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European Harbour Masters' Committee (EHMC)

IHMA members within a defined geographical region of two or more neighbouring countries may seek IHMA authority to establish a Regional Committee.  The aim of a Regional Committee is to further the specific interests of IHMA's members within that region.

At present there is one Regional Committee, the European Harbour Masters' Committee (EHMC).  The EHMC is managed by a board from which its Chair is elected.  The EHMC has its own Secretary and its elected Chair is co-opted to ExCo.

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EHMC Objectives

The aim of the EHMC is to further the specific interests of IHMA's individual members in that region. 

As well as the benefits of IHMA membership, European Harbour Masters receive the following benefits of membership of the European Harbour Masters' Committee:

  1. A focus on European issues
  2. European identity in the eyes of European institutions
  3. Representation of the views of European Harbour Masters
  4. A European voice in the European institutions
  5. Influence in European policies concerning ports and shipping transport
  6. Dissemination of information
  7. Seminars on professional topics in the years between the IHMA’s biennial Congress
  8. Networking opportunities
  9. Discussions and exchange of information and best practice between European Harbour Masters
  10. Monitoring the flow of information, directives and consultative papers that come from the European Commission
  11. Contributing, as an expert group, to European research projects. In this respect, the EHMC is registered as a group of professional experts in the CONECCS database—the database for Consultation, the European Commission and Civil Society.

As an active Regional Committee, EHMC strives to strengthen the IHMA

EHMC Board Members


EHMC Relations

The EHMC actively seeks close co-operation with a number of European organisations.

EHMC co-operates actively with other European organisations in ports.  At the 2009 seminar in Gdansk the European organisations EMPA (pilots), ETA (tug owners), EBA (boatmen) and CESMA (captains) were invited. This led, a year later, to a co-operation that aims to improve together the standards for safe operations in ports, the European Nautical Platform www.nauticalplatform.org

ESPO, European Sea Ports Organisation, represents the port authorities, port associations and port administrations of the seaports of the Member States of the European Union and Norway. ESPO also has observer members in several neighbouring European countries. ESPO plays a pro-active role in issues such as port governance and port performance. www.espo.be

Within ESPO, the EHMC cooperates with The Marine Affairs and Security Committee (MA&S). The starting point is that ESPO is strong in influencing public policy in the European port sector, EHMC –as technical marine experts- is strong in professional knowledge.  Combining forces is beneficial for both organisations.  EHMC may send ’ex officio members’ representing the EHMC as an organisation in the committee.  ESPO can request topical expertise from the wider EHMC membership.

ETA, European Tugowners Association, founded 1963, promotes the interests of the European towage industry.  Based in Brussels as a non-governmental organization, its membership is drawn from 21 European countries and comprises 82 companies operating some 700 tugs in the ports and coastal areas of Europe.  ETA membership embraces all sizes of individual companies from single tug ones to the largest industry, including multinational groups, port authorities of main ports and small ports.  www.ebanet.orgwww.eurotugowners.com

EBA, European Boatmen’s Association, founded 1977, has the purpose of exchanging technical-nautical information in order to improve and enhance the sector’s professional standards.  It takes action when invited to do so by a national association, to support initiatives or provide its experience wherever the opportunity arises. www.ebanet.org

EMPA, European Maritime Pilots’ Association, is a non-profit organization, created in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1963 by pilots of the recently established European Economic Community.  Nowadays EMPA includes member countries associations of maritime pilots from the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.  In 2012, EMPA represented about 5,000 maritime pilots from 25 European countries, including Norway, Russia, Croatia, Turkey and Ukraine. www.empa-pilots.eu/

CESMA, European Shipmasters’ Association, membership includes 14 shipmasters’ associations in 11 European maritime nations. The organisation works on a non-profit basis and is independent of states, political parties, trade unions and shipowners’ organisations.
www.cesma-eu.org

EMSA, European Maritime Safety Association, was founded in the aftermath of the Erika and Prestige disasters and deals with pollution response, ensuring quality shipping, protecting the marine environment, accident investigation and maritime information systems. www.emsa.europa.eu

 

EU Policy and Legislation

Maritime and Port Policy

Maritime Transport Strategy 2018

Commission Communication; Strategic goals and recommendations for the EU’s maritime transport policy until 2018. In this Communication the Commission presents the main strategic objectives for the European maritime transport system up to 2018. The Strategy identifies key areas where action by the EU will strengthen the competitiveness of the sector while enhancing its environmental performance.

