• 2017 March 27 16:35

    WMU President speaks at 6th International Maritime Transport and Logistics Conference

    Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, WMU President, delivered a keynote address at the 6th International Maritime Transport and Logistics Conference (MARLOG) that was held in Alexandria, Egypt from 19-21 March.

    On the topic of Global Integration in Ports – Future Opportunities, the President highlighted the significant roles the World Trade Organization, successive technological advances and national economies have played in rapid globalization and the efficiency and reliability of global supply chains. “Shipping now plays a fundamentally essential role in our lives, regardless of where we live and what we do. We are the closest to being a single global market than ever before. Companies can produce raw materials or finished products wherever they most efficiently can. Their product can be taken to the consumers cheaply and reliably as never before in the history of mankind. Shipping has played a central role in making this happen,” she stated.

    The President spoke of the role that technology will play in the future of shipping were autonomous ships to become a reality, and also autonomous container processing in ports. She maintained that these advancements, coupled with the improvement of connections between land and waterside modes of transport, will continue to transform the shipping industry. She also spoke of the importance of the evolving regulatory environment which will foster a sustainability-oriented industry that must include an adequately skilled workforce. She stated, “The scale of developments and change today in the industry is unmatched in scope and amplitude. The biggest issue that will need to be addressed in the foreseeable future will be the requisite skills that will be needed for the new jobs that will be created and to enable the industry to adapt to these changes brought on by technological advancements.”

    As Chair of a panel at the conference, President Doumbia-Henry also addressed the topic of The Human Element in Shipping: Where are we today? She noted that the maritime industry is often referred to as “the lifeblood of world trade,” but maintained that what should also be acknowledged is that “the human element in shipping, particularly seafarers, is the lifeblood of the maritime industry and thus, by extension, of world trade. Seafarers cannot be replaced overnight and shipping will need well-trained and qualified seafarers enjoying decent working and living conditions for years to come in order to ensure safe, efficient and environmentally friendly shipping in line with a number of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Goals 4, 7, 8, 9 and 14.”

    Dr Doumbia-Henry reiterated that although we are on a path of integrating more technology and greater innovation, shipping is an industry in which human interaction with technology is indispensable and the key human element issue of fatigue needs to continue to be addressed. She noted the importance of regulations that address the critical area of seafarers’ welfare such as the IMO’s International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW as amended) and the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006). She highlighted the importance of education as a significant factor underlying the success of people working in the shipping industry.

    She stated, “Education means much more than seafarer training. It should involve a holistic approach that targets all sectors of the shipping industry in its broadest sense, from awareness raising to competency-based training, and which should address all the fields of learning, including the cognitive, affective and psychomotor.” She highlighted the importance of international, regional and national mechanisms where dialogue between governments, labour unions, industry, technology developers and others can contribute to the development of optimal sustainable practices.

2019 October 23

18:36 GTMaritime protects onboard cyber security in record numbers
18:02 Tokyo MOU accepted Panama as the 21st member authority
17:35 Rosmorrechflot suggests providing subsidies and privileges to ship owners using LNG
17:02 Teekay and Teekay LNG announce resolution to China LNG joint venture issues
16:52 Damen signs contract with Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works for third ASD Tug 2009
16:43 Side event on Women in Fisheries held at Torremolinos Ministerial Conference
16:21 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 11,770 in RF spot market
16:02 Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean and Government of St. Lucia sign MoU
15:37 Yxney Maritime and Grieg Connect team up with the NOx Fund to build digital emissions infrastructure
15:02 Qatar Petroleum announces commencement of supply of Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil at Ras Laffan Industrial City Port
14:56 Ships of RF Navy’s Caspian Flotilla participated in strategic command post exercise
14:14 Port of Zeebrugge posts results for Q3 2019
13:13 Abu Dhabi Ports breaks ground on new waterfront destination
12:40 Association of Legal Entities of “Trans-Caspian International Transport Route” project held General Meeting in Tbilisi
12:12 Aker Solutions targets growth in low carbon and renewable energy
11:48 Yaroslavsky Shipbuilding Plant delivered survey ship of Project 3330 built for Volga Basin
11:26 Technological infrastructure of Vostochny Port's Phase 3 highly appraised by Indian delegation
11:04 Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding deliveres a 66,000 dwt type bulk carrier to Tomaros Navigation, Liberia
10:32 ASCO held meeting with representatives of Australian and Chinese companies
10:09 The world’s largest offshore wind farm welcomes Jan De Nul’s Voltaire to the project
09:50 Russian Maritime Register of Shipping introduced a new edition of the Container Rules set
09:31 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,806 points
09:15 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.49% to $59.41, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.83% to $54.03
09:08 CMA CGM implements Winter Surcharge on imports into St Petersburg, Ust-Luga & Bronka (Russia)
08:53 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Oct 23
08:42 Europort 2019 launch led by shipowner summit

