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.
IALA is a non-profit, international technical association. Established in 1957, it gathers together Marine Aids to Navigation authorities, manufacturers, consultants, and, scientific and training institutes from all parts of the world and offers them the opportunity to exchange and compare their experiences and achievements.
IALA encourages its members to work together in a common effort to harmonise Marine Aids to Navigation worldwide and to ensure that the movements of vessels are safe, expeditious and cost-effective while protecting the environment.
Taking into account the needs of mariners, developments in technology and the requirements and constraints of aids to navigation authorities, a number of technical committees have been established bringing together experts from around the world.
The work of these committees is aimed at developing common best practices through the publication of IALA Standards, Guidelines and Recommendations, and Model courses.
We at IHMA are privileged to publish below a number of new IALA Guidelines and Recommendations issued in December 2020 some of which may have an application with members of IHMA.
These documents will be found here: https://www.iala-aism.org/product-category/publications/guidelines/ and here: https://www.iala-aism.org/product-category/publications/recommendations/
IALA Guidelines issued December 2020
G1135 DETERMINATION AND CALCULATION OF EFFECTIVE INTENSITY
G1143 – UNIQUE IDENTIFIERS FOR MARITIME RESOURCES
G1150 – ESTABLISHING, PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTING VTS
G1154 – MOBILE ATON
G1155 – THE DEVELOPMENT OF A DESCRIPTION OF A MARITIME SERVICE IN THE CONTEXT OF E-NAVIGATION
G1156 – RECRUITMENT, TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION OF VTS PERSONNEL
G1157 WEB SERVICE BASED S-100 DATA EXCHANGE
G1158 – VDES R-MODE
IALA Recommendations issued December 2020
R0103 (V-103) TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION OF VTS PERSONNEL
R0119 – ESTABLISHMENT OF VTS
R1016 – MOBILE MARINE AID TO NAVIGATION (MATON)
R1020 – TERRESTRIAL RADIONAVIGATION SYSTEMS
R1021 – MARINE ATON AWARENESS FOR MARINERS
Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe will be the largest UK port to deploy 5G technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) to enhance productivity, efficiency and safety across its core operations. This was reported by the port on 13 January.
Using a 5G Private Network installed by Three UK, the port’s installation has been selected as part of the Government’s 5G Trials and Testbeds Programme to drive investment and innovation in 5G and to support the development of new use cases and commercial deployment.
The £3.4 million project has received £1.6 million from the Government as part of 5G Create, a competition to support innovators exploring new uses for 5G to improve people’s lives and boost British businesses.
Working with its partners Three UK, Cambridge University and Blue Mesh Solutions, along with key subcontractors Ericsson and Siemens, the project will test the potential of 5G across two use cases:
Foreign flagged ships detained in the UK during December 2020
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced on 14 January that six foreign-flagged ships remained under detention in UK ports during December 2020 after failing port state control (PSC) inspection.
During December, there were four new detentions of foreign-flagged vessels in a UK port.
In response to one of the recommendations of Lord Donaldson’s inquiry into the prevention of pollution from merchant shipping, and in compliance with the EU Directive on Port State Control (2009/16/EC as amended), the Maritime and Coastguard agency (MCA) publishes details of the foreign flagged vessels detained in UK ports each month.
The UK is part of a regional agreement on port state control known as the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MOU) and information on all ships that are inspected is held centrally in an electronic database known as THETIS. This allows the ships with a high risk rating and poor detention records to be targeted for future inspection.
Inspections of foreign-flagged ships in UK ports are undertaken by surveyors from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. When a ship is found to be not in compliance with applicable convention requirements, a deficiency may be raised.
If any of their deficiencies are so serious, they have to be rectified before departure, then the ship will be detained. All deficiencies should be rectified before departure.
When applicable, the list includes those passenger craft prevented from operating under the provisions of the EU Directive on a system of inspections for the safe operation of Ro-Ro passenger ships and high-speed passenger craft in regular service and amending directive 2009/16/EC and repealing Council Directive 1999/35/EC (Directive EU 2017/2110).