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.
Opened by Agnes Wong Tin-yu, Director of Marine for Hong Kong SAR, today’s Nautical Institute International Conference 2019 gave rise to a lively and stimulating debate on the subject of Shiphandling.
Held at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, the morning session included presentations on the legal consequences of shiphandling incidents, special considerations for handling large tankers, handling ships in heavy weather and how digital technologies support command decisions in shiphandling.
In the afternoon delegates were invited to consider the role of simulator and computer based training in shiphandling and also heard from senior pilots working at the ports of Shanghai and Shenzhen. The closing presentation from Capt Stephen Wong of the Hong Kong Pilots Association focused on changes in shiphandling techniques in Hong Kong harbour.
Addressing delegates, Capt Nick Nash FNI president of The Nautical Institute, said:
”Shiphandling is obviously one of the core skills for any shipmaster. This conference has given us all further insights into this skill and the repercussions if we get it wrong!”
“Training is the key, along with proper mentoring while at sea. The collaboration and integration of Bridge teams, Pilots and VTS, while making full use of new technologies will ensure that shiphandling lies at the heart of safety and best practice in the maritime industry.”
Other speakers included Capt John Taylor, Loss Prevention Executive, Steamship Mutual; Capt Ashley Singleton AFNI, Marine Superintendent, Chevron Asia Pacific Shipping; Ron Clark MNI, Admiralty Manager, Reed Smith LLC; Capt Balraj Nair, serving ship master, Fleet Management; Tony Petronio, General Manager, Fleet Operations Center; Capt Ashok Sharma, Wärtsilä; Benjamin Wong, the Head of Transport and Industrial, Invest HK; Capt Kersi Deboo FNI, Director & Principal, Anglo-Eastern Maritime Training Centre; Steven Gosling AFNI, Quality Assurance Manager, Videotel and Capt Yeong-Sig Choi, Vice President International Marine Pilots Association.
More than 100 delegates were joined by officer cadets from local maritime training establishments, thanks to generous sponsorship from the TK Foundation.
Other sponsors for the event were: Anglo-Eastern, Carnival, Chevron, Fleet Management Limited, InvestHK, Steamship Mutual, Wärtsilä, Seaspan, BMT, Chellship, HUD Group, Reed Smith, TCC Group, Valles Steamship, ClassNK, Videotel, Stephenson Harwood, Clarksons Platou, StormGeo, Hong Kong Pilots Association Limited, HKMH and Maasmond Maritime.
For more information please contact Martin Fothergill, Marketing and Communications Manager, The Nautical Institute + 44 (0)20 7928 1351, email@example.com.
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On 20 November the European Commission commenced the process for reviewing the 2013 TEN-T guidelines with a public consultation before summer.
This was reported the same day and it is learnt that ESPO believes the review should not lead to a complete change of direction in the TEN-T policy.
Furthermore, ESPO believes that the rationale of the 2013 guidelines remains the same: achieving an efficient, sustainable and multimodal Transport Infrastructure Network (TEN) in Europe.
The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) however believes that the European Commission should use the review as an opportunity to level the playing field between the maritime and the land links.
In the words of ESPO’s Secretary General Isabelle Ryckbost: ‘More than 30 % of intra-EU freight traffic is currently going over sea. The ongoing digitalisation, the progress on the internal market for maritime transport with the new European Single Window Environment framework and the greening of shipping, which seems to be delivering first on the short sea links, will give maritime transport within the EU, and even within one Member State, a new impetus. It is now time to fully recognise the contribution of maritime transport to the aims of Europe’s Transport Infrastructure policy. The maritime dimension must be brought on an equal footing with the land-based corridors and links.’
The Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) is currently marking the 15th year of accreditations from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
This notable achievement follows a successful external audit that was conducted by the South Africa-based National Quality Assurance (NQA) representing the Global Certification Body based in the UK.
External auditors covered: the ISO 9001 Standard (Quality Management System), the ISO 14001 Standard (Environmental Management System) and the ISO 45001 Standard (Health and Safety Management System) and as a result conferred Namport with the positive report on all three standards.
In the words of Acting Chief Executive Officer of Namport, Kavin Harry: ‘The importance of this achievement cannot be underestimated especially the impact it has on reassuring our esteemed customers on the quality and safety of our services rendering at our ports. It is therefore, only befitting that I, on behalf of the Executive management team convey our heartfelt appreciation for the great work displayed by all Namport employees resulting into this great achievement.’