2019 October 22

18:09 Alfa Laval Aalborg boiler technology offers an easier path to LNG propulsion
17:53 NOVATEK issues update on Arc7 LNG tankers
17:30 Yxney Maritime and Grieg Connect team up with the NOx Fund to build digital emissions infrastructure
17:02 Total and Zhejiang Energy Group join forces to develop the growing low sulfur marine fuel market
16:48 North-Western Shipping Company carried 3.7 million tonnes of cargo in 9M’2019
16:25 Wärtsilä retrofit to reduce environmental impact of ferry operating in ecologically sensitive waters
16:02 McDermott International enters into agreement for up to $1.7 bln of new financing
15:41 Latest Damen FCS 3307 Patrol vessels for Homeland Integrated Offshore Services Limited arrive in Nigeria
15:27 Victor Chernomyrdin icebreaker successfully completed sea trials
15:02 Deltamarin signs design contracts with Merima
14:44 Pella shipyard started mooring trials for lead crab catching vessel of Project 03070
14:10 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Middle East Gulf
13:49 Patrol ship of RF Navy’s Black Sea Fleet left Greek port of Pylos
13:02 A.P. Møller - Mærsk A/S upgrades EBITDA expectation for 2019
12:50 Marine Recruiting Agency trained 1,344 specialists for port and construction segments in 9M’19, up 14% YoY
12:28 DP World reports 1.1% gross like-for-like volume growth in 3Q 2019
12:26 ESPO congratulates port of Barcelona, Vigo and Baku for getting EcoPorts’ environmental management standard
12:01 Cook Islands, Sao Tome and Principe accede to Cape Town Agreement, 46 declare support
11:45 MPSV12 project vessel "Bahtemir" took part in emergency response exercises in the Gulf of Finland
11:22 3rd “LNG Fleet and LNG Bunkering in Russia” conference kicks off in Moscow
11:13 Bio-based welding-gas production facility to open in the port of Amsterdam
10:44 CMA CGM announces PSS for cargo from Europe and the Mediterranean to Australia and New Zealand
10:20 BLRT Grupp’s Noblessner Homeport project wins in “Best Development Project of 2019” nomination
09:56 Poland's first training centre for port staff opened at the Port of Gdansk
09:33 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.22% to $58.83, Light Sweet Crude – fell by 0.26% to $53.37
09:18 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,846 points
08:31 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, Oct 22

2019 October 21

18:25 Navios Acquisition announces $15 mln offering of common stock
18:02 Temasek subsidiary plans to acquire 30.55% of shares in Keppel
17:50 Two LNG-powered Sovcomflot tankers successfully completed voyages along Northern Sea Route
17:36 Anglo-Eastern signs Cyber MOU with Naval Dome
17:13 Guard ship "Yaroslav Mudry" of RF Navy’s Baltic Fleet made business call in Limassol
17:05 Blockchain and DNA-based marine fuels tracking solution BunkerTrace goes live
17:02 Castor Maritime announces vessel acquisition