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.
On 8 April in Singapore, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA) and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) signed a joint memorandum of understanding (see illustration).
This new MOU codifies the extensive level of co-operation that already exists between these important international trade associations and provides a framework for their closer co-operation. The three associations collectively represent over 90% of the world merchant fleet. The agreement recognises their respective memberships of national shipowners’ associations and the unique and special relationship which their members enjoy with their national governments.
The MOU confirms the roles of ICS, ASA and ECSA as the principal global and regional associations, representing shipowners and operators – in all shipping sectors and trades – with those global and regional organisations, regulators and other bodies which impact and affect the interests of international shipping.
In the words of ICS Chairman, Esben Poulsson (pictured, left): ‘Shipping is a global industry requiring global rules. It is only natural that as the representatives of the world’s national shipowner associations that we should further cement our relationships to ensure that we work as effectively as possible in support of a global regulatory framework for shipping and in opposition to unwelcome regional or unilateral initiatives that may impede the efficiency of maritime trade.
ASA President Bhumindr Harinsuit (pictured, centre) added: ‘It is vital that the interests of Asian shipping, which controls an increasingly large proportion of the world fleet, are properly represented at the global level, especially with the increasing importance of Asian economies to overall demand for shipping services. It is of utmost importance that shipowners outside our region are fully aware of local developments that may affect their operations.’
And to which ECSA President Panagiotis Laskaridis (pictured, right) commented: ‘The maritime policies of the European Union have a significant impact on regulatory developments at fora such as the UN IMO, with major implications for ship operators in Europe and globally. Cooperation with ICS and ASA allows us to enhance our joint efforts to represent the best interests of shipowners, whether at bodies such as IMO or when dealing with the EU institutions.’
A copy of the ICS / ASA / ECSA MOU can be seen here: http://www.ics-shipping.org/docs/default-source/documents---link-access/mou-between-asa-ecsa-and-ics---final-agreed-text.pdf?sfvrsn=2
Peak Season Surcharge
Peak Season Surcharges (PSS) have been added to cargo destined for the Cameroonian port of Douala.
PSS applies on cargo from all European and Mediterranean ports and applies to dry, cargo, reefer cargo, OOG and Breakbulk cargo. The rates are understood to be:
20 foot $85.00 / £70.00 / €75.00
40 foot $170.00 / £140 / £150.00
20 foot reefer $85.00 / £70.00 / €75.00
40 Foot reefer $170.00 / £140 / £150.00
This is effective from 1 November until further notice.
It was announced on 14 October that the Port of Galveston is going green with a number of environmental initiatives, including membership in Green Marine, the leading voluntary environmental programme for North America’s maritime industry.
In the words of Rodger E Rees, port director and CEO: ‘Joining Green Marine will help us identify and implement best practices, manage our environmental initiatives, measure our progress and strive for continuous improvement. Sharing new technologies and best practices with other Green Marine members is another benefit that we’ll tap into.’
Rees added that the port will look for opportunities to integrate new sustainability practices like solar power as it implements its new 20-year strategic master plan. The port is seeking Green Marine certification as a standardized process to benchmark and measure progress in its environmental performance. Our illustration here is reproduced with grateful thanks from www.portofgalveston.com ©
David Bolduc, Green Marine’s executive director, welcomed its newest member. by saying: ‘We’re pleased to welcome the Port of Galveston and applaud them on their plans to seek Green Marine certification to tangibly demonstrate their commitment to greener practices. We hope this inspires other maritime stakeholders to look at what Green Marine has to offer with its step-by-step approach towards achieving greater sustainability.’