Guest Lecture by Mr. Dwight C. R. Gardiner

WMU was delighted to welcome Mr. Dwight C. R. Gardiner, Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the IMO, who delivered a lecture to all students on 20 October.

Mr. Gardiner is one of our eminent graduates - Maritime Safety Administration, Class of 1990 - and took as one of the themes of his lecture his time at WMU and its impact on his subsequent career.  He also examined the challenges facing his country, a major flag State, and the Caribbean region as a whole.

ICOPAS 2011 - Conference Summary

On 17-19 October, the World Maritime University and the International Maritime Organization hosted the International Conference on Piracy at Sea (ICOPAS 2011) in Malmö, Sweden. The Conference featured presentations from over 40 subject matter experts representing militaries, governments, special interest groups, academia, and non-government organizations. Over 400 individuals participated in the Conference.

ICOPAS 2011 - Malmö Declaration

During the Conference, all attendees worked diligently on a Conference declaration to summarize the discussions at the Conference as well as commit resources and expertise in solving this complex issue. Upon consensus of the Conference attendees, the MALMÖ DECLARATION was adopted and can be viewed below.
WMU is grateful for the sponsors and the overwhelming support from maritime stakeholders to make this event an overwhelming success, not to mention bring the issue of piracy and the effects on seafarers and their families to the forefront.

ADOPTMAN presented at "ISIS 2011" in Germany

The 8th International Symposium "Information on Ships" with speakers from Canada, Korea, Japan and other European was held in Germany's historic Hanseatic city Hamburg on 15th and 16th September. The World Maritime University was represented by , Dr.-Ing. Michael Baldauf, the coordinator of the Swedish-German EU project ADOPTMAN, presented his paper on the technical development of e-Navigation related solutions for enhanced onboard support in case of a person overboard accident.


From 5 to 9 September, a project workshop on Flag State Implementation was held at WMU, organised by Dr Jens Schröder-Hinrichs, under the auspices of the SafeMed II project.

TeamSafety Meeting

The partners in the EU research project, TeamSafety, met in Dublin on August 24 and 25 to review progress and to co-ordinate the next steps and activities in the project. The partners were welcomed to Ireland by the Mayor of Dun Laoghaire, Councillor John Bailey. WMU’s Michael Baldauf is leading the project, which aims to develop an innovative 3D virtual team-training maritime safety simulation platform to meet the latest EU safety requirements for sea and seafarers’ emergency response training.

China Classification Society Visit

WMU received a group of 8 from the China Classification Society (CCS) led by Mr. Li Kejun, Chairman and President in Malmö on 1 August. The other participants were Mr. Zhu Kai, Vice President, Mr. Yang Guang, General Manager of Legal Department, Mr. Chen Daoyu, General Manager of International Cooperation, Mr. Li Hua, President CCS European Center, and Mr. Shan Xuejun, General Manager of Göteborg Office. In addition, the CCS team was accompanied by Mr. Wang Hongwei, Director of International Organizations Division of the Ministry of Transport of PRC and a 2002 graduate of WMU.