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.
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It has been reported in Kenya that Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) intends to invest US$193 million to modernise four berths at the port of Mombasa. Our illustration here shows Mombasa’s second container terminal (www.africaports.co.za © ).
While the berths have not been identified it is understood that they currently handle containers and breakbulk general cargo.
Financing will come from commercial rated loans being offered by the European Investment Bank and French development agency AFD, according to Daniel Manduku, the managing director of the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA).
The port of Mombasa recently opened a new container terminal which is being operated by a division of the Italian shipping company, MSC. The port is the main gateway port for neighbouring landlocked countries in the East Africa region – Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, southern Ethiopia and parts of eastern DRC.
On the morning of 28 August 2018, the cruise ship Carnival Horizon, with a total of 6,361 people on board, was manoeuvring to berth No. 2 at Manhattan Cruise Terminal’s Pier 88 in New York City, New York, when its bow struck the southwest corner of adjacent Pier 90. No one was injured and no pollution occurred, but Pier 90’s walkway, roof parking garage, and facilities suffered extensive structural damage, and the ship sustained minor damage above the waterline, totalling about $2.5 million in cumulative damage. Illustrated in the NTSB report is a screenshot from the Carnival Horizon’s ECDIS, showing the vessel’s track beginning at 0539 and ending at 0611. (An illustration of Carnival Horizon appears here by kind courtesy on NTSB ©).
The National Transportation Safety Board determined that the probable cause of the Carnival Horizon’s contact with Pier 90 was the ineffective interaction and communication between the master and the docking pilot who were manoeuvring the vessel, and the bridge team’s ineffective oversight of the docking manoeuvre. Contributing was the placement of the third officer in a location without a view of the bow to monitor the close approach to Pier 90.