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IHMA Membership

 

“The Association gives me the confidence that I have a huge resource of knowledge at my disposal. It gives me access to advice and knowledge from colleague Harbour Masters to support me in my role.

The constant interaction between Harbour Masters – exchanging views and ideas – the willingness of some to share information, the workshops on issues and finding of solutions to worldwide challenges, it all is extremely valuable to me.”

- IHMA Member

IHMA is the leading association dedicated to the needs of its members who hold managerial positions in marine operations and work in ports large and small, public and privately owned.

Not called a Harbour Master?

In different countries and languages, the Harbour Master may be known as the Capitaine du Port, Port Commander, Hafenkapitaen and so on, and the role normally associated with the title of Harbour Master may be undertaken by those described as their deputies as well as Marine Operations Managers, VTS Managers, Maritime Director, and there are many other titles. IHMA welcomes members who are not called Harbour Masters but work in port operations and may be at any stage in their career.

Why become a member of IHMA?

Members of IHMA may have a role in some or all of the following: the safety of navigation, vessel traffic control, shipping movements, port management, protection of the marine environment, the ship-shore interface, safety management and training, and in port security. Through our professional expertise and experience we provide valuable advice and services to our members.

Member Benefits

IHMA offers a wide range of benefits to its members.  Some of these are provided free of charge whilst others are offered at discounted rates:

Access to Members’ forum

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The members’ area of the Association’s website hosts an on-line forum where members can exchange information quickly and benefit from the knowledge and experience of other members. When a member posts a question, an alert email is sent to all members requesting a response. Posting an answer is quick and easy.

Biennial Congress

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The IHMA Congress, held every two years, offers a conference programme that presents quality professional papers on topical issues of direct relevance to members.

Congress provides a unique opportunity for members from around the world to discuss subjects of mutual concern and interest.

Congress is supported by an exhibition of the latest port and harbour equipment and services.

Members are eligible for discounted Congress and Seminar fees.

IMO, IHO and other projects

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IHMA has observer status at IMO and IHO.  Reports of the proceedings of IMO Committees are circulated to members and made available in the members’ only section of the website together with selected documents of interest to members.

Members are able to participate in IMO Working Groups and Correspondence Groups.

IHMA works to develop information and resources for its members, and the Association supports the participation of its members in these efforts in order to ensure that relevant information is developed and made available to members.

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Access to the Secretariat

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The Secretary is available to provide advice and information to all members.

IMO Working Groups and Correspondence Groups

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IHMA has observer status at IMO. Reports of the proceedings of IMO Committees are circulated to members and by arrangement, members are able to participate in IMO Working Groups and Correspondence Groups.

Professional Development

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International Diploma for Harbour Masters - IHMA discount and bursary. Members are eligible for a 15% discount on the cost of the International Diploma for Harbour Masters run by Lloyd's Maritime Academy. In addition members are invited to apply for bursaries awarded by IHMA.

Members are able to participate in cutting edge research and the development of projects of direct relevance to harbour masters. This may be in partnership with other organisations.

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Access to the IHMA’s Council

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Members of IHMA’s Council are keen to engage with and offer support to members.

Free job advertisements

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Members may advertise senior port operation positions free of charge on the IHMA’s website.

Commercial member benefits

The IHMA values a good relationship with companies developing products and services that may assist Full members in the performance of their professional duties. Commercial members are entitled to;

  • Access member names and profiles
  • Attend congress and seminars at members’ prices
  • Access congress papers and presentations
  • Have priority booking of stands at IHMA events at reduced costs
  • Provide speakers at IHMA Congresses and meetings, subject to the assessment of the Papers’ Committee
  • Become a sponsor of the Association
  • Advertise on the Association’s website at discounted rates
  • Publicise their products to members via the Secretary as agreed by ExCo
  • Receive assistance from the Association when submitting new equipment and products for evaluation and appraisal by Association members
  • Display on their stationery the current and official logo of the IHMA.
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IHMA Membership categories

Who can be a member?

The Association offers Full, Associate, Senior, Commercial and Honorary membership. Senior members must previously have been Full members, and Honorary members are elected by the members.

Membership of IHMA is available in the following categories:

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Full members

Rate £199

These members comprise the majority of the Association’s membership.

IHMA seeks to be inclusive of those who manage the marine operations of a port and / or its approaches.  Persons who hold a managerial position in marine operations and exercise jurisdiction over the frontage or water area of a port or port approach are eligible to become Full members of IHMA. In undertaking their role they often possess an authority conferred on them by law, regulations or rules.

Criteria

Someone meeting the criteria above may also become a Full member by being nominated to membership of IHMA by a National Administration.

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  • Access to Members’ forum
  • Observer status for IMO, IHO & other projects
  • Access to IHMA’s Council
  • Access to the Secretariat
  • Enhanced professional development
  • Free job advertisements
  • Discounted entry to IHMA events
  • Voting member status
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Commercial members

Rate £472

Persons, organisations, companies and any other bodies that provide goods or services for reward in ways that assist members in the performance of their professional duties or who wish to support IHMA in the attainment of its aim and objectives are eligible to become commercial members.

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The IHMA values its well established and mutually beneficial relationships with companies developing products and services that may assist members in the performance of their professional duties. Commercial members are entitled to:

  • Attend congress & seminars at members’ prices
  • Congress papers and presentations
  • Access member names, contact details and profiles
  • Priority booking of stands at IHMA events at reduced costs
  • Provide speakers at IHMA Congresses and meetings, subject to the assessment of the Papers’ Committee
  • Become a sponsor of the Association subject to availability
  • Advertise on the Association’s website at discounted rates
  • Receive assistance from the Association when submitting new equipment and products for evaluation and appraisal by Association members
  • Be permitted to display on their stationery the current and official logo of the IHMA
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National Administration Members/Members from multiple port organisations

Rate by arrangement

People meeting the requirements for Full membership but appointed to membership annually by a National Administration or an organisation that operates multiple ports.

