• 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”.  




2017 November 25

06:59 Inchcape Shipping Services appointed agents for COSCO SHIPPING Lines in Papua New Guinea

2017 November 24

20:49 Pella Shipyard launches Karakurt-class first serial corvette (Project 2280) ‘Typhoon’
18:06 Sanmar delivers two ASD tugs
18:06 RN Bunker supplies fuel to Rosmorport's STS Mir
17:36 DHT Holdings announces sale of its three oldest VLCCs
17:15 IMO holds training for port security staff in Guinea
16:47 Wärtsilä introduces its Smart Marine Ecosystem vision
16:46 Cargo traffic in Kama Basin of Russia’s IWW grew by 22.4% to 13.40 mln t (photo)
16:27 IMO addresses invasive aquatic species carried in ballast water through BWM Convention
15:59 State Duma approves prolongation of RF Government Decree No 383 through 2019
15:28 Bolwerk LLC selected as general contractor to build an international marine terminal in Pionersky, Kaliningrad Region
15:03 PSA Singapore and NUS sign MOU to develop Human Capital to support the growth of the port industry
14:31 Design works under MTH project to be completed in 2018
14:03 APM Terminals Inland Services expands to serve the industrial belt around Pune, India
13:40 Euronav sells VLCC Artois
13:29 Navigation season is over in White Sea – Onega Lake Basin of Russia’s IWW (photo)
13:02 The Port of Montreal invests in greening
12:30 ZIM posts Q3 2017 results
12:12 Lead buoy tender of Project BLV04 build for FSUE Rosmorport is put into operation (photo)
12:00 Public Transport Authority raises Saudi flag on Bahri’s fifth VLCC received in 2017
11:30 GVT to increase the frequency of its rail shuttle service between Rotterdam and Chengdu in China
11:14 Europort confirms role as international maritime business hub
11:01 British ports welcome Budget announcements on Brexit scenario funding and freight review
10:45 Financial support for the Polar Code and the Sustainable Development Goals
10:31 European ports welcome the EP Transport Committee vote for a stronger CEF budget
10:11 Finnlines finishes the first lengthening project of ro-ro vessel
10:01 Brent Crude futures price down 0.27% to $63.38, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.76% to $58.46
09:37 Bunker prices are flat at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:20 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,445 points
07:48 Palau International Ship Registry is the fastest growing flag

2017 November 23

18:05 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to Mediterranean
17:54 Mercury-1 ferry of Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company successfully passed sea test after major repairs
17:35 Ophir issues update on the status of the Fortuna FLNG project
17:20 Opatija, Croatia hosts three-day conference “The Port of Rijeka, Gateway of the Baltic-Adriatic Core Network Corridor”
17:05 Navantia and Bath Iron Works team for the US Navy Future Guided Missile Frigates
16:50 Throughput of Chinese ports up 7.2% to 7.23 bln t in 10M’17
16:35 COSCO (Guangdong) Shipyard delivers research/survey vessel to Guangzhou Marine Geological Survey
16:05 CMA CGM announces GRI from Asia to ECSA
16:03 Bunker prices may turn into irregular phase in the lead-up to OPEC’s meeting
15:44 Okskaya shipyard lays down the first non-self-propelled oil barge in a series of ten vessels ordered by STLC
15:33 European Sea Ports Organisation welcomes a deadline for global solution on CO2 from shipping
15:00 Ports of Ayr and Troon celebrate delivery of new Scottish-built pilot vessel
14:19 Corvette Soobrazitelny, Baltic Fleet, performed some training missions in piracy affected areas in Gulf of Aden
14:02 Wärtsilä engines and exhaust gas cleaning chosen for new cruise ship
13:23 Navigation 2017 to close in Azov-Don Basin of Russia’s IWW on 1 December 2017
13:02 Oldendorff Carriers receives IBJ Bulk Ship Operator of the Year award
12:36 Russia’s General Board of State Expert Review approves Phase I of Bagayevsky Hydrosystem project
12:10 Ports of Ayr and Troon celebrate delivery of new Scottish-built pilot vessel
11:52 Marine Recruiting Agency goes on with the program of RTG operators training
11:29 Coal exports via Rosterminalugol terminal hit 22 mln t milestone this year (photo)
11:04 MGO prices are still high at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
10:41 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in Jan-Oct'17 grew by 16% to 11.28 mln t
10:18 Brent Crude futures price down 0.25% to $63.16, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.21% to $57.90
09:53 Ukraine’s water transport carried 0.5 mln passengers in Jan-Oct'17, up 30.2%, Y-o-Y
09:35 Port of Singapore throughput up 5.9% to 519.68 mln t in 10M’17
09:17 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,413 points

2017 November 22

18:02 Throughput of port Vyborg up 13% to 1.24 mln t in 10M’17
17:46 New research reveals ‘golden period’ ahead for the Port of Barrow
17:24 Iceland accedes to air pollution treaty
17:03 MSC receives the ‘Container Line of the Year’ award