IMO Visiting Lecturers on Member State and Maritime Administration Obligations

MSEA and MLP students learn from IMO experts, Mr Brice Martin-Castex and Mrs Leedwine David Pichon.

Among maritime universities, the World Maritime University (WMU) has an unprecedented connection to the International Maritime Organization (IMO). WMU is established within the framework of the IMO, and WMU students have exceptional opportunities to interact with IMO experts who share their knowledge and expertise as visiting lecturers, complementing the core instruction by resident faculty. IMO experts recently provided lectures relating to the IMO Member State Obligations course in the Maritime Safety and Environmental Administration (MSEA) specialization, as well as the  course on Introduction to Roles and Obligations of Maritime Administrations for the Maritime Law & Policy Specialization (MLP). 

Experts from IMO’s Department for Member State Audit and Implementation Support included Mr Brice Martin-Castex, Acting Head, and Mrs Leedwine David Pichon, Implementation Support Officer, interacted with the MSEA and MLP students on 27 January. Mrs David Pichon delivered two different lectures via video conferencing on the subject of Casualty Investigation and IMO GISIS Database for students in the MSEA, and MLP specializations. Mr Martin-Castex provided the introductory remarks and contributed insights to the topic throughout the discussions. 

The content of the lectures focused on the importance of reporting on marine casualty investigation as well as with respect to the legislative framework. The role of IMO was addressed in terms of the analysis of the casualty investigation reports referring to lessons learnt as well as integration in the rulemaking process. Available reporting tools and database exchange protocols were also discussed.

Dr Sascha Pristrom, Technical Officer for IMO’s Subdivision for Marine Technology and Cargoes, addressed the MSEA students on 2 February. Dr Pristrom presented about IMO Goal-based standards (GBS) relating to standards and procedures that are required to be met through regulations, rules and standards for ships. Insights provided by Dr Pristrom included the development, verification, implementation and monitoring of GBS as well as the principles, history and concept of GBS construction standards. Specific examples discussed included the IMO Polar Code, the IGF Code and GBS for bulk carriers and oil tankers.

Mrs Tatjana Krilic, Head, Member State Audits for the IMO Department for Member State Audit and Implementation Support, addressed the MSEA and MLP students on 3 February regarding Insights on the IMO Member State Audit Scheme (IMSAS). Mrs Krilic presented the background and evolution of IMSAS and discussed the experience of member States, audits, and auditors. Using examples of current audit work, she presented the challenges faced regarding the implementation of IMSAS as well as the lessons learned. 

The Malmö MSc in Maritime Affairs is a 14-month programme with seven specializations: Maritime Education & Training; Maritime Energy Management; Maritime Law & Policy; Maritime Safety & Environmental Administration; Ocean Sustainability, Governance and Management; Port Management, and Shipping Management & Logistics. Foundation studies are taught in the first term and cover the introductory knowledge that is fundamental to all activities in the maritime field. Three successive terms focus on specialization studies and a dissertation. WMU has more than 150 Visiting Lecturers annually from around the world who contribute their expertise to enrich the education of WMU students.

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