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Lloyds Maritime Academy Diploma for Harbour Masters

The International Diploma for Harbour Masters is studied by part-time distance learning over one year with study designed to fit around busy work schedules. The course provides the marine safety and management knowledge required by harbour masters and port captains around the world, as well as their deputies and others with responsibility for the marine functions of a port or harbour. It is also ideal for anyone with an interest in preparing themselves to enter this profession, particularly seafarers.

The course has also been recognised by the University of Middlesex (London) and successful Diploma students qualify for advanced standing entry to an MBA (Harbour Masters) which can also be completed by part-time distance learning study.

FULL AND ASSOCIATE MEMBERS OF THE IHMA QUALIFY FOR A 15% DISCOUNT ON THE COURSE FEES

IHMA and Executive Committee member, Capt N Sewnath, said: "It was a great experience for me and I can honestly say that this course did add value to me as a Harbour Master, it gave me a global perspective and focus and broadened my knowledge in terms of my role as a Harbour Master."

Master of Science in Maritime Science

This new inter-university programme created by both Ghent University (UGent) and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), taught in English and accessible for students who already have a Master degree – commenced for the first time during the academic year 2015-2016. The study programme aims at students of diverse academic backgrounds, who have a common passion and interest for maritime transport. The programme comprises three main pillars (a technical-general pillar, an economic-logistic pillar and a legal pillar. There is a strong link with the professional maritime sector, providing students with information about the actual operations and common practices on the ground and preparing them for a professional career.

World Maritime University

Founded by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations, WMU is a centre of excellence for maritime post-graduate education and research. WMU offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs as well as Professional Development Courses in maritime affairs.

Warsash Maritime Academy

Warsash Maritime Academy (WMA) has provided education, training, consultancy and research services to the international shipping, commercial yacht, offshore oil and gas, and renewables industries for nearly 70 years. WMA is part of Southampton Solent University’s Maritime and Technology Faculty.

The Nautical Institute

The Nautical Institute facilitates the exchange and publication of information and ideas on nautical science, encourages research and publishes its results. It also co-operates with Government Departments and other bodies concerned with statutory and other qualifications, and with universities and other educational institutes and authorities in the furtherance of education and training in nautical science and practice.

The Harbourmaster’s Certificate Scheme is associated with the Institute’s book, ’The Work of the Harbour Master.’ The Harbour Master’s Certificate is issued to those candidates who complete the course to the satisfaction of the examiners with six written essays including a dissertation or a case study on a port management topic

Maritime Training Academy

Maritime Training Academy is part of the Maritime Services Group and offers a range of distance learning courses including Marine Pilotage.

Training Videos

The Chain - Part 1

This EHMC video is a joint production by all those who are key to the business of bringing ships into port (the nautical chain); harbour masters, agents, pilots, tugboat captains, boatmen, ship masters, hydrographic offices and terminal operators. For the first time a film will give an insight into the key roles of the nautical chain.

The aim of this film is to strengthen the chain by creating greater awareness of each other’s jobs, sharing best practice and gaining a better understanding of the impact of individual operations. This way each participant can strengthen its own link in the chain and –by better co-operation– make the whole chain stronger. We believe that this will result in a safer, smoother and more efficient voyage from berth to berth. 

The Chain is an initiative of Ben van Scherpenzeel for the European Harbour Masters’ Committee who you may want to contact for any comments or questions; Scherpenzeel.ehmc@harbourmaster.org. A copy of the video can be obtained from Ingrid Römers; romers.ehmc@harbourmaster.org.

The Chain - Part 2

This EHMC video is a joint production by all those who are key to the business of bringing ships into port (the nautical chain); harbour masters, agents, pilots, tugboat captains, boatmen, ship masters, hydrographic offices and terminal operators. For the first time a film will give an insight into the key roles of the nautical chain.

The aim of this film is to strengthen the chain by creating greater awareness of each other’s jobs, sharing best practice and gaining a better understanding of the impact of individual operations. This way each participant can strengthen its own link in the chain and –by better co-operation– make the whole chain stronger. We believe that this will result in a safer, smoother and more efficient voyage from berth to berth. 

The Chain is an initiative of Ben van Scherpenzeel for the European Harbour Masters’ Committee who you may want to contact for any comments or questions; Scherpenzeel.ehmc@harbourmaster.org. A copy of the video can be obtained from Ingrid Römers; romers.ehmc@harbourmaster.org.

The Missing Link;Improving the mooring process’ - Part 1

The mooring process appeared to be the forgotten link in the nautical chain. This became evident during the making of the EHMC Video the Chain. This safe mooring video shows the entire mooring process, from the production of a mooring line up to the vessel coming alongside, from the basic rules for a mooring plan to safe working loads and maximum holding capacities.

