• 2018 November 6 10:49

    Maritime leaders of tomorrow from over 70 countries graduated from World Maritime University on 4 November

    On Sunday, 4 November, the maritime leaders of tomorrow from over 70 countries graduated from the World Maritime University (WMU). WMU says the graduates have received the education required to contribute to the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) in their home countries as well as within the broader maritime and ocean community. They are equipped to become the maritime and ocean leaders of tomorrow that will promote safe, secure, environmentally sound, efficient and sustainable shipping on clean oceans.

    The graduating Class of 2018 is one of the largest to date and includes 267 Graduates from 71 countries. A third of the graduates are women. The Class of 2018 is composed of 124 MSc graduates from the Malmö headquarters, 58 graduates from the China programme, making a total number of 182 MSc graduates in 2018; two PhD graduates; and 83 graduates from the distance learning programmes including 14 LLM graduates. The 2018 graduation ceremony brings the total number of WMU graduates to 4,921 from 168 countries.

    WMU President, Dr Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, delivered welcome remarks noting that 2018 is the 35th anniversary of WMU, and the 70th anniversary of the University’s parent institution, the International Maritime Organization. The President thanked the City of Malmö and the Government of Sweden for their continued generosity and support in hosting the University, as well as the many donors for their ongoing commitment to the WMU mission and its sustainability. Noting highlights from the academic year, the President referred to the ongoing commitment of WMU to the UN SDGs, the inauguration of the WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute, and the successful WMU Global Ocean Conference. Further, she referred to the advancement of the WMU Research Agenda and expansion of WMU publications that extend the University’s global outreach and service to the maritime and ocean community. The President also announced “The WMU-Koji Sekimizu PhD Fellowship” to be funded by former Chancellor Koji Sekimizu and the Government of Singapore on “Maritime Governance”, as well as the SwAM-German Government PhD and Post-Doc fellowships for ocean research that will be funded by the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (SwAM) and Germany.

    In addressing the graduates, President Doumbia-Henry called on them to return to their home countries and activate national alumni groups to foster the power of the global WMU network. With the knowledge and capacities gained at WMU, each graduate has the capacity to help build the maritime, ports and ocean sectors of the economy in their home countries. She stated “The transformative power of your experience has developed your knowledge, critical thinking skills, and enlightened you in innumerable ways. Your WMU experience has expanded your horizons, your professional network and enriched you personally in ways that you may only fully appreciate as you advance in your career. You will go on to change the world.”

    Mr Kitack Lim, the first International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General and WMU Chancellor to hold a MSc degree from WMU, conferred the degrees on the graduates. He reflected on his own WMU experience noting it is a privilege to study at WMU in programmes designed to meet the maritime industry’s need for highly trained and specialized professionals. “From today, each one of you will join an elite group of maritime professionals in the global industry that has shaped the modern world. WMU has provided you with the key tools to succeed in making a difference in the global maritime industry,” he stated. Mr Lim also announced that all current and future Malmö students will be provided with free access to the IMO searchable database of all IMO Conventions and key Instruments.

    The Guest of Honour was Dr. Anders Wijkman, Co-President of the Club of Rome. He highlighted the active contribution the graduates will make to the achievement of the UN SDGs by 2030 and emphasized that the inherent challenges could only be addressed successfully through working together. Despite the current political climate, he maintained that pessimism is not an option stating, “We need to focus on the challenges and believe in the opportunities to bring about change. We have the knowledge. We have the technologies. It is often the will that is lacking.” He continued, “Each of you here today is likely to be in the position to influence decision-making...You will be on the forefront of the battle to save our oceans.”

    Representing WMU’s host city of Malmö, the Mayor and Chairperson of the Malmö City Executive Board, Ms. Katrin Stjernfeldt-Jammeh, remarked that Malmö is the most diverse city in Sweden, making it a perfect home for WMU. In addition, the UN SDGs are guiding stars for both WMU, and the CIty of Malmö. “You have the latest knowledge and the whole world as your field of work...You are the future leaders within the maritime field and we have very high expectations for all of you,” she stated.

    Honorary awards made during the ceremony included the award of Doctor of Science, honoris causa to Ms Isabella Lövin, Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden and International Development Cooperation and Climate, in recognition of her outstanding work and deep commitment to safeguarding the future of the world’s oceans. In her remarks, Ms Lövin spoke of “the great murder mystery of the Silent Seas”. She noted that we are all responsible for their degradation, and that we all now have a responsibility to safeguard them. She stated, ”We can’t just go on with business as usual. We have to rethink how we are acting because our oceans aren’t limitless. They are, in fact, finite.”

    Mr Abud Jamal Said, President of the Student Council, also addressed the gathering and to his classmates, in particular, he stated, “I urge us all to embrace unity in diversity, and not only maintain the friendships we created throughout our studies, but to improve on our networking for advancement of the international maritime agendas and development.”

