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.
It was announced from Abu Dhabi, UAE, early in July that Abu Dhabi Maritime Academy (ADMA), a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports, had signed an MoU with Columbia Shipmanagement (CSM) for the development of training programmes, as well as the provision of consultancy services focused on the applications of alternative fuels, efficiency enhancement and artificial intelligence (AI) within maritime operations.
Abu Dhabi Ports’ maritime education facility will work closely with CSM, a world-leading in ship management and maritime services, to devise, market, and conduct courses and programmes for trainers and students.
Captain Maktoum Al Houqani, Head of Maritime Cluster, commented: ‘The advent of digitalisation has permeated virtually every industry across the world and is rapidly transforming how we both operate and conduct present-day business — and this is no more evident than within the maritime sector.
‘In addition to conventional training, our collaboration with Columbia Shipmanagement aims to educate the next generation of seafarers and port operators on the immense benefits associated with Artificial Intelligence and impress upon them how innovation will become the essential facilitator in enabling global trade in an ever-evolving digitally-powered future.’
Mark O’Neil, CEO of CSM, added: ‘We look forward to working with ADMA in developing AI and digital solutions in the important area of seafarers training. The UAE is one of the world’s best strategic locations for crew changes but is also a key centre for innovation in crew training.
‘We have been impressed with ADMA’s advanced simulator facilities and we are confident that together with ADMA, we will introduce more innovative and high-tech training solutions.
‘Our advanced eLearning platform coupled with the work of our Performance Optimisation Control Room and software development teams will help to achieve these goals for the benefit of our partners and the seafarers in the region and globally.’
In addition to assisting ADMA with the development of the new curriculum, CSM will provide resources for the creation of eLearning and interactive courses, introduce innovative technologies such as AI and holographic telepresence*, as well as consultancy services in collaboration with ADMA.
Under the directives of the MoU agreement, ADMA and CSM are also expected to collaborate on joint research projects dedicated to the development of innovative and advanced maritime technologies of the future.
About Columbia Shipmanagement
With over 40 years of tradition, commitment and professionalism, Columbia (founded in Cyprus) has established its position as a world-class ship manager and maritime service provider.
Abu Dhabi Ports
Established in 2006, Abu Dhabi Ports serves as a major facilitator of logistics, industry, and trade, as well as a bridge linking Abu Dhabi to the world. Part of ADQ, one of the region’s largest holding companies with a broad portfolio of major enterprises spanning key sectors of Abu Dhabi’s diversified economy, Abu Dhabi Ports’ vertically integrated business approach has proven instrumental in driving the emirate’s economic development over the past decade.
Operating several clusters covering ports, industrial cities & free zone, maritime, logistics, and digital, Abu Dhabi Ports’ portfolio comprises eleven ports and terminals in the UAE and Guinea, and more than 550 square kilometres of industrial zones within Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) and ZonesCorp, the largest integrated trade, logistics, and industrial business grouping in the Middle East.
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* An evolving technology for full-motion, 3D video conferencing. This can project realistic, full-motion, real-time 3D images of distant people and objects into a room. With real-time audio communication there is a high level of realism not far removed from physical presence.
Abu Dhabi Maritime Academy and Columbia Shipmanagement have signed an MOU to develop training programmes and collaborate in alternative fuels, efficiency enhancement, and Artificial Intelligence for the global maritime industry.
Photo: ADMA ©.
IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has welcomed the World Health Organization’s decision to name seafarers as one of the groups of transportation workers that should be prioritised for Covid-19 vaccination in instances of limited supplies. This was reported on 22 July.
Updated guidance for Stage II of its vaccine roadmap from the WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) states: ‘Seafarers and air crews who work on vessels that carry goods and no passengers, with special attention to seafarers who are stranded at sea and prevented from crossing international borders for crew change due to travel restrictions.’
IMO Secretary General Lim commented: ‘I am glad to see that the WHO recognises the importance of vaccinating seafarers on cargo ships.
‘These individuals are responsible for transporting over 80% of all goods around the world, including food, medicine and vaccine supplies – and have continued to do so despite extremely challenging circumstances. Seafarers will play a key role in the global recovery, and barriers to international travel and crew change must be removed.’
On 28 September 2019, a cargo tank containing styrene monomer on board the Cayman Islands registered chemical tanker Stolt Groenland ruptured causing an explosion and fire. The tanker was moored alongside a general cargo berth in Ulsan, Republic of Korea and the Singapore registered chemical tanker Bow Dalian was moored outboard. Ignition of the styrene monomer vapour resulted in a fireball, which reached the road bridge above. Both vessels were damaged, and two crew suffered minor injuries. Fifteen emergency responders were injured during the fire-fighting, which lasted for over six hours.
Rupture of the styrene monomer tank resulted from a runaway polymerisation that was initiated by elevated temperatures caused by heat transfer from other chemical cargoes. Elevated temperatures caused the inhibitor, added to prevent the chemical’s polymerisation during the voyage, to deplete more rapidly than expected. Although the styrene monomer had not been stowed directly adjacent to heated cargo, the potential for heat transfer through intermediate tanks was not fully appreciated or assessed.