Frederick Maritime Forum focuses on ‘blue economy’ and future jobs
The future prospects of jobs in the shipping sector, known as the ‘blue economy’, were the main focus of this year’s fifth annual “Maritime Forum 2018” hosted by Frederick University in Limassol.
The conference on “The Blue Growth and its interaction with the Cypriot Economy”, was organised by the Department of Maritime Studies of Frederick University, under the auspices of Deputy Minister of Shipping, Natasa Pilides and in the presence of Limassol Mayor Nicos Nicolaides. The conference was chaired by shipowner, former President of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber and Visiting Professor at Frederick University Capt. Eugen Adami.
The topic this year was particularly relevant due to the continually important contribution of shipping and international trade to the Cyprus’s economy and the positive outlook for greater expansion in the near future. The ‘blue economy’ and growth are part of a greater European Union strategy for the sustainable development of the maritime and shipping sectors. The EU formally acknowledges that our seas represent dynamic sources of innovation and development. A related study published by the Human Resource Development Authority finds that demand for professionals in the blue economy is anticipated to spike in the period 2016-2026, at the end of which one in ten workers are to be employed in blue economy sectors.
The conference was addressed by Mr Costas Iacovou, Acting Permanent Secretary of the Deputy Ministry of Shipping, who presented the strategic tasks of the Ministry. At the same time, Mr Iacovou praised the contribution of Frederick University in introducing and developing maritime education in Cyprus. The conference was also addressed by Dr Christoforos Charalambous, Director of Administration and Finance at Frederick University who focused on the development opportunities emerging from Blue Growth and the necessity for academia and practitioners to collaborate both in education and training. In her address, Professor Eleni Hadjiconstantinou, Dean of School Business Administration and Law of Frederick University highlighted the vision of the University to be established as a leading centre of maritime education, not only in Cyprus, but in the broader region of the Eastern Mediterranean. The undergraduate and postgraduate Programmes of the School were mentioned, with particular emphasis to the BSc. in Maritime Studies, the MSc. in International Trade and Shipping Business, the MA/LLM in Maritime Law, the MBA, the proposed MSc in Marine Engineering and the Professional Courses leading to the Merchant Navy license of 3rd Engineer and combined 2nd/ Chief Engineer Officer.
During the conference Rod Beams received a prize of appreciation for his outstanding contribution in the establishment of the Cyprus Maritime Technology Academy (“CyMarTA”) of Frederick University in Limassol. Also, the names of the first two Cypriot “Marine Engineers” who successfully completed their training at the newly established CyMarTA were announced.
A Memorandum of Cooperation between the Department of Maritime Studies and the International Classification Society DNV GL regarding maritime research and professional training was also signed. DNV GL provides classification and technical assurance along with software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil and gas and energy industries. DNV GL also provides certification services to customers across a wide range of industries. The signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation seals the ongoing cooperation between the two organisations.