Commissioner Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. and Commissioner William P. Doyle met with representatives of the Shanghai International Shipping Institute (SISI) on September 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. Representing SISI were Professor Zhen Hong, Secretary General of SISI; Professor Zhang Jieshu, Deputy Secretary General of SISI; and Angela Xu, International Cooperation Department of SISI. The cordial discussions included an overview of China - US maritime trade, Panama Canal Expansion, China's Value Added Tax, and the proposed P3 Alliance.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) celebrated the 30th anniversary of the founding of the World Maritime University (WMU), based in Malmö, Sweden, with an event which included speeches from the current and former WMU Chancellors & the WMU President. WMU was established at the beginning of the 1980s, when IMO identified a shortage of well-qualified, highly-educated maritime experts, particularly in lesser developed nations
As the eyes of the world turn to New York City, where thousands of people are expected to gather today for a massive march in advance of a United Nations climate summit, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday welcomed UN Messenger of Peace, Leonardo DiCaprio, who he has hailed as the world body's “new voice for climate advocacy.” Mr. Ban announced the appointment of the renowned actor and dedicated environmentalist last week, telling reporters that Mr
Koji Sekimizu, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) said on the conclusion of his 5-day visit along the eastern sector of the Northern Sea Route aboard the Russian icebreaker '50 Let Pobedy' that the Polar Code would be introduced by IMO in 2014, reports Arctic-Info. The Secretary-General noted that one has to deal with much harsher conditions in the polar latitudes. It calls for special requirements
Carole Coune has officially assumed the office of Secretary General of the International Transport Forum at the OECD. As of August 1, 2011, Coune takes over from Jack Short, who is retiring, as leader of the Paris-based intergovernmental organization which brings together 52 nations. “I am looking forward to building on the accomplishments of my predecessor,” said Secretary General Coune, “and continuing the evolution of the International Transport Forum as the leading
The Multiport Ship Agencies Network held its autumn General Meeting in Hamburg this week, concluding with a well attended cocktail reception in the Atlantic Hotel for over 200 members of the Hamburg shipping community on Tuesday evening, 15th October. Peter Titchener, Secretary-General, said, "We are very proud to be back in Hamburg, one of the major centres of world shipping. We are here not only to thank everyone for supporting our member agents
The IMO and the European Commission (EC) issued a Joint Communiqué reporting on the recent meeting between IMO Secretary-General Mitropoulos and EC Commissioner for Transport Barrot. During the meeting, the parties discussed the EC’s Third Maritime Safety Package; EU competencies and IMO treaties; the Green Paper on Ocean and Seas; and EC membership of IMO and relations between the two institutions. Source: HK
IMO Secretary-General launches initiative with International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation & Lighthouse Authorities (IALA). IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu, during his closing address to the IALA VTS (Vessel Traffic Services) Symposium in Istanbul, Turkey, praised the safety record of the Turkish Straits VTS, which came into service in 2003, and encouraged IALA and VTS operators to undertake an initiative in which ports, harbours, straits and sea areas with VTS would count
The International Maritime Pilots’ Association (IMPA) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) have joined forces to update a brochure aimed at shipping companies and seafarers, reminding them of the vital need to ensure that ladders used for pilot transfers are safe and always rigged correctly. The revised brochure – ‘Shipping Industry Guidance on Pilot Transfer Arrangements’ – is supported by a wide range of other international shipping bodies
The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) has updated its forward strategy and work plan for the upcoming year at its 69th Council meeting held in Santa Margherita, Italy, chaired by Roberto Cazzulo, Chairman of RINA Services and outgoing IACS chairman. During the three days of Council high-level meetings were held with the IMO Secretary-General and Industry representatives, who participated at relevant sessions of the Council meeting
Merchant ship owners can’t cope with increasing flows of refugees trying to cross from Africa and the Middle East to countries like Greece and Italy, says a report in WSJ The number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean is putting a "disproportionate" burden on the
The European Community Shipowners' Associations has released the results of a recent update of an Oxford Economics study on the economic value of the EU shipping industry which highlights the industry’s contribution to the European Union's economy based on new data.
The huge potential of the oceans and the maritime industry to assist in the development of the African continent has already been noted, International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary General Koji Shemizu, has said. African should emulate Japan in exploiting their vast maritime
The European shipping industry contributed an estimated €147 billion to the EU’s GDp in 2013, according to a recent study The European Community Shipowners' Association (ECSA) presented the results of a recent update of the Oxford Economics study on the economic value of the EU
With global focus on the mariner courtesy of MLC2006, reinforced by a number of high profile catastrophic maritime casualties that are directly linked to “the human factor,” preliminary results from the Paris MoU should be disturbing at the least.
This year’s IAPH World Ports Conference will be held in Hamburg from June 1-5. International representatives from business, politics and science will gather in Hamburg to debate changing demands and alternative actions required in our times of globalization and climate change
Somali pirates have freed four Thai nationals seized from a fishing vessel at sea in 2010, ending the longest-running hostage drama in the Horn of Africa state, the United Nations said on Friday. At one time Somali pirates made millions of dollars in ransoms from seizing ships but
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has become the Official Global Partner of the World Corporate Golf Challenge (WCGC), the largest and longest running corporate amateur golf event. The new venture is set to expand international participation, branding and media attention
The World Ocean Council is partnering again with The Economist to help engage the ocean business community in upcoming events: For the third Arctic Summit, the WOC is working with The Economist to help ensure Arctic business community participation
International freight volumes will grow fourfold by 2050 while the average length of haul will increase by 12 percent over that time, trends that will cause a spike in global carbon emissions unless corrective action is taken. An Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) sector
Mohammad Hassan Habibollahzedeh, the new Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to IMO, visited IMO Headquarters January 28. There, Habibollahzedeh presented his letter of credentials to IMO Secretary General Koji Sekimizu.
The Presidency of the Council of the European Union has granted official patronage to the forthcoming European Shipping Week (ESW) which will be held in Brussels during March 2‐6, 2015. This support joins the European Parliament’s official patronage by its President, Martin Schulz
Crew members killed in tanker attack this month; West fears worsening violence could lead to civil war. Oil shippers face higher costs and the possible loss of insurance cover on Libyan voyages, caught in a struggle between the rival governments there and threatened by air attacks.
From 1 February 2015 a new chairman will head the Danish Pleasure Craft Safety Board. The new incumbent is Jan Thorn, who is in his everyday work Director of the Danish Maritime Authority’s division “Aids to Navigation” that is striving to enhance safety at sea for
Preliminary results from the Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on STCW Hours of Rest, carried out between September 1 and November 30, 2014 in the Paris MoU region show that 16 ships (14% of detentions during CIC) were detained over the three-month period as a direct result of the CIC for