• 2018 December 14 13:55

    WMU takes part in Ocean Literacy Conference

    WMU President Doumbia-Henry was a keynote speaker at the Ocean Literacy Conference that took place in Malmö, Sweden from 6 to 7 December. WMU says the conference brought together nearly 100 participants to inspire and debate marine education and ocean literacy from a local perspective, focusing in particular on coastal cities. The event was held in support of achieving UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

    The conference addressed how to instill knowledge about the sea at an early age, motivating future generations to undertake preventative work and increase knowledge and understanding regarding the importance of our ocean. Main topics included capacity development and knowledge alliances for the sea, the role and responsibilities of coastal towns and cities, and ocean literacy in schools.

    President Doumbia-Henry noted that a major challenge for achieving sustainable management of the ocean and to increase ocean literacy is to overcome what is sometimes referred to as “ocean blindness.” She stated, “Although we may live all our lives in a region close to the sea, we are essentially land-based creatures who spend most of our time on land. Hence, finding a connection to the sea, as well as recognising and appreciating all the services the sea provides us, may be difficult. It is imperative to understand how human activities affect the ocean and the marine ecosystem as well as how the ocean affects life on land.”

    The President emphasized the important role the ocean plays as a climate regulator, provider of food, and driver for economic development with shipping facilitating over 80% of global trade. She noted the important role that education and training has in safeguarding this precious resource and ensuring safe, secure, and efficient shipping on clean and sustainably used oceans. In that regard, she highlighted the WMU-Sasakawa Global Oceans Institute that was inaugurated this past May. The Institute aims to act as an independent focal point for ocean-related dialogue and capacity-building, enhancing the University’s goal to continue building maritime and ocean-related capacity for sustainable development.

    The conference focused on promoting marine education at an early age, and 14 year old Ms. Stella Bowles was a featured speaker. Ms. Bowles rose to prominence in Canada as a young environmentalist when she discovered that untreated wastewater was released through straight pipes directly into the LaHave river near her home. At 11 years old, as part of her school science project, she developed a water sampling toolkit and programme for young people in Canada. Her efforts resulted in the government providing 15.7 million CAD for a LaHave River clean-up plan. In commenting about the future, she stated, “I’m hopeful that more youth will take on causes that they believe in themselves and create more change.” In addition to Ms. Bowles, several local, school-age students were in attendance from Kryddgårdsskolan and Malmö Latin school and provided thoughtful input to the panel debate.

    In 2017, Sweden and Fiji co-chaired a high-level Conference at the United Nations to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. The City of Malmö, ICLEI and WMU together committed to use the Life Below Water 2017 conference in Malmö as a starting point for a mobilization of action at a local level led by local governments. The Ocean Literacy Conference was the next step and was organized by the City of Malmö and WMU in cooperation with the Marine Educational Center in Malmö and IOC-UNESCO.




2019 January 24

10:29 15 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on January 23-24
10:04 Port of Gothenburg container volumes up by 17 per cent in 2018
10:00 Brent Crude futures price down 0.36% to $60.92, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.38% to $52.43
09:41 Wilhelmsen Ship Management selected as the manager for Pardus Energy’s FSRU
09:37 Matthieu de Tugny takes helm at BV's Marine & Offshore division
09:18 Baltic Dry Index is down to 982 points

