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:
The 8th IHMA Congress in Cork will explore and address the changing landscape of ports and how these changes are redefining the role of harbour masters in the future. Addressing the theme, "Marine experience: Can we manage tomorrow's port without it?" the 2012 IHMA Congress will showcase technical and operational breakthroughs together with international case studies on the development and management of modern port and marine operations across the globe.
We look forward to welcoming you to Vancouver where we will be celebrating twenty years of the IHMA.
Addressing the theme ‘Port Expansion - the Challenges’, the Congress program will be designed to appeal to all those responsible for the safe, secure, efficient and environmentally sound conduct of marine operations in port waters and industry organisations working with, or within Ports across all levels of the industry spectrum.
Hosted by the Maritime Administration of the Western Australia and took place between 19th and 23rd April 2010 in Perth, Australia
Hosted by the Maritime Administration of the Port of St Petersburg, and took place between 12th and 16th May 2008
Hosted by the Malta Maritime Authority, and took place between 3rd and 7th April 2006
Hosted by Hansestadt Bremisches Hafenamt, in Bremen, Germany, and took place between 23rd and 28th May 2004
Hosted by the National Ports Authority of South Africa and took place between 13 and 17 May 2002
Hosted by Dubai Ports Authority, United Arab Emirates, and took place between 28 April and 3 May 2000
Hosted by the Port Management of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and took place between 24-30 May 1998
IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has welcomed the World Health Organization’s decision to name seafarers as one of the groups of transportation workers that should be prioritised for Covid-19 vaccination in instances of limited supplies. This was reported on 22 July.
Updated guidance for Stage II of its vaccine roadmap from the WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) states: ‘Seafarers and air crews who work on vessels that carry goods and no passengers, with special attention to seafarers who are stranded at sea and prevented from crossing international borders for crew change due to travel restrictions.’
IMO Secretary General Lim commented: ‘I am glad to see that the WHO recognises the importance of vaccinating seafarers on cargo ships.
‘These individuals are responsible for transporting over 80% of all goods around the world, including food, medicine and vaccine supplies – and have continued to do so despite extremely challenging circumstances. Seafarers will play a key role in the global recovery, and barriers to international travel and crew change must be removed.’
On 28 September 2019, a cargo tank containing styrene monomer on board the Cayman Islands registered chemical tanker Stolt Groenland ruptured causing an explosion and fire. The tanker was moored alongside a general cargo berth in Ulsan, Republic of Korea and the Singapore registered chemical tanker Bow Dalian was moored outboard. Ignition of the styrene monomer vapour resulted in a fireball, which reached the road bridge above. Both vessels were damaged, and two crew suffered minor injuries. Fifteen emergency responders were injured during the fire-fighting, which lasted for over six hours.
Rupture of the styrene monomer tank resulted from a runaway polymerisation that was initiated by elevated temperatures caused by heat transfer from other chemical cargoes. Elevated temperatures caused the inhibitor, added to prevent the chemical’s polymerisation during the voyage, to deplete more rapidly than expected. Although the styrene monomer had not been stowed directly adjacent to heated cargo, the potential for heat transfer through intermediate tanks was not fully appreciated or assessed.
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