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.
‘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.
A workshop was held in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau, from 20 to 24 February to improve the country’s ability to respond swiftly and effectively in the event of an oil pollution incident. The event was the result of Guinea Bissau’s request for help in developing their National Oil Spill Contingency Plan (NOSCP) from the Global Initiative for West, Central and Southern Africa (GI WACAF).
IMO officials visited Alexandria, Egypt from 10 to 14 February to commence liaising on plans to open an IMO Regional Presence Office (RPO) there for the Middle East and North Africa. The office will be situated within the premises of the Egyptian Authority for Maritime Safety (EAMS) in the port of Alexandria.
On 9 February the US Coast Guard issued Safety Alert 04-22-CH1 from Washington, DC.
This Safety Alert addresses the importance of verifying the correct arrangement of handholds in embarkation gate arrangements aboard merchant vessels.
It is understood that the Coast Guard is currently investigating a casualty
A new one-stop-shop portal which aims to support the implementation of the Just in Time (JIT) arrivals concept has been launched.
It is understood that the free-to-access portal was developed by the Global Industry Alliance to Support Low Carbon Shipping (Low Carbon GIA) and is hosted on the IMO-Norway GreenVoyage2050 project website. This reported by IMO in a briefing on 8 February.
As part of the refurbishment for the operations and maintenance (O&M) base for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, Inland and Coastal Marina Systems (ICMS) has installed a floating concrete breakwater within the Port of Newhaven to provide safe berthing facilities for crew transfer vessels (CTVs).
The International Harbour Masters Association (IHMA) and Tanger Med Port Authority are pleased to announce the 14th International Harbour Masters Congress. The key theme of this 2024 event is The Marine Adventure – Evolving and adapting to change in today’s ports. Tanger Med Port Authority will host the congress at the Tanger Med Port Center from 21 to 24 May 2024.