IMO Secretary-General launches 2015 World Maritime Day theme: “Maritime education and training” at World Maritime University
IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has launched this year’s World Maritime Day theme, “Maritime education and training”, telling students and staff at the World Maritime University (WMU) that maritime education and training was essential for the long-term sustainability of the sector, both at sea and on-shore.
“Effective standards of training remain the bedrock of a safe and secure shipping industry, which needs to preserve the quality, practical skills and competence of qualified human resources,” Mr. Sekimizu said, adding that the 2015 World Maritime Day theme provided the opportunity to highlight the importance to everybody, not just within the shipping industry, of there being sufficient quantity and quality maritime education and training available to meet the sector’s needs, now and into the future.
“The 1978 STCW Convention and Code, as amended, has set the international benchmark for the training and education of seafarers. While compliance with its standards is essential for serving on board ships, the skills and competence of seafarers, and indeed, the human element ashore, can only be adequately underpinned, updated and maintained through effective maritime education and training,” he added.
Addressing the class of 2015 post-graduate students, who have begun their first semester at WMU, in Malmö, Sweden, Mr. Sekimizu said that the university was a cornerstone of global maritime education and training and a vital and integral part of the IMO family.
“At IMO, we are unique among UN agencies to have two affiliated educational institutions – the World Maritime University and the International Maritime Law Institute (in Malta). We are very proud of these and of the many graduates they have produced who now hold positions of responsibility and influence within the maritime community,” he said.
Without a quality labour force, motivated, trained and skilled to the appropriate international standards, the maritime industry cannot thrive. Not only that, but all the many advances that have been made, in terms of safety and environmental impact, are at risk if those at the “sharp end” are unable to implement them properly.
While seafarer training falls to training institutions recognized and authorised by national authorities to meet STCW standards, IMO as an organization supports skills-based training events and the sharing of technical knowledge, through national and regional Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme (ITCP) training events and workshops, which provide short up-grading courses, based typically on the IMO Model Courses.
On another level, the World Maritime University and the IMO International Maritime Law Institute are at the forefront of IMO’s capacity-building strategy, supporting post-graduate training in order to maintain a cadre of high level managers, policy makers and other key personnel.
While in Malmö, Mr. Sekimizu also made a site visit to the future home of WMU in Tornhuset, the centrally located, historic harbor master’s building that is being enhanced by a dramatic new addition designed by renowned architect Kim Utzon in collaboration with Tyrone Cobcroft of Terrior Architects (Australia). The new building will be inaugurated in May 2015.
World Maritime Day
The World Maritime Day theme provides a focus for year-round activities while the day itself is celebrated at IMO Headquarters and around the world in the last week of September. Since 2005, a formal parallel event has also been held, hosted by an IMO Member State.
In 2015 the Parallel Event will be held in Japan.
IMO – the International Maritime Organization – is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.
World Maritime Day for 2015 is Thursday, 24 September.
The theme for World Maritime Day 2015 is"Maritime education and training". The theme was adopted to focus attention on the wider spectrum of maritime education and training, in particular its adequacy and quality, as the bedrock of a safe and secure shipping industry, which needs to preserve the quality, practical skills and competence of qualified human resources, in order to ensure its sustainability.
The 1978 STCW Convention and Code, as amended, set the international benchmark for the training and education of seafarers. While compliance with its standards is essential for serving on board ships, the skills and competence of seafarers, and indeed, the human element ashore, can only be adequately underpinned, updated and maintained through effective maritime education and training.
Scenes at the ‘eruption drill’ simulation exercise held at the main campus of MPCF-Legazpi with students, faculty and staff participating during the commemoration of World Maritime Day.
The booths displaying organic and healthy food stuffs at Fiesta Maritima which promote healthy lifestyle as part of the celebration of World Maritime Day at the MPCF Camarines Sur campus.
The 2014 World Maritime Week observed from September 21 to 28, 2014 was celebrated by the two Mariners schools in Bicol – the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Canaman, Camarines Sur and MPCF in Legazpi City, Albay.
Commodore Dante La. Jimenez, President of both campuses announced that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted the theme ‘IMO Convention, Effective Implementation’.
Jimenez said, “The Mariners schools have passed the final monitoring and evaluation of the Commission on Higher Education-Maritime Industry Authority (CHED/MARINA) and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) inspections. With this development, the two Mariners institutions are now among the top thirty-five (35) Maritime Higher Education Institutions (MHEI’s) in the country today”.
