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World Maritime Day Theme 2019: Empowering Women

"Empowering Women in the Maritime Community" has been selected as the World Maritime Day theme for 2019.  This will provide an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality, in line with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to highlight the important contribution of women all over the world to the maritime sector. The Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), meeting for its 120th session at IMO Headquarters in London, endorsed the theme, following a proposal by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim. “IMO

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

MV Argo Merchant was a Liberian-flagged oil tanker that ran aground and sank southeast of Nantucket Island, Mass., on Dec. 15, 1976, causing one of the largest marine oil spills in history. U.S. Coast Guard Archives

Disasters at Sea & Their Impact on Shipping Regulation

and “encourage the adoption of international instruments to regulate safety at sea and prevention of pollution from ships.” While the bulk of modern safety regulation and policy followed the establishment of the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organization as an arm of the United Nations at the 1948 Geneva Conference (which later became the IMO in 1959), the defining moment in modern maritime safety is the 1912 sinking of the “unsinkable” RMS Titanic after hitting an iceberg on her maiden, and only voyage. The most famous disaster of all, the Titanic, with 1,517

Kemp: Gulf Migrant Workers Will Be Biggest Victims of Oil Shock

losers from the slump in oil prices and the impact will reverberate to poor countries across the Middle East and South Asia where many of them originate.   Saudi Arabia relies more heavily on migrant labour than any other large country except neighbouring United Arab Emirates, according to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.   The oil boom brought an unprecedented influx of migrants mostly from poorer countries in the Middle East and South and Southeast Asia.   The number of migrants resident in the kingdom has almost doubled from 5.3 million in 2000 to 10

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Expanded World Maritime University Campus Inaugurated

WMU to date.    Sekimizu was joined at the inauguration of the new premises by Dr. Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman of The Nippon Foundation; Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and Assistant Director General of UNESCO, who spoke on behalf of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; Erik Bromander, State Secretary to the Minister for Infrastructure in Sweden’s Ministry for Enterprise and Innovation; Katrin Stjernfeldt-Jammeh, Chairman of the Malmö City Executive Board; Ida Skard, Director General, Maritime Department, Norwegian Ministry

William H. Watson

Watson Named VP of Meridian Global Consulting

Meridian Global, Watson maintained his own consultancy, based in Washington, DC, and will continue to be based in the Nation’s Capital. MWatson’s experience includes serving as a flag State security officer for one of the world’s largest ship registries; service as a delegate to the United Nations Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia; and as president of a Private Maritime Security Company. He is Vice President and Governor of the Maritime Security Council, serves as the maritime representative to the National Council of ISACs (Information Sharing & Analysis Centers) and

Image of CETO 5 unit as it will appear operating off Garden Island, WA

ARENA 1st Recipient of World Environment Day Award

  ARENA has been awarded the inaugural Clean Energy Award at the United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Awards 2015 in Melbourne. The Clean Energy Award recognises the efforts of those working towards a more sustainable future through the development and deployment of renewable energy programmes or processes. “ARENA is honoured to be the first recipient of this Award,” ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said at the Awards ceremony on Friday evening. “We are a relatively young organisation and, as we approach our third anniversary, it is fantastic for

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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Empowering Maritime Women in East and Southern Africa

(SMSA), focused on the key achievements made by the Association over the last decade, as it celebrates its milestone 10th anniversary.   Since its establishment under the auspices of IMO in Kenya in 2007, WOMESA has established strong governance and strategic principles aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular (SDG 5) which aims to "achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls", as well as IMO's Integrated Technical Cooperation Program (ITCP).     IMO is encouraging its Member States to place a greater emphasis

Andreas Nordseth

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 2016 as

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World Maritime University Graduates Largest Class

M.Sc. program in Shanghai, China, and 19 from the distance-learning Postgraduate Diploma in Marine Insurance. Overall, the graduates represented 49 countries. Each year, students from roughly 50 countries live and study together at WMU to serve the global maritime community in the spirit of the United Nations

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More Women in Ports

is being held under International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s gender and capacity-building programme, in collaboration with Le Havre Port Authority, and held at the Institut Portuaire d'Enseignement et de Recherche (IPER).    It comes as part of IMO's ongoing efforts to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal on achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls.  

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Supporting Maritime Women of the Caribbean

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”.    

Anny Martin (Photo: Moore & Company)

Martin Joins Moore & Company

, Bolivia. Prior to receiving her MBA, she graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, International Development Studies and a Minor in French. During her undergraduate career, Martin was the Director and Moderator of Committees of UCLA Model United Nations.   Before joining Moore & Company, Martin served as a Law Clerk for ChildersLaw LLC and Peter C.K. Enwall P.A. both in Gainesville, Fla. She was also a Judicial Intern for the Honorable Judge Terry J. Hatter at the Unites States Federal District Court, Central District of California

Aqua Comms Taps Bayliff as CEO

Comms in October, 2016, replacing the company’s interim CEO, Greg Varisco, who remains a senior executive of Aqua Comms.   Prior to joining Aqua Comms, Bayliff was advisor and consultant to cable development, private equity and government clients in the industry, and Vice-Chairman of the United Nations joint task force that examined the gathering of disaster mitigation and climate information from the global web of undersea cable systems. He also served as CEO and a board member of Huawei Marine Networks, which he led from a start-up to initial success in the subsea cable construction industry

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Port Security Training in Dominican Republic

Facility Security (ISPS Code) and SOLAS Chapter XI-2 (click for details).    Participants are also being taught to train other officials with similar responsibilities.   The workshop follows a 2016 national table top exercise on maritime security, organized in cooperation with the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC).    The 2016 exercise identified a number of recommendations for further training, parts of which are being addressed by this week’s workshop.   IMO facilitates this by

Esben Poulsson, Chairman of ICS  (Photo: ICS)

ICS Chairman: Use Training to Direct the Future of Shipping

sea crossing to Europe in completely unsuitable craft. “Our lobbying efforts with European governments have seen a welcome increase in Search and Rescue resources such that the call on merchant ships to undertake harrowing rescues has been reduced, but not eliminated. However, until the United Nations takes a direct role in this situation it is difficult to see how the appalling death toll can be reduced,” he said.      On another front, he highlighted a recent piracy attack on a merchant ship off Somalia, the first for several years, and gave a warning that the

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