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.
On 24 September the Secretary-General of the IMO and the Director-General of the ILO issued a joint statement calling for port and coastal States to facilitate the prompt disembarkation of seafarers for medical care as a matter of ‘life or death’: to prioritize seafarers for Covid-19 vaccination; and to designate seafarers as key workers, recognizing seafarers’ valuable contribution to world trade.
The former vice president of Costa Rica is the first woman and Central American to serve as UNCTAD’s secretary-general.
This was announced from UNCTAD HQ in Geneva on 13 September and we at IHMA send our congratulations.
Costa Rican economist Rebeca Grynspan took up her new role as secretary-general of UNCTAD on 13 September for a four-year term.
In November 2021, the UK will host COP26, the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate…
There is an introduction to Maritime Confidential Incident Reporting to be found here: www.chirpmaritime.org otherwise known as CHIRP.
Each quarter CHIRP publishes a journal Maritime FEEDBACK, and edition No 64 was issued in August 2021. See here: https://www.chirpmaritime.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/MFB-64-August-2021-72dpi-RGB-for-online.pdf
At the same time CHIRP issued its106-page Annual Digest of Reports and Insight Articles 2020.
This is available for download here: https://www.chirpmaritime.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Annual-digest-2020-72dpi-RGB-online-edition-v4-2.pdf
On 1 October the (UK) Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) safety digest 2/2021 was published. This provides a collection of lessons learned from marine accidents and their investigation. This latest collection of cases (volume 2 of 2021) details accidents involving vessels from the merchant, fishing and recreational sectors.