UN Secretary-General on Beating Climate Change
Beating climate change and achieving the targets set in the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda are the two defining challenges of our time, according to former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who warned against rising unilateralism."In times of increasing discord, I believe that achieving the UN SDGS and meeting the Paris Climate Change Agreement are two efforts that should unite all nations, all industry and all civil society," Ban said, addressing an audience of representatives of International Maritime Organization (IMO) Member States…
IMO Newcomer Belarus Accedes to Further Treaties
Just one week after becoming the 172nd member state of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the Belarus has acceded to three IMO treaties covering a variety of ship safety measures, including conventions on load lines and facilitation of maritime traffic. Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus to the U.K., Sergei Aleinik, met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim at IMO headquarters in London on December 5 to deposit the instruments of accession. Belarus deposited its instrument…
UN Welcomes IMO Steps to Limit Emissions
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki moon has welcomed the steps agreed upon today by the members of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to address greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping. According to a statement issued by Mr. Ban's spokesperson, the steps include: efforts to limit sulphur emissions; a mandatory data system for fuel consumption; strengthened implementation of energy-efficiency regulations; and a road map for developing by 2023 a comprehensive IMO strategy on reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships.
Arctic Indigenous Leaders Meet IMO Secretary-General
The safety and environmental impact of arctic shipping was on the agenda as International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim received a delegation of arctic indigenous leaders at IMO Headquarters, London (25 October). In the first meeting of its kind, a wide-range of issues surrounding climate change and the subsequent increase in number of ships operating in arctic waters were discussed. Secretary-General Lim outlined IMO’s work in this field, in the form of IMO’s Polar Code, which will enter into force in January 2017.
World Maritime Day 2016 – Shipping: Indispensable to the World
Shipping is indispensable to the world. That is the message being shared around the world today (29 September), as International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the global maritime community celebrates the annual World Maritime Day. World Maritime Day is an official United Nations day. Every year, it provides an opportunity to focus attention on the importance of shipping and other maritime activities and to emphasize a particular aspect of IMO's work. Each World Maritime Day has its own theme.
Day of the Seafarer: Ban Spotlights Sustainable Agenda Targets
Marking the Day of the Seafarer, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the role of the shipping industry in moving forward the international agenda on sustainable development and climate change. “The world is now embarking on carrying out twin plans for the future that have the potential to transform our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change. Both can be advanced through actions of the shipping industry, giving added meaning to this year's commemoration of the Day of the Seafarer,” Mr.
Countries Must Do More to help Greece with Migrant Crisis - U.N. chief
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on Saturday for countries to do more to help cope with Europe's migrant crisis, saying Greece could not manage on its own. Speaking in Athens before heading to the Greek island of Lesbos, the gateway into Europe for nearly a million people last year, Ban said Greece had shown "remarkable solidarity and compassion" in dealing with the hundreds of thousands of migrants fleeing war, despite its economic hardship. "Greece should not be left alone to address this challenge on its own…
UN Secretary-General Visits IMO
On February 3, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for ship safety, maritime security and prevention of pollution from ships. Ban met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim and IMO’s Senior Management Committee, also addressing representatives of IMO Member States and IMO staff. Secretary-General Ban highlighted the role that IMO and the maritime sector had to play in translating landmark agreements such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development…
Maersk Group Welcomes the Final Paris Agreement
The Maersk Group welcomes the final Paris agreement among some 195 countries, covering more than 90% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The Group is however disappointed that the outcome does not regulate the environmental impact of shipping. Climate change was the buzzword around Paris the last two weeks as over 100 world leaders and 40,000 delegates attended a landmark climate conference in the French capital. The final agreement at the 21st annual occurrence of the Conference of Parties to the United Nation’s Convention on climate change…
China Won't Cease Building on S. China Sea Isles
China said on Sunday it will continue to build military and civilian facilities on its artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea and the United States was testing it by sending warships through the area. "Building and maintaining necessary military facilities, this is what is required for China's national defence and for the protection of those islands and reefs," Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin told a news conference in Kuala Lumpur. China planned to "expand and upgrade" the civilian facilities on the islands "to better serve commercial ships…
IMO’s Sekimizu Condemns People Smugglers
Prompted by recent incidents in which hundreds of migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe have lost their lives, including dozens found dead in the holds of the ships that were carrying them, International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has voiced strong condemnation and refreshed calls for concerted action to tackle people smugglers. Sekimizu noted that smugglers were sending people to sea in craft that were totally unsuitable for passengers and crowding them on board to levels that were completely unsafe.
Transport Ministers Summit Kicks off in Germany
Key topics of this year’s summit will be centered on transport and climate change as a milestone to the COP 21 climate change conference in December 2015. The Annual Summit of transport ministers from around the world will take place in Leipzig, Germany from May 27-29, 2015, under the Presidency of New Zealand. The theme of the 2015 Summit is Transport, Trade and Tourism. Transport ministers from all over the globe will gather in Leipzig for the two-and-a- half day Annual Summit to discuss the role of transport in a world of growing global trade and rapidly expanding tourism. They will be joined by more than 1,000 participants from around 80 countries during the Summit.
