Director General Ports and Shipping, Ministry of Maritimes, Govt of Pakistan, Alia Shahid and other dignitaries of the shipping industry have attended the World Maritime Day 2022 mega event held at the Pearl Continental Hotel in Karachi today. This year the event got more significance for the maritime fraternity as this was celebrated with the Nautical Institute, UK’s 50th anniversary.
Alia Shahid has assured full support of the ministry for maintaining a clean shipping environment and other help as required for the seafarers.
Keeping its tradition of celebrating the WORLD MARITIME DAY for more than three decades, The Nautical Institute, UK – Pakistan Branch, in collaboration with The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, Pakistan chapter – and The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport, Pakistan, organized a one-day seminar to celebrate IMO World Maritime Day 2022.
Pakistan – 75th anniversary; Diamond Jubilee of Independence, making this year’s celebration unique for the Pakistan branch of international maritime organizations.
The theme for the year 2022, as approved by the council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is:
IMO: NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR GREENER SHIPPING
The event celebration comprised three sessions attended by well-known maritime national and foreign professionals, entrepreneurs, maritime students, Pakistan naval officers and Government officials. International participation via Zoom Meeting was arranged, and the event was attended on Zoom.
The first – Inaugural session commenced with reciting the holy Quran, followed by the speech of Maritime Industry officials.
HE KITACK LIM, Secretary-General, International Maritime Organization, a video message was displayed.
Captain Andre L. Le. Goubin, President of The Nautical Institute, presented the Presidential address.
On this auspicious occasion, the chief guest addressed the gathering and stressed emerging technologies and the importance of greener shipping for a safe future.
Captain. DURING HIS KEYNOTE ADDRESS, S. M. Ajmal Mahmoodi, Chairman, The Nautical Institute – Pakistan, stated that it is an important event celebrated globally to provide an opportunity to focus on and value the shipping and maritime industry. He thanked all for coming and attending this mega event.
At the end of the first session, ‘The Beacon of Maritime Award’ was presented to ten senior maritime professionals who devoted their lives to uplifting Pakistan’s maritime community. A special committee of PMNOA selected the nominees, and the Global Radiance Group of Companies sponsored the award.
The inaugural session concluded with the presentation of mementoes and group photos.
The Second – Technical Session was rapporteur by Captain Ali Asghar. In the session, 7 papers were presented by a different segment of the maritime industry.
Captain Saleem Alavi, President of Sea Commerce America Inc, USA, presented his paper on Alternative Marine Fuels: Focus on Methanol as GHG friendly alternative fuel for the transport industry,
Simon Grainge, Chief Executive, ISWAN- UK, presented his presentation on International Seafarers Welfare & Assistance Network,
EMRE CEBECIOGLU, Sales Manager MEAI Region WARTSILA VOYAGE, gave his presentation on Wartsila Smart Ports Solutions,
Gary Hindmarch, Secretary International Association of Maritime Institutions-UK, presented his paper online on Maritime Training for green technologies,
Eng. Hamid Ali Khan, President, Pakistan Merchant Navy Officers’ Association, presented his paper on MARITIME STRATEGY IN PAKISTAN,
Capt. Muhammad Adeel Farooq, MSQ Superintendent, Global Radiance Group of Maritime Companies, presented his paper on Audacious strategy to reduce GHG emissions in the shipping sector, and in the end last paper by Ayesha Masood Khawaja, Executive Director SeaCare Pakistan (Private) Limited on the NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR GREENER SHIPPING
The chair summed up the session and appreciated the speakers’ valuable papers.
The third – Closing session was attended by participants with their spouses. During the welcome address, Sardar Yasin Malik, Chief Patron CILT Pakistan Territory, highly appreciated the organizers for successfully conducting this mega event.
Capt. S. M. Ajmal Mahmoodi, Vice President of Nautical Institute, presented the seminar’s recommendations.
Chief guest of the session, Vice Admiral (R) Khan Hasham Bin Saddique HI(M) Managing Director, Bahria Foundation, addressed the gathering, expressed his thoughts about the importance of this industry and witnessed the efforts to organize such a mega event.
Capt. Asim Iqbal, a member organizer committee, talked about Green shipping and recycling of the ship breaking industry, the upcoming convention implemented in 2023 for recycling of ships applicable in the Gadani Shipbreaking yard in Balochistan.
At the end of the closing session, Capt. Rashid Anwar, Principal, Maritime Training Institute, thanked sponsors and partners for their support and for making this event a success. He also thanked all for coming and participating in the event.