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.
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 (please see attached pictures).
He continued: ‘The Port of Rotterdam is a leader in the use of Green Energy, and we will try to follow suit. Their presentation on Green Energy, the projects they have ongoing and outlook for the future is truly inspiring.
Of his home port he added: ‘Port Sept-Iles exports iron ore and aluminium to Port Rotterdam and imports various products for aluminium production.’
The port of Sept-Îles lies in an administrative region, part of of Quebec Province on the north shore of the Gulf of the St Lawrence in eastern Canada. For more information readers are invited to see here www.portsi.com.
On 26 July the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) announced its intention to develop options for the withdrawal from global paper chart production by late 2026 to increase focus on its digital navigation products and services.
In response to users
Plans to withdraw the UKHO’s portfolio of ADMIRALTY Standard Nautical Charts (SNCs) and Thematic Charts are in response to more marine, naval and leisure users primarily using digital products and services for navigation. The ADMIRALTY Maritime Data Solutions digital navigation portfolio can be updated in near real-time, greatly enhancing safety of life at sea (SOLAS).
In a bid to strengthen relationships and interoperability, the US Coast Guard conducted a multilateral search and rescue drill alongside longtime partners from the UK, Japan, and the west Pacific Republic of Palau in late July. This was reported by USCG Forces Micronesia from Santa Rita, Guam, early in August.
In the words of Lieutenant Commander Field Cassiano, Coast Guard liaison officer to the Compact of Free Association States: ‘We thrive on these opportunities, and we all came away with a deepened appreciation for the work of our respective agencies.
‘Anyone who spends time in the Pacific is no stranger to the region's vast distances and limited resources. Evolutions like this provide invaluable face-to-face interaction and enable us to work through challenges before an incident or crisis.’