Mooring activities are a concern because of the number of accidents, the diminishing nautical skills on board ships and at terminals and the apparent lack of knowledge of all the components that affect safe mooring.
The aim of this film is to make the mooring process safer and more efficient and to prevent damage to terminal equipment and vessels. This is important to crews, linesmen, pilots, ship owners, ship masters, ports, Harbour Masters and terminal operators.

The video “The Missing Link” addresses the importance of efficient mooring operations and notably the following topics of the mooring process:

  • Mooring plan basics – all basic rules for a mooring plan
  • Mooring system weakest link – which part of the mooring system should break first?
  • Mooring lines – certificates, inspection and maintenance
  • Mooring winches – maximum holding capacity, brake testing, spring applied brakes
  • Mooring bollards – Safe Working Load, information
  • Mooring hooks – Quick Release Hooks, information
  • Mooring communication – who informs who regarding the mooring plan etc.
  • Mooring line handling – how should we pay out lines?
  • Mooring innovations – what innovations are around the corner or already in place?

The Missing Link is an initiative of Ben van Scherpenzeel for the European Harbour Masters’ Committee who you may want to contact for any comments or questions;
Scherpenzeel.ehmc@harbourmaster.org.

A copy of the video can be obtained from Ingrid Römers; romers.ehmc@harbourmaster.org

The Missing Link;Improving the mooring process’ - Part 2

The mooring process appeared to be the forgotten link in the nautical chain. This became evident during the making of the EHMC Video the Chain. This safe mooring video shows the entire mooring process, from the production of a mooring line up to the vessel coming alongside, from the basic rules for a mooring plan to safe working loads and maximum holding capacities.

Mooring activities are a concern because of the number of accidents, the diminishing nautical skills on board ships and at terminals and the apparent lack of knowledge of all the components that affect safe mooring.
The aim of this film is to make the mooring process safer and more efficient and to prevent damage to terminal equipment and vessels. This is important to crews, linesmen, pilots, ship owners, ship masters, ports, Harbour Masters and terminal operators.

The video “The Missing Link” addresses the importance of efficient mooring operations and notably the following topics of the mooring process:

  • Mooring plan basics – all basic rules for a mooring plan
  • Mooring system weakest link – which part of the mooring system should break first?
  • Mooring lines – certificates, inspection and maintenance
  • Mooring winches – maximum holding capacity, brake testing, spring applied brakes
  • Mooring bollards – Safe Working Load, information
  • Mooring hooks – Quick Release Hooks, information
  • Mooring communication – who informs who regarding the mooring plan etc.
  • Mooring line handling – how should we pay out lines?
  • Mooring innovations – what innovations are around the corner or already in place?

The Missing Link is an initiative of Ben van Scherpenzeel for the European Harbour Masters’ Committee who you may want to contact for any comments or questions;
Scherpenzeel.ehmc@harbourmaster.org.

A copy of the video can be obtained from Ingrid Römers; romers.ehmc@harbourmaster.org

EHMC Research Participation in European Research Projects

The EHMC contributes to European research projects. From within its membership, it provides a group of experts in port safety and environmental issues, in large and small ports. As a reference group, EHMC may;

  • Assess any implications of implementing research proposals and measures for European port operations
  • Assess the equal implementation of proposals among the ports
  • Gather information on best practice in different ports
  • Disseminate information of professional interest
  • Invite comments from the wider membership on drafts and deliverables

Recent involvement in European research projects:

 

ACCSEAS

Accessibility for Shipping, Efficiency Advantages and Sustainability 

ACCSEAS is a 3-year project supporting improved maritime access to the North Sea Region through minimising navigational risk.  With European transport policy providing a shift to seaborne transport, using Short Sea Shipping to avoid road bottle necks to the movement of goods, services and people, efficient and effective marine navigation services have never been more important.

By looking to harmonise maritime information and how it is exchanged and by offering training provision to support real-world implementation, ACCSEAS will ensure that e-Navigation provision in the North Sea contributes a beneficial and lasting impact on the resilience of the Region’s critical infrastructure in terms of safety, security, economic growth and environmental protection. ACCSEAS will build on the findings of previous and current related regional projects and focus on co-operation in key areas of technology and infrastructure services that underpin maritime navigation and enhance them.

MONALISA

Motorways & electronic navigation by intelligence at sea

MONALISA develops Motorways of the Sea, contains eco-efficient e-navigation solutions and supports the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea.

MONALISA is a Motorways of the Sea project which aims at giving a concrete contribution to the efficient, safe and environmentally friendly maritime transport. This is done through development, demonstration and dissemination of innovative e-navigational services to the shipping industry, which can lay the groundwork for a future international deployment. Quality assurance of hydrographic data for the major navigational areas in Swedish and Finnish waters in the Baltic Sea contributes to improving safety and optimisation of ship routes.

