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Stinne Taiger Ivø appointed Deputy Secretary General at BIMCO. Image courtesy BIMCO

Ivø Appointed Deputy Secretary General at BIMCO

company law and a Master of Laws, both from the University of Copenhagen.As part of the leadership team, Ivø will be representing one of the major business areas at BIMCO, Contracts & Clauses, as the shipping industry is facing an increase in new regulations from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the European Union (EU) on the road to decarbonisation.Søren Larsen, Deputy Secretary General responsible for BIMCO’s contractual work, will be retiring in May after 39 years of service

Juha Kytölä, Director of R&D and Engineering, Wärtsilä. Image courtesy Wärtsilä

Interview: Juha Kytölä, Director of R&D and Engineering, Wärtsilä

, so it might seem a bit premature but ‘what’s next?’It’s a great question about the longer-term future, what’s coming and where’s our focus. When we started [the path toward] decarbonization, we had our eyes on the year 2050 [premised on rules from the International Maritime Organization]. Now our programs – short-, medium- and long-term – are all developed to support achieving that [2050] goal.The first step is looking at the process to make the transition possible; it’s not an overnight change, it’s not black and white.We start from energy

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World Maritime University Graduates Class of '23

you enrolled here," he said. "Perhaps more importantly for your future in the international maritime world, you have acquired a real and strong network on which you can rely for decades to come.”In his graduation address, HE Mr Kitack Lim, the first WMU graduate to serve as International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General and WMU Chancellor, said, “Collectively, WMU graduates form a formidable international network, a force for good in the world. Your influence as global citizens, educated in a unique environment, will extend far beyond what you can envision today.&rdquo

Dr. Edmund Hughes. Photo courtesy IBIA/IMO

IBIA Appoints Dr. Edmund Hughes as Its New IMO Representative

The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) announced the appointment of Dr. Edmund Hughes as its International Maritime Organization (IMO) Representative, effective from September 1, 2023. Dr. Hughes will succeed Unni Einemo.A prominent figure in the maritime community, many will recognize Edmund for his pivotal role as the Head of Air Pollution and Energy Efficiency in the Marine Environment Division at the IMO. His tenure there played a significant part in developing MARPOL Annex VI, including transformative regulations such as IMO 2020 and initiatives geared towards amplifyin

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Attracting More People of Color to the Maritime Workforce

of international maritime cargo include containerized freight; dry bulk ships for grain bulk, palletized and non-containerized cargo; tankers for energy products such as oil, gas and crude; cruise ships and ferries for tourism; and roll-on/ roll-off for vehicular trade.According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the maritime industry directly employs more than 2 million seafarers – the vast majority in high-paying jobs (in May of 2022, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the national average salary for Merchant Mariners was $104,190). A diverse range of career prospects

Arsenio Antonio Dominguez Velasco (Photo: IMO)

Panama's Arsenio Dominguez Elected as IMO Secretary General

The International Maritime Organization's Council (IMO) has elected Arsenio Antonio Dominguez Velasco from Panama as its secretary-general, the UN shipping agency said on Tuesday.Dominguez beat six other contenders from China, Turkey, Kenya, Finland, Dominica and Bangladesh in a vote and will take office on January 1, 2024, for a four-year term, subject to the approval of the IMO Assembly.Dominguez will take the helm at a crucial time as the shipping industry grapples with challenges including pressures to speed up decarbonization.A trained naval architect, Dominguez has served as director of the

Professor Maximo Q. Mejia, Jr. (Photo: WMU)

Mejia Takes the Helm at WMU

On 29 June, Professor Maximo Q. Mejia, Jr. assumed office as the eighth President of the World Maritime University (WMU). Appointed by the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), who also serves as Chancellor of the University, President Mejia assumes the role of Chief Executive Officer, overseeing and directing the academic programmes, operations and administration of the University. Professor Mejia is the first President from Asia and the first President who is a graduate of WMU.Regarding his appointment, President Mejia said, “I thank the IMO Secretary-General and

Max Mejia (Photo: WMU)

Mejia to Lead World Maritime University

Malmö, Sweden.Selected following a competitive selection process, Mejia—the university's current PhD program director and associate academic dean— will succeed Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, whose term as WMU president will expire on June 29, 2023.WMU was founded by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 1983, providing postgraduate maritime and ocean education, research and professional training. Each year, MarineLink's publisher New Wave Media produces a maritime training survey and report in partnership with WMU and Canada-based Marine Learning Systems.Mejia studied

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Shipping Industry Urges UN to Help Free Seafarers Trapped in Ukraine

