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"
Opened by Agnes Wong Tin-yu, Director of Marine for Hong Kong SAR, today’s Nautical Institute International Conference 2019 gave rise to a lively and stimulating debate on the subject of Shiphandling.
Held at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, the morning session included presentations on the legal consequences of shiphandling incidents, special considerations for handling large tankers, handling ships in heavy weather and how digital technologies support command decisions in shiphandling.
In the afternoon delegates were invited to consider the role of simulator and computer based training in shiphandling and also heard from senior pilots working at the ports of Shanghai and Shenzhen. The closing presentation from Capt Stephen Wong of the Hong Kong Pilots Association focused on changes in shiphandling techniques in Hong Kong harbour.
Addressing delegates, Capt Nick Nash FNI president of The Nautical Institute, said:
”Shiphandling is obviously one of the core skills for any shipmaster. This conference has given us all further insights into this skill and the repercussions if we get it wrong!”
“Training is the key, along with proper mentoring while at sea. The collaboration and integration of Bridge teams, Pilots and VTS, while making full use of new technologies will ensure that shiphandling lies at the heart of safety and best practice in the maritime industry.”
Early in June two warships from the Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1), Turkish frigate TCG Gokova and from the Royal Navy HMS Westminster successfully completed an important training mission in support of joint warfighting logistics. Our illustration has been kindly provided by
NATO Maritime Command (MARCOM) © www.mc.nato.int/media-centre/news
It was reported from NATO Maritime Command at Northwood, NW London, that the two NATO ships escorted a civilian cargo vessel, mv Gute through high- traffic sea lanes during her transit from Norway to Sczecin, Poland carrying Norwegian military equipment for NATO exercise Noble Jump.
The safety and security of sea-based trade and transportation routes is critical to the prosperity of the Baltic nations and the NATO Alliance.
Escort training, such as that practiced by Gokova and Westminster, enhances interoperability among NATO and commercial shipping and provides reassurance to NATO allies and partners that NATO is capable and ready to maintain freedom of navigation in the Baltic Sea.
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