• 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 June 23

16:43 Vladimir Putin launched the alignment of the shallow and deep-water sections of the Turkish Stream (photo)
16:27 Vostochny Port monitors environment with the help of a drone
16:04 Port of NYNJ/OCEMA agreement to become effective Sunday
15:35 Brittany Ferries confirms LNG cross-channel ferry order
15:04 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Clio with Phaethon
14:39 Ukraine's Ministry of Infrastructure will present investment opportunities of Chornomorsk seaport
14:15 Baltic Sea Tug Agency performed its first operation on towing and mooring of oil tanker at Ust-Luga port (photo)
14:09 Damen delivers two tugs to Rimorchiatori Riuniti
13:52 RF Government proposes amendments to a bill on extension of ‘cabotage’ concept in Russia’s Merchant Shipping Code
13:16 USPA will update the dredging and ecological security fleet of Ukraine
12:54 Statoil awards contract on new shuttle tankers
12:01 DP World and Masdar to explore clean energy solutions
11:48 MOL-MES to jointly develop "Next-generation Vessel Monitoring and Support System"
11:10 GTT receives an order from Hyundai Heavy Industries to equip a new LNG carrier
10:37 Vostochny Port purchased VIKHR vacuum cleaner for Nakhodka streets
10:12 Passenger Port of Saint-Petersburg welcomes innaugural call of Seven Seas Explorer
09:48 Brent Crude futures price up 0.42% to $45.41, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.42% to $42.92
09:15 Baltic Dry Index up to 855 points

2017 June 22

18:04 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from United Arab Emirates to East Africa
17:55 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in Jan-May'17 grew by 3% to 5.41 mln t
17:33 Throughput of port Vyborg up 10% to 501,400 t in 5M’17
17:16 Rudiger Grube named as new Chairman of HHLA’s Supervisory Board
17:04 Kalmar wins an order of six RTGs from Ports America Chesapeake in Baltimore, USA
16:37 Increase in cruise calls as sector grows at ABP South Wales
16:05 HHLA holds AGM, OKs distribution of € 46.7M to shareholders for the 2016FY
16:04 The world’s largest container ship makes its maiden call at Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe
15:45 Throughput of port Primorsk in 5M’17 is flat, year-on-year, at 27.46 mln t
15:44 MABUX: No upward drivers on global bunker market so far
15:24 Gasum increase its shareholding in Skangas
15:03 BIMCO, INTERCARGO, ICS and INTERTANKO unite to propose ambitious Co2 reduction objectives to IMO
14:33 TTS Group signs historical contract for Syncrolift® and transfer system
14:03 CMA CGM announces Overweight Surcharge from Italian ports to all Eastbound trades
13:38 IMO treaty covering removal of wrecks was under discussion at dedicated seminar in London
13:31 Kieler Woche draws cruise ships
13:15 Throughput of port Vysotsk up 15% to 7.73 mln t in Jan-May'17
13:11 Sweden’s Port of Kapellskär gets five modern quay-berths and a larger port area
12:53 Throughput of port Ust-Luga up 12% to 42.05 mln t in 5M’17
12:16 Throughput of Big Port St. Petersburg up 7% to 21.47 mln t in 5M’17
12:01 Sanmar constructs the world’s first remotely operated commercial vessel
11:24 Northwest Seaport Alliance handles record May international container volume
11:19 Africa Maritime cooperation centre holds first workshop
10:47 Maximum number of ships received by Passenger Port of Saint-Petersburg
10:20 SBM Offshore awarded turnkey and lease and operate contracts for the ExxonMobil Liza FPSO
10:11 Brent Crude futures price down 0.09% to $44.78, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.05% to $42.51
09:45 Port of Gdansk participates in Polish Days of the Sea in Slovakia
09:36 New car-and-passenger ferry deployed at Kerch Strait ferry line (photo)
09:18 Baltic Dry Index down to 844 points

2017 June 21

20:10 Combi Lift calls on Damen with 19 vessel order
20:05 Damen’s UK Sales Manager receives Lifetime Achievement Award
18:12 Icebreaker pier in Katajanokka (Helsinki) reinforced and extended for IB Polaris
17:51 ABP donates £1,500 to Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Patrol Rescue Service
17:30 Russian-Greek joint commission for maritime navigation held its first session
17:06 Eighty-seven Crowley vessels honored with Jones F. Devlin Awards recognizing 670 combined years of safe operations
16:47 GMN maritime technology project seeks stakeholder participation
16:25 Ha Noi will host Vietship 2018 on January 24-26
16:04 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Protefs with Hudson
15:46 IMO’s Chris Trelawny was speaking at the Port Security Technology conference in London
15:34 Ulstein Verft earns ISO9001 certificate
15:04 14,000 TEU Tampa Triumph vessel makes maiden call at Gulftainer’s Northern Container Terminal in Saudi Arabia
14:52 Ukraine’s water transport carried 0.1 mln passengers in Jan-May'17, up 4.9%, Y-o-Y