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.
A new guide to support countries to put in place port reception facilities to receive marine plastic litter from ships has been published. Plastic litter has devastating effects on oceans, marine life and human health. Some scientists warn that, by 2050, the quantity of plastics in the sea will outweigh fish.
The South African chapter of the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC SA) is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the 35th PIANC World Congress from 29 April – 03 May 2024, in Cape Town.
The congress will include presentation of technical papers in research and development within the waterborne transportation environment.
On 10 March the Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Roads and Transport of Kenya reported that Captain William Kipkemboi Ruto has been appointed as the Managing Director of the Kenya Ports Authority for a period of three years with immediate effect.
The position of Managing Director at the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) had been
Due to environmental aspects, lack of available typical onshore marine facilities like harbours, docks or quays, risk-related issues or other cost and schedule constraints, locations of oil and gas, solid bulks and even passenger terminals can be in isolated areas requiring the use of Single or Multi Point Mooring (SPM or MPM) terminals located offshore close to the coastline. Vessels can connect to these facilities for the loading/offloading of goods and passengers.
Strengthening port security in Madagascar was the focus of a training workshop held in Antananarivo, Madagascar from 6 to 10 March.
This event brought together 24 participants, including Port Facility Security Officers (PFSOs) from various ports in Madagascar as well as representatives of the Designated Authority (Agence Portuaire Maritime Fluviale (APMF)).
‘On 8 March every year, UN Women and the entire United Nations system celebrate International Women’s Day.
‘This year, the theme for International Women’s Day is DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality.
‘This has great relevance for the International Maritime Organization (IMO) family.
Retired Harbour Master Carita Rönnqvist followed her dreams to enjoy a long career at sea and in port. Here she talks about her experiences during an era of change in the maritime world.
Carita Rönnqvist, a retired Harbour Master from Finland always wanted to go to sea – like her father did before her. She grew up hearing wonderful stories of faraway places and wanted to see for herself.
News has been received that aids to navigation manufacturer Mediterraneo Señales Maritimas, otherwise known as MSM: www.mesemar.com has carried out a case study for the upgrade of six lighthouses on the Malaga coast of Spain.
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”).