Monthly Archives: September 2020

Webinar: European Proposals to Regulate Shipping Industry Emissions

UCL Laws shall host a webinar entitled, Smoke on the Water: European Proposals to Regulate Shipping Industry Emissions, 1 October 2020 from 15:30 (BST).

For more information and registration see here.

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Webinar: World Maritime Day 2020

This year’s World Maritime Day, themed, Sustainable shipping for a sustainable planet, shall include a webinar 24 September 2020, from 10:30 (BST).

For more information and to watch online see here.

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Online Conference: 13th Polar Law Symposium Special Online Session

The Kobe University Polar Cooperation Research Centre shall logistically support the first virtual polar law symposium, the 13th Polar Law Symposium Special Online Session, to be held 9-30 November 2020 online. The symposium will consist of (1) on-demand browsing of PPT files and video presentations with textual feedback from the participants, and (2) a few live, interactive ZOOM seminars and lectures. Registration is now open.

For more information and registration see here. See the provisional program here.

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USA: Revision of Marine Scientific Research Policy

On 9 September 2020 the President of the United States of America by Proclamation 10071, entitled, Revision to United States Marine Scientific Research Policy, establishes the revised US policy:

Section 1. Policy. The United States will exercise its right to regulate, authorize, and conduct marine scientific research, with a specific requirement to authorize, in advance, all instances of foreign marine scientific research, in the United States EEZ and on its continental shelf to the extent permitted under international law.

Former President of the United States of America, Ronald Regan, in the Presidential Statement of 10 March 1983, entitled, Statement on United States Oceans Policy, had established the previous US MSR policy:

While international law provides for a right of jurisdiction over marine scientific research within such a zone, the proclamation does not assert this right. I have elected not to do so because of the United States interest in encouraging marine scientific research and avoiding any unneccessary burdens.

Thus, according to the US State Department Press Release, the United States previously required advance consent for MSR conducted in its EEZ and on the U.S. continental shelf only when such research implicated certain U.S. domestic legal requirements.

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Webinars: Sustainable Shipping for A Sustainable Planet

The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in London and the One Ocean Hub shall host a webinar series for the IMO’s Maritime Week, entitled, Sustainable Shipping for A Sustainable Planet. Seminars include:

Mainstreaming Sustainability Principles in Shipping: Insights from Multi-Stakeholders, 21 September 2020 from 10:30 (BST).

Ocean and Climate Change, 22 September 2020 from 10:30 (BST).

Marine Pollution, 23 September 2020 from 10:30 (BST).

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Online Conference: Local Ripples, Global Waves

The Master of Marine Management students of the Marine Affairs Program at Dalhousie University, with support from the Sobey Fund for Oceans, shall host their ninth annual Sustainable Oceans Conference, entitled, Local Ripples, Global Waves: Bringing together local action to influence global change, 26-27 September 2020, online.

For more information see here.

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Webinar: Wildlife Trafficking in International Maritime Supply Chains

The IMO shall host a webinar, entitled, Accelerating action against wildlife trafficking in international maritime supply chains, 21 September 2020 from 12:00 (GMT +1).

For more information and registration see here.

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Webinar: Future of Shipping – Decarbonisation

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) shall host a webinar, entitled, Future of Shipping – Decarbonisation, 17 September 2020 from 17.00 (SGT).

For more information see here.

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Webinar: Untangling the Impact of Illegal Fishing in North Korean Waters

The Stimson Center shall host a webinar, entitled, Untangling the Impact of Illegal Fishing in North Korean Waters, 22 September 2020 from 09:00 (EST).

For more information and registration see here.

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Webinars: Ocean Decade Series

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO shall host a series of webinars, entitled, The Ocean Decade Virtual Series, from 24 September 2020 until 31 January 2021. Each session will be conveyed jointly with different partners.

For more information see here. Registration for the first session, Co-designing the Science we need for the Ocean Decade, 24 September 2020, can be found here.

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Launch of BBNJ Virtual Intersessional Work

Following postponement of the fourth session of IGC on a BBNJ Agreement, the President of the IGC has decided to launch the BBNJ Intersessional Work, entitled, Virtual intersessional work of the Intergovernmental Conference on an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction, from 14 September 2020. The objective is to continue the dialogue on the key pillars of any future BBNJ Agreement, as well as any cross cutting issues.

For more information see here.

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Webinar: Africa’s Maritime Domain Awareness and Security

The Secure Waters Africa Digital Conference, entitled, Effective Solutions to Strengthen Africa’s Maritime Domain Awareness and Security, will occur 9-10 September 2020.

For more information and registration see here.

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Webinar: Blue Crimes – rethinking the maritime security agenda

SafeSeas will host a webinar, entitled, Blue Crimes: Rethinking the maritime security agenda, on 10 September 2020 from 14.00 (BST).

For more information and registration see here.

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Consultation: ISA draft standards and guidelines for exploitation of mineral resources in the Area

The International Seabed Authority (ISA) welcomes comments from stakeholders on the first set of draft standards and guidelines to support the implementation of the draft regulations for exploitation of mineral resources in the international seabed area until 20 October 2020. This includes:

Draft guideline on the preparation and assessment of an application for the approval of a Plan of Work for exploitation

Draft standard and guidelines on the development and application of environmental management systems

Draft standard and guidelines on the form and calculation of an environmental performance guarantee

For more information see here and here.

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Consultation: EU mission for healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters

The European Commission is currently developing its research and innovation missions that will form part of the Horizon Europe framework programme beginning in 2021. Under the mission area, healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters, citizens may submit proposals until 14 September 2020.

For more information see here, here and here.

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Vacancy: Associate Professor of Maritime Security and Governance at U.S. Naval War College

The U.S. Naval War College (Newport, USA) is currently inviting applicants for the position of Associate Professor of Maritime Security and Governance. Applications are welcome until 5 October 2020, but note this position is only open to U.S. citizens.

For more information see here and here.

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Online Workshop: Marine Scientific Research in the Area

The International Seabed Authority (ISA), in collaboration with the China Ocean Mineral Resources Research and Development Association (COMRA), and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, will host an online workshop, entitled, Marine Scientific Research in the Area: Establishing collaborative platform to enhance biodiversity knowledge for environmental management in mid-ocean ridge ecosystem, 15-17 December 2020. Participants must register by 15 September 2020.

For more information see here.

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