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International Harbor Masters Association

The International Harbor Masters’ Association is a non-profit making professional body that unites Harbor Masters around the world. Membership consists of Harbor Masters from ports large and small, publicly and privately owned. The 200 members of the Association -in 40 countries- hold managerial positions associated with the control of Marine Operations within a port or its approaches. They have a role in the safety of navigation, vessel traffic control, shipping movements, port management, protection of the marine environment, the ship-shore interface, safety management and training, and in port security.

The aim of IHMA is to unite those responsible for the safe, secure, efficient and environmentally sound conduct of marine operations in port waters into one professional body to further the objectives of IHMA. The Objectives of IHMA are to:

1.Promote the safe, secure, efficient and environmentally sound conduct of marine operations in port waters;

2.Develop and foster collaboration and good relations among harbor masters world-wide;

3.Represent the professional views of harbor masters internationally, regionally and nationally;

4.Promote the professional standing and interests of harbor masters generally;

5.Collect, collate and supply information of professional interest to the membership and to provide any other service to the membership that may, from time to time, be deemed appropriate.

The IMHA works towards accomplishing these goals in four distinct ways:

1.With 200 members in 40 countries the Association strives to bring together all those who hold a managerial position in aspects of the control of Marine Operations within a port or its approaches whether through jurisdictional or legal responsibility

2.The Association seeks to develop and foster good relations between Harbor Masters world-wide and to represent the professional views of Harbor Masters

3.The Association has developed a program of regular professional contacts with sister organizations within the Marine/Port Industry. In particular the IHMA have established Memoranda of Understanding with The International Maritime Pilots Association (IMPA), The International Association of marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) and The Nautical Institute (NI)

4.The Association has been granted Non – Governmental Consultative status at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) – the United Nations organization which sets standards in the Marine world. The Association has a representative who attends those meetings which impact on our sphere of interest and represents the views of our Association at that Forum. To learn more visit www.harbourmaster.org/index.php