Commander David Phillips MVO – previously a Royal Navy submarine captainImmediate Past Chief Harbour Master, Port of London Authority & now Marine Consultant with Marico Marine, an active member of IHMA and long-term supporter of the IHMA biennial Congress.

Commander Phillips gave an insightful presentation at the 10th IHMA Congress covering ‘The Maritime Security Conundrum’. His personal insights from his time with Port of London Authority on addressing the conundrum and achieving security during the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant and the London Olympics provided practical learnings and key takeaways for attendees.

As we look towards London for the 11th Congress in 2018 you will find below Commander Phillips’ summary report of proceedings in his own words for the 10th Congress in Vancouver earlier this year. A great read for anyone who missed out or indeed would like to refresh their memory!

Report of proceedings

OK…for a moment…imagine you have just been appointed as the Harbour Master of a major international port and you are now standing in the Port’s VTS centre.

Flushed with pride at your achievement in landing this job, with the congratulations of your family and former colleagues still echoing in your ears, you survey your new domain. Through the big windows you see what appears to be frenetic and perpetual motion, container ships, tankers, cruise liners, bulkers, tugs and many other different vessels coming and going. Through the double glazed windows, you can hear tug whistles, ship sound signals and many other noises mingling together to add to the scene growing in your mind of a juggernaut operation, seemingly too big to control.

But…as you listen also to the calm and professional voices of the VTS operators around you and the equally measured and professional responses coming over the VHF from the activity outside the window you take comfort: you have done this before, you are trained and professional and anyway, you got the job. Nevertheless, as this first onset of nerves gives way to a measured, competent and practiced appraisal of your port, you realise that you could use some extra help occasionally; the comfort of testing your ideas by sharing them with other respected professionals.

Fortunately, it is rare to find anything completely new. ‘Someone’, somewhere will probably have done it before, all you have to do is find that ‘someone’; you also have to be sure that the ‘someone’ you have identified is actually competent, experienced and qualified. Again you are in luck, as the Harbour Master of an international port you are eligible to join the International Harbour Masters Association (IHMA). Here you will find that elusive ‘someone’: Harbour Masters from around the world from small ports, big ports, container ports, bulk ports, all kinds of ports and they have all at some stage found themselves exactly in your position.

The one thing I learned from my past as a submarine captain and latterly as the Harbour Master in London, is that you will never know everything and you can always learn a lesson or two from others, mind you they will also expect to learn a thing or two from you. Harbour Masters are invariably very happy to share their experiences and knowledge with others. In my own personal experience at London I could point to many regulations, procedures and operations where I took lessons from other ports, from fendering to pilot management, from issues with recreational vessels to environmental concerns and from hydrography to VTS. The list is endless, which brings me back to the IHMA.

Amongst its many other benefits (outside the remit of this article), every two years the IHMA holds its congress. Here you will find Harbour Masters from upwards of 80 ports around the world, all gathered together in one place for almost 4 days; fertile ground indeed to gather ideas and swap information. There can surely be no more cost-effective way of networking with fellow Harbour Masters, the congress agenda is carefully constructed around a central theme and pointed at professional topics of direct interest to Harbour Masters. The formal debate in the auditorium is enhanced significantly by the exhibition outside, where manufacturers and service providers demonstrate their wares to a focussed and highly interested body of potential purchasers. They come also to learn from Harbour Masters about how their products could be developed and improved.

And this brings me at last to the 10th International Harbour Masters Congress held in Vancouver and hosted with some aplomb by the Port of Vancouver. At the end of this article you will see the agenda for this year’s congress, which had as its core theme ‘Port expansion – the challenges’, which was then split into 5 sub-themes:

  • Planning and Infrastructure
  • How Ports Operate Expanded Facilities and the Challenges and Opportunities this Brings
  • Social Acceptance
  • Harbour master Special Interest
  • Marine Labour

