• 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 July 18

18:05 Future expectations for MPS Terminal 3 in the port in Tema outlined with Government delegation
17:24 PGNiG acquires interest in another gas field in the North Sea
17:18 DNV GL supports 2020 sulphur compliance with online Ship Implementation Plan
17:05 OOCL announces new Middle East / Indian Subcontinent – North Europe Service
16:35 Consortium including DEME and Jan De Nul explores pioneering high-wave offshore solar technology
16:07 Large maritime market players join hands to create high-wave offshore solar panels
15:52 State Duma makes it easier for foreign tourists to visit Russia’s Arctic
15:35 Incat Tasmania delivers new 111-metre ferry to Spain operator Naviera Armas
15:18 Hapag-Lloyd launches South-East India – Europe Express Service // IEX to start operations in October 2019
15:01 Operation ATALANTA welcomes ESPS CANARIAS
14:26 Bunker prices are slightly down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
14:00 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Selina with Ausca
13:44 PortNews Media Group's anniversary celebration photo release
13:22 Aleksey Khaidukov as President of Novoship
13:00 Global Ports Holding invites proposals for Duty Free and Travel Retail operations at Malaga, Zadar, Cagliari and Catania cruise ports
12:47 East Mining Company eyes arranging offshore transshipment of coal in Kamchatka under Tata project
12:09 Wärtsilä posts financial results for January-June 2019
11:53 Construction of LNG-powered icebreakers to be financed by NOVATEK – Vyacheslav Ruksha
11:31 RF Deputy PM Maksim Akimov set a task to begin dredging in the Gulf of Ob not later than on 1 August 2019
11:09 Port of Muuga strengthened with new ferry connection to Finland
10:48 Primorsky MRC terminal to offer fully closed transshipment of loose cargo
10:30 MAN Energy Solutions gets subsea compression FEED order from Chevron
10:09 Port of Lowestoft names new state-of-the-art pilot boat
09:56 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, July 18
09:50 APM Terminals Callao launches Peru’s first digital customer platform
09:34 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.17% to $63.77, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.02% to $56.79
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is up to 2,064 points

2019 July 17

18:13 USCG responds to boat collision, assists 4 injured
17:55 LNG vessels to protect environment and increase container turnover at the Port of Riga
17:32 YAMAL LNG obtains certification for the new ISO 45001:2018 and confirms compliance with ISO 14001:2015
17:03 Qatargas delivers 3000th LNG cargo to Japan
16:48 Maslovoz-2 tanker left floating dock of Novorossiysk Ship Repair Yard
16:21 Krasnoye Sormovo delivers the Aleksandr Zuyev, dry cargo carrier of Project RSD59, to STLC
16:03 Safe Bulkers, Inc. announces installation and commissioning of the first scrubber on MV Martine
15:44 Germany accedes to ship recycling convention
15:27 South Africa accedes to compensation regime for hazardous and noxious cargoes
15:02 BHP to introduce low emissions LNG freight
14:02 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from ISC to North Europe and the Mediterranean
13:32 McDermott awarded FEED contract for Sohar LNG bunkering project in Oman
13:15 Pilbara Ports Authority delivers a total annual throughput of 697.2 million tonnes for the 2018/19 financial year
12:39 Exports of Russian oil products from Kambarka oil tank farm resumed by river route via RPK-Vysotsk-LUKOIL-II
12:01 Aker Solutions announces Second-Quarter and Half-Year results 2019
11:51 New edition of Rules for Classification and Construction of Ships Carrying Liquefied Gases in Bulk published by RS
11:44 Port of Oakland’s keystone project set to be delivered in 2020
11:26 NIBULON shipyard continues forming the hull of its 140-m NIBULON MAX floating crane
11:02 The President of the European Council visits the new Port of Baku
10:40 Gasum Group reports its financial results for Q2 2019
10:30 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, July 17
10:17 AS Tallinna Sadam reports its 2019 Q2 passenger and cargo flows
09:54 Bunker prices increase at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:35 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.25% to $64.51, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.03% to $57.64
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is up to 2,011 points

2019 July 16

18:06 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Africa
17:49 Marine Recruiting Agency to recruit personnel for Petrolesport
17:36 Hapag-Lloyd adds vessel to its North America Westcoast / Oceania Service
17:24 Turnover of DeloPorts’ terminals in 1H’19 decreased by 25% YoY to 3.2 mln tonnes
17:06 Odfjell SE sells its ownership share of terminal in Jiangyin, China
16:30 Keppel secures contract from Yinson for the modification of FPSO
16:01 More than 100,000 containers shipped via Intercity Barge at the Port of Rotterdam
15:56 Van Oord orders third trailing suction hopper dredger from Keppel