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New Ports Minister AnnouncedNew Ports Minister Announced
Added: 19 Jan 2018
In the recent Government reshuffle, Nusrat Ghani MP was appointed as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport and Assistant Government Whip with effect from 9 January 2018.

Responsibilities in this new appointment are varied and include a wide maritime brief including Ports, the MCA, Maritime Security and Skills. She replaces former Maritime Minister, the Rt Hon John Hayes.

Devolution of Welsh Ports Policy in April will effectively mean that Ms Ghani will be Ports Minister for English ports alone.


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Tug safety training offered at Port’s state-of-the-art simulation suiteTug safety training offered at Port’s state-of-the-art simulation suite
Added: 09 Jan 2018
A powerful virtual-reality ship simulation system, operated by the Port of Milford Haven is running courses to train tug boat operators from across Britain.

The Navigation Suite, based at Milford Waterfront, creates highly realistic computer-generated versions of any port in the world, giving trainees the opportunity to take the controls of any vessel, including tugboats, to practice scenarios.

Tug skippers from Williams Marine Services and Teignmouth Harbour Commission spent two days undertaking theory based safety training and working on simulated ‘as real’ scenarios within the port. Training focused on the dangers around small conventional tug handling, the importance of good communication between pilots and tug handlers, and working in poor weather conditions.

Harbour Master and Chief Executive Officer at Teignmouth Harbour Commission, Commander David Vaughan, put some of his team through the course, “Our employees returned from the course with nothing but praise for an excellent, well run and well-presented course. There has been a gap in the market for this kind of training for small port tug operators which has now been filled.”

Steve Hardcastle, Deputy Harbour Master at the Port of Milford Haven, manages the simulation suite. “This facility enables maritime professionals to get bespoke training in a safe environment,” said Steve.

“The cutting-edge technology means that any type of incident can be replicated in any location. The suite is operated by marine professionals and pilots and who have experienced the scenarios that are presented during the exercises, so they are well placed to oversee the training. This course is overseen by David Brown of DB Marine, a very experienced tug professional.”

Built using MARIN’s latest software, DOLPHIN, the navigation suite can introduce additional environmental and hydrodynamic forces, and gives Tug Masters or Boat Masters the opportunity to carry out the towage of single or multiple barge movements either pulling, pushing or ‘hipped up’ depending on the size of the barge or pontoon.

They work in simulated form on small and some larger ships understanding and realising the dangers of connecting up, girting and under the bow towage.

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New Harbour Master at the Port of SouthamptonNew Harbour Master at the Port of Southampton
Added: 05 Jan 2018
January 2, 2018

A new Harbour Master is at the helm at the Port of Southampton, with responsibility for one of the busiest waterways in the world.

[UKHMA Member] Captain Phil Buckley assumes responsibility from Jan 3, when [UKHMA Member] Captain Martin Phipps retires after 28 years at the port and seven years as Harbour Master.

The Harbour Master is responsible for the safe navigation of all vessels using the port and operating across the wider Solent – last year 160,000 vessel movements, including some of the largest ships in the world, were recorded excluding leisure craft.

Captain Phipps, who first went to sea at the age of 16, came to the port as a Marine Pilot in 1990 and became Harbour Master in 2011, leading a team of 110 marine staff including pilots, vessel traffic service personnel, hydrographers and berthing officers. He was recently recognised in the New Year’s Honours list when he was awarded an MBE for services to UK exports.

“As a pilot I worked on liners like the France and the QE2 was the biggest cruise liner visiting the port.
“In the past 10 years the size of cruise ships has doubled, while by comparison, the growth of container ships has been more gradual,” said Captain Phipps, who is well known for his keen sense of humour and a snazzy line in nautical ties.

“Building relationships, consultation and engagement has been a key element of my role as Harbour Master. We have such a wide range of customers and stakeholders from the largest container ships in the world to the smallest leisure users and we need to ensure we can all co-exist on the water.”

His successor, Captain Buckley enjoyed a 35-year career in the Royal Navy, a further six years in port management and most recently he was Harbour Master in Jersey.

“Who wouldn’t want to be Harbour Master in Southampton? Although the scope and scale of Southampton compared to Jersey is enormous, the fundamentals of the job are the same. I am excited by the challenge and I get a real kick out of knowing Southampton plays such a central role in shaping the UK economy – and I am really excited to be playing a full role in that.

