Mr. Koji Sekimizu of Japan has been elected as the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), with effect from 1 January 2012, for an initial term of four years.
The vote took place during the 106th session of the 40-Member strong IMO Council, which is meeting from 27 June to 1 July 2011. The decision of the Council will be submitted to the IMO Assembly, which meets for its 27th session from 21 to 30 November 2011, for approval.
Emmanuel Kofi Mbiah successfully defended his thesis, "Balancing Shipper and Carrier Interests: A comparative Analysis of some Salient Features on the Rotterdam Rules and its Predecessor Treaties" on 26 March. The Examination Board was chaired by Professor Shuo Ma, Vice President (Academic), the External Examiner was Professor Emeritus Gertjan van der Ziel, Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Internal Examiner was Professor Proshanto K. Mukherjee, Vice President (Research). One of Mr. Mbiah's supervisors, Professor D. Rhidian Thomas of Swansea University, was also present.
On behalf of the World Maritime University in Malmö, our graduates and Sasakawa Fellows worldwide, past and present, I extend our heartfelt condolences to everyone at the Nippon Foundation and the Ocean Policy Research Foundation, and to all our other friends and supporters in Japan. You know our thoughts and hearts are with you and have been so since we woke on Friday morning 11 March to the terrible news of the 8.9 earthquake and aftershocks, the tsunami, the ensuing terrible loss of life and destruction, and now the threat posed by nuclear plant radiation leaks.
On 2 February, HE Ashok Sajjanhar, Ambassador of India to Sweden and Latvia, visited WMU. After discussions with the President, Professor Neil Bellfontaine, Professor Patrick Donner and Associate Registrar Sue Jackson, the Ambassador was delighted to meet with the current students from India: (from left to right) Mr Gopal Krishna Choudhary, Mr Vivek Menon, Mr Rajesh Mittal and Mr Giriraj Singh Rathod.
On February 3, HE Shunji Yanai, Judge of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in Hamburg, gave a public lecture on "Role of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in the Peaceful Settlement of Maritime Disputes " at WMU. In addition to students from the MSc in Maritime Affairs, some twenty students from Lund University and WMU staff attended the lecture, and were delighted to meet Judge Yanai at the reception following the lecture.
Five new students joined the Class of 2011 on 10 January; they had been granted advanced standing to join the accelerated 11-month programme. The group is made up of (from left to right) Abdulhusain Abdulla and Mayas Alagha, from Bahrain’s General Organization of Ports, Joseph Ake of the Nigerian Navy (funded by the Bayelsa State Scholarship Board), Jolyn Tay from Singapore’s Maritime & Port Authority, and Johan Svensson, funded by the Swedish Trust Fund.
The MaRiSa Research Group has won a third EU research project in the space of a year. TeamSafety, which follows in the wake of IMPACT and ADOPTMAN, aims to develop an innovative 3D virtual team-training maritime safety simulation platform to meet the latest EU safety requirements for sea and seafarers’ emergency response training.
WMU is leading the project which will run for two years from November 2010. The total project budget is €2.8 million, of which €2.2 is funded by the EU; WMU will receive €300,000.