• 2017 March 20 17:43

    WMU partners with Swedish Government on Save Our Ocean seminar

    On 15 March, in collaboration with the Swedish Government, WMU hosted a seminar entitled Save Our Ocean: The Ocean Conference and Sustainable Development Goal 14 - Linking Policy, Industry and Education for Sustainable Partnerships. The invitation only event brought together nearly 200 participants to focus on the mobilization of countries and all other actors to achieve the targets under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14 on the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and seas. The seminar also highlighted the upcoming United Nations Ocean Conference that will be held 5-9 June in New York.

    Dr Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, WMU President, delivered welcoming remarks and highlighted the oceans’ key role as climate regulators, as support for food security and human health and as engines for economic growth. “Oceans are under severe pressure due to overexploitation, pollution, increasing human activities and climate change. This undermines the vital role of oceans in the world’s economies and societies and risks destroying life-sustaining ecosystems. As the oceans are interconnected, it is important to work on their good governance, nationally, regionally and globally in order to deliver on the commitments made in Agenda 2030, in particular SDG 14 on the sustainable use of the oceans...The oceans are the common heritage of mankind - it is time for action,” she stated.

    The keynote speaker was Sweden’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, Isabella Lövin, who serves as the co-President of the upcoming United Nations Ocean Conference. The Governments of Fiji and Sweden have taken the initiative to hold the Oceans Conference to focus on the implementation of Goal 14.

    Deputy Prime Minister Lövin described the climate change threats to Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and the warming in the Arctic as alarms that we must heed to take action now because tomorrow it will be too late. She emphasized that the Oceans Conference is not about negotiating new commitments, but about implementing what has already been agreed upon to end overfishing, eliminate illegal fishing, protect marine and coastal areas, reduce plastic litter and other sources of marine pollution, increase ocean resilience to acidification and give SIDS and least developed countries the opportunity to thrive and benefit from a sustainable blue economy. She stated, “We need more international cooperation if we are going to address the cross-boundary international problems that we have with our oceans. Not one country can do the trick by itself. We need to cooperate more, not less. The Ocean conference will be the possibility to mobilize that political will, that energy and new partnerships we need to save our oceans and it’s urgent. We cannot afford to wait another 10 or 15 years.”

    Successive speakers from industry, academia, government, international organizations and civil society addressed the degradation of the ocean environment and highlighted efforts being made, and those that must still be implemented, in order to secure the future of the planet. Key themes included the need for education, collaboration, legislation, commitment and action. An overarching thread was that all of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals are interconnected and dependent on each other in order to be achievable.

    In 2015, the UN adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda identifying 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with SDG 14 targeting the oceans. Healthy and well-functioning oceans are essential for the elimination of poverty and for securing sustainable food supplies, as well as economic development for billions of people.




2017 October 19

09:16 Baltic Dry Index edges up to 1566
09:08 Fincantieri starts dry dock works on Viking’s sixth ocean ship
08:16 Conductix-Wampfler’s LASSTEC Container Weighing System Earns OIML R51 Certification

