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.
IMO reported earlier this month that 46 participants from 18 countries* took part in a virtual meeting on 26 August to discuss the implementation of the Djibouti Code of Conduct (DCoC)** amid the global pandemic.
This meeting also assessed progress made at the operational level of the DCoC, and the development of its governance framework.
It will be remembered that the Djibouti Code of Conduct is a key tool in repressing piracy and armed robbery against ships in the western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden.
At IMO the event saw many proposals presented, such as the development of a regional information sharing network, based on the existing national maritime information sharing centres in all the participating countries.
Other propositions called for better coordination of capacity-building efforts, based on regional needs and priorities.
IMO gave a presentation on the new EU funded port security project for the region and on the technical assistance available for the development of National Maritime Security Strategies.
The meeting was opened by the newly appointed Director of the Saudi Border Guard and incoming Chairman of the DCoC Steering Committee, Major-General Muhammed Abdullah AlShehri.
*Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, France, India, Jordan, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Maldives, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
**For a briefing on the Djibouti Code of Conduct readers are invited to see here: www.imo.org/en/OurWork/Security/PIU/Pages/DCoC.aspx
On 18 September ESPO announced that the projects of Algeciras Port Authority, Port of Amsterdam, Port Authority of Lisbon and Puertos del Estado have been shortlisted for the 12th European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) Award on Social Integration of Ports.
The jury selected these four applications from a total of seven submissions. The theme of this year’s competition is Enhancing the port-city relationship by encouraging innovators and local start-ups to be part of the port ecosystem.
The ESPO Award 2020 will go to the port managing body that has developed a successful strategy to attract innovation and local start-ups to the port and thus matches supply and demand for innovative solutions for the port and its stakeholders. The winning port will demonstrate to what extent this strategy has led not only to stimulating innovation in the port, but also making the port ecosystem an attractive place for innovative ideas and local young start-up talents.
Pat Cox, Chairman of the ESPO Award Jury commented: ‘In a year of unparalleled challenges facing the transport industry because of the Covid-19 pandemic, our ports have proved again their critical and indispensable role in vital supply chain logistics.
Africa Ports & Ships (www.africaports.co.za) reported on 18 September that Cameroon’s Port Authority of Douala (PAD) has taken delivery of its new 2700 cu metre capacity Easydredge from Dutch builder, Royal IHC.
The Easydredge 2700 joins a Beaver 50 dredge supplied earlier and will be joined by a larger Easydredge 3000 Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD) also from Royal IHC.
A new dredging department was created officially in August this year to manage and operate the fleet of dredging equipment under the control of PAD for the port of Douala-Bonabéri.
The port authority says it spent an average of XAF17.16 billion (US$30.8 million) on dredging costs every year.
By having its own dredging department and dredging equipment PAD estimates it will have an annual expenditure of XAF6.7 billion ($12 million) over the next five years.