Attorney Speaks at Maritime Security Conference

Nov 22, 2008

SCI Staff Attorney Deborah Blanchard recently presented a paper at the World Maritime University (WMU) International Symposium on “Selected Issues In Maritime Security” in Malmö, Sweden. Organized in cooperation with the Swedish Maritime Administration and the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs, the Symposium included a number of international maritime law experts who examined a variety of maritime security issues, including piracy and maritime terrorism.

Blanchard spoke on the issue of mariner recruitment and retention and the possible adverse impact of maritime security policies and criminal prosecutions of seafarers on creating and sustaining a skilled maritime workforce. The issue, according to Blanchard, is further complicated in the face of labor shortages in the maritime industry.

“It was a phenomenal opportunity to interact with maritime scholars and students from global ports, and to get their perspectives on issues in the maritime community. WMU offers a unique setting, reflective of the international nature of shipping, and it was an honor to speak and attend,” said Blanchard.

The World Maritime University operates under the auspices of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations, and offers advanced degrees in Maritime Affairs to students from around the world. Symposium proceedings will be published later this year.