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.
It was reported from Boston on 13 May that the US Coast Guard, in partnership with the US General Services Administration, has initiated the process to transfer stewardship of Light Station Boston, commonly known as Boston Light, under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act (NHLPA).
The decision to move forward with this process was announced at The Boston Harbor Islands Partnership virtual meeting on 13 May.
An ambitious US$993 million project of expanding the Cote d’Ivoire Port of Abidjan has been completed by the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC).
The project which was commenced in 2017 includes the construction of three new container berths with deep water alongside, a ro-ro berth, a general cargo berth and appropriate channels to provide improved access and to assist in improving the cargo handling volume of Abidjan port.
The need for ships to change crews and for seafarers to fly home at the end of their periods of service have emerged as two of the biggest challenges facing the shipping industry as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On 7 May IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim endorsed a series of protocols designed to address these issues.
A report was received from the UK Chamber of Shipping on 5 May with regard to an injury suffered by staff of a member organisation of the Chamber.
An individual had used This report is in relation to a Company customer with an employee who used alcohol-based hand gel sanitiser in compliance with current recommendations for COVID-19 personal hygiene requirements.
It was reported from Cape Town on 21 April that Veecraft Marine, subsidiary of Paramount Maritime, had been awarded a Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) tender to design, manufacture and assemble two twin-screw, diesel powered workboats to spearhead harbour activities, including conventional escort, Light House Services (LHS) assistance and towing support for the bustling port of Cape Town.
When ships enter and leave port, vital information about cargoes, dangerous goods, crews, vessel details and much other information are conveyed to authorities ashore.
Under IMO’s FAL Convention1, public authorities are now required to set up systems so that this information transfer occurs digitally. This was presented in a media briefing by IMO on 27 April.
The Coast Guard is the principal federal agency responsible for maritime safety, security and environmental stewardship in US ports and waterways.
Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach coordinates operations in an area of responsibility spanning more than 350 miles along the California coast, from Morro Bay to San Clemente and encompassing the nation’s largest port complex.
In the current context, marked by the effects of the Covid 19 pandemic, terminals are showing a considerable drop in overall port volumes. This is associated with a decline in economic activity, and with a large number of blank sailings due to shipping lines’ attempts to align capacity with existing demand.
However, the paradox is that despite the fact that calls and volume arriving at the Port of Barcelona's BEST terminal have decreased, moves per call have significantly increased. This was reported from the port on 29 June.
During week 23 (1-7 June), BEST terminal welcomed the largest vessel to call at the Port of Barcelona, MSC Sixin, with a capacity of almost 24,000 TEU.
Subsequently, similar ships from the 2M alliance (Maersk + MSC) have been arriving on a recurring basis on passage between the Far East and Europe, grouping together all the moves that a few weeks ago were made between different services of the same alliance and which were cancelled due to the exceptional situation currently experienced.
During May and June, BEST terminal saw how the number of moves per call had broken all existing records in the Port of Barcelona – starting with almost 8,000 moves in week 22, all move records broken to reach almost 8,500 moves in week 24.
This change in demand, with large cargo concentration peaks on large deep sea vessels and a smaller number of calls, directly impacts on the way terminals must approach the services they offer.
It was found that the way to put forward a valuable proposal to shipping lines with these types of calls, is to offer productivity per call that exceeds by far the average efficiency in container terminals. With this in mind, it is important to highlight the relevance of the important investments made by BEST, both in the number of cranes capable of operating these types of ship, and in the terminal operating system (TOS) at all levels.
Classification Society ClassNK announced from Tokyo on 2 July that it had released its annual report on Port State Control.
This document aims to assist ship operators and management companies in maintaining compliant operations by providing information about ships detained by PSC as well as deficiencies that were found on board from many port states in 2019.
In line with the International Safety Management (ISM) Code, PSC inspections ensure that vessels departing the port meet international standards and have proved to be highly effective in eliminating substandard ships that are in operation. They oversee not only the hardware of a ship, but also the software by examining the maintenance and operation methods being used. In addition to various figures, status of implementation and recent developments in PSC worldwide are included.
This Annual Report on Port State Control (PSC) summarises deficiencies identified during PSC inspections carried out in various countries around the world.
Class NK has prepared it with the objective of building awareness with the present state of PSC and thereby improving future onboard maintenance and inspections, and as well as Safety Management System.