• 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 July 20

12:51 Ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles host Clean Truck Program Rate Workshop
11:37 USCG responds to oil slick near Port Aransas, Texas
10:56 Wallem introduces cloud-based software for simpler workflows

2019 July 19

18:10 NYK holds fleet safety promotion conferences for shipowners and ship-management companies
18:04 Incat Tasmania exports new 111 metre ferry to Spain
17:49 World's largest air-cushioned landing craft takes part in Navy Day parade rehearsal in Baltiysk
17:25 Caspian Flotilla ship crews prepare for Naval Parade
17:03 FortisBC secures first export contract for Tilbury LNG facility
16:22 Project documentation for construction of Nizhny Novgorod hydroengineering facility completed - Victor Vovk
16:03 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to East and South Africa
15:50 East Mining Company to invest RUB 11.5 billion in development of its coal project in Sakhalin
15:33 Moby names Damen ASD Tug 2813 Vincenzino O. in Cagliari
15:12 Cargotec posts financial report for January–June 2019
14:47 Blagoveshchensk shipyard completed state trials of hydrographic survey vessel of Project 19910
14:33 NYK recognized for implementation of advanced navigation support tool
14:12 Global Ship Lease announces new charter agreement
13:51 150 graduates of Moscow State Water Transport Academy awarded with diplomas
13:30 RF Government includes NOVATEK’s LNG terminal project into area planning scheme
13:12 Port of Long Beach releases draft Master Plan update
13:07 Epic Gas Ltd. completes acquisition of two vessels of four LPG carriers
12:24 USCG finds federal fisheries violations aboard 5 recreational fishing vessels
12:11 IMO Council condemns tanker attacks in Strait of Hormuz and Sea of Oman
11:31 Naval Group reports order intake growth in H1 to 3.9bn euro
11:14 Ice-breaking LNG carrier for Yamal LNG Project named NIKOLAY URVANTSEV
10:58 Minister of Transport of Malaysia visits World Maritime University
10:26 Saudi Arabia accedes to two important IMO treaties
09:55 Bunker prices are slightly down at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:50 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, July 19
09:33 Brent Crude futures price is up 1.91% to $63.11, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.48% to $56.12
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is up to 2,130 points

2019 July 18

18:05 Future expectations for MPS Terminal 3 in the port in Tema outlined with Government delegation
17:24 PGNiG acquires interest in another gas field in the North Sea
17:18 DNV GL supports 2020 sulphur compliance with online Ship Implementation Plan
17:05 OOCL announces new Middle East / Indian Subcontinent – North Europe Service
16:35 Consortium including DEME and Jan De Nul explores pioneering high-wave offshore solar technology
16:07 Large maritime market players join hands to create high-wave offshore solar panels
15:52 State Duma makes it easier for foreign tourists to visit Russia’s Arctic
15:35 Incat Tasmania delivers new 111-metre ferry to Spain operator Naviera Armas
15:18 Hapag-Lloyd launches South-East India – Europe Express Service // IEX to start operations in October 2019
15:01 Operation ATALANTA welcomes ESPS CANARIAS
14:26 Bunker prices are slightly down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
14:00 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Selina with Ausca
13:44 PortNews Media Group's anniversary celebration photo release
13:22 Aleksey Khaidukov as President of Novoship
13:00 Global Ports Holding invites proposals for Duty Free and Travel Retail operations at Malaga, Zadar, Cagliari and Catania cruise ports
12:47 East Mining Company eyes arranging offshore transshipment of coal in Kamchatka under Tata project
12:09 Wärtsilä posts financial results for January-June 2019
11:53 Construction of LNG-powered icebreakers to be financed by NOVATEK – Vyacheslav Ruksha
11:31 RF Deputy PM Maksim Akimov set a task to begin dredging in the Gulf of Ob not later than on 1 August 2019
11:09 Port of Muuga strengthened with new ferry connection to Finland
10:48 Primorsky MRC terminal to offer fully closed transshipment of loose cargo
10:30 MAN Energy Solutions gets subsea compression FEED order from Chevron
10:09 Port of Lowestoft names new state-of-the-art pilot boat
09:56 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, July 18
09:50 APM Terminals Callao launches Peru’s first digital customer platform
09:34 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.17% to $63.77, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.02% to $56.79
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is up to 2,064 points

2019 July 17

18:13 USCG responds to boat collision, assists 4 injured
17:55 LNG vessels to protect environment and increase container turnover at the Port of Riga
17:32 YAMAL LNG obtains certification for the new ISO 45001:2018 and confirms compliance with ISO 14001:2015