The first two bullets and the last bullet above are self- explanatory, but the bullets three and four need some explanation. Social acceptance – what does that mean? One of the main points that struck me on reflecting on this Congress sometime later, was that throughout the three days, the Congress was punctuated with phrases like ‘stakeholder engagement’, ‘environmental sensitivity’, ‘working with the community’ and ‘people’s needs’; phrases which recurred time and time again. Clearly the need for ports to become ‘socially accepted’ (or maybe socially acceptable?) is a worldwide phenomenon and it is evidently something that the industry as a whole must address. This was very neatly summed up right at the end of the Congress by the Port of Vancouver’s Vice President for Corporate Social Responsibility, Duncan Wilson when he said ports must ‘…engage with the public…’ and ‘…provide ways for the public to feel connected to the port…’ and most
importantly in my opinion ‘…the public must understand the relevance of the port…’.

Harbour Master special interest, was just that – it contained a range of topics from ship interaction, to safe bollard working loads and adaptive tug use to name some. The programme for this particular sub-theme was very well put together indeed and made for a gripping final day that maintained interest right to the end. Overall, the Congress remained true to its theme we heard of expansion plans, the impacts of expansion, impacts on expansion of stakeholder interests, public perception and many other topics from Ports from Bahrain to Cork and from Rotterdam to Darwin.

The social events were pitched just right, the opening registration the night before the Congress started was a great opportunity for informal reunions with Harbour Masters around the world that I had befriended before; and then the welcome reception after the first day was ideal for forging new relationships. The exhibition networking after Day 2 gave the exhibitors a focused opportunity to engage with their marketplace and the Congress Dinner on the final night, as always was a fantastic evening that perfectly capped what had been an informative, valuable and productive three days.

Like most professional people I attend several conferences, all are valuable for networking and learning about new things, but for me, the IHMA sets the highest standard of any, for both the quality of the presenters and the material being presented. Much of the credit for this should go the Papers Committee. A group of 4 or 5 IHMA members who together, check all the presentations in good time before the congress starts and make sure that the presentations are relevant, say something substantive and are properly put together. I know of no other conference that makes its speakers go through such a challenging hoop and I really do believe that it is a discipline that the IHMA should retain. In terms of time and money, the IHMA Congresses (and I have attended three of them) fully justify the resources necessary to send delegates long distances to attend.

This concludes my general observations on the 2016 IHMA Congress, at the Annex are my specific observations on the various presentations in more detail. Please note carefully the warning note that appears in italic font at the beginning of the Annex, which applies also to this piece.

AGENDA & COMMENT ON 2016 IHMA CONGRESS

NB: The notes in italicised script that follow some of the agenda items below are my own
contemporaneous notes of what transpired at the Congress; undoubtedly I have focussed on areas of interest to me. Others will have different views but I set before you these notes on which you may draw your own conclusions. I should add that these notes are my personal observations and should not be regarded as reflecting the views of the IHMA, The Port of London Authority or indeed any other organisation to which I am associated. Furthermore, I cannot vouch for the complete accuracy of what I have noted, those readers who seek more detail should contact the presenters directly. In most cases the contact details are available from the member’s section of IHMA website. Finally, in some instances I have made no comment, the reason being simply that I had to miss these presentations and so could not comment; I stress that the lack of a comment does not infer any opinion or imply any criticism.

DAY 1 – 30TH MAY 2016

THEME 1 – PLANNING AND INFRASTRUCTURE

KEYNOTE: From the High Seas to your Harbour
Following some good opening presentations that set the scene admirably for a great Congress, this keynote talk from a much esteemed practitioner was a great start to the conference proper and writing as someone coming from the UK it underlined the importance of having all the Canadian CG responsibilities under one umbrella.
RAdm Roger Girouard, Assistant Commissioner, Western Region, Canadian Coast Guard

ORGANIZATIONAL CONSIDERATIONS WHEN FACING EXPANSION PROJECT

Maasvlakte 2 at Port of Rotterdam; 2.000 hectares reclaimed from the sea for port use

  • How does the harbour master cope with such an expansion and which measures did he take?
  • Infrastructure decisions for the new waterways, quay walls, port design and transhipment facilities. The consequences of the ground-breaking design for vessel safety
  • Tools that were developed for better decision making of the harbour master
  • Consequences for the internal organisation of the harbour master division

