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.
We look forward to welcoming you to Vancouver where we will be celebrating twenty years of the IHMA.
Addressing the theme ‘Port Expansion - the Challenges’, the Congress program will be designed to appeal to all those responsible for the safe, secure, efficient and environmentally sound conduct of marine operations in port waters and industry organisations working with, or within Ports across all levels of the industry spectrum.
Hosted by the Maritime Administration of the Western Australia and took place between 19th and 23rd April 2010 in Perth, Australia
Hosted by the Maritime Administration of the Port of St Petersburg, and took place between 12th and 16th May 2008
Hosted by the Malta Maritime Authority, and took place between 3rd and 7th April 2006
Hosted by Hansestadt Bremisches Hafenamt, in Bremen, Germany, and took place between 23rd and 28th May 2004
Hosted by the National Ports Authority of South Africa and took place between 13 and 17 May 2002
Hosted by Dubai Ports Authority, United Arab Emirates, and took place between 28 April and 3 May 2000
Hosted by the Port Management of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and took place between 24-30 May 1998
Early in September the IMO Media service reported that Hapag-Lloyd AG was the latest entity to join the Global Industry Alliance (GIA) for Marine Biosafety, an initiative launched in June 2020 by the IMO GloFouling Partnerships project. Here the initiative works to promote collaboration with the private sector to address two of the most pressing environmental issues of our time: invasive species and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
At this time the new member of the GIA joins forces with an expanding group of leading private sector champions representing a wide range of maritime industries affected by biofouling, including shipping, aquaculture, offshore oil and gas and ocean renewable energies.
There is a useful introductory article on the Alliance to be found here: www.glofouling.imo.org/post/new-member-joins-the-global-industry-alliance-for-marine-biosafety
Biofouling is the build-up of aquatic organisms, such as algae or small animals, on marine surfaces that can lead to the introduction of potentially invasive species to new environments, where they may threaten native species and cause irreversible damage to biodiversity. Additionally, biofouling increases the drag of ships, forcing them to burn more fuel to maintain speed.
Late Friday (11 September) the IMO issued a Joint Statement with other UN entities to urge action on the crew change crisis
In the agreed document all Governments were called upon to immediately recognize seafarers as keyworkers, and to address the humanitarian crisis faced by the shipping sector.
The Statement was issued above the signatures of several UN agencies including IMO, ILO, UNCTAD, FAO and ICAO to urge all UN Member States to take action to urgently resolve the crew change crisis to avert a humanitarian disaster that will also affect the safety of shipping, the protection of the marine environment, the continuation of efficient trade and the recovery of the world economy.
The Joint Statement can be download here:
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