WMU Partners with IMO on Maritime Single Window E-learning Course

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has launched a new e-learning course, “Implementation of the Maritime Single Window”. Developed by IMO in collaboration with the World Maritime University (WMU) under the IMO’s integrated Technical Cooperation Programme (ITCP), the course offers comprehensive coverage to address the importance of facilitation in maritime trade and the IMO Guidelines for setting up a maritime single window (FAL.5-Circ.42-Rev.3). 

From 1 January 2024, it will be mandatory under the FAL Convention for ports around the world to operate maritime single windows (MSWs) for the electronic exchange of information required on ships’ arrival at a port, their stay and their departure. The idea of electronic data transmission via a single-entry point is to avoid duplication, thus maximizing the efficiency of maritime and port administrative procedures. 

The e-learning course is based on the IMO Guidelines for setting up a maritime single window. Through animated e-lessons, self-assessment quizzes and assignments, it covers the concepts of electronic data exchange and the MSW in the context of ship reporting related to ships’ arrival at, their stay in and their departure from port. The six modules elaborate on key aspects for the planning, implementation and operation of an MSW and provide an array of useful resources including real-world case studies. 

The course is of particular use to Maritime Administrations in the process of implementing a Single Window as it provides valuable insights into the considerations involved. Additionally, stakeholders with responsibility or interest in trade or ship facilitation will discover valuable insights for process optimization. Registration for the course is free of charge and open to the public with the goal of raising awareness and promoting the implementation of the IMO guidelines. The course is currently available in English and can be accessed via the IMO Learning Management System (LMS) platform. After successfully fulfilling the course requirements, participants can download a Certificate of Completion.

WMU continues to support the IMO in its mission to meet the evolving education, training, and capacity building needs within the maritime industry. WMU has contributed to the e-Learning course design and development to build an engaging and comprehensive learning experience for self-paced learners around the world. WMU's E-Learning Solutions services are available to anyone interested in creating similar e-learning resources. For more information, please visit https://www.wmu.se/e-learning-solutions

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