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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

Ship repair activity at Gibraltar’s Gibdock continued to be rock solid, despite uncertainties through the first three quarters of 2020 (to end September) relating to Covid-19 and Brexit. Occupancy levels remained high, contracts continued to be agreed and scheduled dry dockings are already booked into 2021, the Gibraltar-based yard reported in mid-October.

In the words of Richard Beards, Gibdock’s Managing Director: ‘The outlook is set fair.’  He went on to identify potentially greater revenue streams in LNG-related projects and renewables business for the months ahead. Beards said that Gibdock’s location at the gateway to the Mediterranean remains a key advantage but added that the repeat business included in forward bookings: ‘Shows that customers continue to put reliability, quality of work and on-time redelivery at the top of their priority lists.

In 2020, being part of a tight-knit business community where fast communications enable rapid response times and the immediate implementation of any changes to health or travel regulations has also proved advantageous. We are in constant dialogue with the Port Authority, and we have frequent contact with Gibraltar Civil Contingencies, the Director of Public Health, local agents, subcontractors, hotels and transport providers.

Beards pointed out that close ties with the local ship agency network mean that Gibraltar is well-established as a safe and efficient location for crew changes.

The International Harbour Masters' Association (IHMA) is delighted to announce that its new President is Captain Yoss Leclerc of the Port of Quebec. He succeeds Captain Allan Gray, President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority, Canada. 

Captain Leclerc was elected on 8 October at the conclusion of the IHMA Ordinary General Meeting held remotely for the first time due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

The OGM was contributed to online by delegates from 13 countries.

In a statement to members Captain Leclerc pledged to help the Association meet the challenges facing Harbour Masters to ensure the sustainability of ports in the future.

"I like to quote the Japanese writer Ryunosuke Satoro who said, "Individually we are one drop, together we are an ocean".

I lived this philosophy at sea when you knew that it was necessary to work together in order to face any and all challenges and even more, to fight adversity. 

My story continues when I came ashore and joined many different and amazing teams from Canadian Ports who were on the ground 24/7 to ensure safe, secure and fluid operations.

Harbour Masters are the embodiment of dedication, collaboration and teamwork. They are the magicians that make everything seem seamless, smooth and easy to the neophyte and even often to old-timers. I have so often heard the following comment after a port visit, "there's nothing happening here!" and I always respond: "because magic is going on behind the scenes where a dedicated and painstaking Port team looks after every aspect ensuring the show is going".

There are many challenges ahead of us, including environment (climate change, air emissions, ballast water, etc.), technology (digitalization, automation, etc.) and health (pandemics) that we will need to grasp and tackle together in order to ensure our ports' sustainability. 

At the international level, IHMA has worked very hard to acquire its standing and ability to influence decisions regarding many aspects that have considerable impact on our operations and we will, with your help, continue to consolidate our position.

As a father of two wonderful daughters involved in the maritime field, I am glad to see the interest of women in "Harbour Mastering" and will continue to support the movement within my capacity.

I am very honoured and humbled to take the helm of this prestigious organization and will endeavour to sail the ship with the collaboration and support of you all to our next port of call, the 2022 Congress in Port Klang."

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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.

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Creating greater energy security and independence. Meeting environmental regulations.

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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.
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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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Smart Ports Summit

The Smart Ports Summit, 19-20 February 2020, brings together the experts and innovators who are addressing the real need for optimatision of global supply chains and ports to secure fast and efficient movement of goods, manage mega vessels and meet sustainability targets.
Shippers have become increasingly frustrated with lack of visibility, communication, modern equipment and technology at port hubs. Problems often arise whereby a full logistics team is not ready to receive a vessel; leading to unnecessary delays with transporting goods to their final destination.
What can ports do to be more transparent for shippers?
To overcome these difficulties, ports and their supply chains are transforming into smart port ecosystems. Key to embracing this change is the adoption of data-sharing, transparency, collaboration, fast and well-connected software and corresponding cyber security protections.

