Cutty Sark Relaunch

After several years of restoration work, the Cutty Sark was at last opened by Her Majesty the Queen on 25th April 2012. GMI Administrators Suzanne Louail and Karen Ward observed the event, which despite the terrible weather was attended by many local residents and school children.

The relaunch of Cutty Sark begins the next chapter of the extraordinary life of one of the world’s most famous ships. The last surviving tea clipper and the fastest and greatest of her time, she is a living testimony to the bygone, glorious days of sail and, most importantly, a monument to those that lost their lives in the merchant service.

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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.”

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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.

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Limerick Lecture – ‘Piracy: Then and Now’

You are cordially invited to the annual Limerick Lecture at London Metropolitan Business School. The event will take place on Tuesday 29th of November 5.30 for 6.00 pm.  Proceedings shall commence with a presentation on Piracy: Then and Now by Professor Christopher Bellamy, Director Greenwich Maritime Institute, University of Greenwich and chaired by Dr. Robyn Pyne. This will be followed by a presentation ceremony of student prizes for the graduating class of 2011 and a networking reception.  

RSVP Dr. Reza Mirmiran

Tel: 02073201576

Venue: Room MG1.17
           London Metropolitan University
           84 Moorgate, London EC2M 6SQ