European Harbour Masters’ Committee


Worldwide there are about 3000 merchant ports and each of these ports has a harbour master. The harbour master is the local competent authority that provides a safe port to all users, organises a safe passage of crafts and a port environment that is well respected. As the local competent authority the harbour master drafts and enforces the port bye-laws and permits ships to enter or leave the port. He also is the ship shore interface having his role in port marine operations in the port approach area and port fairways.


The European Harbour Masters’ Committee is a regional committee within the International Harbour Masters’ Association (IHMA). EHMC represents 22 European countries and 144 European harbour masters. The EHMC is chaired by Capt. Andreas Mai from the ports of Bremen and Bremerhaven.


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