Maritime Pilots CERTIPILOT Project

The Certipilot project aims at creating a framework for vocational training qualifications of maritime pilots. The project was launched in Malta, October 2011.

’Through Certipilot, for the first time ever, it will be possible to take into consideration formal, informal and non-formal learning of the Maritime Pilots. Moreover, the issue of recognition of qualifications is addressed in a holistic manner, thereby, not focusing just on one specific training programme.’

Project Co-ordinator is Malta Maritime Pilots Cooperative Society Ltd. The project is co-financed by the European Commission thanks to the Leonardo - Lifelong Learning Programme

Project HORIZON

Project Horizon ended in January 2012. It investigated in a scientific way the effects of fatigue on the performance of watch keepers under different watch patterns; when is it that fatigue strikes to an extent that it causes accidents and, moreover, which watch patterns are safer than others? Its results are convincing and may actually influence decision makers. EHMC was one of the project partners.  Its final results include a ‘Fatigue Management Toolkit’.

Latest News & Events

It was reported from Cape Town towards the end of May that South Africa is emerging as a hub of training in marine aids to navigation (AtoNs) for other developing countries keen to establish their maritime transport sector as a safe, secure and environmentally sound pillar of socio-economic growth. This was clear from an address by David Gordon, Executive Manager: Lighthouse and Navigational Systems (LNS) of Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) at the Pre-Conference Forum of the 19th IALA Conference in Incheon, Republic of Korea on 26 May.  

More than 500 delegates attended the 19th IALA Conference which was held in the port city of Incheon, Republic of Korea, from 26 May to 2 June 2018. 

A total of 94 technical presentations were made in 13 technical sessions and two special sessions over four days, and Conference participants were able to see and discuss the latest developments in aids to navigation and VTS technology in the large industrial exhibition, where a record number of IALA Industrial Members exhibited.

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Tanger Med

"Port Choice"

The 2017 seminar was a first in the history of our Committee, as it was held in the Moroccan port of Tanger Med. This was a consequence of the previous seminar in 2015, which was held in Marseille and where we reached out to our North African colleagues who are Harbour Masters, Port Captains and their deputies.

Tanger Med has built a leading hub port on the south shore of the Strait of Gibraltar. Beginning service in July 2007, the Tanger Med port is now operating amongst the world's leading ports.

 

Download includes
Programme en Francais Le program complèt du jeudi et vendredi 11 et 12 mai, séminaire EHMC, Tanger Med
Program in English - The full program for the Thursday and Friday 11 and 12 May 2017, EHMC seminar, Tanger Med

 

 

Marseille

On the occasion of the 2015 seminar in Marseille, we reached out to our North African colleagues who are Harbour Masters, Port Captains and their deputies. 

Le séminaire biennale de l’ EHMC est un événement sur deux jours qui permet aux Commandants des port Européens de se rencontrer pour se connaitre et échanger sur des sujets d'intérêt commun.

 

Download includes
Group picture
Press article  ’L’accueil des géants préoccupe les commandants de port’ le Marin, l’hebdomadaire de l’économie maritime  12 juin 2015
Press article  ’Le gigantisme cause commune des commandants de ports européens’ l’Antenne, les transports au quotidien   29 mai 2015
Presentation; Grand Port Maritime de Marseille -’Improve weather forecasts, more accurate navigation positioning, use of tugs, information to masters, improve experience’ AMAURY DE MAUPEOU, Harbour Master Port de Marseille et Marseille Fos
Presentation; The container ship market in 2015 ’Ultra-large box vessels: scaling effects in the container trade’ JAN TIEDEMANN, senior analyst liner shipping and ports, Alphaliner
Presentation; Le Port Tanger Med ’L’accueil dans le port des grands Porte-Conteneurs’ Cdt. KHALID SAMIR, Harbour Master Tanger Med Port Authority
Presentation; pilotage Marseille Fos “Piloter les plus grands navires dans le port en toute sécurité avec deux pilotes et la mise en œuvre du PPU” Capitaine NICOLAS PETIT, Pilot Station de Marseille Fos
Presentation; Bigger container vessels; more P&I claims? ’Replies from; the ship’s side, statistics, lessons learned & port installations’ JEAN-FRANCOIS REBORA, Director France P&I
Presentation; IHMA Congress 2016 ’Theme; Port expansion, challenges and opportunities’ PAUL O’REGAN, IHMA congress papers committee Port of Cork
Presentation; Weather forecasts ’Improving weather and wind forecasts in ports’ PAUL HUTCHINSON Vaisala
Presentation; Weather forecasts Text version; ’Improving weather and wind forecasts in ports’ PAUL HUTCHINSON Vaisala
Presentation; The Mariner’s Handbook ’What is the maximum draught that can fit into the port?’ SUSIE ALDER, Product Manager UK Hydrographic Office
Participants Registrations until 21-5-2015
Full program EHMC seminar, in English The full program of the seminar, 28 May, and the technical visit on 29 May
Programme complète du séminaire EHMC, en Francais Le programme complète du séminaire le 28 mai et de la visite du port et cocktail le 29 mai
The Port of Marseille, in English Presentation brochure Marseille Fos; ’Global Port & Multi-Activities’

