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25-28 June 2018
Lancaster Hotel,

Global Port & Marine Operations - 11th International Harbour Masters Congress

Ports: Essential for Safe, Efficient and Secure Global Trade

We are delighted that the 2018 IHMA Congress will be held in the international maritime centre of London. This will be the ‘must attend’ event of 2018 for all those with a responsibility for port and marine operations and the industry that supports them.

Partners Program

Planning on bringing your other half with you to London? Treat them to three days of sightseeing and socialising with our partners program. To book, select the partners program option at checkout.

Highlights from the 2018 IHMA Congress

Planning & Infrastructure for Ports

A detailed overview of upcoming infrastructure projects and updates on the latest developments in port construction. Learn about the benefits of automated mooring, new innovations for minimising risk in port operations and the implications of improved charting methods.

Port Operations

Find out how to improve the safety and efficiency of modern port operations with a discussion of the role of data governance, explanation of the challenges posed by autonomous vessels, cost effective methodologies for expanding port capacity and insights on maintaining standards in harbour towage.

New Topics for 2018

New topics for the 2018 IHMA Congress will include shipping industry perspectives on managing port of refuge scenarios, the future of IMO guidelines for Vessel Traffic Services, the relevance to harbour masters of entry into force of the BWM Convention, adapting to a changing climate, and the environmental impact of port operations with reference to air emissions.

IHMA Awards & Gala Dinner

Held at the IMO Gala Dinner, the IHMA Awards recognise excellence in ports operations and management. Judged in three categories: the ‘safe, efficient and secure’ port award, the individual achievement for harbour masters award, and the port operations photograph of the year award.

Interactive Panels & Live Polling

2018’s IHMA Congress will place you, the attendee, at the centre of the debate. Contribute your thoughts with a range of interactive sessions and panel discussions, and vote on key issues through our innovative new live audience polling feature.

Social Programme

Connect with your peers with a range of engaging social events, including the welcome drinks reception at Trinity House, a gala awards dinner at IMO’s HQ, networking drinks at the Lancaster Hotel, a Thames Tour hosted by the PLA, and a partners’ programme for your other half to enjoy.

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The Partners Program

Planning on bringing your other half with you to London? Treat them to three days of sight seeing, socialising and excitement with our partners program. A diverse range of activities will give them the opportunity to see London in style. Some of the highlights of the program confirmed so far include:

- A cruise on the River Thames.
- Stunning views from the London Eye
- Afternoon tea in an elegant setting
- A guided tour of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
- Trips to the Sky Garden, Leadenhall Market and Borough Market.

And there may be a little something for them to take away with them too, to make their experience of the capital truly unforgettable!

To sign up, simply select the partners program add-on at checkout. Places are limited to 20 in total.

Deliver Your Brand Proposition to the Port Sector's Key Decision Makers

Gain exposure for your product or service at the port industry's key biennial networking event. Talk to commercial manager Kirta Vekaria for further details.

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Previous Attendees

Previous attendees of the IHMA Congress have included representatives from a diverse range of ports, maritime authorities, companies and organisations.

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