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EIMA Signs MoU with World Maritime University

Emirates International Maritime Academy (EIMA), has announced the signing of a MoU on academic cooperation with World Maritime University (WMU), an educational agency operating under the auspices of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). This landmark event supports the vison for EIMA which has been established with the objective of becoming the Gulf’s Centre of Excellence for maritime education & is already considered a leading institution in this field.   His Excellency Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman, Drydocks World & Maritime World said, “We are promoting all

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Supporting Maritime Women of the Caribbean

from six schools in Grand Cayman.    The Conference is being run by IMO and the Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands, and supported by the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA).   This conference is the latest in a line of  International Maritime Organization (IMO) activities that support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal number five (SDG 5), which aims to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”.    

Felixstowe, the busiest container port in the United Kingdom, where the IMO kicked off its 2017 World Maritime Day theme ‘Connecting ships, ports and people.’ Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

"It is Easy for Seafarers to Feel Lonely and Isolated" Says UN

 Highlighting the challenges faced by seafarers – women and men sailing and working aboard ships – the United Nations International Maritime Organization has called on everyone around the world to show appreciation for their vital contributions.   “Even though seafaring can provide the basis for a fulfilling and life-long career, it is still a very difficult and demanding job,” Kitack Lim, the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), said in his message on Day of the Seafarer.   In addition to personal issues, conditions onboard

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Pacific Maritime Sector Lures Women

 Regional commitment of the Pacific on the advancement of women and gender equality in the maritime sector was at the forefront of a meeting held by The Pacific Women in Maritime Association (PacWIMA) in Nuku’alofa, Tonga, April 24-28.    Thanks to International Maritime Organization (IMO) funding, the association was able to meet and discuss the regional strategy for Pacific women in the maritime sector, e launching their new website and collaborating with the World Maritime University`s Women’s Association.   The strategy seeks to encourage women

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Denmark Nominates Nordseth for IMO Sec. Gen.'s Post

Director General of the Danish Maritime Authority a candidate for the post as IMO Secretary General      Denmark nominates Director General of the Danish Maritime Authority Andreas Nordseth for the post as Secretary General of United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO). Today, Minister for Business and Growth Henrik Sass Larsen has announced that Denmark will nominate Director General of the Danish Maritime Authority Andreas Nordseth as a candidate for the post as Secretary General of the IMO. The post will become vacant on 1 January

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IMO Launches 'Day of the Seafarer' Photo Wall

In the days leading up to Day of the Seafarer on June 25, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has launched an online photo wall inviting people around the world to post their photos of careers at sea and other maritime professions.    The IMO's focus for Day of the Seafarer 2015 is on education, urging young people to consider careers at sea. This year's campaign aims to showcase what the maritime world has to offer through myriad career opportunities, both at sea and ashore.   With this in mind, the IMO’s photo wall attempts to inspire young people to consider

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Day of the Seafarer Celebrated in Abu Dhabi

‘Day of the Seafarer’ with a 1,000-strong gathering; Maritime education and related career opportunities highlighted at event   Abu Dhabi Ports informs it celebrated the global ‘Day of the Seafarer’ with as many as 1,000 seafarers. The day is observed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on June 25 each year to raise awareness of the vital role played by seafarers. Gifts were distributed by Abu Dhabi Ports employees to mark the day.   The gift parcels, which contained commemorative items, were hand-wrapped by Abu Dhabi Ports employees and distributed at

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IMO Addressing Substandard Shipping Issues

 International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim has stressed the vital importance of collaborative efforts to leave ‘no hiding place’ for substandard shipping.    Lim was addressing the third Joint Ministerial Conference of the Paris and Tokyo Memoranda of Understanding on Port State Control in Vancouver, Canada (May 3-4).   Port State Control is the mechanism that enables officials from a port state to board and inspect foreign-flag ships to ensure they comply with the necessary safety and environmental regulations.    By sharing

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Day of the Seafarer 2017

will be celebrated across the globe with a special focus on ports and seafarer centres.    Under this year’s theme #SeafarersMatter, the campaign aims to engage the people working in ports and seafarer centres to demonstrate how much seafarers matter to them.   International Maritime Organization (IMO) is also launching a new Day of the Seafarer logo. The Day of the Seafarer logo seeks to celebrate those people working in the industry, making it clear that seafaring is inclusive and a career at sea is suitable for both men and women.   To encourage people to participate

