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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.