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New President for IHMA

The International Harbour Masters’ Association (IHMA) is delighted to announce that its new President is Captain Yoss Leclerc of the Port of Quebec. He succeeds Captain Allan Gray, President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority, Canada. Captain Leclerc was elected on 8 October at the conclusion of the IHMA Biennial Ordinary General Meeting held remotely for […]

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Impact of Covid-19 on Shipping – Précis of findings

Commercial Impact of Covid-19 on Shipping Industry Please find enclosed the research study summary from ‘The Strategy Works’ think tank regarding the global impacts of the Coronavirus Pandemic to date. Information and opinion was sought across all major shipping sectors including the UK Port trade associations and the the UKHMA. Read Here – Covid-19 Impact on […]

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Jet Skiers Fined in Poole Harbour

Earlier this year, HM Coastguard called for jet skiers to respect other water users following a spate of incidents along the south west coast. The call appears not to have been heeded by all. Two Jet-Skiers have been fined for speeding offences in Poole Harbour and Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) says it has seen a rise in […]

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Independent report – UK EEZ Shipping Risks and Emergency Towage Provision Study

The report was initiated from a recommendation by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch to assess the risk to and from shipping in the Dover Strait, following their report into a shipping incident in November 2016. While that incident was localised, the scope of the recommendation was expanded to include the entire EEZ in order to […]

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Second Generation Search & Rescue Aviation Programme (UKSAR2G)

The UKSAR2G programme will build on the current UK SAR service to provide a market-led tailored approach to search and rescue in a more cost-efficient and innovative way. UKSAR2G_Industry_Day_Presentation The MCA, through HM Coastguard, provides a national 24-hour maritime and coastal search and rescue (SAR) emergency response service throughout the UK. HM Coastguard provides support […]

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ABPmer appointed Designated Person for Littlehampton Harbour

ABPmer has been appointed by the Littlehampton Harbour Board to provide an independent Designated Person (DP) service, as described in the Port Marine Safety Code (PMSC). Read More – NEWS – ABPmer appointed Designated Person for Littlehampton Harbour The PMSC is the national standard for every aspect of port marine safety. A central requirement of the […]

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Thea II and Svitzer Josephine – MAIB report published

Grounding and recovery of a container feeder vessel and a tug in the approaches to the Humber Estuary. https://www.ukhma.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/2020-15-TheaII-SvitzerJosephine.pdf Summary On the evening of 15 December 2018, while approaching the Humber pilot station the container feeder vessel Thea II suffered an engine failure and had to anchor to await tugs to tow it into harbour. […]

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Safe use of Watercraft – Definition of a Ship regulation

In the wake of further recent fatalities involving personal watercraft (Jet Ski’s) in UK waters please find attached a letter from the UK Harbour Masters Association to the Minister for Maritime, Kelly Tolhurst MP calling for long awaited action in regulating the dangerous use of such non-defined craft within ours Ports and along our coasts. […]

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Port of Sunderland work underway after multi-million pound boost

The Port of Sunderland has been bolstered by an £8.2m investment after areas of its estate were granted Enterprise Zone (EZ) status in 2017 – has embarked on an ambitious programme of enabling engineering works to deliver major improvements to its East Shore nine-acre development site, to make it shovel ready for attracting inward investment. […]

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HM Coastguard has busiest day in four years

HM Coastguard has busiest day in four years and lifejackets save fishermen when boat sinks HM Coastguard dealt with the highest number of incidents on one day – last Friday (31st August) – since 2016. The total number of incidents for the whole of the UK were 329, with 232 callouts for coastguard rescue teams. […]

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