The schools have initiated actions relative to the theme of the IMO. MPCF Camarines Sur has adopted ‘Fiesta Maritima’ for its activity which focused on healthy living and the observance of world maritime safety as advocated by the Elsevier Foundation Grant to Mariners System - the Library for Safe Seafaring (L4SS).
Meanwhile, MPCF Legazpi conducted the ‘Eruption Drill’ as its main highlight of the celebration due to its relevance with the on-going restiveness of the majestic Mayon Volcano.
With more than Four Hundred Thousand Filipino seafarers working all over the globe, seafaring as a profession is given attention with emphasis on safety. The institution has adopted the theme – ‘Mariners: Study and Work for a Safe World’.
(Left picture)The building at the main campus of Mariners-Legazpi was one of the the venues for the eruption drill. (Left picture) Captain Steven James Diño PCGA, Commandant of MPCF-Legazpi CGA-OTC Unit directs the Eruption Drill while a TV Network interviews him about the exercise.
“An open house featured affordable healthy culinary cuisine which include the elusive organic ‘lechon’, the natural-colored rice (black, red, brown and blue). Free tastes and promotional sale of organically-produced farm products were displayed in the booths inside the campus”, said L4SS Project Adviser and BOT Member Evita L. Jimenez.
(Left picture) The ‘welcome billboard’ for the guests and (right picture), another row of tents of participating groups in the World Maritime Day celebration at the MPCF Camarines Sur campus.
At Fiesta Maritima, the public had the opportunity to listen to relevant talks on organically-produced healthy food and healthy lifestyle. Other subjects which were presented by expert-discussants include – Maritime History by the famed Bicolano Historian Dr. Danilo Gerona, Weather and Disaster at Sea and on Land by Weather Enthusiast Mike Padua of typhoon 2000.com , Meaningful Research by University of the Philippines VP for Administration Dr. Maragtas Amante and the Causes of Sea Mishaps given by a team of veteran seafarer-officers from MPCF-Camarines Sur.
Other features of the World Maritime Day celebration at the Camarines Sur campus included an early morning Fun Run, Mass, Performance Exhibition by the MPCF Band and Majorettes, Swimming, and the holding of Painting Exhibits. His Grace, Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona, O.C.D., D.D. of the Archdiocese of Caceres was the main celebrant in the afternoon Mass.
Meanwhile, the eruption drill exercise was conducted at MPCF Legazpi on September 24, 2014 – Wednesday while at MPCF Camarines Sur, Fiesta Maritima was observed the whole day on September 25, 2014 – Thursday.
The activities made the celebration of World Maritime Day more meaningful not only to the members of the Mariners community but to the community which witnessed the advocacies pushed by the Mariners Institutions and the significance of the seafaring profession to the world.
|MPCF-Camarines Sur Board of Trustees Member and L4SS Project Adviser Ms. Evita L. Jimenez (2nd from right) presides in a meeting with members of the committee in-charge of making operational the Library for Safe Seafaring. In attendance are (Counterclockwise) VP for Administration Napoleon Mangente, L4SS Documentor Eden Arenas, Librarian Marc Anthony Eva, VP for Academic Affairs Marian Her. Lazaro, Corporate Public Affairs Office Staff Dante Florendo, MPC-Naga President and MPCF- Camarines Sur Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Marilissa Ampuan, and L4SS Project OIC Dr. Edgar Despi. (Photo by Mr. Elmer Abad, CPAO, Mariners’ System)|
Canaman, Camarines Sur – The contractor which refurbished and converted the Mariners’ facility into a state-of-the-art and innovative Library for Safe Seafaring (L4SS) at the campus of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF), this province has formally turned over this competence to the school on June 14, 2014.
This library which is a grant given by the Amsterdam-based Elsevier Foundation to Mariners System is considered as advance in its category as this uses digital technology and makes the user globally- connected, with its utilization being available on-line via the internet. It is also a one-of-its-kind project among schools as Mariners is the only recipient maritime institution not only in the Philippines but in the whole of Southeast Asia.
Materials during the Workshop (Click to download)
Research and Publishing PowerPoint Presentation by Prof. Temario Rivera
|Inside the MPCF-CCS L4SS
|Electronic Research Area|
|Periodicals and Lounge|
|Charts and Newspapers|
|Some of the book shelves|
|Periodicals and Lounge|
|Map on Ceiling||Laptop Area|
|With the Project Coordinator Ms. Evita La. Jimenez
|Walkthrough on the L4SS
|During Book Donation
|Web Conference with PAMI/PAMTCI Conference