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.
MOU with Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd
Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) and Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd. (GRSE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at Kolkata on 7 July.
With regard to this accord IRS will provide a comprehensive range of services to GRSE Ltd comprising planning of repairs/refits and modification work of ships, provision of QA services during execution thereof, facilitating skill augmentation of GRSE personnel, and undertaking technical studies and analyses over a large range of subjects.
For repair or refit and modification work, IRS will prepare the detailed scope of work to be undertaken, inclusive of a detailed defect list based on assessment of material state through survey and inspection, undertake inspection and witness tests and trials of required new components/equipment, as applicable, and witness running trials of onboard machinery, on completion of work.
IRS will undertake various technical studies and analyses including fatigue life assessment, noise/vibration analysis, signature prediction – as required by GRSE.
Mr Arun Sharma, Executive Chairman at IRS, said: ‘IRS is now recognised globally for industry excellence. We are proud to offer high-quality inspection and training services to our valued partner – GRSE.’
Commodore PR Hari, Indian Navy (Ret’d.) Chairman and Managing Director of GRSE, while welcoming the idea of partnering with IRS stated: ‘As India aims to strengthen its position as a leading shipbuilding nation, pursuit of excellence through high quality products remains an integral part of GRSE’s value system and this MOU would further strengthen our efforts in that direction.’
IRClass Training at Doha, Qatar
IRClass Academy, the training arm of international ship classification society, Indian Register of Shipping (IRS), has provided comprehensive International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) training to an array of key stakeholders in Doha, Qatar.
The training session was inaugurated by Dr Saleh Mohsin A R Fetais, Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Transport, Qatar. A variety of topics were covered in the training including maritime security policies, security responsibilities, threat identification and emergency preparedness, drills and exercises.
This training was well attended by personnel from the Coast Guard, Ministry of Interior, Qatar Navy, Ministry of Transport, Ras Laffan Port Security and Industrial Security who gained insights and provided positive feedback. The training programme was co-ordinated and facilitated by Captain Bijoy Sharma IRS Country Manager for Qatar.
Mr Amit Bhatnagar, Head IRClass Academy at IRS, said: ‘The Middle East is one of our most important strategic markets and it's a pleasure to work closely with key stakeholders in Doha. IRClass Academy is gaining rapid recognition globally and we remain committed to provide the highest quality training around the world.’
Qatar’s Ministry of Transport’s activities
According to the Qatar’s Ministry of Transport the maritime transport sector is committed to developing and modernizing it in line with strategic plans aiming at ensuring safe maritime navigation meeting all safety requirements and obligations.
As part of efforts to achieve the strategic objectives of Qatar’s National Vision 2030, the maritime transport sector maintains a close relationship with the IMO and runs constant reviews of national legislation to ensure compliance with relevant international legislation in the best interests of the State of Qatar.
Professor Adam Weintrit, Chairman of the TransNav Conference, Rector of Gdynia Maritime University and Editor-in-Chief of TransNav Journal has informed us of the above event.
The Conference is jointly organized by the Faculty of Navigation of the Gdynia Maritime University and The Nautical Institute.
Sanmar Shipyards has joined forces with IGUS, the world’s largest energy chain systems manufacturer, to develop and build a new compact ‘electric bunkering’ system that can supply various vessel types with onshore power.
By joining forces and expertise, the two companies have designed and built a simple to operate compact quayside Shore Power Dispenser System, which can be operated by just one crew member.
The modular design allows an extension of the dispenser system to provide higher charging power capacities easily. Each cable dispenser module can handle 500A current capacity (up to 1000V AC).