General News

Tuesday 30th September 2014

1845 for 1900 hours

   Celebrating World Maritime Day

       Gill Craigie Lecture Theatre, Roland Levinsky Building

     Plymouth University

The International Maritime Organisation has developed some 53 conventions which aim to ensure that international shipping keeps up to date with safety and technological advances. The best known Convention is the ‘Safety of Life at Sea Convention’, initiated after the sinking of the RMS ‘Titanic’ in 1912. Establishing an International Convention means little unless it is implemented and enforced by national authorities, such as the Maritime and Coastguard Agency of the United Kingdom. This year the theme for World Maritime Day is ‘IMO Conventions – Effective Implementation’

The key regional professional maritime organisations, including The Nautical Institute, Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology and the Royal Institution of Naval Architect, supported by Plymouth University Marine Institute are celebrating the Day with an evening event at which Captain Des Howell will give a talk titled ‘Ship Registration and Quality of Shipping’

Captain Howell has a width of experience. In 1995 he was appointed Director and Chief Surveyor of the Isle of Man Ship Registry and Marine Administration. In 2009 he became Director and Chief Surveyor of the Bermuda Department of Maritime Administration followed by a period with the Antiguan Department of Marine Services. He recently returned to the United Kingdom where he has established a consultancy business ‘H4 Maritime Limited’ in Plymouth providing services to Flag States and ship owners.

The event is FREE and light refreshments and opportunity for networking will follow.


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