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New DG Ports and Shipping, Alia Shahid inaugurates NIMA’s webinar on World Maritime Day 2022

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Harnessing greener technologies will make a significant contribution towards addressing climate change and meeting the United Nations SDGs

Karachi (     ) National Institute of Maritime Affairs (NIMA), organized a webinar to mark the celebrations of World Maritime Day 2022. World Maritime Day (WMD) is celebrated every year to signify the contributions of the International Maritime Industry to the World’s economy and to bring attention to the importance of safety in shipping, maritime security, technology, and the marine environment. The theme for this year’s celebration is “NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR GREENER SHIPPING”. Director General Ports & Shipping Ms. Alia Shahid graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.

Director General National Institute of Maritime Affairs (NIMA) Vice Admiral (Retd) Abdul Aleem, HI (M), in his opening remarks welcomed the Chief Guest, speakers & participants. He highlighted the significance of this year’s WMD theme and spoke about NIMA’s efforts for the promotion Maritime sector of Pakistan. Earlier as a moderator of the webinar, Director NIMA Karachi Cdre (R) Ali Abbas SI(M), stated that the state of the Maritime Sector in Pakistan with a particular focus on the global modern trends and technological advancement to reduce GHG emissions.

Eminent speakers, Captain Anwar Shah, Board Member PNSC, Captain Jamil Akhtar, Marine & Insurance/ Takaful Professional, and Mr. Tariq Majeed, Executive Director (SM), PNSC, presented their paper and shared intellectual insights and highlighted the significant need to protect and preserve the environment through de-carbonization technologies in the shipping sector. On this auspicious occasion, The Chief Guest Director of General Ports and Shipping, Ms. Alia Shahid addressed the participants and stressed the emerging new technologies and the importance of greener shipping for a safe and sustainable future. She emphasized adopting technological advancement in the shipping industry and assured all-out support from the Ministry of Maritime Affairs.

DG NIMA Vice Admiral (Retd) Abdul Aleem, HI(M) applauded and acknowledged all the speakers for their knowledgeable presentations. He further said that the maritime industry serves as the backbone of global trade and economy and the theme for 2022 will allow us to focus on the United Nations’ sustainable development goals, particularly on SDGs 9, 13, 14, and 17.

In concluding remarks the Chief Guest appreciated the efforts of NIMA for organizing the webinar and providing a platform to deliberate on issues and challenges related to greener shipping. She advised NIMA to establish linkages between academic institutions and the maritime industry to innovate the technology in the maritime sector. The event was attended by various prominent dignitaries, naval officers, government officials, intellectuals, researchers, and students.

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