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Education and Training the Theme for World Maritime Day

Image: IMO

International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has launched this year’s World Maritime Day theme, “Maritime education and training”, telling students and staff at the World Maritime University (WMU) that maritime education and training was essential for the long-term sustainability of the sector, both at sea and on-shore. The World Maritime Day theme provides a focus for year-round activities while the day itself is celebrated at IMO Headquarters and around the world in the last week of September.

Glickman to Take over as ZIM CEO

File photo: ZIM

Eli Glickman has been nominated by ZIM Integrated Shipping Services’ board of directors as the container carrier’s new president and CEO. Glickman will assume the role July 1, replacing current CEO Rafi Danieli, who last year advised that he would be stepping down. Danieli led ZIM as CEO for the past eight years, and before this held various positions at ZIM, including CFO and deputy CEO. “It has been a privilege to lead ZIM during the most difficult times the industry has ever faced,” Danieli said.

Bollinger Appoints Bowen to Head Patrol Boat Program

Charles "Skip" Bowen

Bollinger Shipyards appointed Charles "Skip" Bowen as Program Manager for the FRC “Sentinel” Class Patrol Boat building program at Bollinger’s Lockport facility. Bowen joins Bollinger following a 32 year career with the United States Coast Guard, culminating with the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, from 2006 to 2010. As the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, Skip served as a senior advisor to the Commandant of the Coast Guard. His various duties included service on the senior Flag level Leadership Council


Bollinger Names Bowen VP Government Relations

Charles "Skip" Bowen

Bollinger announces the appointment of Charles "Skip" Bowen as Vice President Government Relations. Mr. Bowen joined Bollinger in April 2011 as Program Manager for the FRC “Sentinel” Class Patrol Boat building program at Bollinger’s Lockport facility, following a very successful 32 year career with the United States Coast Guard, culminating with the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, from 2006 to 2010. As the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, Skip served as a senior advisor to the Commandant of the Coast Guard.

Foss Names Sumner CFO

Bryceon Sumner (Photo: Foss)

Bryceon Sumner has joined Foss Maritime as chief financial officer, hired to oversee all aspects of the organization's financial function and performance. Sumner brings to the role years of experience gained at a number of organizations ranging from education technology and real estate, to architecture and financial services. Prior to joining Foss, Sumner served as COO and CFO for public and private companies, family offices and as a senior financial officer of a $60 billion government banking insurance fund.

MarTID: The Global Maritime Training Survey

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In a coming edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News, we explore modern training and “blended learning” techniques with Murray Goldberg, CEO of Marine Learning Systems, maker of MarineLMS. A researcher and developer of learning management systems, Goldberg’s software has been used by millions of people and companies worldwide. Here Goldberg explains the scope and important of a historic new annual survey, The Maritime Training and Insights Database (MarTID) (www.martid.org/survey).

Lloyd’s Register Funds Arctic Shipping Research Center

MV Nordic Barents and icebreaker 50 Years of Victory (Photo courtesy Lloyd's Register)

Aalto University, together with three other universities, has received significant funding for an international Research Center of Excellence for Arctic Technology from Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF). After an extensive international tendering process for fundamental research projects, LRF has established a Research Center of Excellence in Arctic Shipping and Operations. The Center will be headed by Aalto University. Also taking part are Helsinki University, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU (Trondheim) and Memorial University of Newfoundland (St. John's, Canada).

Mongolian Citizens to be Trained in Rosneft Partner Universities

Russian president Vladimir Putin and the president of Mongolia Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj

Rosneft Chairman of the Management Board Igor Sechin and Minister for Education and Science of Mongolia Luvsannyam Gantumur signed an Agreement to arrange the training of citizens of Mongolia in partner universities of Rosneft. The signing ceremony was led by Russian president Vladimir Putin and the president of Mongolia Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj in Ulan-Bator. Rosneft will assist to organization of teaching process for Mongolian citizens at Russian universities, which includes covering expenses on education, migration formalities, domestic transport, accommodation, food, and scholarship.

