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Report on GlobalMET ECDIS Workshop, Mumbai, India
21 August 2018

On behalf of its members, GlobalMET organized a Workshop on ECDIS in August 2018. Titled “Living with ECDIS”, the workshop was conducted by United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) at The Classique Club, Mumbai.

The day long workshop included presentations from and discussions with Thomas Mellor, Clive Loh, Kim Moh Lee from UKHO. Common issues related to ECDIS including legal requirements, ECDIS maintenance, chart data considerations, ECDIS management, ECDIS failure and future developments were discussed in detail.

Common issues related to ECDIS, troubleshooting and practice advice on their addressal were discussed in a question and answer session with attendees, which included a number of maritime trainers. Case studies based on real situations were showcased.

The conference was attended by more than 60 maritime trainers, shore personnel, experts and sailing officers. GlobalMET members received a discount for attending the same.

If you would like GlobalMET to conduct conferences and webinars on any particular topics, please tell us using the contact form on this website.

Marine HR and Education – Today & Beyond

A report on the GlobalMET India Conference 2017 Presentations

Held in Mumbai, on 3rd and 4th November 2017
Three elements are required to work in tandem to ensure the success of any conference:
the right mix of knowledge (the speakers), the right delegation and the right platform to bring the above two together.
This is exactly what GlobalMET managed at a dynamic and knowledge rich conference held in the coastal city of Mumbai on 3rd & 4th November 2107 This was not the first conference by GlobalMET in India, although it surely became one of the largest held so far.
That said, it was for the first time that speakers and delegates from over 10 maritime nations including USA and China came over to India for such a conference.

It was overwhelming to see the delegates and speakers share valuable knowledge, not only during the sessions and presentations, but, also at the exhibition area The sessions were laid out in the following format:

Day 1 – Session 1 – Maritime Training Standards – Regulatory Framework

This was an excellent ice breaker which saw representation from the DG Shipping of India, IMO and the US Coast Guard on a common platform for the first time. Chairmen of GlobalMET and IndiaMET welcomed the delegates and also shared their vision of Marine HR and Education in the future

  • Photo 1 : Capt. Ashok Mahaptra from the IMO spoke on the recent changes in MSC and MEPC affecting seafarers.
  • Photo 2: Mrs. Malini Shankar (Directorate General of Shipping) discussed key issues and solutions with the delegates
Day 1 – Session 2 – Manning & Training in Premier Crew Supplying Countries

An unmatched session, where representatives from Ukraine, Philippines, China and India shared the latest updates and status of the recruitment and training of Human Resources in their countries

  • Photo 3: The speakers included eminent personalities form the world of shipping
  • Photo 4: Panel discussion on Day 1
  • Photo 5:Book launch of "Spirituality leadership competency model" by Capt. Ajay Achuthan (Synergistic solutions):
  • Photo 6: The speakers share a lighter moment with our sponsors
  • Photo 7: Awards were presented to a number of personalities including Mr. Haroun A Yusuf
  • Photo 8: The event included an evening Indian classical music ‘tabla and sitar jugalbandi’ performance for the benefit of the guests

The attendees were also welcomed to the grand IndiaMET awards, where the pillars of Maritime Training and Education in India were awarded. The audience was entertained with authentic Indian Classical Music and Dance Performances, making it a fun filled evening

Day 2 – Session 1 – Use of E-Technology in Navigation, Communication & Training

From the use of advanced simulation, elearning to gaming technology with the use of virtual/augmented reality – this session had the participants at the edge of their seats. It was time for the industry to unanimously agree that the seafarer of tomorrow will go beyond books and classroom for his/her training needs. The stage also welcomed updates on latest communication solutions available for mariners and developments in the offing

Day 2 – Session 2 – Monitoring Performance of Shipboard Operation

From latest information on the much spoken about Ballast Water Management Systems to the increase in number of women seafarers – this session was a perfect signing off note for the future to come

  • Day 2 – Session 1 – Use of E-Technology in Navigation
  • Capt. Pradeep Chawla (Chairman, GlobalMET) and Prof. Liu Zhenjiang (Dalian Maritime University, China)

All the sessions were perfectly modulated by esteemed panelists who kept the audience and speakers together and added a huge amount of value to the conference. A special session was conducted to discuss the role of women in shipping.

  • Photo 10: A discussion on the role of women in shipping
  • Photo 11: Speakers on day 2
Photos of some of our speakers –

GlobalMET will continue their endeavors to hold such conference at various global locations and raise the bar each time The event was curated by Offing Group Private Limited, a bespoke company from India. Catch further glimpses of the event in the Photo Gallery section of the GlobalMET website.

Current & Past Projects
Current & Past Projects

CHED

As per BIMCO (2016) and UNCTAD (2016), Philippines is the second largest provider of seafarers worldwide. 215,500 seafarers of the world fleet are from the Philippines, a nation with more than 100 maritime institutes. However, professionals have voiced a growing need for the syllabus employed in these training institutes to be made more current and improved upon. As per many ship owners, this is not an option, but rather a necessity if Filipino seafarers are to continue to hold their good in the world scenario.

In response to this need, GlobalMET has been involved in discussions with the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in order to work with them and other stake holders and assist in finding solutions to the current issues that they face. With its knowledge bank and expertise of more than 100 institutional members and more than 1000 maritime lecturers, GlobalMET is committed to providing mutually beneficial solutions to issues facing the maritime training sector.

