GMI Short Course Programme 2012

We are delighted to announce that we are running an exciting short course programme again this year which covers a variety of historical and contemporary subjects.

• Maritime Crime: There’s Wreckers About – Saturday 9th June – £60

• Silencing the Silent Service?: Naval Propaganda and Censorship during the Second World War – Thursday 14th June – £60

• ‘Enemies of All Humanity’: Sea Piracy A Modern Perspective – Saturday 16th June – £60

• Caricature and the Navy during the Eighteenth Century – Thursday 28th June – £60

• Baroque Navies at War: Britain, the Netherlands and France 1688-1713 – Friday 29th and Saturday 30th June – £120

• China’s Rise as a Powerful Maritime Nation: Factors and Influences – Friday 20th July – £60

Everyone is welcome to register for these courses so please do feel free to register yourself or pass on to anyone else you think may be interested. You can find more information about each course and a registration form on our website:

Call For Papers – Maritime Law & Policy Postgraduate Research Student Conference 2012

Friday 23rd March 2012
City University, Northampton Square, London, EC1V 0HB

The London Universities Maritime Law and Policy Research Group are proud to announce that the Third Annual Maritime Law and Policy Conference for researchers and postgraduate students will be taking place on Friday 23 March 2012. We invite all researchers and postgraduate students wishing to present their research work to a friendly and supportive environment to join us at this conference. We welcome submissions in all areas of Maritime Law and Policy, including relevant interdisciplinary work.

Each speaker will present their research ideas or papers for 15 minutes and a 10 minute discussion will follow. There will also be invited speakers who will focus on a topic relevant to the maritime law and policy research communities. Researchers and postgraduate students who do not wish to give a presentation are also very welcome to attend.

You must prepare an abstract (250 words) and send to Mrs Suzanne Louail: by 2nd March 2012.

To register your place as either a delegate or a presenter please complete the booking form:

For information about the London Universities Maritime Law and Policy Research Group please please email Mrs Suzanne Louail at or Prof. Jason Chuah at or visit

Why Conserve the Cutty Sark?

The GMI are very privileged to have Richard Doughty, Director of the Cutty Sark Trust, to present the next GMI Research Seminar of the 2011/12 programme on Wednesday 15th February 2012.

One of the main advantages of talking about the Cutty Sark is being able to say that this is a ship that needs no introduction. Richard Doughty will consider why this merchant sailing ship is so highly regarded around the world and why, despite the damage done by the fire in 2007, so much time and effort has been invested in conserving her original structure.

The seminar will take place at the University of Greenwich, room 075, Queen Anne Court, Greenwich, London, SE10 9LS at 6pm. Tea & Coffee will be available from 5.30pm and a glass of wine afterwards. The seminar is free and there is no need to book, everyone is welcome.

You may also be intersted in a recent BBC documentary, Cutty Sark:National Treasure which is still available on BBC iplayer

Keeping the Seas Free: New MSc in Maritime Security

The world’s first MSc in Maritime Security has been launched by the University of Greenwich. The course is designed to help the expanding international shipping industry tackle threats such as piracy and terrorism on the high seas. It will also deal with new issues affecting environmental and energy security, and aims to equip graduates, security personnel, serving and former members of the armed services with the professional skills they need to succeed in senior management roles in this growing professional sector.

The university’s Greenwich Maritime Institute (GMI) has teamed up with its School of Engineering and Natural Resources Institute (NRI), with Marine Insurance and Maritime Crime Consultants and with the Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI), to develop the course. It draws on the institute’s established strengths in maritime management, policy and history as well as the university’s wider expertise in engineering, technology, energy, environmental science and the Law of the Sea.

SAMI, which provides an independent regulatory forum for the maritime security industry, has contributed its professional knowledge of the sector.

The career development opportunities offered by this new qualification are expected to attract interest from people currently working, or seeking employment, in senior roles in the armed services, the private maritime and shipping sector, private security firms, government bodies and law enforcement agencies.

Students can start this September, studying full-time for one year, or part-time over two years. They will be based in the historic setting of the university’s campus in the Old Royal Naval College, within the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, at the heart of the nation’s naval and maritime seafaring traditions.

Professor Chris Bellamy, Director of the Greenwich Maritime Institute (GMI), says: “The whole planet depends on safe, secure shipping. By volume, up to 90 percent of international trade is carried by sea. Yet our oceans, which cover 70 per cent of the planet, can be dangerous places and there are incre

asing threats to this multi-trillion pound business.

“Almost every day we hear about issues such as pirates in the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Guinea and the Malacca Strait; port security, not to mention the melting Arctic, rising sea levels, maritime oil and gas, wind and tidal issues. The maritime industry needs educated people with the informed vision to deal with these threats and opportunities. This course can help to provide the professional development which is so vitally needed.”

SAMI Founder, Peter Cook, adds: “The maritime security industry has come a long way in stressing its professional credentials. The creation of this Masters degree is yet another stage in this development and we would encourage all those considering a career in the highest echelons of this rapidly growing industry to join this course.”

To find out more:,-msc

The Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI)

SAMI provides an independent regulatory trade association for the maritime security industry and a focal point for global maritime security matters. Its membership is made up of over 100 maritime security providers from around the globe as well as equipment, technology and hardware providers exploring technical security solutions.

For a full list of SAMI members and more information about the Association and its work visit:

Lifting of the Cutty Sark

Restoration work on the Cutty Sark, a 19th Century tea clipper, following a devastating fire, is nearing completion.

It is time for engineers to lift the 900-tonne vessel into its final position ahead of its reopening to the public in spring 2012.

The full story of the conservation project in Cutty Sark: National Treasure was shown on Friday 3 February on BBC Two, and is now available to view on the BBC iPlayer.