Exclusive: Introducing the Just-in-Time Arrival Concept

The pioneers behind the Just om Time Concept at the Port of Hamburg have chosen the Smart Port Summit as the venue to announce their results. Created by Wärtsilä, HVCC Hamburg Vessel Coordination Center and Carnival Maritime - the findings from these innovative stakeholders will be presented for the first time at the Summit.
Join us at the Smart Ports Summit this February to find out how the marine industry is adapting to customer demands and paving the way to a new, faster approach to handling vessels and cargo.

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Our experts include innovators, ports and equipment suppliers

Jan Gardeitchik, Senior Lead Digitization/Business Development Manager, Port of Rotterdam
Arjan Kampman, Head of Digital & IT, Port of Amsterdam
Hanno Husar, Head of IT, Port of Tallinn
Kyyle Flanigan, Business Analyst, Belfast Harbour
Mar Chao Lopez, Head of Commerical and Business Development, Port of Valencia
Geoff Lippitt, Business Development Director, PD Ports
Gerald Hirt, MD, Hamburg Vessel Coordination Centre
Christopher Crokall, CCO, Inchcape Shipping Services
Peter O'Shaughnessy, Chief Human Resources Officer, Port of Cork

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Latest News & Events

Ship repair activity at Gibraltar’s Gibdock continued to be rock solid, despite uncertainties through the first three quarters of 2020 (to end September) relating to Covid-19 and Brexit. Occupancy levels remained high, contracts continued to be agreed and scheduled dry dockings are already booked into 2021, the Gibraltar-based yard reported in mid-October.

In the words of Richard Beards, Gibdock’s Managing Director: ‘The outlook is set fair.’  He went on to identify potentially greater revenue streams in LNG-related projects and renewables business for the months ahead. Beards said that Gibdock’s location at the gateway to the Mediterranean remains a key advantage but added that the repeat business included in forward bookings: ‘Shows that customers continue to put reliability, quality of work and on-time redelivery at the top of their priority lists.

In 2020, being part of a tight-knit business community where fast communications enable rapid response times and the immediate implementation of any changes to health or travel regulations has also proved advantageous. We are in constant dialogue with the Port Authority, and we have frequent contact with Gibraltar Civil Contingencies, the Director of Public Health, local agents, subcontractors, hotels and transport providers.

Beards pointed out that close ties with the local ship agency network mean that Gibraltar is well-established as a safe and efficient location for crew changes.

The International Harbour Masters' Association (IHMA) is delighted to announce that its new President is Captain Yoss Leclerc of the Port of Quebec. He succeeds Captain Allan Gray, President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority, Canada. 

Captain Leclerc was elected on 8 October at the conclusion of the IHMA Ordinary General Meeting held remotely for the first time due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

The OGM was contributed to online by delegates from 13 countries.

In a statement to members Captain Leclerc pledged to help the Association meet the challenges facing Harbour Masters to ensure the sustainability of ports in the future.

"I like to quote the Japanese writer Ryunosuke Satoro who said, "Individually we are one drop, together we are an ocean".

I lived this philosophy at sea when you knew that it was necessary to work together in order to face any and all challenges and even more, to fight adversity. 

My story continues when I came ashore and joined many different and amazing teams from Canadian Ports who were on the ground 24/7 to ensure safe, secure and fluid operations.

Harbour Masters are the embodiment of dedication, collaboration and teamwork. They are the magicians that make everything seem seamless, smooth and easy to the neophyte and even often to old-timers. I have so often heard the following comment after a port visit, "there's nothing happening here!" and I always respond: "because magic is going on behind the scenes where a dedicated and painstaking Port team looks after every aspect ensuring the show is going".

There are many challenges ahead of us, including environment (climate change, air emissions, ballast water, etc.), technology (digitalization, automation, etc.) and health (pandemics) that we will need to grasp and tackle together in order to ensure our ports' sustainability. 

At the international level, IHMA has worked very hard to acquire its standing and ability to influence decisions regarding many aspects that have considerable impact on our operations and we will, with your help, continue to consolidate our position.

As a father of two wonderful daughters involved in the maritime field, I am glad to see the interest of women in "Harbour Mastering" and will continue to support the movement within my capacity.

I am very honoured and humbled to take the helm of this prestigious organization and will endeavour to sail the ship with the collaboration and support of you all to our next port of call, the 2022 Congress in Port Klang."