GlobalMET has already conducted workshops in the Philippines since 2013 for maritime lecturers with active support from the TK foundation and the Nautical Institute, helping maritime educators in the Asia pacific use newer pedagogic methods in imparting learning.

On 26 October 2015, as part of the TKF GlobalMET Continuing Professional Development Programme (CPDP), a joint program consisting of a series of workshops was declared by CHED. This was conducted by GlobalMET with support from the TK foundation under the auspices of CHED in the Philippines. Officials, employees and students from maritime higher education institutes participated in the programs that were conducted and this was received well by the industry.

If you would like to collaborate with GlobalMET on this, please contact the Chairman Capt. Pradeep Chawla using the contact form on this website, or by sending an email to secretariat@globalmet.org  |  globalmet.secretariat@gmail.com with the subject “Interest to participate in projects”

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Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Agencies as well as ship owners have spoken of the need to improve the training standards in a number of nations. At the same time, seafaring is a rewarding career and can provide respite to the increasing problem of unemployment in many countries.

Keeping this in mind, the Fisher report on human resource development in the Asia pacific implored governments and bodies to improve the standards of maritime training establishments in the Asia Pacific to be able to utilize its rich human potential as an answer to the worldwide shortage of qualified seafarers.

GlobalMET has been involved in trying to find solutions by working with stakeholders including the Asian Development Bank (ADB). We have been in discussion with ADB regarding this and hope that this will bear fruit, thus alleviating poverty in developing nations in the Asia Pacific.

GlobalMET has already conducted workshops in the Philippines since 2013 for maritime lecturers, through grants from the TK foundation thus helping them use newer pedagogic methods in imparting learning. We hope that through discussions with ADB, this can be taken further to its next logical level, thus improving training standards in the Asia Pacific.

If you would like to collaborate with GlobalMET on this, please contact the Chairman Capt. Pradeep Chawla using the contact form on this website, or by sending an email to secretariat@globalmet.org  |  globalmet.secretariat@gmail.com with the subject “Interest to participate in projects”

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Sargasso Sea

Sargasso Sea is located in the North Atlantic Ocean, and is the only sea without a land boundary. Named so due to the free floating weed “Sargassum”, the Sargasso Sea is of particular importance due to the high variety of marine species found within it, including turtles, shrimp, crab and fish. It is also the spawning site for species such as the European eel and American eel, white marlin, Porbeagle shark (Lamna nasus) and dolphinfish (also known as mahi-mahi and not at all related to the dolphin). Humpback whales often migrate through this region.1

Sargasso Sea is bounded by four ocean currents, thus forming an ocean gyre called the North Atlantic gyre. Unfortunately, this has resulted in a high concentration of plastic garbage from shore as well as ships. Also known as the ‘North Atlantic garbage patch’, it has a density of over 200,000 pieces of debris in every square kilometer.2

GlobalMET members were of the opinion that this issue needs to be better highlighted and awareness needs to be increased, especially among seafarers.

Hence we jointly launched the “Sargasso sea poster” project in 2011 in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Nautical Institute with support from Maritime Technical Services (MTS). A poster was made in 2012 highlighting the issues related to Sargasso Sea, and was received well by the maritime fraternity, with over 1000 orders for these posters from various entities.

Today, the Sargasso Sea poster can be found in training institutes around the world as well as on the navigational bridge of a number of merchant ships. We received notes of appreciation from a number of organisations including Capt. Kuba Szymanski of InterManager. In an event at MEPC 64 in October 2012, the Sargasso Sea poster was showcased at the IMO jointly by GlobalMET, WWF , The International union for the conservation of nature and the Nautical Institute.3

This poster is part of the Seafarer Environmental Awareness project (SEA). It is our small way of saying “We care”.

References:

1National Ocean Service (2017). What is the Sargasso Sea? NOAA.

2Gill, Victoria (24 February 2010). "Plastic rubbish blights Atlantic Ocean". BBC News.

3MEPC 64/INF.24, International maritime organization. 11 October 2012.

The 36" x 30" Sargasso poster is available on MTS website at USD per poster

www The Sargasso Sea project on the Nautical Institute website

www The Sargasso Sea project on the WWF website

www The Sargasso Sea project on the MTS website

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Participate in a GlobalMET Project

GlobalMET is keen on collaborating with industry bodies and partners to find solutions to issues related to the maritime sector.

We look forward to joint research partnerships with educational institutions and maritime associations.

We also conduct research and write reports on a large variety of maritime topics, thanks to our varied knowledge bank and expertise of highly qualified maritime personnel.

If you would like to collaborate with GlobalMET on a project, we would be keen to hear from you. Please contact our Chairman Capt. Pradeep Chawla or our Research head Capt. Sriram Rajagopal using the contact form or through the secretariat (email: secretariat@globalmet.org  |  globalmet.secretariat@gmail.com. Please remember to give a brief outline of your proposal in your message.

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Partnerships
Partnerships

GlobalMET strongly believes in the use of collaborations to improve maritime education and training (MET).

To do this, we work closely with organizations in the maritime sector, other associations, training providers, NGOs, maritime institutions and universities.

We are also in the process of signing Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with various entities.

For details, please contact the Chairman (chawlapk@angloeastern.com) with a cc to the Secretariat (secretariat@globalmet.org ).