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Wallenius Wilhelmsen CEO Joins WISTA

Today is the celebration of International Maritime Organization (IMO) World Maritime Day, where the 2019 theme is “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community“.This raises awareness of the importance of gender equality, in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, and highlights the important – yet under-utilized – contribution of women within the maritime sector.Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) promotes diversity in the maritime, trading and logistics sectors. WISTA‘s vision is to empower women to lead, with

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STEM is so 'Yesterday’s News'

Recently I was attending the United Nations Science Technology and Innovation conference (STI Forum). While I attended to present on Wave Energy Conversion, the main subject at the conference was STEM education and STEM gender inequality. Almost every country in the world reports a lack of available STEM educated workers, and also reports that they have had problems engaging the non-male population in STEM professions.The discussions were extremely far and wide ranging, but when all was said and done, the single sense I came away with is that nobody at the United Nations had a clear idea on solving

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IMO Movie Promotes Gender Diversity

rooms and communications, and intelligence, so it's definitely improved," says Lieutenant Alma Pinelo, an officer in the Belize Coast Guard. Lieutenant Pinelo is one of hundreds of women who have benefitted from IMO's Women in Maritime program.The program, initiated in 1988, supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. The program supports the participation of women in both shore-based and sea-going posts, under the slogan Training-Visibility-Recognition, through a wide range of gender-specific activities.IMO Member States

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OSM CEO to Build Opportunities for Female Seafarers

company, believes a healthier gender balance will help shipping in the quest for long-term success and commercial sustainability.OSM is a leader in the ship management segment, with over 500 vessels in the fleet, approximately 30 office locations and some 11,000 expert seafarers. As a member of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) the company is focused on supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including that of Gender Equality (SDG 5).There is, Larsen says ahead of this week’s International Women’s Day, much to be done to achieve that objective.Strength in diversity&nb

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Empowering Women in the Maritime

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has launched a new logo for its Women in Maritime programme, as part of its mission to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.Programme lead Helen Buni said: "The IMO Women in Maritime programme supports the participation of women in both shore-based and sea-going posts, under the slogan Training-Visibility-Recognition’, through a wide range of gender-specific activities. The new logo is just one visible part of the programme and will help women in maritime gain more

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Maritime Education to Focus on Quality

As a United Nations agency, International Maritime Organization (IMO)  is firmly committed to the Sustainable Development Goals, one of which is about delivering quality education.A press note from the UN agency said that an important element of its efforts in this regard are its two maritime educational institutions – the World Maritime University (WMU) and the IMO International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI). Both are focussed on delivering high-level education in maritime-related subjects to students from developing countries.Sunday 4 November saw the graduation ceremony for WMU’s

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Training Caribbean Maritime Women

is being held in Belize City, Belize (October 16-19).This type of scheme is consistent with  International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Women in Maritime program, which supports the participation of women in both shore-based and sea-going posts, in line with the goals outlined under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5: "Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls".The mentorship model will be used as a blueprint throughout the IMO-supported regional Women in Maritime Associations.The WiMAC meeting also discussed ways to increase the visibility of the network

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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

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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

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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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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

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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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

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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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

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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”.    

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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