• 2018 October 12 12:28

    Germany furthers support to WMU with Simulator Lab refurbishment

    On 2 October, WMU President Doumbia-Henry welcomed Mr. Reinhard Klingen, Director-General Waterways and Shipping in the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure of Germany, for a visit to WMU accompanied by WMU Governor, Professor Peter Ehlers, WMU Executive Board Member, Professor Dirk Max Johns (German Shipowners), Dr. Axel Henriksen (Schlüter Foundation for Shipping and Environmental Protection), as well as Mr. Tino Hensel and Ms. Caroline Baumgärtner (Carnival Maritime).

    WMU says the visit marked the official launch of the updated and refurbished WMU Maritime Risk and System Safety (MaRiSa) Simulator Laboratory in honour of the memory of  Mr. Günther Zade, WMU Vice-Rector from 1983-2001. The updated laboratory was made possible thanks to a  EUR 150,000 contribution from the Government of Germany. The gift included hardware, software and equipment upgrades, as well as an integrated interface connecting the Laboratory with the European Maritime Simulator Network. This interface enables the testing of Sea Traffic Management in complex traffic situations, as well as other functions.

    President Doumbia-Henry stated: “We are extremely grateful to the Government of Germany for their ongoing support of WMU. This important contribution to the WMU Simulator Lab will enhance our maritime risk and safety related research. Our students will greatly benefit from these enhanced features. The honoring of Mr Zade when WMU celebrates its 35 years is timely as he played a key role in the early years of the university, helping to shape it and enabling to  be the premier academic maritime institution it is today. We are pleased his memory is honored in this way.”

    The WMU Simulator Lab supports the University’s capacity to undertake integrated training in maritime safety, security and contingency planning as well as to better coordinate research activities and promote synergies between interdisciplinary researchers, while strengthening WMU’s research capacity. The lab has supported several projects relating to the development of innovative 3D virtual maritime safety simulation platforms, integrated navigation and engine room systems to improve safety, search and rescue, crew-centred design and operations of ships and ship systems. WMU’s Simulation Laboratory was inaugurated in 2012 thanks to a substantial grant from the TK Foundation, the purchase of the equipment through the generosity of simulator manufacturers Rheinmetall Defence Electronics (RDE) GmbH and with enhancements from Kongsberg.

    The visit was also an opportunity for Mr. Klingen and the delegation to meet with WMU students supported by fellowships from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure of Germany. They are currently funding five students in the Class of 2018 and five in the Class of 2019. Eight of the students are women.

    During the afternoon of his visit, Mr. Klingen confirmed the interest of Germany to partner with the WMU-Sasakawa Ocean Institute. Germany has already donated EUR 100,000 to support the Ocean Institute.

    The Federal Republic of Germany is one of the world's leading exporters and the most important transit country in the heart of Europe. With its infrastructure linking more than 700 million people, Germany benefits in particular from a meaningful, effective playing field that is based on uniform standards complemented by harmonization and uniformity in the interpretation and implementation of Conventions and Regulations.

    Between 1990 and 2017, the Carl-Duisburg-Gesellschaft (CDG) funded 279 MSc Fellowships, the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) funded 5 Fellowships and the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) funded 17 Fellowships. Mr. Kitack Lim, the first IMO Secretary-General and WMU Chancellor to be an Alumnus of the World Maritime University was funded by a CDG fellowship.

    In addition to the generous fellowship support, the Federal Republic of Germany has also made a contribution of USD 66,000 to support the purchase of technical equipment for WMU’s e-learning lab in June 2016. In October 2016, as the Guest of Honour at the WMU graduation ceremony, Mr. Klingen announced a 1 million Euro contribution to the WMU Endowment Fund.




2019 January 23

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
13:15 Fincantieri to build LCS 31 for US Navy
12:53 Gdynia, Poland to host Transport Week 2019 on March 5-7
12:31 MOL moves to establish 'Asahi MOL Tankers' for pool operation of MR Product Tankers
12:14 DFDS expands cooperation with Turkish Ekol Logistics
11:45 ABP invests £2.2 million in new agribulk terminal at Port of Ayr
11:17 BIMCO: only international action will stop increase in piracy
10:52 4 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on January 21-22
10:30 Severnaya Verf will build four more trawlers for Norebo
10:16 Ocean Alliance Day 3 З Product : CMA CGM ready for third phase starting in April 2019
09:38 Brent Crude futures price down 0.97% to $62.12, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.8% to $53.61
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,092 points

2019 January 21

21:25 Nine dead in two ships fire accident in the Kerch Strait
18:15 Port of Oakland hails shipping lines, terminal for clean air work
17:36 Evac acquires of UK service company Transvac
17:06 High Speed Transfers signs contract for third Damen FCS 2710 fast crew supplier
16:35 DFDS starts trials of Jinling Shipyard’s newbuild
16:05 Prototype most powerful wind turbine in the world Haliade-X 12 MW installed at Maasvlakte this summer
15:36 Incentive Scheme Climate-Friendly Shipping launched today
15:29 Yang Ming provides new China-Malaysia direct service
14:55 Szczecin-Świnoujście Port Complex handled over 28.6 million tonnes of cargo in 2018, up 12.5% Y-o-Y
14:33 Incat to build a new ship for the Government of Trinidad and Tobago
14:03 CMA CGM joins to the world’s largest operational agreement extention
13:27 Algoma receives full refund for shipbuilding contracts with Uljanik and 3Maj Shipyard
13:13 ESL Shipping strengthens its Chartering team
12:46 Leonid Mashaev appointed as Acting General Director of “State Customer’s Directorate for Seaborne Transport Development Programmes”
12:18 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 14,769 in RF spot market
11:49 Dublin Port’s сargo volumes up by 4.3% in 2018
11:22 FESCO and ZIH launching a container train from Germany to China through the Far East
10:55 14 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on January 20-21
10:27 TransContainer announced its preliminary operating results for the fourth quarter and the full year of 2018
10:04 Brent Crude futures price up 0.41% to $62.94, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.43% to $54.28
09:40 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in 2018 grew by 2% Y-o-Y to 14.05 million tonnes
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,112 points

2019 January 20

16:08 Subsea 7 acquires multi-purpose offshore construction and dive support vessel
15:03 TEPCO and Ørsted sign MoU to work jointly on offshore wind projects
13:51 Major contract for JSS awarded to Montreal-based company