A congress highlight, this thoroughly informative presentation from a highly experienced Harbour Master in Europe’s biggest port. Most interesting to me in the way it described the need for personnel re-organisation to accompany expansion projects. Also, highlighted the fact that in this highly competitive world, if you want ships to come to your port then make sure that your infrastructure is good, otherwise they go somewhere else! Great opener!
René de Vries, Harbour Master, Port of Rotterdam, NDL

Organizational Considerations for Port Expansion Projects
Very interesting insights which highlighted the value of: ‘multi-criteria decision analysis’, which seems a mouthful but made sense, a holistic approach to port expansion, centralised control but needs to be flexible/adaptable                                              
Daniel Leonard, Director, WorleyParsons, Advisian

FINANCING PORT EXPANSION AND HOW IT AFFECTS THE PORT MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE

Beauport 2020 expansion Project
Fascinating description of port expansion in the Port of Quebec to enable future sustainability, a very useful illustration of the challenges to port expansion
Captain Yoss Leclerc, Harbour Master, Port of Québec

Effect of large port infrastructure development on Port business and management structure
This was particularly illuminating because it mixed the Harbour Master’s perspective with that of the CEO and showed the balance between what is needed and what is affordable that is essential to successful expansion added to the need for the port to return a dividend to its shareholders
Captain Paul O’Regan, Harbour Master Port of Cork
Brendan Keating, CEO, Port of Cork

REGULATIONS PERMITTING

Port Expansion – The Emissions Challenge

  • Ongoing air quality monitoring
  • Tracking emissions
  • Planning for emission intensive terminals

An extremely comprehensive presentation that showed how much can be achieved in terms of environmental benefit when proper steps are taken, highlighted benefits of shore power. For me the biggest ‘takeaway’ was hearing of the ideas to encourage greater environmental sensitivity from port users.
Jack Smith, Director, Environmental Assessment, Prince Rupert Port Authority

Creating opportunities for port growth: the dredging challenge
A great discussion about dredging which emphasised the importance of stakeholder engagement and master planning so that everyone know what is going on and is forewarned.
Chris Wellstood, Harbour Master Port of Vancouver

Port Expansion adjacent to sensitive sea areas

  • Port of Gladstone is growing both in terms of tonnage, but also expanding into a new cargo – LNG. Three major LNG processing plants will turn a big coal port into an even bigger energy export port
  • Expansion challenges are twofold: Infrastructural and Operational
  • Management community and environmental expectations especially due to proximity to Great Barrier Reef

With the continuing growth of LNG around the world and growing interest in my own port this presentation was of particular interest to me and provided a blueprint for how one might approach this issue in one’s own port.
Captain Gary Wilson, Marine Ops Gladstone Ports Corp

AVANTI is ready for use! How can your port benefit?

  • Plug your Port Information Guide into the new and easy to use Avanti application
  • Improve your nautical port information and save yourself time when managing your information
  • Built by UK Hydrographic Office, find out how nautical port information can reach your customers
  • The UKHO’s ‘Mariners Handbook’ and ‘Port Approach Guide’; how do they fit with Avanti?

Captain Ben van Scherpenzeel, Project Officer, IHMA

Collaborative Decision Making and the Port Common Operating Picture

  • CDM and Port COP: a Real World Demonstration
  • The role of CDM and the Port COP in facilitating port expansion
  • Meeting port safety and environmental challenges through CDM and Port COP

Peter Behrendt, Managing Director, Saab Technologies, CAN

Integrated Control Centre Solutions for Canadian Coast Guard and the World

  • Human-machine interface
  • Technical/operational enhancements
  • New Incident Crisis Management

An illuminating and absorbing presentation about the capabilities currently marketed by Frequentis, a growing player in integrated port control systems. With personal experience of Frequentis at the Port of London I am able to attest to the excellence and reliability of Frequentis products.
Francis Beauchesne, Director, Projects & Engineering, Frequentis

