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.
A Message from the President regading COVID-19
It is in times of crisis a level head must always prevail.
‘Many of you will recall your time in command or piloting when the old adage was never run from one bridge wing to another; always walk calmly give the appearance you are in control.
‘Our position as harbourmaster is responsible for the safety of the port and the community but is also charged with the responsibility to look after the welfare of seafarers trading to our ports and ensuring the safe and efficient movement of trade through our ports.
‘As indicated in the address of the Secretary General of IMO it is now more than ever that global trade is vital for the safety and welfare of our global communities.
‘Each of us works closely with our public health authorities to manage the potential risk and spread of the COVID-19 virus but it is vital now that you are the voice of reason and pragmatic solutions to assist governments to make an informed decision.
‘We like IAPH and ICS understand and support the need for trade to continue and we as Harbourmasters understand the need to keep our communities safe. Both can be achieved through rationale minds working to manage risk with all their stakeholders.
‘Consider all risk and human rights of all persons including our seafarers.
‘Stay safe and be the voice of reason.'
IHMA Congress postponement
As readers will be aware the IHMA Congress, scheduled for Hobart on 23-26 March, has now been postponed to 5-9 October 2020 at the same venue.
At IHMA the staff of the secretariat took into consideration all available information, weighed all possible options and came to the difficult decision to reschedule the IHMA Congress.
Venue for the 2020 Congress remains Hobart’s Grand Chancellor Hotel.
On 5 August IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said:
‘I express my deepest condolences and sincerest sympathies to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Lebanon following the catastrophic explosions in the port of Beirut yesterday.
‘The port provides a vital artery bringing food, medicines and supplies to the country and its destruction will have devastating consequences.
‘The United Nations is assisting the immediate response to the incident. The International Maritime Organization stands ready to assist in any way we can.’
We at IHMA join IMO in sending our deepest condolences to the people of Lebanon at this difficult time
International Container Terminal Services, Inc (ICTSI) has signed the concession contract with the Port Autonome de Kribi (PAK) for the development, operation and maintenance of the Kribi Multipurpose Terminal (KMT) in Cameroon.
With the signing of the contract, KMT, a subsidiary of ICTSI, is now the official concessionaire of the multipurpose terminal for the next 25 years.
At the signing ceremony in the Southern region of Cameroon, Hans-Ole Madsen, ICTSI Senior Vice President and Regional Head for Europe, Middle East and Africa, thanked the Government of Cameroon and PAK for placing their trust in ICTSI. “ICTSI is very proud to partner with Cameroon and the Port of Kribi in the operation and development of the Kribi Multipurpose Terminal,” he said.
KMT is a newly built deep-water port located 150 kilometres south of Douala. Phase 1 consists of 265 + 63 metres of berth and a 10-hectare yard. Phase 2 will include an additional 350 metres of berth and 23 hectares of yard. Kribi port is surrounded by the Kribi Industrial Area, a 262 square-kilometre zone destined to accommodate new industrial and logistical developments supporting the growing Cameroonian economy.