Message from the IMO Secretary General

To ensure that shipping is as safe, secure, efficient and environment-friendly as it can be requires a truly global regulatory framework. Internationally applied measures adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) provide that framework, but implementing and enforcing these measures at the national level are complex and highly specialized tasks. They require special people, people with the highest possible level of relevant expertise and a deep knowledge of the subject matter.

TeamSafety Passes Midterm Review

The WMU-led research project, TeamSafety, has successfully passed its midterm progress review at European Research Agency. At the end of November, the consortium partners presented a progress report on the status of the work to date to a critical expert audience at headquarters in Brussels. The Project Officer and peer reviewers were impressed with the progress of the work and gave the green light for the continuation of the project into its next phase: to implement developed concepts for the realisation of an innovative virtual training platform for team training in maritime safety.

PDC in Casualty Investigation

From 5 to 9 December, 18 participants from attended a Casualty Investigation Professional Development Course at WMU. Dr Jens Schröder-Hinrichs, Professor in charge, was supported by Ms. Marjorie Murtagh Cooke from Robson Forensic Inc. and LCDS Mark Sawyer, USCG, during the week-long course. The participants came from 11 countries; France, Ghana, Italy, Latvia, Nigeria, Oman, Panama, Spain, Sweden Turkey and Vietnam.

Graduation 2011

On Sunday, 4 December, WMU’s Chancellor and IMO Secretary-General, Mr Efthimios E Mitropoulos, conferred postgraduate degrees on the World Maritime University’s Class of 2011. The Guests of Honour were Admiral Oscar Adolfo Arce, Commandant, Prefectura Naval Argentina, and Vice-Admiral Brian Salerno, Deputy Commandant for Operations, US Coast Guard.

WMU New Building

On 13 April 2015, WMU relocated to splendid new facilities that will provide the opportunity to work and learn in a state-of-the-art academic environment. Thanks to the generosity of the City of Malmö, WMU will occupy a multi-purpose academic complex offering almost 6,000m2, of assignable area. This will allow our M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs to grow, alongside our Professional Development Course portfolio, and enable WMU to host international conferences at the University, substantially expanding our service to the global maritime community.

INTERTANKO Ph.D. Fellowship

WMU inaugurates the INTERTANKO Ph.D. Fellowship Programme in Marine Pollution Law on 1 January 2012. The Fellowship Programme aims to develop and advance research into the growing trends of criminalising seafarers in marine pollution incidents and to examine whether such proceedings are in compliance with existing international law.

Artwei Press Release Nov 2011

ARTWEI projektet tar fasta på de fyra ovan nämnda kustområdena i södra Östersjön som alla utgör övergångszoner mellan sötvatten - bräckt vatten - havsvatten. Dessa områden har unika ekosystem och kräver ett särskilt skydd mot männsklig påverkan.

ARTWEI Press Release Nov 2011

The ARTWEI Project commenced in March 2010 and will last for three years. In mid-October 2011 the project's fourth international meeting was arranged and held at the World Maritime University.

The meeting focused on the Sound and the collaboration between Sweden and Denmark on marine issues in the strait. The question of increased marine protection in the Baltic Sea through the establishment of a marine national park or sanctuary were discussed.