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.
25 June of each year is the 'Day of the Seafarer', recognizing the invaluable contribution seafarers make to international trade and the world economy, often at great personal cost to themselves and their families.
This has never been more true than in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic when seafarers found themselves both on the front line of the global response and subject to difficult working conditions surrounding uncertainties and difficulties around port access, re-supply, crew changeovers and repatriation.
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), along with industry associations, companies and social partners are calling on ship owners, masters and crews around the world to sound their horns in ports on 25 June at 1200 noon local time, in honour of the International Maritime Organization’s international Day of the Seafarer to remind the world of the urgent need to vaccinate all seafarers
Les was born in June 1956 in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada and is a direct descendant of William and Mary Chapman from Hawnby, in North Yorkshire, who immigrated to Nova Scotia in 1774.
He attended Amherst Regional High School and was selected for training at the Royal Military College of Canada, joining the Royal Canadian Navy in 1974.
The Office of the Prime Minister, No 10, announced on 30 May that a proposed national flagship will showcase advanced British design, engineering and green technology while boosting trade and driving investment.
It was reported that the ship will be the first of its kind constructed in the UK, creating jobs and reinvigorating the shipbuilding industry.
A total of 26 government officials from 16 World Trade Organization (WTO) members and observers are currently attending the WTO’s first online Regional Trade Policy Course for English-speaking African countries taking place from 17 May to 20 August. The objective is to extend participants’ expertise on the multilateral trading system and the work of the WTO.
Early in June the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) announced the publication of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance, Fourth Edition
This Guidance has been produced by the ICS to help shipping companies and seafarers follow health advice provided by UN agencies and others in response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) disease, which has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), under the WHO International Health Regulations (IHR).
It is understood that this Guidance is for use on all types of ship and attempts to take into account the needs of both cargo and passenger ships. It is recognised that cargo ships are unlikely to have a fully trained doctor or nurse on board and that medical treatment on cargo ships will be provided by a crew member with training to Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) medical requirements.
This fourth edition replaces the ICS guidance published in September 2020 and should be read in conjunction with the three Covid-19 guidance documents published by ICS in 2021.
The G7 Summit will take place in Carbis Bay, North Cornwall, in England’s SW from 11 to 13 June.
Leaders of the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the US will attend the Summit alongside the EU and European Commission Presidents.
Guest nations attend
On 12 June they will be joined by leaders from Australia, South Africa, Republic of Korea and the UN Secretary General. Leaders of international organisations and the Indian Prime Minister will also attend the Summit virtually from that day.
It is reported that Prime Minister Johnston will use Summit in Cornwall next week to ask world leaders to come together to end the coronavirus pandemic