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Nautical Port Information

Following a workshop at its 5th Congress, in May 2006, IHMA embarked on a significant task to support Harbour Masters in gathering reliable Port Entry Information and produce it in a standardised form, readily available to the mariner and other users.

The format has been hosted on the IHMA website since July 2008.
Industry-wide there is a plea for more reliable, accurate and easily accessible nautical port information:

· higher port efficiency
· better berth to berth passage planning
· IMO’s obligation for port passage plans
· more port safety
· electronic publications and port ENC’s
· less emissions in the port

IHMA seeks to meet these industry’s wishes with its Nautical Port Information Project.
As for the industry itself; terminals, captains, ship operators and trading floors consider the Harbour Master as the authoritive source for nautical port information.

In order to ensure maximal safety in ports, the IHMA strives after the widest possible use of reliable port information by the maritime community. Since 2008 it is making an effort in having as many ports as possible participate in the project.

A next generation port lies at the horizon.

In September 2017, functional definitions for nautical port information were issued. This initiative’s priority is to improve communications between ships and ports using clear and authoritative definitions for the various terms used in daily operations. The definitions have been sourced from existing standards within the shipping industry. Only when no applicable definition could be found was a new one introduced and published via the glossary of the UKHO’s Mariners Handbook (NP100). The document containing functional definitions for nautical port information 5.2 is available for download opposite.

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Background Documents:
Standards for Nautical Port Information 5.2
Avanti Flyer
This flyer speaks about Avanti, the electronic format for Nautical Port Information.
BIMCO Bulletin
February 2014, Avanti has featured in BIMCO’s Bulletin publication and the article is attached.
Port Technology International
This article appeared in Port Technology International of May 2012.
Maritime Students at work
Two Dutch maritime students have compiled the Picton Port Information Guide in New Zealand as part of their graduation.
IHMA Presentation Nautical Port Information
The very first presentation about nautical port information and the plea from Maersk at the IHMA Congress 2006.
Letter from Intertanko
’INTERTANKO applauds the International Harbour Master Association’s information project’
IHMA Paper for IMO/MSC
"Improving the provision and quality of nautical port information" was at the agenda of the 83rd Maritime Safety Committee of IMO. The paper has the support of IAPH, IFSMA, OCIMF and BIMCO. On that occasion IHMA was requested to also submit a paper on port and terminal information for FAL35, beginning of 2009.
Brochure "IHMA Standards for Nautical Port Information"
This first brochure speaks about the standard that IHMA has set for nautical port information, the reasons behind it and the comments from industry.
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