2019 September 19

18:04 Bibby Marine Services takes the next step to optimize walk-to-work operations
17:56 Marinet approves Poseidon maritime cyber security project
17:37 American Ethane reveals plans to order 17 VLECs
17:34 Wärtsilä’s Board of Directors decided on the distribution of the second dividend instalment
17:22 Marinet approves T2OT project for high accuracy positioning of seagoing vessels
17:04 VARD secures advanced stern trawler contract with Luntos
16:50 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 14,328 in RF spot market
16:34 Zeebrugge port authority invests in new 1,071 meter quay wall
16:04 RINA to classify Swedish Maritime Administration fleet
15:53 Marinet set to establish exports support center in Finland in 2020
15:34 MacGregor secures orders worth more than EUR 20 million for projects in Europe and Asia
15:05 Wärtsilä foresees a lower result for 2019
14:31 North Pole ice-resistant platform presented by Admiralteiskie Verfi at NEVA 2019
14:09 ABS announces LNG Cargo Ready notation for ethane carriers at Gastech 2019
13:46 Hyundai Heavy Industries receives AIP for new LPG carrier design
13:03 Bunker prices go up at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:40 ABS and AEC сollaborate on newbuild VLEC fleet
12:17 Murmansk Sea Fishing Port handled 171,200 tonnes of cargo in 8M’2019, down 28.5% Y-o-Y
11:58 PortNews-TV offers video on naming ceremony for PortNews tanker
11:36 International symposium on Anthropogenic Underwater Noise held in Hamburg on 10 September
11:09 LR awards DSME AiP for 98,000 m3 VLEC design with High MnA steel tank
10:42 Ships of RF Navy’s Caspian flotilla take part in Tsentr 2019 maneuvers
10:09 Singapore and Panama ink MoU to strengthen maritime relations
09:51 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.20% to $63.73, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.33% to $58.23
09:49 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Sept 19
09:33 Baltic Dry Index is down to 2,266 points
09:18 ABS grants AIP for two next generation gas carrier designs

2019 September 18

18:26 SGRE confirmed member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices in 2019
18:03 MOL repays existing loans through issuance of project bond for FPSO charter project
17:48 Russia’s Rosmorrechflot and Ministry of Industry and Trade develop preferential leasing programme
17:30 Vympel DB develops concept design for Arctic cruise ship
17:22 Metal Shark delivers new foil-assisted catamaran excursion vessel to Pure Florida
17:11 US Coast Guard shifts response efforts in Bahamas
17:03 ECSA considers the European State Aid Guidelines for maritime transport highly successful and key to maintaining a strong European shipping sector
16:39 Vigor hosts keel-laying ceremony for the U.S. landing craft MSV(L)
16:21 Vitol announces long-term LNG time charter contract with H-Line
16:03 Despite some positive indicators, concerns remain for offshore energy underwriters, reports IUMI
15:42 Wärtsilä Denmark joins Digitalisation in Shipping: Europe 2019 as Associate Partner
15:24 USCG ends search for migrants of capsized vessel off Martinica Beach
15:03 GTT receives an order from HHI & SHI for the tank design of six Very Large Ethane Carriers
14:50 FSUE Atomflot develops project on construction of 7MW icebreaking tugboat
14:33 Hapag-Lloyd to increase rates from North East Asia to Australia
14:16 Wärtsilä simulators provide advanced training at newly inaugurated Portuguese facility
14:14 Ørsted contracts Van Oord for cable installation at Greater Changhua offshore wind farms
14:12 GTT obtains Approval in Principle for Arc7 ice class ships from Russian Maritime Register of Shipping
14:03 ABS and Samsung Heavy Industries sign digital technology
14:00 SAAM Towage contracts Damen for delivery of tug vessel
13:31 Discussion “Development of recreational crafts and high-speed passenger vessels” begins at Neva 2019
13:10 Wärtsilä launches the Wärtsilä 31SG pure gas engine for marine market applications
13:04 International Association of Ports and Harbors visited by ICHCA representatives
12:38 RS issues Approval in Principle for new GTT’s LNG containment systems
12:03 LR awards Jiangnan AiP for 91,000 m3 VLGC Panda 91T design.
11:49 ADNOC acquires 10% of VTTI
11:30 LNG-fueled tugboat Ishin undergoes 1st LNG bunkering trial in Port of Kobe
11:02 ABS and Samsung Heavy Industries to develop next generation LNG carrier
10:37 Training underway for Jeddah Maritime Information Sharing Centre
10:21 Panama Canal signs agreement with Port of Rotterdam
10:12 TGS announces strategic milestones to accelerate growth
09:44 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.09% to $64.49, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.44% to $59.08
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is down to 2,283 points