2017 October 18

19:36 Experts to assess damage caused by tanker’s allision with Primorsk port’s pier
18:06 Scorpio Bulkers announces commitment for a new loan facility
17:36 New regular Ro-Ro service starts from Port of Koper to Japan
17:01 ABP’s Port of Ipswich welcomes Department for International Trade’s Export
16:31 Cammell Laird strikes ‘Teaming Agreement’ with BAE Systems in bid to build Type 31e Frigates
16:30 ABP’s Port of King’s Lynn helps support national infrastructure project
16:03 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from ISC to North Europe and Mediterranean
15:29 LNG truck first loaded with LNG as part of commissioning of Klaipėdos nafta’s reloading station
15:03 Yang Ming Marine to launch Taiwan–Hong Kong–Indonesia service
14:35 MOL conducts tabletop drill
14:20 Marine Rescue Service of Rosmorrechflot handles large-size equipment for RPK Nord (photo)
14:03 Ports of Stockholm welcomes the new Stena Line service between the Port of Nynäshamn - Gdynia
13:41 Panama Canal sets record annual cargo tonnage in Fiscal Year 2017
13:04 JMSDF warships leave Vladivostok (photo)
12:38 Baltic Fleet helicopters land on icebreaker Ilya Muromets within state trials
12:35 Alfa Laval PureSOx the choice for SOx abatement on over 100 vessels
12:19 Training for port security officials held in Tunisia
11:46 Wärtsilä to deliver 16 engines for four new LNG carrier vessels
11:43 RF Navy’s anti-submarine ship Vice-Admiral Kulakov completed its mission in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden area
11:17 Vostochny Port completed major preparation of its facilities for winter operations (photo)
10:48 MariNet Conference in Novorossiysk considered preliminary results of 20 R&Ds under Development-NTI Programme
10:21 Brent Crude futures price up 0.60% to $58.23, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.35% to $52.06
10:02 Bunker prices resume upward movement at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:39 Krylov Center to present its designs of LNG bunkering ships at “LNG Fleet and LNG Bunkering in Russia” conference
09:14 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,552 points
08:45 Orlaco introduces the most sturdy HD IP cameras for vessels and cranes

2017 October 17

18:06 British Ports Association urges Brexit negotiation agreement on a mutually beneficial trade facilitation strategy
17:57 Port of Gdansk throughput up 2% to 28.4 mln t in Jan-Sep'17
17:35 Representative of ZVEZDA JSC to tell about domestic gas engine design at “LNG Fleet and LNG Bunkering in Russia” Conference
17:06 Stanley Black & Decker transfers Nordic distribution operations to the Port of Gothenburg
16:58 FIDIC Form of Contract for Dredging and Reclamation Works is available in Russian
16:56 The third Container Terminal at the Port of Algeciras goes out to Public International Tender
16:49 Viking Line donates EUR 40,000 for protection of the Baltic Sea
16:20 Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service approves acquisition of 100-pct share of Yakutsk Port by Osetrovsky River Port JSC
16:04 Locks and aids to navigation on the Volga-Baltic Waterway to work till November 15
16:04 Damen Shipyards Cape Town to host first African dredging seminar
15:16 RF Government instructed to ensure construction of freight-passenger ship to link Komandorskiye Islands, Kurils and Kamchatka
14:05 RF Navy's Pacific Fleet and Brunei Navy ships took part in Passex exercise
13:31 COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard delivers deep subsea support vessel “MAERSK INSTALLER”
13:28 Murmansk hosts 10th International Conference "Arctic Shelf Development: Step by Step" on 13-14 November’17
13:01 Jumbo and BBC Chartering create “Global Project Alliance”
12:37 LNG terminal operated by Klaipėdos nafta received 40 gas carrier since the start of operations
12:01 Golden Ocean announces acquisition of two modern Capesize vessels and termination of waiver restrictions
11:29 Bunker market in the Far East ports of Russia sees mixed price movements (graph)
11:01 The “OOCL Germany” docks for the first time at EUROGATE Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven
10:14 Brent Crude futures price down 0.02% to $57.81, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.17% to $51.78
10:12 ABS and Green Award join forces to set standards for safety and excellence
09:58 Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to consider update to Clean Air Action Plan on Nov. 2
09:50 Rickmers-Line and RZ Carrier certified according to latest ISO standards
09:15 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,523 points
03:46 DNV GL rolls out electronic certificates across entire fleet

2017 October 16

18:01 Ship owners can raise freight rates by 10% at Frank Freight electronic freight market
17:10 Russia’s General Board of State Expert Review approved the project on dredging at port Taman (photo)
16:17 Draft Regulations on Sea Pilots of the Russian Federation brought up for public discussions (document)
15:45 UTLC launched shipping in tank containers from China to Europe
15:34 Digital Ship announces the speaker line-up for the 15th Annual Digital Ship Conference & Exhibition in Athens on 1& 2 November
15:20 Vladivostok is to welcome Indian Navy warships arriving for international exercise