• 2018 October 12 12:28

    Germany furthers support to WMU with Simulator Lab refurbishment

    On 2 October, WMU President Doumbia-Henry welcomed Mr. Reinhard Klingen, Director-General Waterways and Shipping in the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure of Germany, for a visit to WMU accompanied by WMU Governor, Professor Peter Ehlers, WMU Executive Board Member, Professor Dirk Max Johns (German Shipowners), Dr. Axel Henriksen (Schlüter Foundation for Shipping and Environmental Protection), as well as Mr. Tino Hensel and Ms. Caroline Baumgärtner (Carnival Maritime).

    WMU says the visit marked the official launch of the updated and refurbished WMU Maritime Risk and System Safety (MaRiSa) Simulator Laboratory in honour of the memory of  Mr. Günther Zade, WMU Vice-Rector from 1983-2001. The updated laboratory was made possible thanks to a  EUR 150,000 contribution from the Government of Germany. The gift included hardware, software and equipment upgrades, as well as an integrated interface connecting the Laboratory with the European Maritime Simulator Network. This interface enables the testing of Sea Traffic Management in complex traffic situations, as well as other functions.

    President Doumbia-Henry stated: “We are extremely grateful to the Government of Germany for their ongoing support of WMU. This important contribution to the WMU Simulator Lab will enhance our maritime risk and safety related research. Our students will greatly benefit from these enhanced features. The honoring of Mr Zade when WMU celebrates its 35 years is timely as he played a key role in the early years of the university, helping to shape it and enabling to  be the premier academic maritime institution it is today. We are pleased his memory is honored in this way.”

    The WMU Simulator Lab supports the University’s capacity to undertake integrated training in maritime safety, security and contingency planning as well as to better coordinate research activities and promote synergies between interdisciplinary researchers, while strengthening WMU’s research capacity. The lab has supported several projects relating to the development of innovative 3D virtual maritime safety simulation platforms, integrated navigation and engine room systems to improve safety, search and rescue, crew-centred design and operations of ships and ship systems. WMU’s Simulation Laboratory was inaugurated in 2012 thanks to a substantial grant from the TK Foundation, the purchase of the equipment through the generosity of simulator manufacturers Rheinmetall Defence Electronics (RDE) GmbH and with enhancements from Kongsberg.

    The visit was also an opportunity for Mr. Klingen and the delegation to meet with WMU students supported by fellowships from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure of Germany. They are currently funding five students in the Class of 2018 and five in the Class of 2019. Eight of the students are women.

    During the afternoon of his visit, Mr. Klingen confirmed the interest of Germany to partner with the WMU-Sasakawa Ocean Institute. Germany has already donated EUR 100,000 to support the Ocean Institute.

    The Federal Republic of Germany is one of the world's leading exporters and the most important transit country in the heart of Europe. With its infrastructure linking more than 700 million people, Germany benefits in particular from a meaningful, effective playing field that is based on uniform standards complemented by harmonization and uniformity in the interpretation and implementation of Conventions and Regulations.

    Between 1990 and 2017, the Carl-Duisburg-Gesellschaft (CDG) funded 279 MSc Fellowships, the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) funded 5 Fellowships and the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) funded 17 Fellowships. Mr. Kitack Lim, the first IMO Secretary-General and WMU Chancellor to be an Alumnus of the World Maritime University was funded by a CDG fellowship.

    In addition to the generous fellowship support, the Federal Republic of Germany has also made a contribution of USD 66,000 to support the purchase of technical equipment for WMU’s e-learning lab in June 2016. In October 2016, as the Guest of Honour at the WMU graduation ceremony, Mr. Klingen announced a 1 million Euro contribution to the WMU Endowment Fund.




