• 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.


2019 October 21

18:25 Navios Acquisition announces $15 mln offering of common stock
18:02 Temasek subsidiary plans to acquire 30.55% of shares in Keppel
17:50 Two LNG-powered Sovcomflot tankers successfully completed voyages along Northern Sea Route
17:36 Anglo-Eastern signs Cyber MOU with Naval Dome
17:13 Guard ship "Yaroslav Mudry" of RF Navy’s Baltic Fleet made business call in Limassol
17:05 Blockchain and DNA-based marine fuels tracking solution BunkerTrace goes live
17:02 Castor Maritime announces vessel acquisition
16:40 Yaroslavsky shipyard launches diving ship '75 Let Pobedy’ built for Transneft UW Service
16:21 Ministerial Conference pushes ratification of Cape Town Agreement
16:16 ACO Marine secures order to design and manufacture a Clarimar MF-3 biological wastewater management system for installation to the luxury yacht
16:09 ABB to bring autonomous technology to the Port of Singapore
16:02 Hunter Group ASA announces delivery of Hunter Saga
15:39 TransContainer reports 9M’19 net profit of RUB 10.426 million, up 68.3% YoY
15:02 Epic Gas completes major refinancing of twenty ships
14:47 Port of Baku becomes first Green Port in Caspian region
14:13 Sulphur 2020: stakeholders prepare for a sea change from 1 January 2020
13:52 USPA starts accepting applications for participation in concession tender of “Olvia Stevedoring Company”
13:34 ABP is ‘calling on all UK technology companies’ to drive innovation
13:13 Innovative vessels visit port of Brussels
12:39 Ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge initiate merger negotiations
12:12 Aker Solutions and EDP Renewables to develop floating wind farm in Ulsan, South Korea
11:55 Port of Singapore throughput in Jan-Sep’2019 declined by 0.5% to 467.9 million tonnes
11:36 Port of Rotterdam posts Q3 2019 results
11:19 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 6.5% to 13.68 million TEUs in Jan-Sep’2019
11:00 CMA CGM launches SHIPFIN TRADE FINANCE, its new range of import and export financing solutions
10:48 Port of Helsinki volumes in January-September down 3.3% to 11.16 million tonnes
10:33 Damen partners with Maris to consider seaweed solution
09:51 One-stop principle is crucial for yachting development in Russia - Igor Levitin
09:30 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.29% to $59.25, Light Sweet Crude – fell by 0.13% to $53.8
09:24 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Oct 21
09:12 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,855 points

2019 October 20

16:05 EDPR and Aker Solutions to develop 500MW floating wind farm in Ulsan, South Korea
15:25 Coast Guard updates port conditions in Gulf Coast region
14:47 Siemens Gamesa bags three new contracts for 359 MW in Chile
13:41 Fincantieri begins project for stretching three small cruise ships of Windstar
12:34 MSC introduces new Spanish rail service for reefer cargo
11:03 USCG, Mexican Navy search for overdue aircraft in Gulf of Mexico
10:12 DOE authorizes LNG exports from the Venture Global Plaquemines LNG Project

2019 October 19

16:12 Bibby Marine appoints Helen Samuels to lead the company into its next phase of development
14:58 Med Marine is building new concept ice class tugs for Svitzer
12:34 Sohar Port & Freezone inaugurate new Svitzer pilot boat duo
11:44 USCG offloads more than $92 million worth of cocaine in San Diego
10:49 Singapore company slapped with NOK 7 million fine in the Harrier case

2019 October 18

19:19 New port icebreaker named Ob delivered to FSUE Atomflot
18:54 Port Kolomna hosted ceremony of consecration for pusher tug named Sergey Kladko
18:31 RF Ministry of Transport to expand area banned for navigation near Crimea bridge
18:12 Northwest Seaport Alliance’s Clean Truck Program earns AAPA environmental award
17:57 NUTEP Container Terminal handled three millionth TEU since its operations started in 2004
17:38 Expert RA affirms its ‘ruA’ non-financial company credit rating on DeloPorts
17:13 Port of Virginia buys 25 new hybrid shuttle carriers
17:00 First grain shipment via Sabetta port expected in July 2020 – RF Ministry of Agriculture
16:46 Onezhsky Shipyard delivers buoy tender of Project 3265 named Ladozhsky
16:20 ERMA FIRST invests in METIS Cyberspace Technology
15:45 International organizations unite at IMO
15:14 "K" LINE, MOL, & NYK share data with ONE through the common data platform "IoS-OP"
14:49 Main engines loaded onto lead ship of PV22 project at Nevsky Shipyard
14:12 ESPO publishes European port sector’s Environmental Report 2019
13:53 Blagoveshchensk shipyard resumed construction of modernized seiners of Project 1338
13:32 Total launches its first LNG bunker vessel
13:12 SBM Offshore successful bidder for partner’s minority ownership in SBM Offshore operated FPSO companies