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Ship’s stay in port 

"The ship-shore interface" 
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The role of the Harbour Master in terminal and cargo operations varies according to the governance of the port. In some places, the Harbour Master’s role is diminished due to the process of privatisation. However, there are plenty of occasions during a ship’s stay in port, when advice from the Harbour Masters is sought. These include when services are delivered by companies, organisations or government officials such as fuel bunkering, tank cleaning and the delivery of stores, water and crew.

The Harbour Master still has a role to play for determining the berthing of ships and controlling the front quay or ship-shore interface, such as the direct removal or segregated stay of dangerous goods for a determined period on the terminal, the measures to be taken by stevedores and dockworkers to prevent safety or environmental irregularities and the accessibility to the ship-shore interface by unauthorized persons.

The Harbour Master’s expertise is essential during the management of any incidents and in the timely implementation of response and emergency plans when necessary.
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Bunkering of fuel
Tank cleaning
Stores and crew
Ships that wants to bunker fuel, for instance HFO (Heavy Fuel Oil), MDO (Marine Diesel Oil) or MGO (Marine Gaz Oil) or in the future LNG (Liquified Natural Gas), have to ask permission from the Harbour Master’s Office. They are required to give the grade, the quantity and the start and stop time of bunker operations. The master of the receiving ship and the skipper of the bunker barge have to register the operation in a bunker oil record book. A ship / ship safety bunker checklist has to be completed by both parties. This can be checked by the harbour master’s staff and bunker operations can be stopped if safety rules are not followed. In a SECA (Sulphur Emission Control Area) or ECA (Emission Control Area) ships may first only produce 1.5% SOx (Sulphur Oxides). This is gradually decreased till 1% (July 2010) and will further decrease to 0.1% SOx (January 2015).
This has to be controlled by Port State Control with the assistance of the Harbour Master’s Office.
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