2019 January 23

18:27 Planning for 2020 IMO's sulphur cap has already started
18:13 Eagle Bulk receives commitment for a new credit facility totaling $208 million
18:02 Port of Gdansk (Poland) throughput in 2018 totaled 49.03 million tonnes, up 20.7% Y-o-Y
17:40 Andrei Malyarov elected as Chairman of Severnaya Verf shipyard's BoD
17:19 RWE files acquisition of renewables businesses of E.ON and innogy with European Commission
17:03 The Board of Directors of Fincantieri appoints a second General Manager
16:51 Ice restrictions at the port of Arkhangelsk come into effect on February 15
16:37 USCG interdicts smuggling boat with convicted criminals aboard off Florida
16:24 Regulatory issues related to operation of seaport infrastructure facilities to be discussed at the 2nd HES and Dredging Congress
16:08 First discharge of LPG from Ichthys LNG Project in Japan carried by “K” LINE’s VLGC “GRACE RIVER”
16:03 CMA CGM to launch its Med Pendulum Service (MPS)
15:46 Ice restrictions at the port of Vyborg (Leningrad Region) come into effect on February 6
15:33 Nakilat – Keppel welcomes first FSRU at the Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard
15:28 MHI Vestas achieves final turbine installation at Horns Reef 3
15:18 Rolls-Royce completes €57 million upgrade of Rauma thruster facility
15:03 NYK announces delivery of new coal carrier for Hokkaido Electric Power
14:33 Port of Oakland reports more ships than ever plugging into grid
14:20 Throughput of Port Vysotsky up 10.7% to 7.89 million tonnes in 2018
14:03 Kiel welcomes the TUI Cruises newbuilding
13:45 Admiralteiskie Verfi shipyard lays down large freezing trawler of Project СТ-192
13:27 Coast Guard’s only heavy icebreaker arrives at Antarctica
13:02 Rotterdam as a circular hub for the raw materials transition
12:58 The Russian Federation accedes to passenger compensation treaty
12:51 New initiatives to strengthen Singapore as a global maritime hub announced
12:37 SCHOTTEL presents new mechanical hybrid propulsion solution
12:04 Port of Riga cooperates with Balarusian forest industry to further increase its timber cargo volumes
11:42 15 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on January 22-23
11:16 OSG exercises option for second 204,000 barrel barge at Gunderson Marine
10:55 Maritime Security & Offshore Patrol Week 2019 to be held for the first time ever in Dubai, UAE by IQPC Middle East
10:37 N-KOM welcomes first FSRU at the Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard
10:20 Responsibilities for implementation of state programmes of the Russian Federation divided between Deputy Prime Ministers
10:06 Brent Crude futures price up 0.03% to $61.52, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.02% to $53.03
09:48 Aderco: Planning for 2020 has already started
09:43 Vympel Shipyard lays down yet another hydrographic vessel / buoy tender of Project 19910 for RF Navy
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,036 points

2019 January 22

18:25 Elengy prepares the sale of access capacities to the Fos Tonkin LNG terminal for the period 2021-2030
18:05 Monjasa steps up as the 2nd largest local bunker supplier in the Panama Canal in 2018
17:54 Relampago practices skills with UAE Navy ship
17:35 CalMac takes over the tiller at Argyll Ferries
17:05 NYK gets the highest-rated ‘A’ for Climate Change by CDP Survey
16:42 RF Government proposed candidates to Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port's BoD
16:23 Pilbara Ports Authority achieves a new record tonnage on a single tide at the Port of Port Hedland
15:56 Port of Rotterdam Authority and Rotterdam Port Promotion Council renew collaboration
15:46 ICTSI Subic hits milestone 200,000th TEU move
15:44 Growth seen in several sectors at ABP South Wales
15:28 KONTUR SPb ERT unit’s drills get thumbs up from Rosmorrechflot’s certification commission
15:22 First ship viaVerbrugge Terminals’ new permanent shipping line with South America docks in North Sea Port
15:00 Meyer Turku delivers New Mein Schiff 2 to TUI Cruises in Kiel
14:41 Jotun looks into expansion of ship coatings production in Russia
14:32 HHLA completes expansion of the container rail terminal Burchardkai
14:19 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
14:02 North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation opens the Port of Mackay for new bulk material trades
13:32 China Navigation to acquire the bulk shipping activities of Hamburg Süd
13:22 14 crewmembers of gas carriers which caught fire in the Kerch Strait confirmed dead, five missing