2018 December 16

16:09 Navios Acquisition completes acquisition of Navios Midstream
15:23 Thun Tankers names environmentally adapted tanker Thun Evolve
13:21 Traxens trials IoT network in port environment for first time, at MSC Terminal Valencia
12:32 Executives must watch both sea and air amid trade war tensions, warns Xeneta
10:55 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from ISC to North Europe and the Mediterranean
10:11 PGNiG receives third spot delivery of US-sourced LNG at Świnoujście

2018 December 15

16:23 MOL Passenger Line receives award for outstanding performance in 'Cruise of the Year 2018'
14:53 CMA CGM to implement GRR for India East Coast-West Africa trade
13:51 CMA CGM announces LSS on services from / to China, Hong Kong and Taiwan
12:44 NYK Cruises receives Grand Prix Award for 2018 World Cruise
11:27 TT-Line places order for RoPax "green" ferry with China's Jiangsu Jinling Shipyard

2018 December 14

18:17 Hapag-Lloyd to increase rates from East Asia to Mexico, Central America, West Coast of South America, Caribbean & Panama
17:48 Petersburg Oil Terminal puts into operation its emergency response team
17:33 Vinalines to open container shipping centre next week
17:30 Fairway adjustment will simplify Elbe traffic control already next year
17:27 Final cruise ship for the year calls to the Port of Gothenburg
17:23 The MV Magda joins the Klaveness Bulkhandling pool
17:16 India’s containerised export up 10% in the third quarter of 2018
17:13 FSL Trust announces newbuilding agreement for the construction of two LR2 product tankers
17:13 Havyard project with Havila Kystruten on hydrogen-powered coastal route operations to receive over NOK 100 million in funding from Pilot-E
16:24 World Fuel Services expands bunker operations in US leading up to 2020
15:57 IMO held training workshops in Cameroon Single Window for Foreign Trade Transactions
14:49 Onezhsky Shipyard lays down self-propelled hopper barge of Project HB600
14:08 Irish Continental Group plc takes delivery of cruise ferry W.B.Yeats
13:55 WMU takes part in Ocean Literacy Conference
13:31 First in industry ADNOC co-loads LPG and propylene onto same vessel in Ruwais
13:10 WMU hosted round table discussion regarding key challenges facing IMO
12:53 Bunker market at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia shows mixed price movements (graph)
12:32 Nordic American Offshore secures contract for its PSV NAO Viking
12:11 Rosrybolovstvo supports 2nd Dredging and Hydraulic Engineering Structures Congress
11:50 Association of Commercial Sea Ports celebrates its 30th anniversary
11:24 Gazprom and Itochu sign MoU under Baltic LNG project
11:06 Scorpio Bulkers announces time charter-out agreement
10:48 Domestic ferry safety exercise conducted in Indonesia
10:25 IMO holds training for managing insecurity in west Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden
10:06 EC adds six new yards to its ‘European List of ship recycling facilities’
09:47 Brent Crude futures price down 0.61% to $61.05, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.4% to $52.37
09:25 GTT notified by HSHI for the tank design of two new LNG carriers for CMM
09:18 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,365 points
08:06 Fincantieri publishes its Sustainability Plan 2018-2022
07:14 Port of Long Beach cargo volume up to 621,835 TEU in November 2018
06:09 Mitsubishi Shipbuilding holds christening ceremony for LPG carrier "LAUREL PRIME"

2018 December 13

18:43 Coal exports via Rosterminalugol hit 19-millionth tonne mark
18:28 Port of Kaliningrad throughput in Jan-Nov rose 4% to nearly 13 million tonnes
18:25 Tideway completes installation of longest AC offshore wind export cable at Hornsea One in the UK
17:49 Hapag-Lloyd to cancel calls at Port of Bremerhaven
17:25 Building of Johan Sverdrup Phase II begins
17:19 Port of Vyborg 11-month cargo volumes soar 24% to 1.72 million tonnes
17:13 Seabridge first in Belgium to receive the SCA certificate
17:08 Jan De Nul cleans up polluted beaches along the coast in southern France
17:07 Bunker fuel prices at Far Eastern ports close the week lower
17:00 Murmansk Region will improve water safety regulations – Marina Kovtun
16:47 Port of Vysotsk cargo volume in Jan-Nov rises 6% to 16.86 million tonnes
16:36 Maersk Broker Bulk Chartering and NAODAN Chartering
16:30 Murmansk Region Governor is a member of revised State Commission for Arctic Development Issues
16:26 YILPORT Holding wins Port Operator Award at Lloyd’s List Global Awards
16:03 Rosmorport releases RFPs for design of an DF 12/14MW icebreaker
15:49 Jotun and Kansai Paint build relationship to meet marine and protective demand
15:46 Baltic Sea Ports Authority icebreakers assist merchant vessels in the Gulf of Finland
15:21 Containerships receives its first LNG-powered container vessel