On 8-9 August 2011, the World Maritime University proudly hosted a Maritime Seminar focusing on three distinct regions, West Africa, India Subcontinent and South America/Antarctica. Experts representing these regions provided insightful perspectives regarding issues and challenges facing the maritime safety, security and environmental protection in their respective regions. Each presenter provided a one-hour presentation and the Seminar ended with a panel discussion.
Björn Kjerfve, President of the World Maritime University is pleased to sign a memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on academic cooperation with Dr. Klas Brännström, Head of the Department for Shipping and Marine Technology Chalmers University of Göthenburg,Sweden. The MOU provides for opportunities for academic cooperation such as lecture exchanges,field studies and research collaboration.
Björn Kjerfve, President of the World Maritime University (WMU) is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Mr. Rolf Westerström President of the Swedish Sea Rescue Society (SRSS) on academic cooperation which will include the SRSS collaborating to development a new Search and Rescue/Water Safety Emergency Response course at the Masters level at WMU. In addition, SSRS and WMU are committed to sharing expertise via lectures and research initiatives.
Mr. Koji Sekimizu of Japan has been elected as the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), with effect from 1 January 2012, for an initial term of four years.
The vote took place during the 106th session of the 40-Member strong IMO Council, which is meeting from 27 June to 1 July 2011. The decision of the Council will be submitted to the IMO Assembly, which meets for its 27th session from 21 to 30 November 2011, for approval.
Emmanuel Kofi Mbiah successfully defended his thesis, "Balancing Shipper and Carrier Interests: A comparative Analysis of some Salient Features on the Rotterdam Rules and its Predecessor Treaties" on 26 March. The Examination Board was chaired by Professor Shuo Ma, Vice President (Academic), the External Examiner was Professor Emeritus Gertjan van der Ziel, Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Internal Examiner was Professor Proshanto K. Mukherjee, Vice President (Research). One of Mr. Mbiah's supervisors, Professor D. Rhidian Thomas of Swansea University, was also present.
On behalf of the World Maritime University in Malmö, our graduates and Sasakawa Fellows worldwide, past and present, I extend our heartfelt condolences to everyone at the Nippon Foundation and the Ocean Policy Research Foundation, and to all our other friends and supporters in Japan. You know our thoughts and hearts are with you and have been so since we woke on Friday morning 11 March to the terrible news of the 8.9 earthquake and aftershocks, the tsunami, the ensuing terrible loss of life and destruction, and now the threat posed by nuclear plant radiation leaks.