IHTS Updates



    The Panel met again in Portugal immediately prior to the ICMM Congress and continued its development work on the international best practice guidelines for owners and operators of heritage vessels, afloat or ashore.

    IHTS also took part in the ICMM Congress programme in a session chaired by a member of the IHTS Panel, Michael vom Baur, and with papers presented by Panel member Hendrik Boland, and Panel Convenor Alan Edenborough.

    A full report on the Cascais meeting will be posted shortly.



    The IHTS Panel met at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich UK in February 2013 to continue the important work of:

    1: developing an international compilation of data relating to historic and traditional ships, and

    2: progressing the Panel's first major programme of producing international best practice guidelines for owners and operators of heritage vessels, whether operational, or static exhibits afloat or ashore.

    One catalyst for the international guideline project was an important breakthrough in heritage vessel regulation in Australia. At the Greenwich meeting the Panel again discussed this development and will include it as one of a series of case studies of historic and traditional vessel best practice from around the world. These case studies are being researched and collated to build an internationally representative body of best practice information about heritage vessel operation, both for sailing (operational) and static vessels.

    The IHTS Panel plans to launch its major guidelines project at the ICMM Congress in Cascais, Portugal in September 2013. The Congress follows immediately after the next IHTS Panel meeting which is also being held in Cascais.


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    Between panel meetings, IHTS operates through working parties which have specific information gathering or reporting roles. The working party arrangements first agreed at the Bristol 2012 IHTS meeting are:


    Working Party 1:

    • IHTS project oversight; mission, objectives & structure / Major project team


    Working Party 2:

    • Compiling index of historic & traditional ship registers or databases worldwide; compiling index of legislation, rules & regulations affecting historic & traditional ships; compiling a list of definitions – an international 'common language'

    Other groupings as required


    • The Panel meets twice a year and one meeting may be an electronic meeting

    • Each working party has a convenor responsible for reporting

    • Activity reports will be prepared prior to each Panel meeting