DAY 2 – 31ST MAY 2016

THEME 2 – HOW PORTS OPERATE EXPANDED FACILITIES AND THE CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES THIS BRINGS

PORT AMALGAMATION

KEYNOTE: Western Canadian Port Expansion – The Challenges and Opportunities

  • Building Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway to service a major resource based economy
  • Expanding trade in larger ships through collaborative infrastructure solutions
  • Development of social licence through sustainable growth
  • The Management of risk and negative perceptions

Terrific scene-setter. This was an excellent presentation and achieved exactly what it set out to do, all explained in a lively way with great enthusiasm, once again blending commercial awareness with practical mariner’s common-sense I was enthralled.
Captain Stephen Brown, Immediate Past President, Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia

The amalgamation challenge – scale, distance, culture and operations

  • Amalgamation of ports over a large geographic area
  • Challenges of system integration and standardisation
  • Operational and cultural differences
  • Scale and diversity of operations

For me personally this presentation was definitely one of the congress highlights. It could serve as a blueprint for others in similar circumstances; delivered with confidence, authority and vigour, I was left feeling very envious of John Finch and the challenges he is addressing.
Captain John Finch, General Manager Ops, Pilbara Ports Authority

NAVIGATION MONITORING AND CONTROL (VTS)

KEYNOTE The expanding role of VTS including the impact of e-Navigation

  • Increasing needs for surveillance of shipping, and pressures on sea room in some regions, plus the rapid development of e-navigation connectivity and techniques will drive change in VTS technology and operations
  • In parallel with this, competition for increased efficiency between ports and between liner services will demand better and harmonized VTS services
  • The resulting evolution of VTS will mean increased digital information exchange ship-shore and shore-shore, improved information services for pilots, increased situation awareness on the bridge and in the VTS centre, leading to safer and more efficient vessel movements in VTS and coastal areas.

Just what you want from a keynote speaker! A key figure in the industry to deliver the talk (Well done IHMA on persuading Francis Zachariae to attend :)) followed by a thoroughly enveloping and interesting exposition of the expanding role of VTS to reflect the congress theme. There are some who have suggested to me that VTS has gone as far as it should, in my view this is patently untrue and I really do believe that VTS capability will be a growing area. The difficulty now is that all this information is coming into VTS but it must be processed and understood, invariably with fewer people – that in my opinion is where technology should be helping more. Francis Zachariae has presented a good picture of the state of VTS.
Francis Zachariae, Secretary General, IALA

Creating an Integrated Statewide Vessel Scheduling System for Hawaii: A Network-Centric Approach to Optimize Port Operations
I found the title a little confusing, but all became clear when Captain Comnpagnoni made the point that ‘… Facebook has over 1 billion participants yet needs no handbook …’. Think about this for a moment. This presentation gave me considerable food for thought and should prompt many ideas – a novel perspective on age-old issues.
Captain Barry Compagnoni, Rtd U.S. Coast Guard

Determination of Vessel Traffic Capacity in Central London: A practical methodology

  • Addressing the need to manage safely the growth in vessel traffic on the Thames in Central London
  • Development of an innovative tool for assessing the level of service and level of safety of the port system
  • Unlocking additional capacity through predictive modelling

Speaking as the person who identified the need for this work and commissioned it, I am of course somewhat conflicted, so the reader must regard these notes with care. In London there is a commonly held view that ‘…the river is quiet and so there is little reason not to remove more wharves, build more low bridges and yet more useless artistic structures in the fairway…’. The general public doesn’t understand that on a tidal river, high water traffic greatly exceeds that at low water and neither do they accept the Harbour Master’s word on things, they demand evidence. This study, which succeeded admirably provided the necessary evidence that there was indeed considerable traffic and furthermore provided a good indication of the capacity of the River Thames for more traffic. I would think this work would be of great interest to other ports on tidal rivers.
Bob Baker, Chief Harbour Master, Port of London Authority
Dr Ed Rogers, Director, Operations, Marico Marine

