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IHMA Membership

 

“The Association gives me the confidence that I have a huge resource of knowledge at my disposal. It gives me access to advice and knowledge from colleague Harbour Masters to support me in my role.

The constant interaction between Harbour Masters – exchanging views and ideas – the willingness of some to share information, the workshops on issues and finding of solutions to worldwide challenges, it all is extremely valuable to me.”

- IHMA Member

IHMA is the leading association dedicated to the needs of its members who hold managerial positions in marine operations and work in ports large and small, public and privately owned.

Not called a Harbour Master?

In different countries and languages, the Harbour Master may be known as the Capitaine du Port, Port Commander, Hafenkapitaen and so on, and the role normally associated with the title of Harbour Master may be undertaken by those described as their deputies as well as Marine Operations Managers, VTS Managers, Maritime Director, and there are many other titles. IHMA welcomes members who are not called Harbour Masters but work in port operations and may be at any stage in their career.

Why become a member of IHMA?

Members of IHMA may have a role in some or all of the following: the safety of navigation, vessel traffic control, shipping movements, port management, protection of the marine environment, the ship-shore interface, safety management and training, and in port security. Through our professional expertise and experience we provide valuable advice and services to our members.

Member Benefits

IHMA offers a wide range of benefits to its members.  Some of these are provided free of charge whilst others are offered at discounted rates:

Access to Members’ forum

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The members’ area of the Association’s website hosts an on-line forum where members can exchange information quickly and benefit from the knowledge and experience of other members. When a member posts a question, an alert email is sent to all members requesting a response. Posting an answer is quick and easy.

Biennial Congress

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The IHMA Congress, held every two years, offers a conference programme that presents quality professional papers on topical issues of direct relevance to members.

Congress provides a unique opportunity for members from around the world to discuss subjects of mutual concern and interest.

Congress is supported by an exhibition of the latest port and harbour equipment and services.

Members are eligible for discounted Congress and Seminar fees.

IMO, IHO and other projects

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IHMA has observer status at IMO and IHO.  Reports of the proceedings of IMO Committees are circulated to members and made available in the members’ only section of the website together with selected documents of interest to members.

Members are able to participate in IMO Working Groups and Correspondence Groups.

IHMA works to develop information and resources for its members, and the Association supports the participation of its members in these efforts in order to ensure that relevant information is developed and made available to members.

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Access to the Secretariat

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The Secretary is available to provide advice and information to all members.

IMO Working Groups and Correspondence Groups

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IHMA has observer status at IMO. Reports of the proceedings of IMO Committees are circulated to members and by arrangement, members are able to participate in IMO Working Groups and Correspondence Groups.

Professional Development

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International Diploma for Harbour Masters - IHMA discount and bursary. Members are eligible for a 15% discount on the cost of the International Diploma for Harbour Masters run by Lloyd's Maritime Academy. In addition members are invited to apply for bursaries awarded by IHMA.

Members are able to participate in cutting edge research and the development of projects of direct relevance to harbour masters. This may be in partnership with other organisations.

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Access to the IHMA’s Council

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Members of IHMA’s Council are keen to engage with and offer support to members.

Free job advertisements

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Members may advertise senior port operation positions free of charge on the IHMA’s website.

Commercial member benefits

The IHMA values a good relationship with companies developing products and services that may assist Full members in the performance of their professional duties. Commercial members are entitled to;

  • Access member names and profiles
  • Attend congress and seminars at members’ prices
  • Access congress papers and presentations
  • Have priority booking of stands at IHMA events at reduced costs
  • Provide speakers at IHMA Congresses and meetings, subject to the assessment of the Papers’ Committee
  • Become a sponsor of the Association
  • Advertise on the Association’s website at discounted rates
  • Publicise their products to members via the Secretary as agreed by ExCo
  • Receive assistance from the Association when submitting new equipment and products for evaluation and appraisal by Association members
  • Display on their stationery the current and official logo of the IHMA.
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IHMA Membership categories

Who can be a member?

