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.
The International Harbour Masters’ Association (IHMA) is pleased to let you know that the detailed agenda for the 9th IHMA Congress to be held in Bruges – Ghent, Belgium 2014 has been published. Please see attached document for further details.
Please find here a list of the members and organisations registered to attend as per 1/2 March 2014:
Algeciras Bay Port Authority; APM Terminals Bahrain; AS Kunda Nordic; Associated Icelandic Ports; Australian Maritime Systems; Barcelona Port Authority; Bremer Schiffsmeldedienst; Copenhagen Malmo Port; Dover Harbour Board; Dublin Port Company; Eilat Ashkelon Pipeline Co; Falmouth Harbour Commissioners; Fremantle Ports; FSI - Primorsky Region Maritime Port Administration; Germanischer Lloyd SE; Ghent Port; Company AMPC; Groningen Seaports; Hamburg Port Authority; Hansestadt Bremisches Hafenamt; Klaipeda State Seaport Authority; Klein Systems Group; Kolding Havn; Murmansk Maritime Port Authorities; Namport; Plymouth University; Port Hedland Port Authority; Port of Aalborg; Port of Amsterdam; Port of Antwerp; Port of Cork; Port Of Gothenburg; Port of London Authority; Port of Moerdijk; Port of Portland; Port of Rotterdam; Port of Tallinn; Ports of Marseille - Marseille-Fos; Prince Rupert Port Authority; Rosslare Europort; Royal Dirkzwager; SMSC; Sohar Industrial Port Company; SSPA Sweden AB; St. Petersburg Maritime Authority; Taman Maritime Port Administration; The Nautical Institute; Toros Tarim San. Ve Tic. A.S; Transnet National Ports Authority; United Kingdom Maritime Pilot's Association; Vanino Maritime Port Administration & Vysotsk Maritime Authority
IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has welcomed the commitment of 12 countries to facilitate crew changes and achieve key worker designation for seafarers, following a virtual ministerial summit hosted by the UK Government on 9 July. This step represents significant progress to help resolve a growing crisis facing the maritime industry, and enable hundreds of thousands of stranded seafarers to go home or join ships.
In a joint statement, representatives from 12 countries expressed their deep concern about the current crisis and acknowledged that “the inability of ship operators worldwide to conduct ship’s crew changes is the single most pressing maritime operational challenge to the safe and efficient movement of global trade”.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, travel restrictions and border closures imposed by Governments around the world have caused significant hurdles to crew changes and left hundreds of thousands of seafarers stranded onboard ships, or unable to join ships. It is currently estimated that at least 200,000 seafarers worldwide are stranded on ships and require immediate repatriation, and a similar number urgently need to join ships to replace them. This has led to a growing humanitarian crisis, in addition to concerns that seafarer fatigue and mental health issues may lead to serious maritime accidents. There are also concerns about the continuity of the global supply chain.
French container carrier, CMA CGM has announced its intention of launching a new product called Round the Africa (RTA) service to add to and complement the current 31 CMA CGM services already operating to sub-Saharan Africa.
A bit of a misnomer, the service is unique in terms of providing a direct service from Asia to Senegal and Sierra Leone along with best transit times, as well as calls to other selected West African ports.
Dakar is reached weekly from Ningbo in 35 days, from Nansha in 32 days. Freetown (Sierra Leone) is reached in 35 days from Nansha. The service offer to Tema (Ghana) is improved with three weekly departures.
‘Our exporters from West Africa will benefit of excellent transit time and direct service to China. Shanghai is reached in 29 days from Abidjan, 31 days from Tema, 36 days from Freetown and 39 days from Dakar,’ says the line in a statement.
One is left to assume the Round Africa part comes from the ships returning to Asia via the Cape of Good Hope.
Round the Africa service rotation is as follows:
Shanghai – Ningbo – Nansha – Singapore – Malta – Tanger – Dakar – Freetown – Tema – Abidjan – Port Kelang – Shanghai
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