• 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 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