• 2019 June 25 10:24

    Gender equality is the theme of Day of the Seafarer 2019

    More than 80 per cent of global trade is transported by ships to people and communities all over the world. Almost everything that we use and need in our daily lives is directly or indirectly impacted by sea transport, making seafarers essential to our way of life since they are responsible for the safe and smooth delivery of the cargo, WMU says in a press release.

    “On the Day of the Seafarer, celebrated annually on 25 June, we take a moment to express our thanks to the World’s 1,2 million seafarers serving on internationally trading merchant ships in contribution to the world economy and our economic and social well-being. The theme of 2019 Day of the Seafarer, “I am on board with gender equality,” ties well with the IMO World Maritime Day Theme for 2019  “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community.” These important themes highlight the opportunities for women, as well as the contributions they are making, in a wide range of maritime careers and professions”, says WMU statement.

    According to WMU, the full and meaningful participation of women in the economy, political decision-making, and society is key to achieving United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5 that is focused on gender equality. Women currently represent only two per cent of the world’s seafarers and 94 per cent of them are working in the cruise industry. In a keynote address video message for the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency’s (NIMASA) Day of the Seafarer celebrations, President Doumbia-Henry stated, “there are a number of barriers that prevent women from becoming seafarers including gender prejudices, working and living conditions, legal and administrative obstacles, work-life balance, physically demanding tasks, equal pay gaps, lack of information and opportunities, and the glass ceiling. For the Day of the Seafarer, I strongly encourage all the stakeholders to remove such cultural, structural and legal barriers that impede the recruitment of women seafarers.”

    From 4-5 April, the University hosted the WMU Empowering Women in the Maritime Community Conference with over 350 participants from more than 70 countries. The aim of the event was to address the gender gap in the maritime, oceans, ports, fishing and related industries. A set of conclusions was the result of the two-day discussions reflecting the participants’ firm commitment to cooperate, coordinate and collaborate in the development and implementation of gender-responsive policies and related programmes in their respective sectors and areas of responsibility. The conclusions have been developed to serve as best practice guidance for all stakeholders committed to action focused on increasing gender balance across maritime and ocean industries. At the conference, President Doumbia-Henry stated, “Gender equality is not simply an issue for women only. Everyone has a role to play. This year’s Day of the Seafarer and World Maritime Day themes are providing 365 days of sunshine on women in 2019. If we seize this exceptional momentum, we have the power to affect real change in the maritime industry where representation of women remains at unacceptably low levels.”

    A factor that will affect the maritime industry, and seafaring as a career, is the changing nature of the work. According to the recent WMU research report titled “Transport 2040: Automation, Technology, Employment - The Future of Work”, automation in the maritime industry will be “evolutionary rather than revolutionary” and the pace of change will be different in different jurisdictions and socio-economic contexts. Speaking at the recent 7th International Forum on Seafarers’ Education, Training and Crewing (ETC-2019), from 5-6 June organized by the National University Odessa Maritime Academy in Ukraine, President Doumbia-Henry maintained that for long-term sustainability of the industry, the emphasis on training, which has been the main focus of seafarer education to date, will need to shift toward a more holistic education to meet the demands of technology that will reshape the shipping industry.

    International Day of the Seafarer, observed annually on 25 June, was designated by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2010 as a way to recognize the contribution made by the world’s seafarers. It is recognized by the United Nations as an observance day.  

    Roughly 30 percent of WMU faculty and students have seafaring experience. Seafarers inspire the work of the University in serving the global maritime community through education, research and capacity building. WMU’s Maritime Education and Training specialization is also designed to train maritime educators, with a particular focus on the STCW requirements.


2021 July 28

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16:03 Rosmorrechflot supports the International Conference “Development of Icebreaking and Support Fleet”
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15:18 DCT Gdańsk and the Port of Gdańsk enter a new era of container handling on the Baltic Sea
14:51 Oleg Shakhmardanov appointed as head of FSBI Moscow Canal
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13:56 Amursky Shipyard should enter the APR markets – Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin
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11:10 Firth of Forth proposed as Scotland’s Green Port
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10:10 Andrey Severilov re-elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of FESCO
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09:47 FESCO held repeated Annual General Meeting of Shareholders
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09:05 Neal elected Long Beach Harbor Commission President
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2021 July 27

18:34 Port of Kaohsiung wins International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) 2021 Award
18:16 Port Houston launches business equity program
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17:36 ONE offers free transportation of oxygen tanks to India to fight the COVID-19
17:06 Pilbara Ports Authority launches its annual Recreational Vessel Safety Campaign
16:42 Carbon Trust to support BEIS in development and demonstration of innovative floating offshore wind technologies for the UK
16:14 Cargo Integrity Group calls for risk-based measures to prevent pest contamination
16:03 Passengers travelling via the Port of Helsinki should prepare for occasional congestion
15:33 APM Terminals Mobile targets Midwest supply chains
15:02 MOL jointly develops new energy-saving sail to boost ship propulsion
14:42 ICTSI South Pacific starts bulk coffee operations
14:24 GTT receives an order for the tank design of six new LNG carriers
14:11 IPEM and IAA PortNews launch their joint analytical project on cargo handling in Russian seaports
13:42 Port of Savannah moves 5mln TEUs in H1 2021
13:29 Launching of sea cruise between Aktau and Astrakhan under consideration
13:12 Port of Zeebrugge posts results for H1 2021
12:52 MSC takes delivery from Fincantieri of MSC Seashore
12:25 ABS leads EMSA consortium studying alternative fuels and technologies
12:12 IADC reveals the fifteen nominations in the running for the IADC Safety Awards 2021
11:44 FESCO performs its first intermodal shipment of containers with shoes from China to Krasnodar via CPV
11:26 MSC, Fincantieri and Snam to partner for world’s first oceangoing hydrogen-powered cruise ship
11:10 Yang Ming takes delivery of one more 11,000 TEU ship to upgrade Trans-Pacific service
10:45 The President of the European Council Charles Michel was briefed on the capabilities of the Port of Baku
10:39 Damen Marine Components awarded contract to provide rudders and steering gear for Navantia
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09:59 CMA CGM to launch a new RORO Short Sea Med service connecting Marseille & Barcelona with Casablanca
09:51 LNG terminal to be built on Sakhalin by the end of 2023
09:32 Baltic Dry Index as of July 26
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2021 July 26

18:04 IPCSA ‘honoured’ to join the World Customs Organization’s Private Sector Consultative Group
17:57 M. Skuodis: expansion of the southern part of the Port of Klaipėda has potential to attract new cargo and investments
17:35 Sri Lanka Ports Authority with ILO support commences training for seafarers
17:14 Vitol Bunkers adds first offshore location to its USGC and Caribbean supply offering
16:20 Operation on delivery of 111-meter long column for Amur GCC is underway
16:03 Mobile harbour crane investment to further improve cargo handling efficiency at Port of Newcastle
15:13 TotalEnergies signs renewable power purchase agreement with Air Liquide
14:59 RF Government suggests establishing free customs area on Kuril Islands
14:34 The COVID 19 has strong impact on the port of Helsinki
13:44 DP World and Rosatom sign agreement for Northern Transit Corridor