Overcoming the inability to predict – a PortCDM future
I have to say that I don’t believe we shall ever overcome the inability to predict within the maritime world, there are far too many variables, that said this was a useful insight into improving our predictive capability. Other readers of these notes I daresay will disagree with me on this but you have my thoughts here for what they are worth?
Associate Professor Mikael Lind, Research Manager, Viktoria Swedish ICT

THEME 3 – SOCIAL ACCEPTANCE

PORT STEWARDSHIP

Grow this port – and make it an awesome place to live!
Captain Paulson presented an interesting viewpoint about his port.
Captain Gary Paulson, Harbour Master, Prince Rupert Port Authority, CAN

Governance, Reality, Perceptions and Social Licence: The forces affecting port expansion

  • The range of effects of port expansion
  • Identifying the players: responsible for investment and operations; other interested parties
  • Decision frameworks
  • Living with social licence

Professor Trevor D Heaver, Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia

smartPORT Hamburg, steering towards efficiency

  • The Port of Hamburg prepared a bold vision based on worldwide megatrends such as digitalization
  • For a future – proof port intelligent infrastructure is essential
  • Successfully realized solutions and prototypes as interactive sounding tables are in use

I have heard Captain Pollman speak before, a very experienced Harbour Master with many new ideas he is always worth hearing and this presentation was customarily informative and most stimulating with ample practical detail to bring it alive. I envy Captain Pollman he appears to have a Board above him that embraces new ideas and technology and invests its money accordingly.
Captain Jörg Pollmann, Harbour Master, Port of Hamburg

Attempting to solve the maritime security conundrum as ports expand and traffic grows

  • Context – The maritime security conundrum? A personal reflection
  • How a Port might begin to solve the conundrum
  • Case Studies: the London Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant

This was my own presentation so an objective assessment of whether I put my message across needs to be sought elsewhere. Nevertheless, my real thrust was to say that paying for port security is like paying for car parking – its grudge money and no-one likes doing it but the penalty of not paying can be great. I then went on to say how many modern port capabilities such as vehicle number plate recognition systems, hydrographic capability and VTS also had utility as security measures.
David Phillips MVO, Immediate Past Chief Harbour Master, Port of London and Marine Consultant

ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMMES

Climate Change Considerations for Port Infrastructure

  • Understanding climate change
  • Climate change adaptation, building capacity for future change, through raising awareness, data collection, monitoring and research
  • Why climate change assessments should be prepared when planning port expansions

Jennifer Ogrodnick, Engineer, Baird & Associates

Ballast Water Management
In a relatively short space of time, this was an excellent and complete description of the whole Ballast water issue that should be of interest to all Harbour Masters
Yvette Myers, Regional Director, Marine Safety and Security Pacific Region, Transport Canada

Portable Pilot Units: Alleviating the challenges of manoeuvring large ships in confined waters

  • Advances in PPU technology
  • Innovative uses of PPUs to enhance port safety and efficiency
  • Protecting port infrastructure with PPUs

Peter gave a convincing presentation to describe his highly regarded product and underlined the advantage of giving manufacturers then opportunity to present and demonstrate their equipment.
Peter Selwyn, Chief Executive, Navicom Dynamics, NZ

Optimising Channel Capacity with Cooperative Passage Plan Exchange

  • e-Navigation technologies to improve cooperation by exchanging passage plans
  • Migration path from VTS systems to fully integrated e-Navigation solutions
  • HMI concepts to manage complex traffic situations to optimise Channel Capacity

The final talk of the day meant that Steve had the ‘graveyard slot’ and he did well to keep everyone’s interest to the end. Again I have experience of SIGNALIS, particularly their excellent VTS system
Stephen Furness, Senior Business Development and Services Manager, SIGNALIS

