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.
Heads of Maritime Administrations in West and Central Africa discussed Port State Control and Flag State implementation during a three-day regional workshop in Lagos held from 9 to 11 May.
The main objective of the workshop was to provide a platform to create awareness on the duties and responsibilities of the Heads of Maritime Administrations on port State control matters and to exchange views and discuss experiences to enhance the harmonization of port State control (PSC) activities and flag State implementation in the Abuja MoU region. They also discussed information sharing capabilities.
The Abuja MoU is one of ten regional Port State Control regimes (for more information on PSC readers are invited to see here: https://www.imo.org/en/OurWork/IIIS/Pages/Port%20State%20Control.aspx )
The high-level workshop was a collaboration between IMO, the Secretariat of Abuja MoU, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency and the Federal Ministry of Transportation, Nigeria. Participants were more than 100 officials from 20* of the 22 Member States of Abuja MoU.
Heads of Maritime Administrations were urged to take immediate action in giving effect to Corrective Action Plans following the IMO Member State Audit (IMSAS) of States in the region. To support gender equality, they were encouraged to include women when nominating personnel for IMSAS auditors following the applicable training.
Specific workshop outcomes included:
Three member States (Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Mauritania) made commitments to submit their letters of acceptance to attain full membership of Abuja MoU.
*The participating countries included Angola, Benin, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Togo.
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It is a pleasure to learn that our Members are now able to travel once again and pick up with face-to-face meetings where we left off so many months ago.
IHMA Member Shawn Grant, Harbour Master of Port of Sept-Îles, Canada and his team recently visited Captain Ben van Scherpenzeel at the Port of Rotterdam.
Of their valuable trip he commented: ‘Our visit to the Port of Rotterdam was extraordinary and very informative. Port Rotterdam has always been a leader in implementing Environmental Protection measures and as such we were interested in discussing best practices. During the visit I was accompanied by the Sept-Iles (Canada) Economic Development Corporation.
On 9 June Eng Abdulrab Al-Khulaqi, Deputy Executive Chairman of Yemen Gulf of Aden Ports Corporation (YGAPC), received at the Marine Department Building, Ms Marcela Masiarik, the chancellor of the German Embassy, and Ms Melissa Rahmouni, Senior Advisor at the French Embassy in Yemen.
Captain Ahmed Al-Bishi, Acting Director of General Maritime Operations, welcomed the visitors and explained the functions of this department, which works around the clock, the main interface of the port, through which the procedures for receiving ships, berthing and sailing are arranged.