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.
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 are two Regional Committees, the European Harbour Masters' Committee (EHMC) and the African Harbour Masters' Committee (AHMC).
These Regional Committees are managed by their respective boards from which a Chair is elected to each. There are board members representing each of the specific areas of the region - South, East, West, North and Central. The Chair of each Regional Committee is also co-opted to ExCo.
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:
As an active Regional Committee, EHMC strives to strengthen the IHMA
Ports of Marseille, Marseille-Fos, France
Port of Bordeaux, France
Port of Barcelona, Spain
Belfast Port Authority, UK
The African Harbour Masters’ Committee was formally established on 25 January, 2021.
The AHMC brings together harbour masters from the African continent and collaborates to share ideas and provide guidance, support, and direction on the management of all aspects of maritime port operations.
Harbour Master, Director of Operations
Société de Gestion du Port de Tanger Ville , Morocco
Harbour Master, Nelson Mandela Bay
Transnet National Ports Authority
Harbour Master, Port of Conakry (Ret'd)
The main approach channel and Berths 8&9 at Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe have been deepened to improve access for the world’s largest container ships.
The announcement was formally made today (4 October 2023) during the maiden call at the port of its namesake the OOCL Felixstowe, the latest in a series of 24,188 TEU mega container vessels operated by Orient Overseas Container Line Ltd. (“OOCL”).