Maritime Decarbonization Executive Training Delivered in South Africa

From 5-8 February in Cape Town, the World Maritime University (WMU) led an Executive Professional Development Training Course on Maritime Energy Management and Decarbonization coordinated by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) and the National Department of Transport.

WMU was represented by Professor Aykut Ölcer, Head of the Maritime Energy Management Specialization, and Associate Professor, Fabio Ballini. The aim of the intensive course, designed under the auspices of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and delivered by the WMU experts, was to equip maritime executives and policymakers with cutting-edge knowledge and skills in energy management and maritime decarbonization strategies. In addition to developing an understanding of the challenges within decarbonization, the course also addressed actionable solutions. Participants explored the latest developments in alternative fuels, renewable energy technologies, and energy efficiency measures. The interactive sessions, including the workshop on “Shipping and Port Energy Management: Strategies and Governance”,  provided a hands-on approach to learning, encouraging the exchange of ideas and best practices.

The training emphasized decarbonization as an opportunity and encouraged participants to embrace a renewed commitment to sustainability and innovation, equipping them with practical knowledge to implement effective decarbonization measures within their operations. The training also underscored the critical role of leadership in fostering a culture of sustainability and setting the stage for transformative change across the maritime industry.

Delivery of the EPDC demonstrates one way in which WMU meets the needs of the maritime industry in addressing complex issues through training interventions and capacity building. It's about steering the maritime sector not just towards compliance with global standards but towards a future where sustainability is integral to every decision and action.

WMU has led numerous Executive and Professional Development Courses (EPDCs), training thousands of maritime professionals in various locations around the world. Providing mid-career professional updating on a wide range of topics, and delivered in Malmö, or at a location chosen by the client, EPDCs offer participants the opportunity to meet the challenges of a fast-changing industry. 

For information about WMU's Executive and Professional Development Courses, click here.

About Maritime Energy Management at WMU

Delivery of the maritime decarbonization EPDC supports WMU’s commitment to the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, in particular Goal 4 focused on education, Goal 7 focused on affordable and clean energy and Goal 13 focused on climate action. Through cutting-edge education and research in the Maritime Energy Management (MEM) field, WMU works towards a holistic approach to maritime decarbonization in support of achieving sustainable, zero/low-carbon and energy-efficient maritime and ocean industries. 

The philosophy behind MEM at WMU is that the inevitable maritime energy transition is an opportunity for the industry. WMU’s MEM educational offerings include the groundbreaking MEM MSc specialization that was introduced in 2015, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Energy delivered by distance learning. WMU’s Maritime Energy Management Research Priority Area focuses on the fundamental understanding of energy in a maritime context and the application of evidence-based knowledge across the field from ships to ports, and from oceans to shipyards, to ensure the cost-effective, safe and environmentally friendly use of resources. The book Trends and Challenges in Maritime Energy Management, was published in 2018 as an outcome of the International Conference on Maritime Energy Management (MARENER 2017) hosted at WMU in 2017. It was one of the most downloaded books in its category in 2018. WMU also offers a  Summer Academy course focused on maritime decarbonization. 

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