DAY 3 – 1ST JUNE 2016

THEME 4 – HARBOUR MASTER SPECIAL INTEREST

TECHNICAL INPUT

KEYNOTE: Megaships, advanced Pilot technology and the prospects for e-Navigation
This was another very good keynote presentation indeed and was the right spark to kick-off the last day of the Congress. In many ways it was much as you would expect from the IMPA President but I enjoyed it immensely and agreed with all he said, particularly his well-chosen remarks regarding the need for experience and judgement, which requires human-beings and cannot be replaced, although the value of decision-making aids was very much acknowledged. As the first session of this particular theme it could not have prepared the way better for the presentations to follow.
Captain Simon Pelletier, President, IMPA

Use of Dynamic Under-Keel Clearance (DUKC®) technology on the St Lawrence River

  • The use of e-Nav solutions to help manage shipping on the St Lawrence River, a mixed tidal/fluvial system that is both draft, and air-draft, restricted
  • Integration of real-time data sources and complex hydro-dynamic modelling, from multiple stakeholder groups, to provide consistent, scientific method of determining sailing drafts and times
  • The implementation of a web system to disseminate planning advice, and real-time monitoring information, to stakeholder groups involved in deep draft commercial shipping on the river
  • Commercial and safety benefits achieved by removing unknowns related to under-keel clearance

Excellent presentation in all respects, the OMC product is well known by now but as always its practical application, in this case in the St Lawrence River was of great interest, albeit the River Thames is a very little river compared with the St.Lawrence.
Laurence Benn, Senior Engineer, OMC International
Jean-François Belzile, Harbour Master, Montreal Port Authority

Project MAXCMAS (MAchine eXecutable COLREGS for Marine Autonomous Systems)

  • Project Overview
  • Challenges to Autonomous ships in implementing the ‘Collison Regulations at Sea’
  • A Collision Avoidance protocol following the MAXCMAS architecture
  • Validation of algorithms in the bridge simulators at Warsash Maritime Academy

Wow! Light the blue touch paper! Another well done to the Congress organisers for the scheduling of these first three presentations of Day 3. Usually the last day of a conference always feels a bit like a winding down but that was not the case at the 10th IHMA Congress. Captain Bhuiyan gave an impressive, very well-delivered and confident presentation that was well on the way towards advocating unmanned ships. I have to say that I was surprised this presentation did not prompt more questions although it did wind me up a treat, its contrasted markedly with the previous two presentations which was very stimulating. Personally, I disagreed with almost every word spoken but it was an excellent and thought-provoking lecture nevertheless.
Captain Zakirul Bhuiyan, Senior Lecturer, Warsash Maritime Academy, Southampton University

Cooperative Human-Machine Systems Advancing e-Navigation

  • Human Factors review from D3CoS and SESAME Straits research projects
  • Conclusions for VTS and other services within a Maritime Service Portfolio
  • Future Decision Support Tools

Another very interesting presentation by a manufacturer – this is evidently a very competitive market indeed and from the practical perspective it is often hard to decide which product is the best. Steve Guest put over what seems to me to be a new philosophy in that Kongsberg Norcontrol are advancing a system that will facilitate connections with equipment from other manufacturers.
Steve Guest, Business Development Director, Kongsberg Norcontrol

SHARING BEST PRACTICES

Mega-ships, do the benefits outweigh the costs to the transport chain?

  • Results, recommendations and follow-up from the OECD/ITF Mega-Ship project
  • The wide-ranging impacts on infrastructure adaptations, equipment and peaks in container traffic in ports
  • Rising supply chain risks related to bigger container ships; costs of potential salvage in case of accidents
  • Are further increases of container ship sizes desirable? Towards more balanced decisions on accommodating mega-ships

Olaf Merk, Administrator, Ports and Shipping, OECD International Transport Forum

Adaptive Tug Deployment

  • Towage services and tugboats are an integral part of Harbour Master’s toolset to manage (navigational) risks in their area of responsibility
  • The need for sustained control ability at medium and high speeds (4-8 kts) to meet the port safety standards and the need for swift and smooth operations at the same time require ordinary harbour tugs to operate beyond their design parameters
  • Rotortugs are a solution to the challenges capable to deploy at any position, in multiple modes projecting the best possible sustained control ability to assisted vessels at all speeds.

