Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Welcome to the 12th biennial Congress of the International Harbour Masters’ Association.

We’ve been planning Congress and looking forward to catching up with you all on the beautiful island of Tasmania for almost three years now. Unfortunately, the global pandemic will stop us from travelling to Hobart, stop us from shaking hands or clinking our glasses at the Gala Dinner. These are just some of the things we may surely miss at this year’s event, however, we’re extremely fortunate and delighted to be able to bring the 2020 Congress to you virtually, wherever your home port may be.

Congress remains the key forum for IHMA members and the global ports sector to collaborate, network, share information, and provide updates on the latest industry technology and solutions.

And there’s a lot to catch up on.

When selecting the Congress theme, some years ago – ‘The Next Wave – Navigating the Digital Future’, we certainly didn’t anticipate how topical it would be for the industry today.

The next wave was tidal.
The digital future is now.

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on supply chain logistics and ports and harbours in general has been immense, and at times we may have felt like we’re all stranded on our own island (unfortunately, just not the island of Tasmania). Now more than ever, we feel it necessary for the industry to come together to share experiences, knowledge and support.

Our supporters and suppliers in the commercial world are a very important part of Congress and so, I invite you to join us online in October and across the next 12 months to share your latest solutions, content and to network with the IHMA Community. We’d like to thank our hosts, TasPorts and the Australian Maritime College for their continuing commitment for Congress, and all our sponsors and exhibitors for their continued support.

The 2020 IHMA Congress content and speakers have not changed. Featuring technical and operational breakthroughs, the agenda offers an impressive list of industry experts from across the supply chain. From the port, the ship, the master, the supplier and the customer, it celebrates best practice and showcases the latest innovation and technology in digitisation, automation, sustainability and safety.

The event will provide all attendees – harbour masters, terminal managers, port executives and suppliers – with the opportunity to strengthen industry links, to learn, and to exchange experiences, challenges, and solutions.

Diversity and the next generation are important to our future and we’re also very proud to be launching the ‘Young Maritime Professionals Innovation Pitching Competition’. I’m eager to see the game-changing ideas and disruption from this next wave of leaders!

Join us as we celebrate the expertise, innovation, collaboration and diversity of our profession.

See you in the Cloud!

Capt. Allan Gray