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.
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:
Please use the following link to register your interest in attending this free event:
For more information, please see the attached detailed programme.
Captain Allan Gray our former President, now at the Port of Halifax, was in Rotterdam recently for the World Hydrogen Summit and the Smart Digital Ports Conference in mid-May.
While there he managed to meet IHMA Project Officer, Captain Ben van Scherpenzeel, to exchange pleasantries and to discuss the standardization of terms and so forth and other port-related matters of mutual interest.
Allan sends good wishes to all at IHMA, trusting that we are safe and well and regrets that, sadly, he will not be able to meet us at the IHMA Congress in Kuala Lumpur next month.
Zero emission ferries and vessels are one step closer to being a reality, as Maritime Minister Robert Courts on 24 May confirmed £12 million funding to accelerate the research and development of zero emission maritime technologies.
Now in its second round, the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition (CMDC*) was born out of the Prime Minister’s 10-point plan to tackle carbon emissions. The latest funding cements the UK’s position as world leaders in clean maritime technologies and supports the creation of thousands of skilled jobs across the UK.
The CMDC is one of the first initiatives from UK SHORE, a new unit launched to make the maritime sector greener. Dedicated to creating a world free from shipping emissions, UK SHORE will work with industry to tackle numerous shipping emission challenges.
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