The Association offers Full, Associate, Senior, Commercial and Honorary membership. Senior members must previously have been Full members, and Honorary members are elected by the members.

Membership of IHMA is available in the following categories:

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Full members

Rate £199

These members comprise the majority of the Association’s membership.

IHMA seeks to be inclusive of those who manage the marine operations of a port and / or its approaches.  Persons who hold a managerial position in marine operations and exercise jurisdiction over the frontage or water area of a port or port approach are eligible to become Full members of IHMA. In undertaking their role they often possess an authority conferred on them by law, regulations or rules.

Criteria

Someone meeting the criteria above may also become a Full member by being nominated to membership of IHMA by a National Administration.

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  • Access to Members’ forum
  • Observer status for IMO, IHO & other projects
  • Access to IHMA’s Council
  • Access to the Secretariat
  • Enhanced professional development
  • Free job advertisements
  • Discounted entry to IHMA events
  • Voting member status
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Commercial members

Rate £472

Persons, organisations, companies and any other bodies that provide goods or services for reward in ways that assist members in the performance of their professional duties or who wish to support IHMA in the attainment of its aim and objectives are eligible to become commercial members.

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The IHMA values its well established and mutually beneficial relationships with companies developing products and services that may assist members in the performance of their professional duties. Commercial members are entitled to:

  • Attend congress & seminars at members’ prices
  • Congress papers and presentations
  • Access member names, contact details and profiles
  • Priority booking of stands at IHMA events at reduced costs
  • Provide speakers at IHMA Congresses and meetings, subject to the assessment of the Papers’ Committee
  • Become a sponsor of the Association subject to availability
  • Advertise on the Association’s website at discounted rates
  • Receive assistance from the Association when submitting new equipment and products for evaluation and appraisal by Association members
  • Be permitted to display on their stationery the current and official logo of the IHMA
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National Administration Members/Members from multiple port organisations

Rate by arrangement

People meeting the requirements for Full membership but appointed to membership annually by a National Administration or an organisation that operates multiple ports.

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  • Access to Members' forum
  • Observer status for IMO, IHO & other projects
  • Access to IHMA's Council
  • Access to the Secretariat
  • Enhanced professional development
  • Free job advertisements
  • Discounted entry to IHMA events
  • Voting member status
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Associate Members

Rate £99

Those who are not in a post qualifying them for Full membership but who consider that they can support the aim and objectives of IHMA may apply for Associate membership.

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  • Access to Members’ forum
  • Observer status for IMO, IHO & other projects
  • Access to IHMA's Council
  • Access to the Secretariat
  • Enhanced professional development
  • Discounted entry to IHMA events
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Honorary members

Honorary Membership, which is a lifetime award, is reserved for persons who are not ordinarily eligible to become members of the Association and may be offered to anyone who has rendered meritorious service in the field of port, harbour or marine operations or to the Association.

  • Access to Members’ forum
  • Observer status for IMO, IHO & other projects
  • Access to IHMA's Council
  • Access to the Secretariat
  • Enhanced professional development
  • Discounted entry to IHMA events
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Senior Members

These members are drawn from the ranks of the Full members, usually when vacating a post that qualified them for Full membership or on retirement. A Senior member must previously have been a Full member for at least two years.

  • Access to Members’ forum
  • Observer status for IMO, IHO & other projects
  • Access to IHMA's Council
  • Access to the Secretariat
  • Discounted entry to IHMA events

A 30 per cent discount is applied to the subscriptions of members resident in countries listed in the lower two quartiles of the United Nations’ Human Development Index. Further details can be obtained from the Secretary.

Combined national individual member subscriptions collected by a national point of contact and made as one payment are also eligible for a percentage reduction as agreed by ExCo.

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Become a Member

Join the world’s premier professional body for harbour masters and receive up-to-date information on the industry and access to the members' area of the website.