EIMA Signs MoU with World Maritime University

Emirates International Maritime Academy (EIMA), has announced the signing of a MoU on academic cooperation with World Maritime University (WMU), an educational agency operating under the auspices of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). This landmark event supports the vison for EIMA which has been established with the objective of becoming the Gulf’s Centre of Excellence for maritime education & is already considered a leading institution in this field. His Excellency Khamis Juma Buamim


Dr. Doumbia-Henry Named WMU President

Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry (Photo: IMO)

Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry has been appointed president to head the World Maritime University (WMU), as announced by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and university. Dr. Doumbia-Henry will be the seventh WMU president and will be the first female in the role. Dr. Doumbia-Henry, who has dual Dominican and Swiss nationality, is currently director of the International Labor Standards Department, of the International Labor Office of the International Labor Organization (ILO). She is expected to assume office as WMU President, in Malmö, Sweden, in July.

India to Roll Out Second Maritime University Next Year

Photo: Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB Ports)

India will soon get its second maritime university, Gujarat Maritime University (GMB), which will primarily be focusing on the commercial maritime courses. According to sources, the first course likely to be rolled out in 2018. The government of Gujarat has already given an in-principle approval for the establishment of the university. The new Gujarat Maritime University will focus on commercial maritime courses instead of technical programmes that are being offered in over 130 Indian training institutes and the existing Indian Maritime University, say sources.

Student-Built Robotic Boats to Compete

College Students from the United States and Canada will bring their robotic boats to Virginia Beach to compete for up to $20,000 in prize money. The event, the second International Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV) Competition, is being sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research and the Washington, DC-based Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Foundation. The competition will occur June 18-21 at the Founder’s Inn and Spa in Virginia Beach. The small lake on the resort’s property will be turned into the site of a simulated shipwreck of a ferry boat with passengers awaiting rescue. The student-built boats will be challenged to navigate a treacherous series of dangerous reefs and dock with the sinking ferry to rescue the passengers.

CIGI's New Man to Lead Arctic Governance Project

John Higginbotham: Photo credit CIGI

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) appoints John Higginbotham as senior fellow. At CIGI, an independent, non-partisan think tank on international governance, Mr. Higginbotham will play a key role in leading CIGI’s global security project on Arctic governance. Mr. Higginbotham is also a senior distinguished fellow at Carleton University, where has he been working on the Arctic, China and the United States as well as a transportation studies initiative drawing on the strengths of Carleton’s Faculties of Business, Public Administration and Engineering.

ABS Nautical Systems Donates Software to Panama University

ABS Nautical Systems (ABS NS) donated its NS5 Fleet Management Software to the International Maritime University of Panama (UMIP). The donation includes the Maintenance & Repair, Purchasing & Inventory, Crew Management, Quality & Compliance and Replication Manager modules of the NS5 software suite. The modules will be woven into the existing student courses as real-world examples, thus giving students exposure to the software throughout their educational program. “Our curriculum is designed to prepare future officers for the practical challenges they will face throughout their maritime careers," says Acting President for the university Victor Luna. “Our students will now experience first hand the management programs already in use on thousands of vessels," he adds.

Barwick AMEC Director, Angola Ops

Photo courtesy AMEC

AMEC, the international engineering and project management company, announced today that Kirk Barwick will serve as Director of Angola Operations for Paragon Angola Engenharia e Serviços, Lda., the company’s joint venture with Prodoil Exploração e Produção de Hidrocarbonetos, S.A.R.L. (Prodoil). Barwick, who has been with AMEC for 31 years, will be responsible for business development and execution responsibilities on all of AMEC’s Angolan projects, including ExxonMobil’s Kizomba Satellites, Chevron’s Area A Gas Management Program and other recent awards.

SpecTec Donates AMOS Licenses to MMA

Massachusetts Maritime University(MMA)and SpecTec have entered into a Cooperation Agreement in which SpecTec has agreed to donate AMOS licenses for MMA's Teaching & Training courses. This is the first license donation partnership with a Maritime Academy in the US for SpecTec. International partners include Dalian Maritime University, National Taiwan Ocean University and Italian Maritime Academy. MMA has extended an invitation to SpecTec CEO, Giampiero Soncini to visit the campus in 2009 for a formal signing event. Massachusetts Maritime Academy's programs include Marine Transportation, Marine Engineering, International Maritime Business, Facilities Engineering, Marine Safety and Environmental Protection, and Emergency Management.

