Transport Canada and WMU partner to support Canada’s Ocean Protection Plan
On 27 October, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in Ottawa by Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President of the World Maritime University (WMU), and Ms. Lori MacDonald, Assistant Deputy Minister, Safety and Security, Transport Canada (TC). The MoU sets out the framework under which WMU will complete research for a comparative study of marine medical certificate issuance that supports TC’s review of related regulations and policy framework under Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan. The MoU signing was witnessed by WMU Professor Neil Bellefontaine, Vice President (Academic) and Dr. Lawrence Hildebrand, Professor, Canadian Chair and Head of Ocean Sustainability, Governance and Management.
“WMU has long-standing ties with Transport Canada and we are pleased to strengthen our relationship further by conducting this important research that supports the health and well-being of seafarers. They are the life-blood of an essential global industry, with 90% of world trade carried by sea,” stated President Doumbia-Henry.
“The findings of this research by the World Maritime University will greatly benefit Canada’s work towards enhancing marine safety under the Oceans Protection Plan,” added Ms. MacDonald.
TC, with Environment and Climate Change Canada, has provided long-standing support to WMU, with the establishment of the Canadian Professorial Chair in Marine Environment Protection in 2006. In addition, TC has supported WMU research, as well as field studies to Canada for WMU students, and has sent senior members of its staff to WMU as visiting professors and speakers for events such as the International Conference on Safe and Sustainable Shipping in a Changing Arctic Environment (ShipArc 2015).