. Otherwise, we risk the lives of our seafarers, and this is unacceptable."At the start of the conflict in February 2022, approximately 2,000 seafarers were stranded on 94 vessels in Ukrainian ports, and by September, there were 82 ships with 418 seafarers, according to the UN's International Maritime Organization (IMO)."Many ships employed local ship keepers to replace crew, and some ships went into cold lay-up, with no crew remaining on board. In some situations, crew chose to remain on board," the IMO said.The agency said it is working on "humanitarian efforts" to evacuate

The Liberian Registry announced that Commander Jason Boyle, United States Coast Guard-retired, has been hired as the Vice President of Fleet Performance of the Liberian International Ship and Corporate Registry (LISCR)  Photo courtesy LISCR

Liberian Registry Hires Boyle as VP, Fleet Performance

Port State Control division at USCG Headquarters. In this role at USCG headquarters, CDR Boyle was in charge of directing and implementing safety, security, environmental and cybersecurity policy for the USCG’s Port State Control program and engaged international stakeholders via the International Maritime Organization

Lungiswa Nyembezi is Servest Marine’s branch manager, a division of the facilities management company Servest.

More Needs to Be Done to Improve Gender Equality in the Maritime Sector

perpetuate the status quo. Although no figures are available to quantify women’s participation in the South African maritime economy, the country is generally regarded as performing at a global average where women account for only 2% of the global maritime workforce, according to the International Maritime Organization (IMO).Gender demographics show that the maritime industry continues to be male dominated. A survey titled: Lost in success: women’s maritime careers in Eastern and Southern Africa, conducted among women seafarers in East and Southern Africa by Meenaksi Bhirugnath-Bhookum and

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Seafarer Shortage Stands in Way of Ukraine Grain Corridor

from all over the world were stranded aboard 94 vessels in Ukrainian ports.Around 450 are left on the estimated 80 vessels remaining, mainly dry bulk ships that carry grain, but also other cargo vessels transporting other commodities, according to data from U.N. shipping agency the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and from shipping sources.Under last week's U.N.-brokered deal, the first shipments of Ukrainian grain could leave Black Sea ports within days in theory.But few seafarers are expected to be ready to travel to the region until they see the safe passage of the first ships,

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IMO Creates International Day for Women in Maritime

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council, meeting from November 8-12, established an International Day for Women in Maritime, to be observed on May 18 every year.Once adopted by the IMO Assembly in December 2021, the observance will celebrate women in the industry, promote the recruitment, retention and sustained employment of women in the maritime sector, raise the profile of women in maritime, strengthen IMO's commitment to Sustainable Development Goal 5 (gender equality) and support work to address the current gender imbalance in maritime.IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said

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UN Bodies Call for More Action to End Crew Change Crisis

Four UN organizations have called for continued global collaboration to address the crew change crisis that at times during the COVID-19 pandemic has left more than 400,000 seafarers stranded at sea.In a joint statement issued on February 28, the International Labor Organization (ILO), the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the World Health Organization (WHO) say new challenges and variants of concern like Omicron threaten to worsen the plight of the world’s seafarers, who play a vital role in global trade.They note that

Mike Rodriguez (Photo: MITAGS)

Rodriguez Appointed Interim Director of MITAGS

of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW).Rodriguez began work at MM&P’s headquarters in 2001 where he was responsible for contract administration. He also represented MM&P and maritime labor on matters related to maritime security and safety at the International Maritime Organization, U.S. Congress and several federal advisory committees.In 2009, Rodriguez joined the staff of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation where he contributed to the enactment of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 and worked on issues related to the Deepwater

Kolbjørn Berge (Photo: Corvus Energy)

Berge Named SVP Global Regulatory Affairs at Corvus Energy

and international maritime regulations. He has been involved in numerous projects and a driving force in developing the regulations for the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG), batteries, hydrogen, methanol and ammonia on board ships.Further, Berge has been a Norwegian delegate in the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a representative in the European Sustainable Shipping Forum, member of the Norwegian government’s strategy committee Maritime 21 in addition to a range of other green shipping programs and initiatives.“Kolbjørn is perhaps one of the most experienced people

Dr. Michael Ekow MANUEL, Professor, World Maritime University

Profiles in Training: Dr. Michael Ekow MANUEL, Professor, World Maritime University

maritime governance, policy and leadership. “The students are mainly individuals in their middle career, middle and senior management levels who have come to join a network that speaks the same language around maritime governance,” said Dr. Manuel. “It starts off with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) goals in terms of safe, secure, and sustainable shipping. However, maritime governance as a whole in the context of international public policy is where the development of critical skills is targeted”To be clear, the WMU is not a seafarer training institution; it

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