• 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 December 11

12:24 Gdansk, Poland to host Transport Week 2018 on March 6-8
12:01 JNPT records growth of 5.76% in container handling DPD share up at 34.73 per cent
11:48 Marine environment protection in Southeast Asia gets fresh backing from Norad
11:33 IMO took part in Salvage & Wreck London 2017 Conference
11:09 Vroon holds naming ceremony for VOS Stone
10:46 RF Transport Ministry starts drafting a bill to divide work between providers of pilotage services
10:22 Brent Crude futures price down 0.43% to $63.13, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.4% to $57.13
10:00 DNV GL presents GTT and TECHNOLOG with GASA statement for exoskeleton LNG tanks
09:59 Throughput of port HaminaKotka (Finland) up 10.4% to 13.36 mln t in 11M’17
09:40 Throughput of port Ventspils (Latvia) up 9% to 18.5 mln t in 11M’17
09:34 China Merchants Port officially operates Hambantota Port
09:17 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,702 points

2017 December 9

06:36 Hapag-Lloyd to increase rates for all cargoes and all container types from North East Asia to Australia
06:35 British Ports looking for cross border trade solutions as the UK and EU pass first big hurdle in the Brexit negotiations
06:30 Polarcus secures funding for 3D broadband project in Australia
04:11 CMA CGM GROUP completes the acquisition of MERCOSUL Line and strengthens its service offering in South America

2017 December 8

21:46 Neptumar agency successfully completes challenging two-phased delivery of project cargo from China to St. Petersburg
18:17 Yamal LNG loads first batch of LNG on Christophe de Margerie tanker
18:06 Wison multifunctional LNG Distributor granted AiP by DNV GL
17:06 China Classification Society signs Framework Agreement with MAN
16:58 Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard is ready to lay down yet another mine countermeasures vessel for RF Navy (photo)
16:27 Ice-class ships Spasatel Demidov, Admiral Lazarev and Admiral Serebryakov will assist vessels in the Kerch Strait this winter (photo)
16:05 MAN PrimeServ China signs Service Station Agreement with Zhoushan Xinya Shipyard
15:36 CMA CGM premium service to optimize CO2 emissions
15:34 Morsviazsputnik and Qiwi Blockchain Technology signed cooperation agreement (photo)
15:10 Port of Liepaja (Latvia) handled 6 mln t of cargo in 11M’17, up 18% Y-o-Y
14:46 ABB opens first ABB Ability™ Collaborative Operation Center in China
14:19 ABB AbilityTM extended with digital turbocharging solutions for marine
13:48 Sovcomflot’s Christophe de Margerie named Engineering Project of the Year at 2017 Platts Global Energy Awards
13:43 Jumbo signs LOI to order new LNG powered offshore construction vessel
13:25 Bunker prices go down at the port of Novorossiysk, Russia (graph)
13:01 Teekay Tankers announces management change
12:30 Le Havre, France hosts "Women in Port Management" course
12:01 Port of Virginia posts results for Nov 2017
11:43 LUKOIL starts drilling of first production well at Filanovsky field's Phase 2
11:22 FESCO transported 21 000 tons of cargo to northern Russia
11:01 BMT awarded new funding for autonomous navigation
10:40 Brent Crude futures price up 0.06% to $62.24, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.02% to $56.7
10:19 Bunker prices go down at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
10:01 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Boston
09:38 Murmansk Sea Fishing Port handled 308,800 t in 11M’17, up 8.8% (photo)
09:20 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,679 points
09:13 Wärtsilä Linesafe for propeller shafts revolutionises bearing design
08:12 Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles ask for proposals to reduce vessels’ at-berth emissions
07:11 ME-GI/ME-LGI dual-fuel engines hit 100,000 operating hours
06:12 ABS Executive lays out vision for future of shipping
05:12 Fincantieri launches new cruise ship “Nieuw Statendam”
04:13 London leads with first Air Quality Strategy for a UK port
03:13 CSSC GWS smart ship project achieves LR cyber-enabled ship (CES) descriptive notes
02:13 DNV GL presents GTT and TECHNOLOG with GASA statement for exoskeleton LNG tanks
01:24 SBM Offshore awarded turnkey contract for Statoil’s Johan Castberg turret mooring system

2017 December 7

18:15 MABUX Weekly Report: Rising oil production in the U.S. may pressure bunker prices
18:11 Throughput of port Riga (Latvia) down 6.7% to 31.11 mln t in 11M’17
17:50 Antwerp will host European Environmental Ports Conference on 16-17 May 2018
17:28 The Port of Gdansk gets yet another EU subsidy
17:05 Crowley’s newest LNG-fueled ConRo ship launched at VT Halter Marine
16:35 Prosafe extends standstill agreement with Cosco
16:16 Port Bronka presents railway-yard project for Russia to take over dry bulk cargo flows (photo)
16:05 OOCL introduces Japan Vietnam Service
15:37 Wärtsilä enters joint project agreement for shuttle tanker development