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
The International Harbour Masters’ Association (IHMA) is pleased to let you know that the detailed agenda for the 9th IHMA Congress to be held in Bruges – Ghent, Belgium 2014 has been published. Please see attached document for further details.
Please find here a list of the members and organisations registered to attend as per 1/2 March 2014:
The 8th IHMA Congress in Cork will explore and address the changing landscape of ports and how these changes are redefining the role of harbour masters in the future. Addressing the theme, "Marine experience: Can we manage tomorrow's port without it?" the 2012 IHMA Congress will showcase technical and operational breakthroughs together with international case studies on the development and management of modern port and marine operations across the globe.
We look forward to welcoming you to Vancouver where we will be celebrating twenty years of the IHMA.
Addressing the theme ‘Port Expansion - the Challenges’, the Congress program will be designed to appeal to all those responsible for the safe, secure, efficient and environmentally sound conduct of marine operations in port waters and industry organisations working with, or within Ports across all levels of the industry spectrum.
Hosted by the Maritime Administration of the Western Australia and took place between 19th and 23rd April 2010 in Perth, Australia
Hosted by the Maritime Administration of the Port of St Petersburg, and took place between 12th and 16th May 2008
Hosted by the Malta Maritime Authority, and took place between 3rd and 7th April 2006
Hosted by Hansestadt Bremisches Hafenamt, in Bremen, Germany, and took place between 23rd and 28th May 2004
Hosted by the National Ports Authority of South Africa and took place between 13 and 17 May 2002
Hosted by Dubai Ports Authority, United Arab Emirates, and took place between 28 April and 3 May 2000
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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