RS Bolsters Education, Science and Production Ties

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) said it is actively strengthening partnership in key areas of enhancing maritime transport safety. In 2014, meetings of four sections of the RS Scientific and Technical Council (STC) were held. Scientific and educational centers, shipbuilding and shiprepair yards, shipping companies and other organizations of the maritime industry participated in the RS Scientific and Technical Council sections: St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University, Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping, St. Petersburg State Marine Technical University (SMTU), Krylov State Scientific Center, OAO Rosmorport, OAO Severnaya Verf, OAO Admiralteiskie Verfi, Nevsky Shipyard, Shipbuilding & Shiprepair Technology Center.

ENSTA Bretagne wins SAUC-Europe ‘16 at CMRE

ENSTA Bretagne Team  Photo CMRE

Team ENSTA Bretagne from France won the 11th edition SAUC-E competition, the Student Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Challenge - Europe. The 2nd prize went to the Tom Kyle team, from the University of Applied Sciences of Kiel (Germany). The UNIFI team with the robot Marta from the University of Florence was awarded the 3rd prize. The other prizes were awarded to: the AUGA team, from the University of Vigo with ACSM, that won the “Collaborator Award”; the ROBOTUIC team, from International University of Canarias


Climate Change Impacts on Ports and Trade

Ports are likely to be affected directly and indirectly by climate changes, such as rising sea levels, extreme weather events and rising temperatures. Climate change and its impact on ports will be the theme of the upcoming United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Expert Meeting that will take place from the 29th to the 30th of September. Over 80 per cent of world trade volume is carried by sea. International shipping and ports provide crucial linkages in global supply-chains and are essential for the ability of all countries, including those that are landlocked, to access global markets. Given ports’ strategic role as part of the international trading system


International Maritime University Pacts with Latin America

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has announced that International Maritime University of Panama (UMIP) has been selected to host the regional Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre (MTCC) for the Latin America region, under an ambitious project, funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by IMO, to help mitigate the harmful effects of climate change. Under the Global MTTC Network (GMN) project, UMIP will host MTCC-Latin America. The selection of UMIP followed a competitive international tendering process. UMIP joins MTCCs in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.

SNAME Partners on Center to Train Naval Systems Experts

The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) announced that a program dedicated to the training of future naval systems engineers will soon be realized. A $3.2m contract awarded May 6 from the Naval Sea Systems Command, which includes five additional years of optional extensions that could add up to $49.9m, will establish a Naval Engineering Education Center (NEEC) Consortium in partnership with fifteen leading US colleges and universities, SNAME and the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE). For over a century SNAME has been the international society for practitioners of the maritime arts and sciences. The Society has long supported educational opportunities to advance the state-of-the-art in naval architecture


Superior Energy Appoints New Executives

Superior Energy Services, Inc. announced that Patrick Zuber has been appointed Executive Vice President, International Sales, and Charles Hardy has been named Executive Vice President, Marine Services. Mr. Zuber resides in Dubai. During the past 12 years he held various international business development positions at major oilfield service companies. Mr. Zuber has also served in a range of management, business development, and engineering positions for both service and exploration and production companies over his career that spans more than 25 years.

SMU-DNV International Cooperation Centre

Shanghai Maritime University (SMU) and DNV have signed a strategic partnership agreement to establish the “SMU-DNV International Cooperation Centre. The objective is to further expand and deepen the existing relationship between the parties and thus advance the development of the Shanghai International Shipping Centre. According to the strategic partnership agreement, Shanghai Maritime University and DNV will use the SMU-DNV International Cooperation Centre as a platform to strengthen cooperation in the areas of competence development, training, maritime research and development, scholarships, etc., thus contributing to the growth of the Shanghai International Shipping Centre. At the same ceremony, Jörg Beiler was appointed visiting professor of SMU by Yu Shicheng.

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