IMO Welcomes Adoption of Sustainable Development Goals

By MarEx 2015-09-28 19:24:50

IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has welcomed the adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the U.N. as an ambitious set of targets with the potential to transform the world.

“I truly believe that the sustainable development goals provide a clear pathway for the future of the world. Along the way to growth and prosperity for all, international maritime transportation will of necessity be a key player, supporting trade and helping to build and expand economies,” Sekimizu said.

“The IMO stands ready to support the further development and implementation of the SDGs and I am confident that all IMO Member States will engage in discussions on how best to realize them, thorough IMO’s work, particularly through the IMO Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme.”

The United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on Friday adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets, to follow on from and build on the millennium development goals (MDGs), which were agreed by governments in 2001. The Summit, which concluded on Sunday, was attended by several Heads of State which during the Summit further discussed how to implement the SDGs.

The SDGS are intended to be integrated and indivisible and to balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental. The SDGs form part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity which seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. It recognizes that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.

The IMO has a comprehensive technical cooperation program which supports the effective implementation of those global standards (including those relating to maritime safety and security and prevention of pollution form ships) through capacity building activities. Technical cooperation projects and programs also serve to strengthen and promote the maritime transportation industry in developing countries, including those which provide the international labor force for shipping.

International shipping is inherently indispensable for economic growth and sustainable development and therefore indirectly plays a role in all of the SDGs. However, three of the SDGs have particular resonance for IMO:

Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

The IMO participated in the Sustainable Development Summit and has been engaged in the development of the SDGs through various mechanisms including the U.N. Chief Executives Board, which gathers together all the heads of the specialized agencies of the U.N.

The IMO has also developed the concept of a sustainable maritime transportation system, which identifies the various imperatives that must be met to implement an SMTS, and the activities that will need to be undertaken to achieve them. The concept was developed to draw attention the vital importance of shipping, but also highlight that cooperation is needed amongst all maritime stakeholders to realize the potential.

“IMO’s role in the U.N. system is to set standards for international shipping, an international transportation system which supports sustainable development across the globe, moving goods including food and energy at low cost. IMO fully supports an agenda aimed at discouraging unilateral economic, financial and trade measures order to ensure growth for all,” Sekimizu said.

“I would also like to welcome the fact that the 2030 agenda calls upon partnerships not just amongst countries, but also other stakeholders including the private sector. IMO has been working with many different partnerships in its global and regional projects and I look forward to further strengthening these links.”

The Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries

Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*

Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development


Latest Oscar-Class Container Ship Christened

By MarEx 2015-09-28 18:40:59

On Saturday September 26, MSC welcomed 500 guests to the new MPET Container Terminal, in the port of Antwerp, to celebrate the christening of MSC Maya.

The fourth Oscar-class container ship of 19,224 TEU is named after Maya Aponte, the four-year-old daughter of Diego Aponte and Ela Aponte. MSC Maya follows the recent deliveries of MSC Oscar, MSC Oliver and MSC Zoe, which are all named after the grandchildren of the company’s founders Gianluigi Aponte and Rafaela Aponte.

The ceremony started with the customary exchange of crests between the ship’s master, Kreso Orsic, and selected guests.

Addressing the guests gathered on the quayside Diego Aponte, MSC’s President and CEO, said that Belgium holds a special place in the hearts of the Aponte family. Aponte explained: “MSC was founded in Belgium in 1970. My parents had a single conventional ship and five thousand U.S. dollars.” Aponte then took a moment to highlight the importance of family “I believe it is through this kind of moment that we can hand down to future generations the passion of the sea and shipping. I truly hope that MSC will be a family story for many generations to come.”

After the speeches, Monseigneur Bonny and Father Van Hoof performed the blessing before little Maya cut the rope to set the huge bottle of champagne on its way.

The Aponte family and their guests then took a tour of MSC Maya and inaugurated the ship’s bridge with a ribbon cutting. Maya, Oscar and a few of MSC’s senior managers took great delight in sounding the ship’s horn.

The vessels are equipped with a modern, low fuel consumption diesel engine which has been optimized so that fuel consumption can be automatically controlled to take into account both speed and weather conditions, and they have a broad optimal speed range for enhanced operational flexibility. They have a double hull structure that provides additional strength and resistance for heavy cargo loads in all weather conditions.


Singapore Invests Heavily in Maritime Future

By MarEx 2015-09-28 15:45:05

The City-Nation of Singapore has invested millions of dollars in infrastructure and reclamation projects in an effort to become a LNG bunkering hub. The port, which is already the largest bunkering port in the world, wants to be a top LNG destination for LNG by 2020.

Singapore’s Maritime Port Authority (MPA) and the Sectoral Tripartite Committee for Transport has earmarked about S$8 million for maritime training programs. The maritime training program will be funded by SkillsFuture, which is a Earn-and-Learn jobs program.

The City-Nation wants to create more than 1,200 new jobs for mariners and port operation personnel. Graduates of the program will receive a sign-on incentive of S$5,000 when they complete the year-long training. And, employers will be eligible for grants of up to S$15,000 per trainee. Singaporeans already working in the maritime industry will also get grants to further their skills.

A monetary award of up to S$2,000, will be offered to candidates who complete shipboard training and become junior deck and engineering officers. Singaporean marine officers, with higher-class certificates, can also receive grants of up to $3,000 to continue their education and upgrade their licenses.

About half of the S$8 million investment will go to the Maritime Singapore Connect Office, a maritime related education and career guidance center, which will be managed by the Singapore Maritime Foundation. The remaining $4 million will go towards subsidies and cash rewards for job candidates.

The Singaporean maritime industry employs more than 170,000 people and accounts for about seven percent of GDP. Since 2007, about S$115 million has been committed to the Maritime Cluster Fund–Manpower Development (MCF-MD) program, which supports maritime companies in the development of manpower, training initiatives and building capabilities.


Somalis Want Pirates Repatriated

By MarEx 2015-09-28 15:24:10

The Federal Government of Somalia has demanded that Kenya return of 92 imprisoned pirates due to what it considers poor living conditions. Somalia’s ambassador to Kenya, Gamal Mohamed Hassan, submitted the demand after recently visiting the Shimo La Tewa prison.

The Somali prisoners were convicted for hijacking vessels Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden.

Hassan hopes the two nations can reach an agreement. According to reports, there are more than 1,000 incarcerated Somalian pirates throughout the world.

In July, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) approved the repatriation of 62 Somali pirates detained in Kenya as part of its Piracy Prisoner Transfer Program. UNODC has detention facilities Puntland and Somaliland to facilitate prisoner transfers.


More Wind Power for U.S. Atlantic Coast

By MarEx 2015-09-28 15:17:41

The U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has confirmed it will auction 344,000 acres of the ocean floor off the New Jersey coast for offshore windmill development. BOEM said the area can support 3,400 megawatt turbines and generate enough energy to power 1.2 million homes and business when fully developed. The Feds plan to auction two leases from November 9 to November 13.

The government has already granted $14.5 million in wind leases for projects off the coasts of Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maryland and Virginia. Construction has already begun on the Rhode Island project.

BOEM recently approved an offshore wind energy leasing project off the North Carolina coast for about 480-square mile area in the Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic Seaboard has a shallow seabed as well as largest energy demand areas in the nation.