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  • Access to Members' forum
  • Observer status for IMO, IHO & other projects
  • Access to IHMA's Council
  • Access to the Secretariat
  • Enhanced professional development
  • Free job advertisements
  • Discounted entry to IHMA events
  • Voting member status
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Associate Members

Rate £99

Those who are not in a post qualifying them for Full membership but who consider that they can support the aim and objectives of IHMA may apply for Associate membership.

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  • Access to Members’ forum
  • Observer status for IMO, IHO & other projects
  • Access to IHMA's Council
  • Access to the Secretariat
  • Enhanced professional development
  • Discounted entry to IHMA events
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Honorary members

Honorary Membership, which is a lifetime award, is reserved for persons who are not ordinarily eligible to become members of the Association and may be offered to anyone who has rendered meritorious service in the field of port, harbour or marine operations or to the Association.

  • Access to Members’ forum
  • Observer status for IMO, IHO & other projects
  • Access to IHMA's Council
  • Access to the Secretariat
  • Enhanced professional development
  • Discounted entry to IHMA events
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Senior Members

These members are drawn from the ranks of the Full members, usually when vacating a post that qualified them for Full membership or on retirement. A Senior member must previously have been a Full member for at least two years.

  • Access to Members’ forum
  • Observer status for IMO, IHO & other projects
  • Access to IHMA's Council
  • Access to the Secretariat
  • Discounted entry to IHMA events

A 30 per cent discount is applied to the subscriptions of members resident in countries listed in the lower two quartiles of the United Nations’ Human Development Index. Further details can be obtained from the Secretary.

Combined national individual member subscriptions collected by a national point of contact and made as one payment are also eligible for a percentage reduction as agreed by ExCo.

Role of Harbour Master/ Port Operations Professional
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Become a Member

Join the world’s premier professional body for harbour masters and receive up-to-date information on the industry and access to the members' area of the website.

Become a sponsor

Become a sponsor of the IHMA today and reap the benefits for your business:

  • Worldwide exposure
  • Prominence on the IHMA website
  • Instant access to your services and products for your existing and potential customers
  • Access to the key decision makers on marine operations in Ports – the Harbour Master
  • The opportunity to showcase your services and products at an international congress every two years

Be a part of the future of a vibrant, respected, professional and influential maritime organisation...IHMA

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Andreas Mai

The IHMA is pleased to present the first in its series of monthly webinars.

 

Simply click HERE to access the presentation.

 

Topic: Casualty Management - Collapsed Container Stacks on Board a 19K TEU Ship 
Speaker: Captain Andreas Mai, Harbour Master (rtd)
Session Chair: IHMA President, Captain Yoss Leclerc

Speaker Bio

Andreas is a former Master Mariner and was appointed Harbour Master for the port of Bremerhaven in 1996. In 2000 he also took over the position of Harbour Master at the port of Bremen. During his active time as Harbour Master and Director of the Governmental Port Authority, he chaired the 2004 IHMA Congress in Bremen and, for a few years, the European Harbour Masters’ Committee (EHMC). He retired from his duties at the end of last year after 24 years of service.   

 

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Delivered virtually: 30 Nov – 1 Dec 2020
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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.

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IMO Ship-Port Interface Guide IMO Ship-Port Interface Guide

A new Ship-Port Interface Guide in pdf format focusing on eight practical measures which can support GHG emission reduction at the ship-port interface… FIND OUT MORE

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On 7 April the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) reported that multipurpose coastguard support via a remotely piloted surveillance system (RPAS)… FIND OUT MORE

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A new Ship-Port Interface Guide in pdf format focusing on eight practical measures which can support GHG emission reduction at the ship-port interface was released by IMO on 26 March.

The document can be found here:

Ship-Port Interface Guide.pdf (imo.org)

Developed by the Global Industry Alliance to Support Low Carbon Shipping (Low Carbon GIA) under the IMO-Norway GreenVoyage2050 Project, the Guide aims to support the maritime industry in achieving IMO’s emission reduction goals and contribute to greener shipping.

The eight practical measures presented in the Guide are: 

1.    Facilitate immobilisation in ports.

2.    Facilitate hull and propeller cleaning in ports.

3.    Facilitate simultaneous operations (simops) in ports.

4.    Optimize port stay by pre-clearance.

5.    Improve planning of ships calling at multiple berths in one port.

6.    Improve ship/berth compatibility through improved Port Master Data.

7.    Enable ship deadweight optimisation through improved Port Master Data. 

8.    Optimise speed between ports. 

On 7 April the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) reported that multipurpose coastguard support via a remotely piloted surveillance system (RPAS) services had been provided at the request of the Romanian Border Police.

(See illustrations here from EMSA / Romanian authorities ©)

The RPAS system will support a number of authorities in Black Sea waters including the Romanian Naval Authority and National Agency for Fishing and Aquaculture.

It is understood that the mid-sized RPAS craft can stay in the air for up to seven hours and has a range of up to 200km. It is equipped with a camera capable of day and night operations, a sea surface scanner, a distress beacon detector and a sensor that can detect vessel positions. It can be used for a range of activities, including border control, monitoring naval traffic, search and rescue, and environmental protection. Data from the RPAS can be recorded and transferred to the EMSA RPAS data centre in real time, and then made immediately available to national authorities.