The Communication itself is divided into six chapters: (i.) shipping trends & business conditions, (ii.) human resources, (iii.) quality shipping, (iv.) international scene, (v.) short-sea shipping and (vi.) research and innovation.

Source: European Commission   
Date: January 2009

Commission Staff Working Document (on the implementation of the EU Maritime Transport Strategy 2009-2018)


Legislation

Directive 2010/65/EU, Reporting formalities for ships
Directive on reporting formalities for ships arriving in and/or departing from ports in EU member states.  Its purpose is to simplify and harmonise the administrative procedures applied to maritime transport by making compulsory the electronic transmission of information standard and by rationalising reporting formalities.  Entered into force 1 June 2015.

Regulation 1286/2011, Methodology for investigating marine casualties
This EU regulation adopts a common methodology for investigating marine casualties and incidents to be followed by investigative bodies when carrying out safety investigations. Developed pursuant to Article 5(4) of Directive 2009/18/EC.

Directive 2009/18/EC, Accident Investigation Directive
Directive establishing the fundamental principles governing the investigation of accidents in the maritime transport sector.  The purpose of this Directive is to improve maritime safety and the prevention of pollution by ships, and so reduce the risk of future marine casualties, by: (a) facilitating the expeditious holding of safety investigations and proper analysis of marine casualties and incidents in order to determine their causes; and (b) ensuring the timely and accurate reporting of safety investigations and proposals for remedial action.

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Latest News & Events

A new report from the FAO shows that while most fish stocks remain overexploited, the number of stocks subject to overfishing has decreased for the first time in decades. This was announced from FAO HQ in Rome in mid-December. Readers are invited to see the full report here: http://www.fao.org/documents/card/en/c/cb2429en

After decades of increasing human pressures on the Mediterranean and Black Sea marine ecosystems and fisheries resources, the latest data suggest that a corner is finally being turned on overexploitation of the region's vital fish stocks.

According to a new report on the State of Mediterranean and Black Sea Fisheries (SoMFi 2020), released on 14 December, while 75% of fish stocks remain subject to overfishing, this percentage fell by more than 10% between 2014 and 2018. Exploitation ratios are down by a similar proportion. Taking into account newly assessed stocks, the number of fish stocks with high relative biomass has doubled since the last edition published in 2018.

Crew changes are once more becoming difficult as much of the world locks down again following the emergence of several new and more transmissible variants of Covid-19, crew specialist Danica has warned.

With travel corridors being closed and new travel restrictions imposed, airlines are once again cancelling or reducing flights which poses a problem for crew transiting to vessels. It is understood from Danica that ports too, if they have reopened, are imposing greater restrictions.

Henrik Jensen (pictured), Managing Director of Danica Crewing Services, has warned: ‘I believe we may be heading for a new crew change crisis every bit as bad as last spring. Over the past six months crew changes have been possible in many cases, although they have been costly and complex. However, now we are seeing a range of new restrictions and barriers to crew travel while also facing some serious issues in relation to crew health risk factors. I can foresee this impacting heavily on crew changes for the next few months.’

Danica specialises in crew deployment and has been assisting a range of ship operators in order to achieve crew changes over the past year. As a result, the company is fully aware of the latest rules and restrictions and well-placed to notice how they are impacting crewing.

Jensen explained: ‘In response to the rapid increase in infections around the world, governments are imposing new or additional measures including travel restrictions. Although these measures are understandable in the circumstances, based on scientific evidence, and intended to provide protection for their populations, they also cause operational and logistical problems for crew changes.

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Delivered virtually: 30 Nov – 1 Dec 2020
Safety@SEa week 2020

INTERNATIONAL SAFETY@SEA 2020 WEBINAR SERIES

Join us at this year’s annual gathering of members of the international maritime community and top practitioners as we focus on the theme “Maritime Safety: New Normal, New Paradigms”.

Hear from keynote speakers from the International Maritime Organization,The Nautical Institute, BIMCO and the International Association of Classification Societies, as we discuss topics like seafarers’ mental health & wellness, ship safety and incidents, as well as ship management in the new normal across 4 sessions.

As part of MPA’s commitment to promoting safety at sea, registration for this event is free.

