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.
At its 12th session held in Kish Island, Iran in March 2019, the Inter-governmental Coordination Group for the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (ICG/IOTWMS) decided to organise an Indian Ocean Wave Exercise (IOWave20) in 2020 and established a Task Team to plan and conduct the exercise. At its intersessional meeting held in Jakarta, Indonesia on 29 September 2019, the Task Team decided to conduct the IOWave20 exercise on 6, 13 and 20 October 2020.
IOWave20 will simulate Indian Ocean countries being put in a tsunami warning situation and require the National Tsunami Warning Centre (NTWC) and the National and/or Local Disaster Management Offices (NDMO/LDMO) in each country to implement their Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
In addition to testing the SOPs and communication links at all levels of the warning chain, a primary objective of IOWave20 is to enhance tsunami preparedness at community level. To this end, Exercise IOWave20 will also provide an opportunity for Member States to test the UNESCO-IOC Tsunami Ready programme indicators in pilot communities.
All IOTWMS Member States have been strongly encouraged to conduct IOWave20 exercise up to community level and test the indicators of UNESCO-IOC Tsunami Ready programme in pilot communities.
Exercise IOWave20 will comprise three scenarios with simulated tsunami waves travelling across the Indian Ocean basin. Member States are invited to participate in either or all events, which will run in real time.
The IOTWMS Tsunami Service Providers (TSP) of Australia, India and Indonesia will provide exercise bulletins and detailed tsunami threat advice on their password-protected websites, and will send notification messages to the Tsunami Warning Focal Points (TWFP) as data is updated during the events.
An IOWave20 Exercise Manual was understood to have been distributed in advance with further details of the exercise scenarios and the exercise evaluation to be conducted afterwards.
To learn more
For more information and background documents on Exercise IOWave20
readers are invited to see here: http://www.ioc-tsunami.org/index.php?option=com_oe&task=viewEventRecord&eventID=2634
ICG/NEAMTWS and UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030)
The NEAMTWS will contribute to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030, in particular by responding to the needs of society for a safe ocean where people are protected from ocean hazards.
The Inter-governmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System in the North-eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and connected seas (ICG/NEAMTWS) was formed in response to the tragic tsunami on 26 December 2004, in which over 250,000 lives were lost around the Indian Ocean region.
On an historical note Great Basses Lighthouse, Sri Lanka, was built by Trinity House, London, in 1872 – 1873 (see illustration © Trinity House). Masonry on the tower’s landing was damaged in the tsunami of 2004. Repairs were effected by a joint Trinity House, Northern Lighthouse Board team.
On 11 August the IMO reported that it had joined international efforts to assist the Government of Mauritius, following an oil leak from the bulk carrier mv Wakashio, which ran aground on 25 July off Pointe d’Esny natural area, south-eastern coast of Mauritius.
IMO and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)/United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Joint Environment Unit have jointly deployed an oil spill response expert. Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions and border closures in Mauritius, the expert was (on 11 August) awaiting onward travel via specially chartered UN flight from Nairobi, following COVID tests.
Approximately 3,894 tonnes of low-sulphur fuel oil, 207 tonnes of diesel and 90 tonnes of lubricant oil were on board the Wakashio. An amount of oil leaked following severe weather.
It is understood that the affected area is located in a very sensitive zone that includes the Blue Bay Marine Park, Iles aux Aigrettes, and the Ramsar sites.
At the time of writing (11 August) satellite mapping support was being sought from UNOSAT, to provide an indication of the extent of the spill and to inform the response effort.
A new Just In Time Arrival Guide which aims to provide both port and shipping sectors with practical guidance on how to facilitate Just In Time Arrivals has been released. This was reported by IMO on 11 August.
To download the Guide readers are invited to see IMO web link here: http://www.imo.org/en/OurWork/PartnershipsProjects/Documents/GIA-just-in-time-hires.pdf
This Guide has been developed by the Global Industry Alliance to support low carbon shipping (Low Carbon GIA), based on research and discussion amongst its membership, and the Guide documents the findings of a series of industry roundtables which brought together nearly 50 companies and organizations who are key stakeholders in the port call process.