DOJ: Vessel Operator Admits Pollution
United States Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux, Jr., announced that, yesterday, CLEOPATRA SHIPPING AGENCY, LTD., a Greek vessel management company, pled guilty to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships and was sentenced to pay a $300,000 fine and serve a three-year term of probation requiring implementation of an environmental compliance program. U.S. District Judge James J. Brady ordered that $150,000 of the fine be awarded to the CLEOPATRA employee who reported the violation to the United States Coast Guard. In pleading guilty, CLEOPATRA agreed to the following facts.
ITF Welcomes New WMU President
The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) said it has welcomed today’s announcement that Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry is to be the next president of the World Maritime University (WMU) in Sweden. ITF general secretary Steve Cotton said, “This is great news, not just for the university but also for shipping and seafarers. Cotton added, “This job demands a world of knowledge, and she has it. The ITF is a long-time supporter of the World Maritime University, including financially via its charity arm…
Maritime Labor Convention to Commence on August 20
The International Labor Organization (ILO) will mark the coming into force of its historic Maritime Labor Convention, 2006, on August 20, 2013. The ILO Convention, known as “MLC, 2006”, will establish minimum working and living standards for seafarers and be an essential step toward ensuring fair competition and a level-playing field for quality shipowners flying the flags of ratifying countries. To mark the day, the ILO will organize a panel with high-level representatives of seafarers…
KSA Donates $50,000 to World Maritime University
Yesterday in Malmö, Sweden, the Korean Shipowners’ Association (KSA) made a donation of $50,000 to the World Maritime University. The donation was handed over by KSA chairman, Youn-jae Lee, at a ceremony attended by Cleopatra Doumibia-Henry (president designate of WMU) and Neil Bellefontaine (current president). WMU moved into Malmö city earlier this month and KSA’s donation will be used to furbish the university’s cafeteria which has now been named KSA Hall. KSA said it maintains strong relationships with WMU as more than 80 Korean shipping professionals have graduated from the university.
MPC Acquires Two Vessels
Oslo-based boxship owner MPC Container Ships has agreed two more secondhand purchases. "MPC Container Ships ASis pleased to announce that it has entered into agreements to acquire “Annika” and “Antigoni”, two 987 and 1,049 TEU vessels built in 2008 at Daesun Shipbuilding, South Korea," said a press statement from the company. The total purchase price for the two vessels is USD 16.1m. Physical takeover of the vessels is expected to take place in January 2018, lifting the fleet of the Company to 41 vessels.
MarTID Survey Closing Today
January 31, 2018 is the deadline for the first global survey for the Maritime Training Insights Database (MarTID), giving the industry one last chance to take 20 minutes and become a part of this historic initiative. The partnership was started more than a year ago, a partnership solidified in the summer of 2017 in the office of Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President, World Maritime University, Malmö, Sweden, with the signing of an MoU with the World Maritime University, Marine Learning Systems and New Wave Media, publishers of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News and MarineLink.com.
Seafarer's Congress Warned MLC Could be a 'Paper Tiger'
Dr Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, of the International Labour Organisation doubted effectiveness of Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006. Delegates at Apostleship of the Sea's 23rd international congress in the Vatican were told that the MLC 2006 was simply a tool that had to be used wisely. "But if not used or improperly used may be of little consequence - the so called 'paper tiger'; or it may even cause harm, if only because it is then very difficult to mobilize the political will to replace an international instrument.
IMO Maritime Labour Convention Closer – Poland Ratifies
Poland is the 26th ILO member State and the seventh EU member State to have ratified the Convention. Poland has a fleet of over 180 vessels and supplies over 22,000 seafarers to international shipping while in 2011 it was the world’s sixth largest ship-building country for cargo carrying ships. In welcoming the ratification of the MLC, 2006 by Poland, Ms. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, Director of the International Labour Standards Department, stated: “The ratification of the MLC, 2006 by Poland…
Dr. Doumbia-Henry Named WMU President
Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry has been appointed president to head the World Maritime University (WMU), as announced by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and university. Dr. Doumbia-Henry will be the seventh WMU president and will be the first female in the role. Dr. Doumbia-Henry, who has dual Dominican and Swiss nationality, is currently director of the International Labor Standards Department, of the International Labor Office of the International Labor Organization (ILO). She is expected to assume office as WMU President, in Malmö, Sweden, in July.
Milestone Ratifications of Seafarers’ Labor Rights Charter
The ILO’s Maritime Labour Convention has now been ratified by 30 countries, meaning it will go into effect in a year’s time. The charter sets out the labour rights of the world’s 1.2 million seafarers. The ILO has received the 30th ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006) fulfilling the last condition for the first global standard that spans continents and oceans to go into effect in a year’s time. “This is great news for the world’s more than 1.2 million seafarers,” said ILO Director General Juan Somavia.
Expanded World Maritime University Campus Inaugurated
Expanded premises for the World Maritime University (WMU) were inaugurated on Monday, May 19, 2015 in Malmö, Sweden, by IMO Secretary-General and WMU Chancellor Koji Sekimizu. WMU is an international educational institute for the maritime community, operating under the auspices of IMO. At close to 6,000m2, WMU’s new facility is nearly double the size of the previous Malmö campus. It provides a new auditorium, multiple research laboratories, seminar rooms and video-conferencing capabilities for hosting international conferences.