideration formal, informal and non-formal learning of the Maritime Pilots. Moreover, the issue of recognition of qualifications is addressed in a holistic manner, thereby, not focusing just on one specific training programme.’

Project Co-ordinator is Malta Maritime Pilots Cooperative Society Ltd. The project is co-financed by the European Commission thanks to the Leonardo - Lifelong Learning Programme

Project HORIZON

Project Horizon ended in January 2012. It investigated in a scientific way the effects of fatigue on the performance of watch keepers under different watch patterns; when is it that fatigue strikes to an extent that it causes accidents and, moreover, which watch patterns are safer than others? Its results are convincing and may actually influence decision makers. EHMC was one of the project partners.  Its final results include a ‘Fatigue Management Toolkit’.

Latest News & Events

September 16, 2021

HOUSTON, Sept. 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ION Geophysical Corporation’s Edinburgh-based Software group today announced the Companyreceived a grant to advance port decarbonization through its climate-smart platform, MarlinSmartPort™. The grant supports the UK’s Ten Point Plan to address climate change and help achieve the country’s net-zero emissions target by 2050. The Data-Led Emissions Management (D-LEMA) project is part of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition, funded by the UK Department for Transport and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK.
The 6-month pilot study will validate whether vessel fuel usage and carbon dioxide emissions can be reliably estimated in and around ports using the International Maritime Organization (IMO) global standard.

Announced in March 2020, and part of the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan to position the UK at the forefront of green shipbuilding and maritime technology, the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition is a £20 million investment from government alongside a further ~£10 million from industry to reduce emissions from the maritime sector. The program is supporting 55 projects across the UK, including projects in Scotland, Northern Ireland and from the South West to the North East of England. As set out in the Clean Maritime Plan (2019), Government funding has been used to support early stage research relating to clean maritime. The program will be used to support the research, design and development of zero emission technology and infrastructure solutions for maritime and to accelerate decarbonization in the sector.

“Today approximately 90% of goods are transported by sea and global shipping accounts for nearly 3% of global CO 2 emissions,” said Stuart Darling, Senior Vice President of ION’s Software group. “Our technology is focused on creating high value information that drives smarter, safer management of the 5,000+ ports globally and the 50,000+ cargo vessels that transit between them. This grant enables us to continue advancing our maritime digitalization platform, Marlin SmartPort, which integrates systems and data to provide better real-time visibility and actionable intelligence to operate with just-in-time efficiency, minimizing fuel consumption and emissions. Our goal is to develop and validate fuel monitoring capabilities to start tracking
and, ultimately, to reduce port-related shipping emissions. On behalf of ION, I would like to thank our project partners, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, who will supply the data, and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, who will assist with the analysis.”

The former vice president of Costa Rica is the first woman and Central American to serve as UNCTAD’s secretary-general.

This was announced from UNCTAD HQ in Geneva on 13 September and we at IHMA send our congratulations.

Costa Rican economist Rebeca Grynspan took up her new role as secretary-general of UNCTAD on 13 September for a four-year term.

Ms Grynspan, the first woman to serve as UNCTAD’s secretary-general, was nominated for the post by UN Secretary-General António Guterres and approved by the General Assembly in June.

I am honoured to begin work at UNCTAD at a critical time for our world,’ Ms Grynspan said, ‘Covid-19 has exposed the widespread inequalities and vulnerabilities of the world and the development model. As we recover from the pandemic, we have an opportunity to rebalance the global economy, boost resilience and ensure shared prosperity.’

We must take action today to transform trade and reshape our global economy to overcome barriers to greater prosperity for all and embark on a sustainable development path that will benefit everyone.’

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IHMA Congress 2022
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Delivered virtually
Online Workshop Sponsored by:  PIANC and Navigating a Changing Climate 14 and 15 September 2021

Working with Nature for Climate-Resilient
Ports and Waterways

Online Workshop Sponsored by:
PIANC and Navigating a Changing Climate

14 and 15 September 2021

PIANC’s Environment Commission (EnviCom) and the Navigating a Changing Climate partners are collaborating to run a workshop entitled Working with Nature for Climate-Resilient Ports and Waterways.  This workshop builds on a 2021 workshop run by Navigating a Changing Climate with SedNet (https://sednet.org/) focused on sediment management and climate change.  

Two sessions are planned on consecutive days, each 2 hours long, allowing for keynote presentations, case studies, and facilitated round-table discussions. 