Coast Guard Seeks Comment on New Safety Training

fire, personal injury and abandon ship situations in hazardous environments. Also, the Coast Guard seeks to ensure that persons other than crew receive basic maritime safety training on OSVs and MOUs engaged in Outer Continental Shelf activities, regardless of flag, consistent with the International Maritime Organization's recommendations for maritime safety training. The Coast Guard also seeks to ensure this training is standardized and transferable from one vessel type to another to avoid duplication of effort. Comments are being sought on these topics: - The sufficiency of existing maritime

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Empowering Maritime Women in East and Southern Africa

 Promoting women's access to quality employment and senior management level within the maritime sector is a key priority for International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s gender and capacity-building program and was at the core of the 8th regional conference to support the Association of Women Managers in the Maritime Sector in East and Southern Africa (WOMESA), held in Mahé, Seychelles (September 26 to 29).   Under the theme "A Decade of empowering Maritime Women - What does the future hold for Africa's Blue Economy?", the event, supported by the Seychelles Maritime

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Education and Training the Theme for World Maritime Day

IMO Secretary-General launches 2015 World Maritime Day theme: “Maritime education and training” at World Maritime University   International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has launched this year’s World Maritime Day theme, “Maritime education and training”, telling students and staff at the World Maritime University (WMU) that maritime education and training was essential for the long-term sustainability of the sector, both at sea and on-shore.     The World Maritime Day theme provides a focus for year-round activities while

USMRC to Continue LNG Bunkering PIC Course

ahead of any United States Coast Guard (USCG) regulations governing LNG bunkering, was developed in accordance with the draft amendments to Chapter V of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) that have been approved by the International Maritime Organization. The course also aligns with recent policy guidance on LNG bunkering issued by the USCG. The LNG Bunkering PIC course was developed in close collaboration with the flammable gas subject matter expert and LNG safety and emergency response instructors at the Massachusetts Firefighting

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SSG, MPA and Maritime Union to Inject $12.6 mln in Training

presented hong baos.   Additionally, starting from 2018, SMOU will contribute $120,000 over a period of three years to The Mission to Seafarers Singapore (MTSS) to improve the welfare and general well-being of seafarers.   This contribution will serve to benefit seafarers who visit the International Drop-in Center at Jurong Port operated by MTSS. The facilities at the center offer seafarers a cosy environment to relax, free Wi-Fi and interaction with fellow seafarers among others.   Chairman of The Mission to Seafarers Singapore, Captain Robert Francis Walker said, “We are absolutely

Work Opportunities the Theme for Seafarers Awareness Week

the maritime community, Seafarers Awareness Week will promote the vital role seafarers play in the UK and global economies – an industry employing 1.5 million seafarers worldwide, of which 71,310 are from the UK. This year’s theme also complements two events announced by the International Maritime Organization (IMO); Day of the Seafarer (June 25) and World Maritime Day (September 24), which both focus on maritime education and working at sea. IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu stated recently that maritime education and training were ‘essential for the long-term sustainability of

Investment in Training Key to Handling Seafarer Shortage

, including 500+ e-Learning courses, more than twice the number of computer-based training (CBT) programs offered by competitors. Videotel has been a leader in developing training material since 1973 when the Intergovernmental Maritime Consultative Organization (IMCO), the forerunner to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), wanted to improve the quality of training materials available to seafarers and called on the company’s services. Videotel has recorded more than 12 million training events in recent years, and its training programs have been recognized with nearly 100 industry awards

Milestone for Enhanced Safety in Arctic Regions

United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO) has just approved global binding regulations intending to enhance safety of navigation in polar areas. This means, inter alia, new requirements for passenger ships. Following several years of intense negotiations, the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has today approved a new set of regulations on navigation in Arctic waters. Thus, the IMO has today taken a decisive step towards making the so-called Polar Code internationally binding. The entire palette of navigation in polar areas is covered by the Polar Code – from ship

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