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.
On 10 September the (UK) Marine Accident Investigation Branch issued a report into its investigation of the immobilisation and flooding of the dredger Shearwater after repeated collisions with the unmanned barge Agem One near Kinlochbervie, Scotland on 9 April 2020.
At 45-pages the MAIB Report No 11/ 2021 is available here:
On 9 April 2020 near Kinlochbervie, Scotland, the UK1 registered dredger Shearwater (built 1968) was immobilised after its propeller shafts were fouled by its own towline, which was being used to tow the unmanned barge, Agem One. Thereafter, Shearwater was damaged and holed, resulting in flooding, after repeated collisions with Agem One, which was no longer under control. The situation was eventually stabilised after the intervention of a lifeboat, a workboat and an emergency towing vessel.
Recommendations (2021/124 and 2021/125) have been made by the MAIB to Shearwater’s owner to assess all on board hazards and provide safe systems of work to mitigate the foreseeable risks, and to ensure the vessel is safely manned.
The MAIB report also makes a recommendation (2021/123) to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to ensure that certification of vessels such as Shearwater includes the application of all appropriate regulatory conditions relevant to the vessel’s intended function and area of operations.
1 Since the accident the vessel has been transferred to the flag of St Kitts and Nevis.
The International Harbour Masters’ Association (IHMA) reports that Commodore Barry Goldman will be stepping down later this year from the role of IHMA representative to the IALA VTS Committee.
In late-September IHMA’s governing body, the Executive Committee (ExCo) appointed Captain Michael Trent, an Associate Member of IHMA since 2019, as Commodore Goldman’s successor on the IALA VTS Committee. At the same time ExCo recorded its thanks to him for his excellent work on behalf of IHMA.
Commodore Goldman will step down at the end of the year following the IMO Assembly in December when it is expected a new draft IMO VTS Resolution will be adopted.
This webinar will feature nine technical presentations, ranging from the design and planning of port and coastal infrastructure to sustainability and climate change in waterborne transport.
PIANC (www.pianc.org ) advises that for this opportunity, enthusiastic Young Professionals of five continents covering the Americas, the Asia-Pacific region and Europe-Africa are lined up to cater for your interest and to achieve wide knowledge sharing.
Beyond that, the global event strives to gather everyone who is related to the waterborne transport industry prior to the return of signature in-person events at PIANC next year.
On behalf of YP PIANC, an invitation is extended to all, Members and Non-Members, with the encouragement to register for the event through the link here:
You can select to attend your preferred presentation or the full two-day event at no cost.