Worldwide safety at forefront of talks
SAFETY standards in the world's seaports were the centre of attention at the Third International Port Safety Conference at the World Trade Centre in Bremen, Germany this month.
Within the framework of the conference, more than 90 port safety specialists from 34 nations prepared the foundations for a corresponding catalogue of norms.
A group of experts from around the world will co-ordinate the norms of this catalogue to a basis applicable internationally.
Under the patronage of Bremen's Senator of Ports, Shipping and Foreign Trade, the talks were organised by Port and Transport Consulting Bremen.
Greatly expanded seaport services within the framework of quality assurance was the main issue at the biennial conference.
Also on the agenda were questions on the optimisation of pilotage, integrating the most up-to-date technology, and safeguarding against stowaways.
In the course of technical ship development and the accompanying reduction of personnel on board, along with the increasing depth of services in seaports, safety-orientated organisation processes, structured efficiently in view of ecological requirements, have moved into the foreground.
Methods were also worked out for the fast and effective transferral of new forms of operation to developing countries.