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.
Dr Liam Fox MP, Secretary of State for International Trade, will give a keynote speech at the official launch of the UK Ports for International Trade campaign on Wednesday 17th October and an invitation has been extended to the maritime community. Readers who wish to attend are invited to inform the organisation by e-mail to: email@example.com
UK Ports for International Trade is a new campaign led by businesses in the ports, maritime and logistics sectors - supported by the Department for International Trade. The campaign will be making a public case for the role international trade plays in driving growth and creating jobs in communities across Britain – and the integral role UK ports play in delivering that.
The campaign membership includes: Associated British Ports; the British Ports Association; UK Chamber of Shipping; UK Major Ports Group; PD Ports; Port of Dover; Belfast Harbour; Bristol Port; Forth Ports; Hutchison Ports; Maritime UK; Mersey Maritime; Milford Haven; P&O Ferries; Peel Ports; Port of London Authority; Port of Tyne; Rail Freight Group; Shoreham Port; UK Warehousing Association.
Date: Wednesday 17th October
Time: 2:30 – 4pm
Venue: Trinity House, Tower Hill, London, EC3N 4DH
We need to reimagine the UK’s coastal communities into a coastal powerhouse
We have an unprecedented opportunity to transform our coastal communities
UK ports ‘need to shout about the benefits of trade’
Safety warning about drivers remaining in vehicle cabs
while ferries are at sea
Urgent safety lessons issued after shift and toppling of freight vehicles on board a ro-ro passenger ferry in heavy weather
MAIB Safety Bulletin 1/2019: European Causeway
On 26 March the (UK) Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued a Safety Bulletin (No SB1/2019) in respect of dangers posed to freight vehicle drivers by remaining in their vehicle cabs while on board ro-ro ferries at sea.
(See illustration here © MAIB)
The Bulletin is to be found below with a short list of safety issues and a recommendation made to the road freight industry:
A pioneering project to involve schoolchildren in the shipping industry has been praised by the UN as a good example of how to educate young people about ocean life.
Adopt A Ship, promoted by InterManager, the international trade association for ship managers, was highlighted during the closing remarks made at the UN’s recent capacity building event in New York, which brought together leaders of a wide range of UN programmes.
The project partners schools, colleges and orphanages/shelters with a working ship to enable pupils to learn more about the world of international shipping and life at sea. More than 14,000 children worldwide participated in 2018 and InterManager expects some 40,000 to take part in 2019.
Summing up the findings of the two-day UN event, the meeting’s co-chair, Juliette Babb-Riley, said: ‘Significant activities are already under way in many parts of the world to promote ocean literacy. Examples highlighted at the event are the programmes of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, the work of InterManager with schools about shipping, and the initiatives of the European Union, particularly on marine debris. Such activities should be welcomed and extended, and new activities should be identified and encouraged.’
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