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Tuesday, 22 September 2015

World Maritime Day 2015, September 24

Maritime education and training - World Maritime Day 2015

 Tema de 2015 : " Educación y formación marítima."
 Thème 2015 : « Éducation et formation maritimes »

United Nations Secretary-General's Message on World Maritime Day 2015.

Through the millennia, shipping has united the world by carrying the goods and commodities that underpin the global economy. Today, shipping is a modern, highly technical, professional discipline that requires a great deal of skill, knowledge and expertise from the maritime workforce. The mariner of today cannot learn the skills required for success simply through work experience or learning on-the-job. A safe, secure and clean shipping industry can only be built on effective standards of education and training, which is the theme for this year’s World Maritime Day.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO), the UN specialized agency for maritime safety and environmental protection, has a long and wide-ranging involvement in maritime education and training.
The basic requirements for seafarer training, certification and watch-keeping on an international level are contained in an IMO convention known as the STCW Convention. In addition model courses and a capacity-building framework, through affiliated educational institutions – the World Maritime University (WMU) and the IMO International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI) — help maintain a flow of high-level managers, policymakers and other key personnel into the maritime professions and maritime administrations.
Looking ahead, the human element in shipping will be increasingly important as the industry moves towards ever higher standards of safety, environmental impact and sustainability, and seeks to do its part to implement the new Sustainable Development Goals.
All of which makes the importance of training for the ships’ crews of today and the seafarers of tomorrow greater than ever before. Maritime education holds the future of shipping in its hands.
 Ban Ki-moon, U.N Secretary-General.

A message from Koji Sekimizu, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization, on the World Maritime Day 2015.

Shipping is vitally important to the global community, playing a key role in su stainable development . The world depends on a safe, secure and efficient shipping industry; and the shipping industry depends on an adequate supply of seafarers to operate the ships that carry the essential cargoes we all rely on. Shipping is highly techn ical, demanding considerable skill, knowledge and expertise from those who work in it. And it is impossible to learn everything on the job. As a truly international industry, shipping needs a global network of specialist education and training establishme nts to ensure a continuing stream of high - calibre recruits. 

Maritime education and training must be of a high and consistent quality, throughout the world. They must be skills based, competence - based and utilize the latest technology – such as simulators reflecting modern ships and up - to - date bridge layouts. But maritime education and training are not just for seafarers. M aritime education needs broad coverage . Naval architecture, marine engineering , maritime law and many other fields all require speciali st training. IMO has a long and wide - ranging involvement in the human element of shipping.

Maritime education and training are central to its work in this area. The 1978 International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers has set the international benchmark for seafarer training and education. Compliance with its standards is essential for serving on board ships. Significant amendments to the Convention were adopted in 2010 in Manila . Yet much remains to be don e by Parties to ensure effective implementation before the end of the transition period on 1 January 2017.

 Looking at the wider spectrum, IMO ' s Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme provides a capacity - building framework to assist developing countries to enhance the skills and proficiencies needed for effective compliance with IMO instruments. This, together with IMO ' s global maritime training institutions, the World Maritime University and the International Maritime Law Institute, helps maintain a flow of high level managers, policymakers and other key personnel.

We are very proud of these institutions, and of the many graduates they have produced who now hold positions of responsibility and influence within the maritime community. In the future, the human element in shipping will be increasingly important, not just for the commercial reasons but also as the industry moves towards ever higher standards of safety, environmental impact and sustainability. It is the human element that will translate new objectives in these areas into solid actions. Further effort must be made to bring new generations into seafaring as a profession. Seafaring must be seen to appeal to new generations as a rewarding and fulfilling career. It is impossible to overstress ho w important this is. 
Without a quality labour force, motivated, trained and skilled to the appropriate international standards, shipping cannot thrive. Not only that, all the many advances that have been made, in terms of safety and environmental impact, a re at risk if personnel within the industry are unable to implement them properly. The importance of training and education for the maritime personnel of today and tomorrow is greater than ever before. Effective standards of training are the bedrock of a safe and secure shipping industry, and that is why this year, " Maritime Education and Training " is our theme for World Maritime Day.

A message from Koji Sekimizu, iMO Secretary-General, on the World Maritime Day 2015.

 Forum : World Maritime Day - Last week of September.

Related Documents :

° World Maritime Day 2015 Maritime Education and Training Background paper (184 KB)
° Symposium on "Shipping's future needs people: Is global maritime education and training on course?" Agenda (CL 3558) (190 KB)

Events : World Maritime Day open mornings
IMO is hosting two open mornings, at IMO Headquarters, to promote the 2015 World Maritime Day theme.  Member States' officer trainee cadets are encouraged to attend and serve as role models for those students considering a career at sea.
The first day (22 September)  was for primary school students. The pupils enjoyed an interactive session where they learned about ships, the cargoes they carry, regulations for ships and the whole range of careers in the maritime world. They then took turns on ship simulators, loaned by ARI World, and were interviewed about what they had learned. (See photos here.) 
The second day (23 September) is for secondary school students.
Symposium: "Shipping's future needs people: Is global maritime education and training on course?"

