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.
The 12th IHMA Congress, The Next Wave – Navigating Towards the Digital Future
Thursday 27 - Friday 28 June 2019
How and with who will the ship of the future communicate?
This is the question that industry, ship owners and managers, ports, nautical service providers, university and research projects will seek to answer in this biennial EHMC seminar. The day will include live demonstrations of industry products and a visit by boat within the Port of Gothenburg that will also take us around the harbour area.
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.
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.
"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 Safe Port; information and education"
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
"Extreme Weather Decisions"
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
"Beyond ISPS; further enhancing port security"
The Danish approach to security
Maritime and port security in the EU: any need for a single and simpler legal instrument?
VTMIS – How a vertical VTMIS can enhance security in the port
New Developments in Maritime Safety and Harbour Security Systems
A day in the life of a Harbourmaster enforcing the ISPS code and Port Directive
Information sources related to compliancy of port facilities
"Safe Seas, Safe Ports"
the different roles of the Harbour Master
The regulatory side of Safe Sea Net
Preventive and safety related information management
The progress of Safe Sea Net
Acceptance in ports of ships in distress
Breakdown and blackouts
Developments in ship design and construction
"How do we handle ship waste in Europe? Implications of
regulations and practices"
The IMO has agreed to address maritime corruption by including this important issue in its work programme for the Facilitation Committee. The decision to include an anti-corruption agenda came at the latest meeting of the IMO’s Facilitation Committee (FAL 43 held 8-12 April) in response to a submission from Liberia, Marshall Islands, Norway, UK, US and Vanuatu. The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) co-sponsored the submission along with a number of other non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
Guy Platten, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping (illustrated) commented: ‘Corruption erodes trust in government and undermines the social contract. Corruption impedes investment, with consequent effects on growth and jobs. This is a global issue but we all need to work to eradicate corrupt practices. We are pleased that the IMO will be working to address this important issue and we will support the member states in stamping out this scourge.’
A mass rescue operation – indeed, any incident beyond everyday capability – is a challenge for any State and any SAR organisation; but this is particularly so for small States and organisations, whose planning and response capabilities are naturally limited. A cruise ship accident in the Caribbean, for example, where many such ships trade, is a very rare event, but still a possible one. Rarity is part of the problem.
Thus the scene is set by the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF see: www.international-maritime-rescue.org ).
This then begs a question
How do you prepare for such huge, once-in-a-career challenges?
In the UK IMRF Member the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), an executive agency of the UK Government, takes this question very seriously.
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