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.
News has been received of courses organised by ABPmer on Marine Accident and Incident Investigation Training. See: www.abpmer.co.uk/services/courses-and-conferences
Risk is inherent within any marine operation, which means that accidents and incidents will occur. Marine accidents and incidents can be highly complex, relevant authorities are responsible for investigating these events; anyone carrying out an investigation needs the skills to conduct a robust investigation.
Run by ABPmer the two-day training course delivers the core knowledge required to understand the cause factors leading to an accident, collate the required information and compile an investigation report with recommendations for improving safety.
The course is divided into eight sessions which lead delegates chronologically through the accident investigation process. Designed specifically around the needs of the ports industry, it covers the generic skills necessary to carry out a safety investigation after any maritime or occupational accident, using real-world examples and exercises.
The course is presented by a former (UK) Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) principal inspector, with 15 years of experience during which he was involved with the investigation of over 80 serious marine accidents, resulting in over 150 recommendations for improving safety. This is backed up with 27 years at sea, trading worldwide.
By the end of the course those attending will understand:
Who should attend?
This two-day course is aimed at those whose role involves assessing marine risk or investigating maritime accidents and incidents, such as:
Harbour masters, Deputy harbour masters, Pier masters
Port safety officers
31 March and 1 April 2020 at ABP, Southampton
21 and 22 Oct 2020 at ABP, Southampton
£490 per delegate (includes buffet lunch, tea/coffee refreshments)
"An excellent course which has enhanced my understanding of accident investigation."
If you are interested in attending the Marine Accident and Incident Investigation course, please email: email@example.com or contact Adam Fitzpatrick on +44 (0)23 8071 1889.
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One of Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani’s last duties before leaving office on 13 February was to make a written statement on Light Dues, the means of financing the marine aids to navigation services of the United Kingdom.
In the document she said: ‘A strong and growing maritime industry is vital to the economy of the United Kingdom and it is critical that we treasure and protect this vital artery if we are to remain a world-leading maritime centre.
‘The work of the General Lighthouse Authorities2, which provide and maintain marine aids to navigation and respond to new wrecks and navigation dangers in some of the busiest waters in the world, is crucial to underpinning that vision whilst maintaining our vigorous safety record and continuously improving standards of safety.
‘Reductions in the three General Lighthouse Authorities’ running costs have enabled the UK to reduce light dues on four occasions since 2014. For 2020 to 2021 I intend to freeze light dues rates at 37½ pence per net registered tonne. This will mean that light dues will have fallen by 30% in real terms since 2010.
‘Light dues rates will continue to be reviewed on an annual basis to ensure that the General Lighthouse Authorities are challenged to provide an effective and efficient service which offers value for money to light dues payers.’
New hubs of business and enterprise will be opened across the UK creating thousands of jobs, regenerating communities and turbocharging Britain’s post-Brexit growth, the Government announced on 10 February.
Up to ten new innovative Freeports will be opened across the UK as the Government seeks to level up the country and seize on the opportunities leaving the EU has presented. This was the style of a news item delivered on behalf of HM Treasury.
A consultation has been launched setting out the Government’s vision for Freeports, with the aim of announcing the location of the new zones at the end of this year so they can be open for business in 2021.
It is understood that once the ten-week consultation is completed, the Government will invite sea, air and rail ports to bid for Freeport status on a competitive basis.
Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Rishi Sunak, said: ‘Freeports will unleash the potential in our proud historic ports, boosting and regenerating communities across the UK as we level up. They will attract new businesses, spreading jobs, investment and opportunity to towns and cities up and down the country.
‘This is all part of our mission as an open, outward-looking country, championing global free trade with vibrant Freeports that work for all of the UK.’