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.
19-20 November 2019 | Fira Barcelona Gran Via | Smart City Expo World Congress
Ports are having to react quickly to changes in the shipping supply chain. With lots of mergers and acquisitions in the container industry, and increased growth in the cruise sector, there is steep competition to attract vessels, particularly on popular trade and tourist routes.
In the current climate ports are in an arms race to optimise their offering, increase the number of vessels they can turn around through transparent, efficient systems, and provide facilities for mega ships.
This year Smart Ports Summit Barcelona will be launching at the Smart City World Expo between 19-20 November 2019. Run in collaboration with the Port of Barcelona, the conference will be a meeting point for the entire supply chain to address topics around optimisation of operations and long-term integration of technologies enhancing existing processes and networks.
View the full agenda: http://bit.ly/2InLyim
Join an unparalleled speaker faculty; consisting of major shipping companies, terminals, port authorities and associations to find out how digital ports are becoming a reality through collaboration.
Make sure you are involved with delivering the ports of the future. Secure your place at the Smart Ports Summit Barcelona today.
As a member of the IHMA you are entitled to a 20% discount.
All tickets give contain a free access pass to the exhibition area of the Smart City Expo World Congress.
How to claim your discount:
Book online: http://bit.ly/2VhRPBl
Coronavirus: Let’s keep ships moving, ports open and cross-border trade flowing
Statement on 25 March by UNCTAD Secretary-General, Dr Mukhisa Kituyi
Note: There is a series of related links to be found at the foot of this article*
‘As the world battles the coronavirus pandemic, the global maritime transport industry is playing a critical role in the response.
‘A call by the industry to all governments to keep maritime trade moving by allowing commercial ships continued access to ports worldwide and by facilitating the rapid changeover of ships’ crews should not go unheeded.
‘Around 80% of global trade is transported by commercial shipping, which moves the world’s food, energy and raw materials, as well as manufactured goods and components, according to UNCTAD statistics.
‘This includes vital medical supplies, which are sorely needed at this time, and items that are necessary for the preservation of many jobs in manufacturing – without which modern society cannot function.
Trinity House has been closely monitoring the developments of the impact of COVID-19 and has followed advice provided by HM Government.
With regard to its function as the General Lighthouse Authority (GLA) for England, Wales, the Channel Islands and Gibraltar, the Trinity House priority is to keep staff safe while delivering its statutory functions.
The three GLAs of the UK and Ireland* are deemed essential services vital for the safety of marine navigation and the continuous flow of food, fuel, medical and hygiene supplies, along with the many other commodities upon which the nation depends daily.
In accordance with Government advice a significant majority of Trinity House personnel are now working from home where possible, but some staff are required to attend their normal workplace because of the essential nature of their work.
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