Delivered virtually: 5 – 10 October 2020 | 12 months access
IHMA Congress 2020

With the theme, "The Next Wave – Navigating Towards the Digital Future, the 12th biennial Congress will be delivered virtually from 5 - 10 October, 2020.

The Congress remains the key forum for IHMA members and the global ports sector to collaborate, network, share information, and provide updates on the latest industry technology and solutions.

This year, the IHMA Congress will be transformed into a virtual global community that regularly connects over 12months. All speakers, attendees, sponsors and exhibitors will have exclusive access to the Virtual IHMA Community for Global Port & Marine Operations.

The IHMA Congress Conference itself, including keynotes, technical presentations, panels and Q&A, will be broadcast via a premium event platform in October. The post-Congress Series Program, also to be hosted via the platform will the released shortly.

The 2020 IHMA Congress is an unparalleled opportunity for maritime businesses to showcase their services and for port marine professionals from around the world to network, share their experiences and update their professional knowledge.

Klaipeda, Lithuania
Baltic LNG & Gas forum

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Creating greater energy security and independence. Meeting environmental regulations.

Join industry game changers who are altering the Baltic gas and LNG markets by providing greater energy security and meeting European climate change targets.

Port of Sillamäe, Estonia
EHMC 2021 Seminar

The Port of Sillamäe (SILPORT), Estonia, is the most eastern port of the EU, located only 25 km from the EU-Russian border and is one of the largest private ports in the EU. It is a relatively new, multifunctional deep-sea port. Natural depth at the quaysides of the port are sufficient for servicing the largest vessels that can enter the Baltic Sea through the Danish Straights. The port was opened for navigation in 2005 and offers an infra- and superstructure capable of handling all cargo groups from oil-products and dry bulk to containerised cargo.

Theme of the 2021 event; the Climate; ports, terminals, ships and harbour masters. Captain René Sirol, Harbour Master, Port of Sillamäe and the EHMC look forward to welcoming you in 2021. Sillamäe Port will provide shuttle busses from the airport of Tallinn to the venue. 

DUE TO CORONA DEVELOPMENTS IT WAS DECIDED TO CANCEL THE EVENT AS SCEDULED FOR THE 6TH OF JUNE 2021.
With a reservation of next years’ developments, the s
eminar is postponed to autumn 2021. The event, if any, will be a live event, not an online event. The date will be announced here in due time.

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Latest News & Events

A new report from the FAO shows that while most fish stocks remain overexploited, the number of stocks subject to overfishing has decreased for the first time in decades. This was announced from FAO HQ in Rome in mid-December. Readers are invited to see the full report here: http://www.fao.org/documents/card/en/c/cb2429en

After decades of increasing human pressures on the Mediterranean and Black Sea marine ecosystems and fisheries resources, the latest data suggest that a corner is finally being turned on overexploitation of the region's vital fish stocks.

According to a new report on the State of Mediterranean and Black Sea Fisheries (SoMFi 2020), released on 14 December, while 75% of fish stocks remain subject to overfishing, this percentage fell by more than 10% between 2014 and 2018. Exploitation ratios are down by a similar proportion. Taking into account newly assessed stocks, the number of fish stocks with high relative biomass has doubled since the last edition published in 2018.

Crew changes are once more becoming difficult as much of the world locks down again following the emergence of several new and more transmissible variants of Covid-19, crew specialist Danica has warned.

With travel corridors being closed and new travel restrictions imposed, airlines are once again cancelling or reducing flights which poses a problem for crew transiting to vessels. It is understood from Danica that ports too, if they have reopened, are imposing greater restrictions.

Henrik Jensen (pictured), Managing Director of Danica Crewing Services, has warned: ‘I believe we may be heading for a new crew change crisis every bit as bad as last spring. Over the past six months crew changes have been possible in many cases, although they have been costly and complex. However, now we are seeing a range of new restrictions and barriers to crew travel while also facing some serious issues in relation to crew health risk factors. I can foresee this impacting heavily on crew changes for the next few months.’

Danica specialises in crew deployment and has been assisting a range of ship operators in order to achieve crew changes over the past year. As a result, the company is fully aware of the latest rules and restrictions and well-placed to notice how they are impacting crewing.

Jensen explained: ‘In response to the rapid increase in infections around the world, governments are imposing new or additional measures including travel restrictions. Although these measures are understandable in the circumstances, based on scientific evidence, and intended to provide protection for their populations, they also cause operational and logistical problems for crew changes.