Become a sponsor

Become a sponsor of the IHMA today and reap the benefits for your business:

  • Worldwide exposure
  • Prominence on the IHMA website
  • Instant access to your services and products for your existing and potential customers
  • Access to the key decision makers on marine operations in Ports – the Harbour Master
  • The opportunity to showcase your services and products at an international congress every two years

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COP26 Maritime Event

In November 2021, the UK will host COP26, the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, in Glasgow, Scotland.  Contracting parties to the Convention will meet to assess progress towards achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement. 

Ports, like other forms of transport infrastructure, are potentially vulnerable to the effects of climate change, particularly extreme weather.  If the sector is to be well-prepared to face these changes, urgent action is needed to adapt infrastructure and to improve the climate-resilience of both assets and operations. 

In order to help promote such action, Peel Ports Group, Scotland, will be hosting a workshop at the International Maritime Hub during COP26, in collaboration with the British Ports Association, the UK Major Ports Group, Maritime UK and City of Glasgow College. 

The workshop, titled ‘Practical climate change adaptation challenges and good practice solutions for ports’, will run across two half-day sessions on 2nd and 3rd November 2021 and aims to facilitate the exchange of experiences and the sharing of good practice. 

The workshop will feature speakers from ports around the world including:

  • Captain Yoss Leclerc, Chief of Marine Operations, Port of Quebec, Canada; and
    President, International Harbour Masters’ Association;
  • Captain Naresh Sewnath, Senior Manager Pilotage & VTS, Transnet National Ports Authority, South Africa; and Vice-President, International Harbour Masters’ Association; 
  • Captain Karuppiah Subramaniam, General Manager of Port Klang Authority, Malaysia; and President, International Association of Ports and Harbours; and Chair of the IHMA 2022 Congress 

Please use the following link to register your interest in attending this free event:

https://www.maritimeuk.org/imh-2021/imh-events/adaptation-solutions-ports/

For more information, please see the attached detailed programme.

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IHMA Congress 2022
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Online Workshop Sponsored by:  PIANC and Navigating a Changing Climate 14 and 15 September 2021

Working with Nature for Climate-Resilient
Ports and Waterways

Online Workshop Sponsored by:
PIANC and Navigating a Changing Climate

14 and 15 September 2021

PIANC’s Environment Commission (EnviCom) and the Navigating a Changing Climate partners are collaborating to run a workshop entitled Working with Nature for Climate-Resilient Ports and Waterways.  This workshop builds on a 2021 workshop run by Navigating a Changing Climate with SedNet (https://sednet.org/) focused on sediment management and climate change.  

Two sessions are planned on consecutive days, each 2 hours long, allowing for keynote presentations, case studies, and facilitated round-table discussions. 

The workshop Working with Nature for Climate-Resilient Ports and Waterways is designed to facilitate knowledge exchange, disseminate good practice, highlight opportunities, and identify gaps in understanding or research needs in relation to the following sessions: 

  1. Session 1: 14th September.  Scaling Up and Changing Entrenched Current Practices
    • Transitioning nature-based solutions to full-scale
    • Persuading those who prefer business as usual to explore nature-based alternatives
  2. Session 2: 15th September.  Making a Business Case and Securing Finance
    • Preparing the case for investment in nature-based solutions
    • Facilitating public and private sector funding for nature-based solutions

For more information and to register, please reach out to Victor Magar (vmagar@ramboll.com) and copy to Kate Panayotou (Kate.Panayotou@ghd.com) and navclimate@pianc.org

The email title line should be marked with “PIANC‑NavClimate Working with Nature Workshop.” 

PIANC, the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure, provides the global waterborne transport community with expert guidance, recommendations, and technical advice (https://www.pianc.org/).  Navigating a Changing Climate is a PIANC-led Global Climate Action initiative under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Find out more at https://navclimate.pianc.org/

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