The Symposium has been scheduled to take place from 12.45 p.m. on Thursday, 24 September 2015 at IMO Headquarters. Speakers from the shipping and maritime industry and academia will address three sessions, covering:
Session 1:  Opportunities for the young generation in the maritime industry
Session 2:  Seafaring as a profession
Session 3:  Developing seafarer skills through quality maritime education and training
IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu will open and close the Symposium. 
Member Governments, inter-governmental organization and non-governmental organizations in consultative status with IMO are invited to nominate delegates to attend the symposium.
Other events
Member Governments, the maritime industry and training centres are invited to organize their own events to support the theme.


Session 1: Enabling Technology Transfer
This session sets the scene by asking the fundamental questions: What is technology transfer? Is it simply giving direct technical assistance and know-how? Or can it be a more dynamic cooperation for joint innovation? What is the promise (or problem) behind technology transfer? How can we make legal or policy progress in the area of shipping? The session introduces participants to the hot topics of technology transfer.

Session 2: Technologies in Action
This session explores the current state of ship energy-efficiency measures, technologies and alternative energy sources. What are the latest environmentally sustainable technologies available? Which initiatives are leading the way in testing and implementing new technologies? The session looks at the current and potential role of private and public R&D.

Session 3: Perspectives on Green Ship Technology Trends
This session deals with market interests and trends that will shape technology deployment in recipient countries. Who is funding innovative maritime technologies? Will energy-efficient ships be in greater chartering demand? What are the key regulatory drivers influencing these trends? The session will provide perspectives from various stakeholders, including regulators, venture-capital firms and clean technology developers.

Session 4: The Future and How to Create it through Sustained Capacity Building
This session explores potential solutions to meeting countries’ needs in capacity-building and technology transfer. What are the future roles of governments, industry, maritime training institutions and multilateral networks for the increased take-up of maritime technologies for sustainable shipping
Parallel Event 2015
The World Maritime Day 2015 Parallel Event was held in Japan on 20 and 21 July 2015

Resources :

Review of Maritime Transport 2014 - United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

Review of Maritime Transport 2014
Maritime transport is the backbone of international trade and the global economy. Around 80 per cent of global trade by volume and over 70 per cent of global trade by value are carried by sea and are handled by ports worldwide. These shares are even higher in the case of most developing countries.

UNCTAD's Review of Maritime Transport has since 1968 provided coverage of key developments affecting international seaborne trade, shipping, the world fleet, ports, freight markets, and transport-related regulatory and legal frameworks.

The Review of Maritime Transport 2014 has 6 distinct chapters:

Chapter 1: Seaborne Trade
Reflecting a stumbling growth in the world economy, the growth in world seaborne shipments decelerated over the previous year and averaged just 3.8 per cent in 2013. In line with this growth the volume of international seaborne trade totaled nearly 9.6 billion tons.

Chapter 2: The world fleet
The 2014 issue of the Review of Maritime Transport introduces a novel analysis regarding the ownership of the fleet which draws a distinction between the concept of the "nationality of ultimate owner" and the "beneficial ownership location".

Chapter 3: Freight rates
2013 was marked by another gloomy and volatile maritime freight rates market: all shipping segments suffered substantially. The general causes of freight rates' low performance were mainly attributable to the poor world economic development, weak or hesitant demand and persistent supply overcapacity.

Chapter 4: Seaports
With world container port throughput increasing by an estimated 5.6 per cent to 651.1 million TEUs in 2013, the share of port throughput for developing countries increased by an estimated 7.2 per cent. Asian ports continue to dominate the league table for port throughput and for terminal efficiency.

Chapter 5: The legal and regulatory developments
As regards regulatory developments relating to environmental and related issues, additional guidelines to support the implementation of a set of technical and operational measures to increase energy efficiency and reduce GHG emissions from international shipping have been adopted by IMO.

Chapter 6: Small islands face special challenges
A special chapter of this year's Review of Maritime Transport focuses on challenges faced by the world's Small Island Developing States (SIDS), in line with the United Nations declaration of 2014 as the "Year of SIDS". The maritime transport services connecting SIDS to global trade networks face severe structural, operational and development obstacles. Remoteness from main global trade routes constitutes a major disadvantage in terms of cost and time, but also quality and frequency, of services that access international markets.

Safety and Shipping Review 2015 - Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty.

An annual review of trends and developments in shipping losses and safety;

° Shipping Losses : By location, type of vessel and cause
° In Review : Trends and developments affecting shipping safety
° Future challenges : Important issues and key risks

Safety and Shipping Review 2015 - Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

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