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23 - 26 March 2020
Hobart, Tasmania

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.

Thank you to our delegates

Thanks to everyone who attended the IHMA Congress! If you didn’t make it, take a look at what you missed out on…

The International Harbour Masters Association

Congratulations to the outgoing President of the IHMA, Captain Kevin Richardson, for his years of productive stewardship in the role. We wish his successor, Captain Allan Gray, every success going forward.

We would also like to congratulate the outgoing secretary of the IHMA, Anne Carnegie, for her dilligence in seeing to the affairs of the IHMA. She was a big part of making the IHMA Congress 2018 the success that it was.

[image left] Captain Kevin Richardson shakes the hand of Captain Allan Gray at the conclusion of the IHMA Awards, held at the headquarters of the International Maritime Organisation in London.

IHMA Membership

The International Harbour Masters' Association (IHMA) unites those responsible for the safe, secure, efficient and environmentally sound conduct of marine operations in port waters into one professional body and welcomes new members.

Membership offers access to a worldwide network of experience.

What Was Discussed at IHMA Congress 2018

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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