Expanded World Maritime University Campus Inaugurated
Expanded premises for the World Maritime University (WMU) were inaugurated on Monday, May 19, 2015 in Malmö, Sweden, by IMO Secretary-General and WMU Chancellor Koji Sekimizu. WMU is an international educational institute for the maritime community, operating under the auspices of IMO. At close to 6,000m2, WMU’s new facility is nearly double the size of the previous Malmö campus. It provides a new auditorium, multiple research laboratories, seminar rooms and video-conferencing capabilities for hosting international conferences.
'Mass Casualties' Unless Thailand Meets Migrant Obligations
Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia should fulfil their obligations under international maritime law by rescuing thousands of migrants adrift at sea and avoiding "mass casualties", shipping experts said on Friday. landing, despite a request by the United Nations to rescue them. "We will have mass casualties on our hands if there is not an immediate and concerted search-and-rescue operation by countries in the region," said David Hammond, a maritime law expert and founder of charity Human Rights At Sea. The migrants have been at sea in rickety boats for weeks with little water and food following a crackdown by the Thai government on human trafficking.
UN Chief Alarmed SE Asian States Turning Away Migrant Boats
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday that he is alarmed by reports that some countries in Southeast Asia may be refusing entry to boats adrift at sea with several thousand refugees and migrants. Thailand declined permission for a migrant boat to land on Thursday while Malaysia said it would push boats back out to sea. "The secretary-general urges governments to ensure that the obligation of rescue at sea is upheld and the prohibition on refoulement is maintained," U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters. "He also urges governments to facilitate timely disembarkation and keep their borders and ports open in order to help the vulnerable people who are in need," he said.
DNV GL's CEO Madsen Appointed UN Global Compact Board Member
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Dr Henrik O. Madsen, Group President & Chief Executive Officer of DNV GL, as a new board member to the UN Global Compact board, the world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative. As a Board member, Dr Madsen will join other leaders from business, labour and civil society, and serve as a champion of the UN Global Compact and its mission. He will act in a personal and honorary capacity for a period of three years, starting from 1 June 2015.
UN Security Council Concerned by Mediterranean Migrant Smuggling
The United Nations Security Council expressed grave concern on Tuesday at the growth in people smuggling in the Mediterranean Sea and deplored Sunday's deadly shipwreck of migrants trying to reach Europe that may have killed as many as 900 people. The large boat capsized off the coast of Libya as it was trying to reach the Italian island of Lampedusa. More than 36,000 people have tried to cross the Mediterranean this year, the U.N. says, most fleeing from Libya. "The members of the Security Council expressed their grave concern at the recent proliferation of, and endangerment of lives by, the smuggling of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Libya," the 15-member body said in a statement.
Ferry Safety in the Developing World
A convergence of forces makes for market opportunities for new safe ferry systems in the developing world. Need, policy, and funding are poised to provide a moment of opportunity. The expanding global economy has resulted in economic and population growth in developing world cities, resulting in horrendous road congestion. In response, governments and businesses have begun planning for intra-urban ferries wherever possible. Ferries in the developing world have a deserved reputation for being unsafe.
UN's Ban Concerned on Global Warming Action
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, expressing deep concern about slow action to combat climate change, told governments at U.N. talks in Lima on Tuesday there was no "time for tinkering" and urged a radical shift to greener economies. Ban said there was still a chance of limiting global warming to an internationally agreed ceiling of 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times to limit more floods, droughts, desertification and rising sea levels. "But the window of opportunity is fast narrowing," he told delegates from about 190 nations at the Dec. 1-12 talks working on a deal due in Paris in a year's time to limit rising world greenhouse gas emissions. "This is not a time for tinkering; it is a time for transformation," he said. "We must act now," he said.
Denmark Plans to Phase Out Coal by 2025
Denmark should ban coal use by 2025 to make the Nordic nation a leader in fighting global warming, adding to green measures ranging from wind energy to bicycle power, Denmark's climate minister said on Saturday. Denmark has already taken big steps to break reliance on high-polluting coal - wind turbines are set to generate more than half of all electricity by 2020 and 41 percent of people in Copenhagen cycle to work or school, higher than in Amsterdam. "The cost (of phasing out coal) would not be significant…
Shipping's GHG Emissions Down
The total Green House Gas (GHG) emissions from global maritime transport are estimated to have been over 20% lower in 2012 than in 2007, according to "London Matters – the official Maritime London Newsletter", citing the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). ICS reports that the global shipping industry, which transports by sea around 90% of all world trade, is thought to have produced only about 2.2% of the world’s total GHG emissions during 2012 compared to 2.8% in 2007.
Interferry’s UN, EU Input on Display in Vancouver
Two major examples of Interferry’s growing influence will be highlighted next week at the global trade association’s 39th annual conference in Vancouver. CEO Len Roueche will report on his nomination to a new UN high level advisory group on sustainable transport, while executive director for European Union and IMO affairs Johan Roos will explain a breakthrough by ferry operators in obtaining EU funding to help them comply with the low sulphur rules that enter force in Emission Control Areas next January.
Happy World Maritime Day!
Established in 2005 by a UN resolution on a recommendation from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), World Maritime Day is an annual celebration – usually during the last week of September – that aims to draw attention to the challenges and importance of maritime issues in the management of the global economy. “At a time when the world is beset by conflict and crisis, it is easy to forget that, day in and day out, the international shipping industry works quietly and efficiently to keep the wheels of global trade in motion and ensure the timely delivery of the goods and commodities…