Cyber-MAR Training

The first Cyber-MAR training opportunity will take place 24-26 November addressing cyber security threats and basic concepts for reducing cyber risk in the maritime sector.

The training is suitable for cyber-security/IT experts as well as non-IT-expert personnel of ports, shipping operators and linked entities influenced by possible cascading effects to raise the cyber-threat awareness level within those organisations through hands-on training.

WMU is a Cyber-MAR project partner and is leading the training which is free of charge. Courses will be available at different levels of complexity (entry, intermediate, advanced) to accommodate trainees with various levels of experience. The registration deadline is 10:00 (CET), 15 October.

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United Nations Day

On 24 October, United Nations Day is celebrated around the world. It is an opportunity to reflect on the organization’s work on behalf of humanity, including on urgent challenges such as alleviating poverty and hunger, defending human rights and addressing the need for bold climate action.

UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being.

October 24 has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday.

To learn more about United Nations Day, click here.

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Alumni Webinar - Covid-19 and Labour: Revisiting the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006

The Covid-19 pandemic is acting as a magnifier and intensifier of existing socio-economic problems that in maritime employment found a legal answer in the International Labour Organization´s Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 as amended (MLC, 2006). This fourth pillar of the international regulatory regime for quality shipping provides for minimum labour standards to be implemented and enforced by all countries in order to ensure a level playing field. While setting out a clear allocation of responsibilities for flag States, port States and labour-supplying countries, the MLC, 2006 is a living instrument which can be amended by a facilitated amendment procedure under the Convention, thereby enabling it to be kept to date in response to development of any type.

The webinar seeks to provide insights to participants concerning seafarers´ rights embedded in the MLC, 2006, such as those related to their conditions of employment and occupational safety and health (OSH). Compliance with seafarers´ rights is key to their welfare and well-being and the MLC, 2006 requires the establishment of OSH programmes on board ships to address inter alia mental health aspects. Regrettably, compliance and enforcement of these rights are still an issue that the Covid-19 crisis has laid bare. However, the pandemic could act as a catalyst for change with respect to mental health protection and education programmes among other initiatives to effectively promote OSH onboard.

Dr. Max Mejia, Director of PhD Programme, Associate Academic Dean, Professor of Maritime Law and Policy, World Maritime University

Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President of World Maritime University
Dr. Laura Carballo Pineiro, Professor, Nippon Foundation Chair of Maritime Labour Law and Policy, Head of the Maritime Law and Policy Specialization, World Maritime University
Dr. Maria Carrera Arce, Research Associate, World Maritime University

This webinar is open to the public. To register, click here.

Covid-19 and Labour: Revisiting the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 - Webinar

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World Maritime Day

World Maritime Day 2020

"Sustainable Shipping for a Sustainable Planet" is the 2020 World Maritime Day theme. The theme provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and showcase the work that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and its Member States are undertaking to achieve the targets.

About World Maritime Day

World Maritime Day was first held in 1978 to mark the 20th anniversary of the IMO Convention’s entry into force. Celebrations are held throughout the world to focus attention on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment, and to emphasize a particular aspect of IMO's work. World Maritime Day celebrations are usually held during the last week in September.

Since 2005, in addition to the official IMO celebrations held at IMO Headquarters in London, there has been a Parallel Event hosted by a Member State.

To read more about World Maritime Day 2020, click here.

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