 

 

Bremen

"Adapting to changes; ships using LNG as fuel, reporting through a Single Window"

Andreas Mai has hosted a triple E-event in which one day knew the EHMC seminar, a second day was dedicated to the Green Efforts project and a third day to an ESPO MAS meeting. The EHMC Seminar was about;

  • the Harbour Master and ships using LNG as fuel
    For LNG marine fuelling and bunkering there is without doubt a very fast growing interest; studies by class societies even show a parallel in the development of LNG as a fuel with the changeover to oil as a fuel some 100 years ago (see for documents under the heading 'LNG'). One may easily loose the overview these days of all developments, feasibility studies and political demands.
  • The implementation of the EU Reporting Directive in June 2015
    Same applies to the implementation of the reporting directive that can be viewed as a compulsory introduction of electronic communication in the European maritime world.

 

Download includes
LNG Infrastructure Development in European ports Mahinde Abeynaike, Bomin Linde LNG
LNG – marine fuel of the future? Mr. Markku Mylly – EMSA Director
LNG as a fuel for ships, Activities in the ports of Bremen Bjela König, Port Development Bremenports
WPCI LNG Working Group Bjela König, Port Development Bremenports
Simultaneous LNG bunkering and passenger operations Capt. Henrik Cars, Harbour Master Port of Stockholm
LNG–issues to be considered by Harbour Masters Jan Tellkamp - Det Norske Veritas
IT in ports -supporting business processes - since the ‘70s Andreas Mai
Directive on reporting formalities, implementation in Germany Uwe Kraft, deputy harbour master Bremen/Bremerhaven
Data collection and reporting esp. for smaller companies Peter Langbein, BSMD
EHMC Seminar program Please find here the full program for the EHMC seminar on 17 April 2013.
Participants EHMC Seminar The participants that registered for the EHMC seminar on 17 April so far.
EHMC seminar and Bremen events April 2013 Flyer with all information about the events, venues, hotel and travel. Digital version.

 

 

London, UK

"The Safe Port; information and education"

Program;
When and how can Harbour Masters consult the SafeSeaNet system? 

UK Certificate of Competency for Harbour Masters 

Bachelor and Master degree for ex-seafarers aiming at a higher university degree 

EHMC and the ESPO Maritime Affairs & Security Committee 

European Nautical Platform 

EHMC film on Safe Mooring “the Missing Link, improving the mooring process" 

IHMA Nautical Port Information Project 

How do we improve IHMA's professional standing, members' involvement and members' benefits 

Gdansk, Poland

"Extreme Weather Decisions"

Program;
Practical experience of Ports on the West Coast of Ireland resulting from the increasing number of violent winter storms Introduction 

EHMC video project, dealing with all issues related to the ship-shore interface 

EBA: “Mooring instructions in extreme weather conditions” 

CESMA; “Who in the end is responsible for admission decision when entering a port with storms of over force 8” 

Maritime Safety and Security Information Exchange Systems 

the IHMA “Quality Information Quality Port” 

Provision of additional shore moorings 

ETA: Extreme weather conditions and tug boat operations 

EMPA; “Challenges and limitations for pilots in extreme weather conditions”

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Latest News & Events

It was reported from Cape Town towards the end of May that South Africa is emerging as a hub of training in marine aids to navigation (AtoNs) for other developing countries keen to establish their maritime transport sector as a safe, secure and environmentally sound pillar of socio-economic growth. This was clear from an address by David Gordon, Executive Manager: Lighthouse and Navigational Systems (LNS) of Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) at the Pre-Conference Forum of the 19th IALA Conference in Incheon, Republic of Korea on 26 May.  

More than 500 delegates attended the 19th IALA Conference which was held in the port city of Incheon, Republic of Korea, from 26 May to 2 June 2018. 

A total of 94 technical presentations were made in 13 technical sessions and two special sessions over four days, and Conference participants were able to see and discuss the latest developments in aids to navigation and VTS technology in the large industrial exhibition, where a record number of IALA Industrial Members exhibited.