This was a particularly well put-together presentation that explained very clearly the utility of Rotortugs. We have seen them introduced very recently on the River Thames in London where they have already shown their worth.
Marinus Jansen, Naval Architect, Rotortug B.V.

Managing ship interaction and mooring risk in an expanding port – Port Hedland case study

  • Increasing potential for passing ship interaction with an expanding port, increasing ship movements and increasing size of bulk carriers
  • Application of latest generation numerical modelling to understand key drivers to mooring failure incidents
  • Mitigating risk of mooring line failure through use of multiple controls
  • The need for a collective industry response to reduce the risk of mooring line failures in the bulk carrier sector

Another very good presentation showing how technology can help with age-old problems, just what I came to the IHMA Congress to hear.
David Taylor, Managing Director, Baird

Knowing the correct bollard safe working loads, distances and positions

  • New insights from the IACS review of on board mooring equipment, based on EHMC call for action
  • Results of this review on shore mooring equipment
  • New mooring equipment guidelines for civil engineers
  • Harbour masters’ experience with swell and meteo tsunami
  • Experience with Shore Tension as mitigating measure

I had already from Rotterdam about the work they have completed into their moorings
arrangements in the Port at the excellent 8th EHMC seminar in Marseilles last year, but this was another perspective from a seaman rather than an engineer and very good for that. The much esteemed Shore Tension measure was included and I am somewhat surprised that more ports in UK do not try it out. Allan Gray’s part in this 2-handed presentation was a very well-constructed narrative of an event in his port caused by a ’meteo-tsunami’, which caused something that many had considered impossible. If you want to know more contact Allan and if you have never heard the term ‘meteo-tsunami’ before (I hadn’t!) then you should have attended the 10th IHMA Congress.
Captain Ben van Scherpenzeel, Project Officer, IHMA, NLD 
Captain Allan Gray, Harbour Master, Fremantle Ports

THEME 5 – MARINE LABOUR

SCARCITY OF MARINE TRANSPORTATION LABOUR

Supporting Port Development – How does a marine college stay relevant?

  • This paper will seek to address how, through an innovative approach, a modern maritime academyensures its currency with industry, and by so doing, makes an active contribution to the development of the port sector
  • Examines the use of Joint Ventures as vehicles to add capacity and capability to a modern maritime college’s port sector offering
  • Highlight the high-end courses and services provided through these partnerships, such as Port development work using its bridge simulators or LNG Carrier Operations at the Terminal through to short basic safety courses for operatives on the jetty.

I hadn’t expected to be very interested in this and thought it might be somewhat abstract, but I could not have been more wrong. Conor Mowlds gave a highly entertaining presentation and made clear the relevance of his subject to modern ports.
Conor Mowlds, Head of National Maritime College of Ireland

Port Expansion – The Challenges: Mitigating Risk Pilot Training System
Only a fool would say they can never learn anything new about the very important subject of pilot training and this very good presentation gave a number of useful insights.
Captain Peter Dwyer, Harbour Master, Port of Newcastle NSW, AUS
Professor Barrie Lewarn, Australian Maritime College, University of Tasmania, AUS

Continuous Professional Development
I cannot speak for elsewhere in the world but I can speak for UK and it is clear that CPD is becoming increasingly important – getting qualified is easy, but staying in-date and so maintaining your qualification is much harder and this where CPD becomes so important. Kevin gave an excellent account of a UK CPD scheme that is working very well indeed.
Captain Kevin Richardson, President, IHMA & Rtd Chief Harbour Master, Port of Dover

Final review of congress 2016 and Introduction Congress 2018
If you missed this year then fear not – we have the 9th EHMC seminar at Tangier Med in Morocco 11 – 12 May 2017 and then the 11th IHMA Congress in London May/Jun 2018 (exact dates to be confirmed) and if my past experiences are anything to go by, then both these events will fully justify the costs in attending – see you there.
Captain Kevin Richardson, President, IHMA & Rtd Chief Harbour Master, Port of Dover
Captain Bob Baker, Chief Harbour Master, Port of London Authority, UK