The workshop Working with Nature for Climate-Resilient Ports and Waterways is designed to facilitate knowledge exchange, disseminate good practice, highlight opportunities, and identify gaps in understanding or research needs in relation to the following sessions: 

  1. Session 1: 14th September.  Scaling Up and Changing Entrenched Current Practices
    • Transitioning nature-based solutions to full-scale
    • Persuading those who prefer business as usual to explore nature-based alternatives
  2. Session 2: 15th September.  Making a Business Case and Securing Finance
    • Preparing the case for investment in nature-based solutions
    • Facilitating public and private sector funding for nature-based solutions

For more information and to register, please reach out to Victor Magar (vmagar@ramboll.com) and copy to Kate Panayotou (Kate.Panayotou@ghd.com) and navclimate@pianc.org

The email title line should be marked with “PIANC‑NavClimate Working with Nature Workshop.” 

PIANC, the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure, provides the global waterborne transport community with expert guidance, recommendations, and technical advice (https://www.pianc.org/).  Navigating a Changing Climate is a PIANC-led Global Climate Action initiative under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Find out more at https://navclimate.pianc.org/

Delivered virtually
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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Latest News & Events

ION receives grant to support UK net zero target through port decarbonization ION receives grant to support UK net zero target through port decarbonization

September 16, 2021

HOUSTON, Sept. 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ION Geophysical Corporation’s Edinburgh-based Software group today announced the Companyreceived a grant to advance port… FIND OUT MORE

Rebeca Grynspan takes over as head of UNCTAD New S-G at UNCTAD

The former vice president of Costa Rica is the first woman and Central American to serve as UNCTAD’s secretary-general. FIND OUT MORE

Latest News & Events

September 16, 2021

HOUSTON, Sept. 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ION Geophysical Corporation’s Edinburgh-based Software group today announced the Companyreceived a grant to advance port decarbonization through its climate-smart platform, MarlinSmartPort™. The grant supports the UK’s Ten Point Plan to address climate change and help achieve the country’s net-zero emissions target by 2050. The Data-Led Emissions Management (D-LEMA) project is part of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition, funded by the UK Department for Transport and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK.
The 6-month pilot study will validate whether vessel fuel usage and carbon dioxide emissions can be reliably estimated in and around ports using the International Maritime Organization (IMO) global standard.

Announced in March 2020, and part of the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan to position the UK at the forefront of green shipbuilding and maritime technology, the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition is a £20 million investment from government alongside a further ~£10 million from industry to reduce emissions from the maritime sector. The program is supporting 55 projects across the UK, including projects in Scotland, Northern Ireland and from the South West to the North East of England. As set out in the Clean Maritime Plan (2019), Government funding has been used to support early stage research relating to clean maritime. The program will be used to support the research, design and development of zero emission technology and infrastructure solutions for maritime and to accelerate decarbonization in the sector.

“Today approximately 90% of goods are transported by sea and global shipping accounts for nearly 3% of global CO 2 emissions,” said Stuart Darling, Senior Vice President of ION’s Software group. “Our technology is focused on creating high value information that drives smarter, safer management of the 5,000+ ports globally and the 50,000+ cargo vessels that transit between them. This grant enables us to continue advancing our maritime digitalization platform, Marlin SmartPort, which integrates systems and data to provide better real-time visibility and actionable intelligence to operate with just-in-time efficiency, minimizing fuel consumption and emissions. Our goal is to develop and validate fuel monitoring capabilities to start tracking
and, ultimately, to reduce port-related shipping emissions. On behalf of ION, I would like to thank our project partners, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, who will supply the data, and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, who will assist with the analysis.”

The former vice president of Costa Rica is the first woman and Central American to serve as UNCTAD’s secretary-general.

This was announced from UNCTAD HQ in Geneva on 13 September and we at IHMA send our congratulations.

Costa Rican economist Rebeca Grynspan took up her new role as secretary-general of UNCTAD on 13 September for a four-year term.

Ms Grynspan, the first woman to serve as UNCTAD’s secretary-general, was nominated for the post by UN Secretary-General António Guterres and approved by the General Assembly in June.

I am honoured to begin work at UNCTAD at a critical time for our world,’ Ms Grynspan said, ‘Covid-19 has exposed the widespread inequalities and vulnerabilities of the world and the development model. As we recover from the pandemic, we have an opportunity to rebalance the global economy, boost resilience and ensure shared prosperity.’

We must take action today to transform trade and reshape our global economy to overcome barriers to greater prosperity for all and embark on a sustainable development path that will benefit everyone.’