“I am looking forward to working with 47 of the country’s best pilots, our highly experienced and effective launch crews and our thoroughly professional VTS staff.

“Having commanded submarines at sea, I thrive on complex situations and challenges. I am looking forward to managing the demands of the 24/7 operation that makes the Port of Southampton the major success it is,” said Captain Buckley.

ABP Southampton Director, Alastair Welch, said Captain Phipps was acknowledged by all to be a true gentleman of the sea.

“We wish Martin well in his retirement and look forward to working with Phil Buckley. He joins us at a very exciting time with 2018 set to be another record breaking year in the port,” he said.

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MMO seeks 3 new Non-Exec Board MembersMMO seeks 3 new Non-Exec Board Members
Added: 19 Dec 2017
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), is currently seeking to appoint three new Non-Executive Board Members to the Marine Management Organisation.

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is the Government’s principal body for managing the seas around England. It helps Defra to deliver their ambitious vision for sustainably managed seas and a flourishing marine economy.

Board Members will provide guidance and leadership to the MMO and work collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders and partners, within the Defra group and beyond.

For more information please refer the attached advert, or visit the Cabinet Office Public Appointments website at the link below.


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Using Passing Vessel Analysis to reduce operational risksUsing Passing Vessel Analysis to reduce operational risks
Added: 07 Dec 2017
Passing Vessel Analysis is fast becoming an essential requirement in the planning of marine facilities, say navigation simulation and ship mooring experts [and UKHMA Commercial Members], HR Wallingford, who have been working in Texas to develop inland waterway facilities that protect moored vessels from passing ships.

In the United States, the amount of waterborne transport completed by inland waterways is significant. In Texas alone, transport by inland waterway accounts for around 600 million tonnes each year, close to 30% of waterborne trade in the entire U.S.A. by tonnage.

As waterways continue to develop, many of the prime locations have already been occupied leading developers to look at increasingly more complex sites to locate new marine facilities.
These sites may be on the bend in a channel, or where it is not possible to design traditional ship docks orientated parallel to the main shipping channel, and can be considerably more complex from a marine design perspective.

As the average size of the vessels using these waterways has increased notably in recent years, so too has the frequency of mooring line failures resulting from vessels passing too close and / or too fast past ships moored at existing facilities.

In recognition of this, local pilotage organisations now require a passing vessel analysis as part of the permit conditions attached to the development of a new facility.

Passing vessel analysis is a fully dynamic ship mooring analysis which systematically considers a range of different conditions, such as vessel draught, speed and separation distance to build a risk profile of potential passing vessel effects at the new facility.

It ultimately serves two purposes: to validate the engineering design in terms of berth geometry and capacity of mooring hardware to be installed; and to provide local pilots with guidance on acceptable speeds and passing distances with which they may pass ships moored at the new facility.

“We have gathered data from hundreds of physical model tests to investigate ship mooring response” says Dr Mark McBride, HR Wallingford’s Ships Group Manager, “and this data, along with full scale measurement campaigns carried out by industry, has been used to continually develop and validate our numerical modelling tools against increasingly complex scenarios. For our clients, this translates into the development of optimised marine facilities and a more informed picture of the operational risks associated with passing vessels on the adjacent waterway.”

As ships continue to grow in size, so too comes the need to expand the waterways and provide additional channel capacity. There are already several such projects proposed in Texas and many more across the United States.

The introduction of larger vessels in deeper draught channels typically increases the risk of mooring line failure due to passing vessel interaction. Consequently, it is not only important to assess the situation for new terminals, but also to reassess the risks associated with existing terminals.

Of particular relevance in the U.S.A. is the potential interim condition resulting from the sequence in which the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers deepen the Federal Navigation Channel and the private industry operator chooses to deepen the access to its own ship docks, if at all. These changes have the potential to significantly impact the operational risk profile associated with mooring operations at existing facilities, and vessel passing is an issue that some operators are setting out to understand in more detail.

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EMSA December newsletter publishedEMSA December newsletter published
Added: 07 Dec 2017
In this issue of the European Marine Safety Agency newsletter:

Nordseth and Carlone to head EMSA Administrative Board;

Enhancing fire safety on ro-ro decks;

Looking at human behaviour in marine accident investigation;

Safe loading and unloading of bulk carriers;

European cooperation on coast guard functions;

Celebrating 10 years of CleanSeaNet;

Diplomatic community holds 33rd annual charity sale.
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