• 2017 October 23 12:47

    WMU President delivered keynote opening address of Maritime Conference Bahamas 2017

    WMU President Doumbia-Henry delivered the Keynote opening address of the Maritime Conference Bahamas 2017 that took place in Nassau from 18 to 20 October in the presence of the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, the Minister of Transport and the Minister of Education. The theme of the Conference was Connecting Education, Ports and People.

    WMU says the event brought together maritime stakeholders to address the vital role of education in addressing the critical issues affecting the sector such as navigational safety, security and efficiency of shipping transportation and port operations and associated policies and procedures.

    In her remarks, Dr. Doumbia-Henry linked the theme of the Conference with the IMO World Maritime Day 2017 theme: Connecting Ships, Ports and People. She  referred to the significant role of shipping and ports in helping to create conditions for increased prosperity and stability through promoting maritime trade, noting that port and shipping sectors are wealth creators. She highlighted the often-unseen roles of people – seafarers and port workers - who are indispensable to the maritime and port cluster and enable the goods and products we depend on to reach us wherever we are.

    With a focus on education, she stated: “While we must take into account the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the rapidly changing technological landscape and the globalization of the use of technology as well as security concerns, it has become even more important for maritime education and training institutions to impart knowledge, skills and the right attitudes to develop global maritime personnel who embrace the sustainability agenda, innovation in keeping with fundamental human values and who ethically use technology to advance global goals.”

    President Doumbia-Henry highlighted the remarkable rate of port development in recent decades that has been mainly driven by international trade and containerization. As ports have developed, people in port regions have become aware of their environmental impact, and the new focus on green ports. The greening of ports, she said, could therefore be used as a development tool to generate new business in ports.

    She emphasized that, “Maritime education and training, and indeed all education, have a critical role to play in making the current generation and ones to come, appreciate – not only cognitively, but also affectively – the importance of good stewardship of the environment in which ships and ports operate.” She referred to those who are being trained today and in the future and who will be working in shipping and ports. They will need to take into account the important role that technology, security and issues of sustainability are playing and they will need new skills. “With the impact of technology, smarter ships will require smarter people and education and training will need to adapt to ensure that seafarers and port workers have the new skills and knowledge they will need tomorrow. It will also require behavioral and cultural changes moving from command and control,” she concluded.

    The conference was hosted by LJM Maritime Academy, a tertiary level institution offering education and training for seafarers. The Bahamas is one of the most important shipping nations in the world, not only as a flag State but also as a labour supplying country. It is ranked seventh, among States with the largest registered fleet, by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in its “Review of Maritime Transport, 2016”.  

2018 September 25

18:37 Colombo Dockyard achieves recognition at the Presidential Export Award
18:10 Tersan Shipyard (Turkey) lays down lead crab catching and processing ship of Project ST184 for Arktikservis
17:56 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to South Africa
17:36 The Ocean Cleanup chooses Iridium as provider of satellite communications services
17:20 First RITM-200 reactor intended for nuclear-powered icebreaker Ural left for Baltiysky Zavod shipyard
17:06 ABP opens up Humber International Enterprise Park development plans to public
16:57 Shippers suspect sulphur stitch-up
16:29 Kotug Smit Towage performs naming ceremony for tug Southampton
16:20 Portugal joins WISTA International
15:38 Volga Shipping Company named the best in terms of transport security
15:12 Mr. Birkir Hólm Guðnason hired as CEO of Samskip Iceland
14:11 CMA CGM to review sales policy regarding Low Sulphur IMO 2020 Regulation
13:49 NIBULON successfully completed its passenger transportation season
13:11 North Carolina Ports’ terminals resume full commercial operations following hurricane Florence
12:50 Fuel oil prices are going up in the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:31 Havila Kystruten selects Havyard to deliver the ship design and extensive equipment package for four new vessels
12:14 European ports welcome Parliament’s explicit support to remove the tax barriers for shore-side electricity for ships
12:01 Long Beach Commission OKs budget for expanded rail yard
11:43 DHT Holdings announces $50 mln scrubber financing
11:32 Nevsky Shipyard takes part in «Marintec Offshore Russia» exhibition
11:00 GTT receives a new order from Samsung Heavy Industries for the tank design of two new LNG carriers
10:55 NYK announces delivery of new wood-chip carrier for Hokuetsu Corporation
10:24 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,434 points
10:01 Brent Crude futures price up 0.2% to $80.69, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.12% to $72.17
09:38 Yaroslavsky Shipyard lays down oil recovery vessel of Project Р2114 for Transneft
09:15 Audit summary report to be considered by Sub-Committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments

2018 September 24

18:36 DNV GL unveils the complexity of ocean governance in report for the UN Global Compact
18:03 Klaveness Combination Carriers AS announces completion of USD 45.0 million private placement
17:52 Port of Southampton recognised in top 20 under 40 cruise award
17:36 CMA CGM announces GRR from India West Coast to Mozambique
17:03 Metropolitan Plan for Great Newcastle endorses Port of Newcastle vision
16:50 Ust-Luga Container Terminal handles cargo for Nord Stream 2
16:47 Wightlink names its new flagship
16:45 Bomin exits the bunker markets in Singapore and Antwerp
16:43 Hamburg and St. Petersburg strengthen cooperation at the Port Evening
16:33 DNV GL ends operations in Iran by 4th November
16:19 Vladimir Panchenko dredger built by Shipbuilding - Ship Repair Corporation features local content of 90%
16:03 IMO sadness over Nyerere casualty
15:47 Moby Dik terminal starts handling vessels of Sea Connect line
15:33 Wärtsilä inaugurates upgraded EGC test facilities in Norway
15:20 ESPO wants more ambition on harmonisation of data, while maintaining flexibility in reporting systems
15:03 Vinalines to build 2 terminals at $299 mln in Lach Huyen Port
14:46 Port of Antwerp presents smart port of the future at Supernova
14:33 DFDS Seaways raises capacity on route Zeebrugge - Norway
14:18 Feasibility study of concession of state stevedoring companies «Olvia» and «Kherson» presented for acquaintance to potential investors
14:03 Norway’s largest cruise port of Bergen to build Europe’s largest onshore power supply facility
13:59 Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg named one of the best transport infrastructure facilities
13:34 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 21,529 in RF spot market
13:11 Okskaya Sudoverf lays down fourth dry cargo carrier of Project RSD32M
12:45 NOVATEK shipped first LNG cargo to Brazil
12:23 Finalists for the Seatrade Maritime Awards in Dubai announced
12:00 Nor-Shipping 2019 takes place in Oslo and Lillestrøm, Norway, from 04 to 07 June 2019
11:16 Longline factory ship Marlin laid down by Severnaya Verf shipyard to feature 40% of local content
10:54 Damen performs float-out of Australian icebreaker
10:52 NOVATEK increases number of Management Board members
10:28 Smart shipping to be under the spotlight at Seatrade Maritime Middle East
10:05 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,413 points
09:43 Brent Crude futures price up 1.25% to $79.22, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.2% to $71.63
09:21 Freeport of Riga’s project on construction of Krievu Island Terminal enters its final phase
09:00 Vice Premier Han Zheng inspected COSCO-PSA terminal in Singapore