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.
The International Harbour Masters’ Association (IHMA) is pleased to let you know that the detailed agenda for the 9th IHMA Congress to be held in Bruges – Ghent, Belgium 2014 has been published. Please see attached document for further details.
Please find here a list of the members and organisations registered to attend as per 1/2 March 2014:
Algeciras Bay Port Authority; APM Terminals Bahrain; AS Kunda Nordic; Associated Icelandic Ports; Australian Maritime Systems; Barcelona Port Authority; Bremer Schiffsmeldedienst; Copenhagen Malmo Port; Dover Harbour Board; Dublin Port Company; Eilat Ashkelon Pipeline Co; Falmouth Harbour Commissioners; Fremantle Ports; FSI - Primorsky Region Maritime Port Administration; Germanischer Lloyd SE; Ghent Port; Company AMPC; Groningen Seaports; Hamburg Port Authority; Hansestadt Bremisches Hafenamt; Klaipeda State Seaport Authority; Klein Systems Group; Kolding Havn; Murmansk Maritime Port Authorities; Namport; Plymouth University; Port Hedland Port Authority; Port of Aalborg; Port of Amsterdam; Port of Antwerp; Port of Cork; Port Of Gothenburg; Port of London Authority; Port of Moerdijk; Port of Portland; Port of Rotterdam; Port of Tallinn; Ports of Marseille - Marseille-Fos; Prince Rupert Port Authority; Rosslare Europort; Royal Dirkzwager; SMSC; Sohar Industrial Port Company; SSPA Sweden AB; St. Petersburg Maritime Authority; Taman Maritime Port Administration; The Nautical Institute; Toros Tarim San. Ve Tic. A.S; Transnet National Ports Authority; United Kingdom Maritime Pilot's Association; Vanino Maritime Port Administration & Vysotsk Maritime Authority
Our picture shows a Carnival line up. Five Carnival ships are due in Durban in week commencing 24 May. (Photo: www.africaports.co.za )
No less than five Carnival Cruise ships are due to arrive in Durban between 26 and 28 May to take on bunkers and to restock depleted supplies.
These five ships are part of a group of 12 engaged in the humanitarian task of repatriating over 26,000 crew from the Carnival fleet and other companies, as well as personnel from entertainment centres ashore, who because of the coronavirus pandemic, have had their employment suddenly curtailed.
Hotel staff and entertainers
These are the entertainment staff, the onboard shop workers, beauty salon practitioners, waiters and bus boys, chefs and kitchen staff, cabin cleaners, pursers and front desk people all making up the staff working on board cruise ships.
With cruising curtailed these former employees are finally returning home to destinations like India, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines after having remained on board their ships for more than two months, unable to go ashore or receive visitors ever since cruising operations were suspended in mid -March. Ahead they face another three or four weeks at sea before being allowed to disembark. However, there’s something of a problem.
Call to governments
IFSMA* calls upon Governments to adopt the ‘Framework of protocols for ensuring safe ship crew changes and travel during the COVID-19 pandemic’ without delay to allow ship owners and management companies to change over their dangerously tired crews.
Governments must act now in order to avoid personal injury to, and mental breakdown of, seafarers and avoid the significant risk of accidents and consequential danger to life and the environment.
Concern at IFSMA
IFSMA is receiving an increasing number of reports from its ship masters’ associations around the world concerned for the welfare and safety of crews and the increased risk with which they are operating in an already high risk environment. Seafarers are feeling let down and abandoned by their Governments.
Following concerns from the maritime industry, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) issued a circular to all Member States, the UN and agencies and IGOs and NGOs in consultative status with IMO. This document concerned recommendations to Member States about measures to facilitate ship crew changes in seaports during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The IMO Secretary General has received a framework of protocols for ensuring safe ship crew changes and travel during the pandemic, proposed by a cross-section of global industry associations in consultative status with the IMO, for example: ICS, IAPH, BIMCO, IFSMA, and P&I Clubs as well as the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
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