KARACHI: National Institute of Maritime Affairs (NIMA), Karachi, is hosting a webinar to mark the celebration of World Maritime Day 2020 on Thursday. World Maritime Day is commemorated annually to mark the contribution of the international maritime industry to the world economy and to pay attention to the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Sustainable Shipping for a Sustainable Planet”.
Naeem Sarfraz, Chair of the FPCCI Maritime Committee, was the main guest, while leading international and national speakers provided their insights on this year’s theme. Vice Admiral (retired) Abdul Aleem, Director General of NIMA, welcomed the speakers and participants of the webinar and highlighted the importance of sustainable shipping for the environment and its impact on the economy as a fuel for efficiency productivity. NIMA director Commodore (retired) Ali Abbas set the stage by highlighting the importance of the day and the advantages of sustainable shipping and its prospects for Pakistan.
Dr Nazery Khalid provided his intellectual insights on sustainable shipping and the challenges of developing a maritime nation. The PNSC Executive Director, Tariq Majeed, informed the audience of the PNSC’s vision and planning for the dynamics of future shipping. DG’s International Mobile Satellite Organization, Moin Ahmed, explained the issue of satellite navigation for the safety, security and protection of the marine environment and Maersk Pakistan MD, Ms. Aruna Hussain highlighted emerging global regulations and the future of shipping.
At the end of the webinar, featured guest Naeem Sarfraz commended the efforts made by NIMA to bring together maritime professionals and stakeholders to highlight the importance of shipping as the backbone of the maritime industry, its impact on the global economy and environment and prospects for Pakistan. He also hopes that NIMA will continue to play an important role in advocating for superior guidelines and procedures to improve the performance of the shipping industry in a sustainable manner by providing policy recommendations to domestic policy makers. Many participants from academia, foreign policy experts, students, government departments, and think tanks participated actively in this webinar.